Facebook dog fights

Facebook has been used in an attempt to organise illegal dog fighting.

The SPCA is investigating after Facebook was used to try to organise illegal dog fighting.

'Holy, what was that?'

This crack formed on the Pahiatua-Pongaroa Rd in the Makuri district near Pahiatua after the January 20 quake.

No-one has to tell the residents of Eketahuna that 2014 was a particularly shaky year for the lower North Island.

Prebbleton tabby shot twice

WOUNDED: Vets found 13 shotgun pellets inside Griffin, a Prebbleton tabby.

The SPCA is alarmed after a ginger tabby was shot twice, and now suffers a serious limp.

Police officers attacked

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Bouncers from central Dunedin pubs rescued two police officers under attack.

Who will be NZer of the Year?

Sir John Kirwan is in the running to be NZer of the Year.

Sir John Kirwan, Sir Stephen Tindall and Judge Peter Boshier are among the 10 finalists.

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crime

Blow to the head killed assault victim video

NZ Police Tape

5:17 PM  A man killed in an Auckland motel died of blunt force trauma to the head, police say.

Arrest follows armed stand-off

A woman held up at knife point in the Bay of Islands is "shaken" and receiving ongoing support.

Fleeting chase ends in arrest

Police officers attacked

politics

Reporter gets privacy apology

ANDREA VANCE: Parliamentary swipe card and phone records were accessed during the investigation.

Fairfax political reporter Andrea Vance has received an apology from Parliamentary Service over a breach of her privacy during an investigation into a leaked report.

Dotcom appeal dismissed

Supreme Court dismisses Kim Dotcom's appeal against decision that said the raids were legal.

Backing their man: Sharemilker Bas Nelis had the support of his farming colleagues when he was prosecuted.

NZ First attacks council

Party says Waikato Regional Council bureaucrats who prosecuted Bas Nelis should seek employment in North Korea.

education

Trip opens up mind, career path

OPENING HIS MIND: Originally from Timaru, Sam Brosnahan is studying in Shanghai, on a Prime Minister’s scholarship.

China is far more relevant to NZ than he imagined, Sam Brosnahan is learning.

Man's teaching passion

He once stacked knuckles at a freezing works, now he can't imagine working in anything but education.

40mls of alcohol-based hand sanitiser, the estimated amount a four-year-old drank before becoming grossly intoxicated.

Preschooler drunk on hand sanitiser

Ministry investigates how child got drunk at preschool and will warn early childhood centres about alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

health

Tongans tackle weighty issue

Emanita Pohahau, left, and Luseane Kelenitesi Moli lost a combined 29 kilograms in
four months.

A group of Tongan women in Marlborough are trying to change some of the unhealthy habits of their culture, Biggest Loser-style.

Solutions sought for maternity unit

Leading midwifery organisation is offering to help find a solution to Stratford's maternity woes.

LIGHTS ON, NOBODY HOME: The Kimberley Centre, Kimberley Road, Levin.

Stepping into the past video

Walking back through the troubled past of the Kimberley Centre, once a home for intellectually disabled people.

farming

Maori land potential highlighted

FORESTRY

Unlocking the potential of Maori agricultural and forestry freehold land could add $3.5 billion to the economy.

Genetic leap offers hope

NZ may export dairy genetics that will enable cattle to tolerate high tropical temperatures - and climate change.

Apart from the muscular texel, where are the exotic breeds now? asks former scientist Dr Clive Dalton.

Traditionals the mainstay

OPINION: Claims that exotic breeds have saved the sheep industry are exaggerated and widely inaccurate .