Swimmer drowns at Okere falls

A swimmer has drowned at Okere Falls, near Rotorua.

A swimmer has drowned and two people have been left injured in a water incident at Okere Falls.

Dairy owner nabs robber video

Christchurch dairy owner Kamlesh Patel chased and caught a man who grabbed his till in an attempted robbery.

A Christchurch dairy owner chased down a man trying to steal his cash register. 

Sex with student resignation

A teacher has resigned from Kings High School in Dunedin after disclosing a sexual relationship with a student.

Intimate photos appear to show teacher at the centre of a Dunedin school sex scandal.

Brass knuckles flooding in

Air-powered firearms of the kind seized en masse by Customs over the past four years.

Figures show the importation of knives and knuckledusters has skyrocketed.

Grace fights pain with smiles

Tracy Yeats with her daughter Grace at their home in Carterton.

Surviving bad luck that would break the spirit of most, Grace's spark is undimmed.

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Dildo thrower tells all video

Steven Joyce was addressing media at Waitangi when a sex toy was hurled at him by protester Josie Butler

Josie Butler opens up on why she threw a sex toy at Steven Joyce.

Former beach owner supports campaign

The Abel Tasman beach where Georgina Rayner spent almost 50 years worth of family holidays.

Abel Tasman National Park wasn't always known as a place of accessible beauty.

Dairy owner nabs robber video

Christchurch dairy owner Kamlesh Patel chased and caught a man who grabbed his till in an attempted robbery.

A Christchurch dairy owner chased down a man trying to steal his cash register. 

'Omata Angel' makes final journey video

Krystal Nikara and Ataahua in 2014 when she was just four months old.

Two-year-old Ataahua's life was brief, but she managed to touch a whole community.

Chef's fans fail spectacularly

"So turns out I can't make your custard square..."

Chelsea Winter is known for her easy cooking recipes, but some cooks haven't quite got the knack.

Armed police hunt gunman

Harataunga Marae is in lockdown after reports of shots being fired in the area.

Coromandel locals aware of rising gang tensions before armed standoff.

Amazing Grace fights pain with smiles

Tracy Yeats with her daughter Grace at their home in Carterton.

Surviving bad luck that would break the spirit of most, Grace's spark is undimmed.

Dog mauls man in car

A dog was euthanised after it attacked a man in his car in Tairua.

There have been a spate of dog attacks in the Coromandel Peninsula.

Aus fans mask identity video

Two Australian fans said they turned up to Seddon Parks in All Blacks colours "for their own safety".

Rival cricket fans sneak into packed-out Seddon Park in All Blacks colours for their own safety.

Bridge jumper dies

Friends of the dead teen console each other.

Police have concerns for the Raglan bridge jumper who hit a teen who later died from his injuries.

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crime

'We'll miss dad every day'

Aucklander Graham Hare was one of those killed in a double fatal crash in Hamilton on Friday night.

Family heartbroken after crash claims the life of prominent Aucklander and seriously injures his partner.

Two arrested in connection with scam

Police have arrested two people who allegedly scammed elderly people in Christchurch.

Police pay informants how much?

Two assaults in Dunedin

politics

Waitangi shifted away from Ti Tii? video

Shane Jones gicing his maiden speech as a Labour MP in 2005. Now economic development ambassador to the Pacific, Jones keeps a a greater distance from local politics, but has spoken out to back calls to take the Crown welcome to Waitangi, off Ti Tii Marae.

Shane Jones is among calls to shift Waitangi celebrations away from Ti Tii Marae. 

ETS 'undermined and ineffective'

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says a new report shows the Government's Emissions Trading Scheme is failing.

The Greens say National has weakened the Emissions Trading Scheme so its no longer effective.

Sticking to the agreement

New Zealanders and Australians wanting to spend more than six months in the United Kingdom on their OE will soon have to pay a health charge worth hundreds of dollars.

OPINION: Should New Zealand reciprocate new rules in the UK to apply a health surcharge on UK migrants?

Labour: Govt 'buy this beach'

Awaroa Inlet is for sale. And YOU could help buy it. But Labour Kiwis have done enough, and the Government should stump up with the rest

Labour is calling on the Government to stump up the remaining $1 million to purchase Awaroa Beach. 

education

Burmese children learn their language

Manawatu Burmese Community Group prepares for the second year of mother language classes for children.

More than 10,000km from home, Burmese children are learning their native language in NZ.

550 students deported since 2010

People who don't pay for their journey home before leaving are responsible for the debt, Immigration NZ said.

'If a student visa holder no longer meets the requirements of their visa, then they are required to depart.'

Bings Motel 'too small' for schools

Bings Motel on Maxwell Rd in Blenheim.

The ministry expected to have a shortlist of sites in May, and tenders for carrying out a formal evaluation of potential sites closed this week.

Wanaka school to make bullying history

Brett Murray, of Sydney, is bringing his Make Bullying History workshop to Mt Aspiring College in Wanaka on February 18.

Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust funds free community workshop.

health

Meals on Wheels from June

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming taste tests a Meals on Wheels dish.

The agreement will involve Meals on Wheels being prepared in the North Island, before being frozen and trucked south.

Healthcare reciprocity - that was the agreement.

New Zealanders and Australians wanting to spend more than six months in the United Kingdom on their OE will soon have to pay a health charge worth hundreds of dollars.

OPINION: Should New Zealand reciprocate new rules in the UK to apply a health surcharge on UK migrants?

Day to inspire cyclists

Make Collective director Tim Chesney, with his son Franklin, 3, says Christchurch is a good cycling city, but there is "always room for improvement".

A nationwide initiative to get people pedalling kicks off this week.

Increased St John levies an added stress

South Island St John general manager David Thomas.

Increased regional levies are adding stress to already under-resourced St John ambulance stations and area committees.

women of influence

Being a woman in a man's world video

Joan Withers had little time to contemplate her award as Westpac Women of Influence supreme winner, going straight into a Mighty River Power shareholder's meeting the next day.

Girls in low-decile schools lack the role models to inspire them to success, says the award-winning business leader.

2015 winners

Winners of the Women of Influence awards 2015.

Businesswoman Joan Withers is named the supreme winner at this year's Women of Influence awards.

Why women start business

Sarah Lin not only helps businesses with their 3D printing needs but she also volunteers for an organisation that helps children in need of prosthetic hands through 3D printing.

Sarah Lin wanted freedom and flexibility when she started her 3D printing company.

Women of Influence finalists: Board and management

Barbara Kendall  volunteers on 13 different executive boards, commissions and working groups nationally and globally for sport representing athletes, woman, New Zealand and Oceania.

The finalists for the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in the Board and Management category.

farming

Canterbury's worst stock-wading offenders

Cattle grazing on the shore of Lake Ellesmere, as seen from the Little River Rail Trail.

Criticism mounts about stock in waterways as figures show some farms received complaints about it repeatedly.

More pain for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers may lose $1.50 for each kilo of production capacity they have over the next two seasons.

Bank cuts price forecast for this season and next.

Duck eggs hatch into business video

What started out with three ducks has hatched into a growing business from Dawn Bendall as the benefits of duck eggs continue to amaze her.

Are duck eggs the next super-food? Dawn and Glen Bendall think so.

Organic farm returns to rise?

Taranaki organic dairy farmers Stephen and Janet Fleming say the new payment system should encourage more farmers into organics.

Fonterra has offered to pay organic farmers at either market rates or a fixed price.

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