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crime

Christchurch homicide victim named

Police examine the Owens Tce home of murder victim Harold Richardson.

The elderly man murdered at his home in Christchurch has been named as Harold Richardson.

Family's memories plucked from property

A shipping container full of more than 30 years of memories has vanished from a Canterbury property.

Valentine killer stays in jail

Help for bashed tourist

politics

Concerns Saudi deal wasn't legal

Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

Government releases more than 900 pages of documents around the controversial Saudi sheep deal.

'Lab rats' study inflammatory

OPINION: "These children are not lab-rats," Tolley wrote. Science collided with politics, and politics won.

Cook Island PM Henry Puna with New Zealand PM John Key. At rear are Cook Island Minister of Health Nandi Glassie, Todd McClay, Sam Lotu-Iiga and Te Ururoa Flavell.

More aid for Cook Islands

Prime Minister John Key has committed more than $42 million of aid to the Cook Islands.

education

Strippers, drinks and Taylor Swift

"It's a tough enough life being a student, having that money there is a nice back up", said one student.

Booze, flights and nights with strippers are some of the things students say they are spending their Studylink loans on.

School land goes for $4m

St Paul's College is $4m richer after selling a chunk of land in the trendy Auckland suburb of Ponsonby.

One of these 1924 buses could soon be seen again in Piopio, in the Waikato.

First Kiwi school bus replica

They weren't much more comfortable than a cart but they were the first of their kind.

health

Deaf toddler to hear mum for first time

Winton toddler Masyn Johnston-Weir, 15 months, is getting Cochlear Implants this month. In the background is his mum, Juanita Birch, and brother, Jacob Birch, 5.

Despite half Juanita Birch's household being deaf, the house is far from quiet.

Patient told to toughen up

A Patea woman with mental health issues says she was told to toughen up by a care worker.

Public Health South medical officer of health Dr Keith Reid urges parents to vaccinate their children against whooping cough as cases increase in Central Otago

Whooping cough spike in Central Otago

Call for vaccination as whooping cough outbreak spikes in Central Otago.

Women of Influence

Spreading a love of knowledge

Work hard and never give up - look at the next mountain, advises Dame Wendy Pye.

Dame Wendy Pye is the founder of one of the world's most successful education export companies.

A woman's voice in science

Distinguished professor Margaret Brimble won the Women of Influence in science and innovation award in 2014.

Gibbs said technology was an extraordinary gift, and much good had come from it.

'Technology is the biggest story' video

Time editor Nancy Gibbs believes technology is the biggest story in this "golden age of journalism".

farming

Affco's 'third world' meat works

07052012 news photo / The Nelson Mail / Martin de Ruyter

Affco workers and members of other unions walk up Trafalgar St in a protest. The Affco workers earlier visited Talley family residences in Motueka.

Eight North Island meat processing plants will go on strike for two days next week in protest over what the union says are "third world conditions.

Breakthrough in farm flatulence

Kiwi scientist helps find feed additive that cuts farm methane emissions.

Malcolm Mackenzie with dogs Tess and Belle on his farm, near Browns. Mackenzie is nominated for a Southland Environment Award for farming.

Southland farmers up for awards video

Five Southland farms are showing why being environmentally friendly is key to long-term farm sustainability.

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