Severe wind, rain ahead video

Bands of rain start making their way down the North Island in this MetService rain radar image from 9.51am.

10:10 AM  Gale force winds and heavy rain are set to lash the country today, as a band of fronts move in from the west.

Photos: How's the weather at your place?

Sick of Auckland? Try Welly

Wellington's hemmed-in urban centre is a plus, says Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

10:30 AM  Wellington's mayor says Aucklanders tired of high house prices and traffic should move to the capital.

'I could die right here' video

Gursharan Singh was assaulted by youths who smashed bottles over his head at Super Liquor Woolston.

Liquor store worker thought he might die after he was smashed over the head with a bottle of spirits.

Wairarapa shaken by 4.4 quake

A 4-4-magnitude quake was centred near Eketahuna

"Strong" quake near Eketahuna has shaken the lower North Island.

Nature's answer to dirty water

Student Jacqui Ormsby with the water system, using totara wood as a filter, that won the regional science fair.

Following a major quake, Wellingtonians may have a high school student to thank for a clean drink of water.

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crime

Fishpond fined over illegal trackers

Internet marketplace Fishpond given big fine for selling imported electronics that could interfere with radio communications.

5 min ago  Fishpond has been fined $50,000 for selling illegal transmitting devices.

Drunk restaurateur assaulted guest

7 min ago  A restaurateur was thrown out of his workplace after he got drunk and indecently assaulted a "gorgeous" diner.

Monitoring bracelet cut off

Criminal trackers glitches revealed

politics

Parlt 'right' for ABs team unveiling

Prime Minister John Key and Richie McCaw chat in the All Blacks' dressing room following the Bledisloe Cup win.

John Key defends having the All Blacks' World Cup squad announcement from Parliament, saying the Rugby Union wanted it there.

Sick of Auckland? Try Welly

10:30 AM  Wellington's mayor says Aucklanders tired of high house prices and long commutes should move.

"If they've got a case, and the courts agree with them, then they'll direct the Government I guess," John Key says.

Key on midwives' pay action

Midwives' major equal pay court case may be about disparity between industries, rather than sexism: PM.

education

Waipesi hailed for lifting opportunities

Handing out books at a gather of Waipesi, (Wainuiomata Pacific Education Success Initiative) were Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard (centre) and  Labour's community sector spokeswoman Poto Williams and youngsters Lucia Faapusa (on Trevor's knee), Jackson Whiu, Dominic Volkner and Levi Kahui-Puhia.

A programme opening up education opportunities for Pacific Island children is being hailed as a success.

Studying on the breadline

More students are having to live with their parents to make ends meet.

Students Kate Lindstrom, left, and Dagmar van Antwerpen, both 17, will not be attending the college formal on September 11.

No invite for ball hopefuls

Former Marlborough Girls' student who left school due to illness hangs up ball dress as a decision forbidding her from attending is held up.

health

New Zealand needs to do more to tackle overdose problem

New Zealanders don’t like to talk openly about intravenous drug use

9:07 AM  OPINION: Monday is International Overdose Awareness Day.

Midwife's 'good standing'

A mother and baby died in childbirth, but their midwife has left the country with a certificate.

"If they've got a case, and the courts agree with them, then they'll direct the Government I guess," John Key says.

'Some industries dominated by women'

Midwives' major equal pay court case may be about disparity between industries, rather than sexism: PM.

Women of Influence

A very unplanned career

"I'd have every child in New Zealand growing up with the kind of opportunities I had, that would be brilliant," says Fran Wilde.

Former Wellington mayor and Labour MP Fran Wilde was the local and regional winner in 2013.

Advice to your teenage self video

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your teenage self?

2014 Emerging Leader winner Althea Carbon

'Push out of your comfort zone'

Young corporate lawyer Althea Carbon is passionate about using digital innovation to help charities.

farming

Room for more bull beef

Bull beef is a "very saleable product" says Tony Egan.

NZ's bull beef exports jump nearly $250m this year with one processor suggesting there is market room for more bull beef farming.

'Stripey' rain relief for some

Rain has brought relief for some farmers in drought-hit North Canterbury but others are still in survival mode.

Charles and Karen Irving, their daughter Ruth and husband Monne Bruinsma are facing $157,000 in fees following an attempt to secure a resource consent for a dairy conversion in the Waituna catchment.

Farmers hit with $157k bill

Family feels persecuted after resource consents and associated costs for a dairy conversion totalled $157,000.

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