Cop shop breath testing must stop

HAPPY TO HELP: Senior Sergeant Robbie O’Keefe says people often come in for breath tests. National HQ has put the kibosh on the practice.

New Plymouth police have been rapped over the knuckles by HQ for helping out possible drink-drinkers.

Woman burnt at service station

Petrol prices dropping

A woman has been taken to Dunedin Public Hospital with serious burns after an incident at a petrol station.

Coroner: Don't blame yourself

Damien Ryan pictured with his daughter Jessica and son James on a family tramp.

A woman who blamed herself for a man’s death has been exonerated by the coroner.

SPCA: Bad dogs not a race issue

CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS: Bob Kerridge.

The SPCA has distanced itself from claims by a top official who linked dog attacks to ethnicity.

Interactive: Quad bike crashes

Tragedy: A Kawasaki 50cc kids' quad, similar to the one a six-year-old girl died while riding yesterday.

More than 2000 ACC claims for accidents on all terrain vehicles cost $4.4m last year.

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crime

Youths in street fight

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A woman is escorted by police to the toilets after been breath tested at Toast Martinborough. PIXELATE FACE OF WOMAN

A fight among a group of youths in eastern Wellington suburb prompt police turn-out.

'Toddlers in speeding car' - police

Man tried to outrun police in a stolen car with unrestrained baby and toddler inside, police allege.

Man in court after Harbour Bridge crash

Arrest after man's body found

politics

McCully slates Russia

FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER: Murray McCully says Russia has to call the rebels into line, but stopped short of laying blame at President Vladimir Putin's feet.

NZ joins international condemnation of the killing of up to 30 civilians in the latest violence in Ukraine.

RMA reforms a stop-gap

OPINION: However planned RMA reforms play out, the balance between inflation and Auckland housing is on shaky ground.

Wellington is seeing the benefit of more median barriers being installed on its state highway network.

Issue is safer roads, not tourists

OPINION: Another horror holiday road toll, another round of national angst about foreign drivers.

education

School to teach on pa model

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A special character Maori school opening this term in Christchurch will show that it takes a village to raise a child.

Library book cuts hit schools hard

Shock as library book access slashed, a move expected to hit rural and technology-poor schools hardest.

LIQUID ASSET: Bainesse principal Andrea Harnett at the school’s empty pool.

School pools under threat

The pool at Bainesse school in rural Manawatu sits empty and unused, drained to fight a bush blaze.

health

Artificial arms balance athletes

Two Paralympians are using artificial arm limbs to do weight lifting training at the gym as they train for the 2016 Rio Games. Renowned javelin thrower Holly Robinson and sprinter/long jumper Anna Grimaldi talk about the benefits of their "helping hands".

Artificial arms are giving two determined Kiwi athletes a 'helping hand'.

Shocking treatment

Two years ago, Emma was placed in a psychiatric ward and forced to have seven rounds of electroconvulsive therapy.

BARBARA STEWART: "The appalling and increasing reality for Kiwis entering hospital for elective surgery is that they are often packed off home untreated."

More patients sent home untreated

More than 900 patients from MidCentral DHB were sent home without their elective surgery last year.

farming

Milk offer again under-subscribed

Farmers have signed up supply 14.5 million kilograms of milk at a Fonterra guaranteed price.

Fonterra's latest offer of a guaranteed milk price to its farmers is under-subscribed for the second time in a row.

Why doing things is bad

OPINION: Farmers are a terrible lot. They keep Doing Things, and Doing Things is a risky business.

Petrol pump

Dairy, lamb skid on oil slick

Tumbling fuel prices have a sting in the tail for dairy and sheep farmers.

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