Scouts and scarves

Scouts sporting scarves

If you scout a lot of scarves on the street today, don't just put it down to the wintry weather.

Court verdict shocks

5:00am The parents of a teenager killed in Oamaru four years ago are dumbfounded and outraged over a High Court verdict.

Party leaders give up alcohol

5:00am Dry July might be over, but political party leaders are giving up booze until after the election.

Wild weekend ahead

5:00am A grim forecast of gales and heavy rain for the next few days is set to blight weekend plans for people around the country.

Dumpers avoid fee

5:00am Council staff are resorting to stakeouts to catch rubbish dumpers going to extremes to avoid the $2.50 bag fee.

Man jailed for sex assaults on child

Prison A man denies sexually assaulting a child over an eight-year period despite being found guilty.

Intruder explodes through door

He had a knife held to his chest, but Chris Baxendale still tried to reason with a masked intruder.

Victim wants name known

Licence threat forces drivers to pay up

Just a flash of coalition bonhomie

From the Beehive There was a distinct frisson when the Speaker received a complaint that National MP John Hayes had been "flashing".

Data - can't live with it, or without it

If it weren't for Kim Dotcom, it would seem laughable that the US would place much value on having a "no spying" agreement with NZ.

Today in politics: Friday, August 1

Poll rebound offers Labour a glimpse

Party leaders give up alcohol

Dry July might be over, but political party leaders are giving up booze until after the election.

Educated questions over changes

classroom Principals still struggle to see how the new 'Investing in Educational Success' policy will work in schools.

Microchip plan on hold

A North Canterbury primary school has put a hold on its controversial microchip bracelet programme.

Fairfield eco-centre gets boost

Govt: We'll fix Novopay

School's microchip 'reward' plan

School's hope to track pupils' good behaviour with microchip bracelets prompts concern from parents.

Life of the walking dead

Collapsed Katy Stonyer always warns people about narcolepsy but they don't get it till they see her collapse.

Sick doctors taking bugs to work

Sickly doctors could be infecting patients, with an alarming number of them dragging themselves into work despite knowing the risk.

I lived in fear of pain

Could Ebola reach New Zealand?

Flu surge hits hospital

Wellington Hospital is being stretched by winter sickness, with some ED patients waiting more than six hours for a bed.

Cheesemakers raise the bar

Miles Janet King Wairarapa sheep farmers become pioneers in their field.

Wild wind behind rural fires

Firefighters kept busy as winds up to 130kmh level powerlines and fuel scrub fires over Canterbury.

Time to trim the fat

Working dogs in demand

Sheep milk - better for ewe

Sheep milk holds out the promise of being a potential money maker for New Zealand farmers, with the bonus of a lower ecological impact.

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Opinion poll

The lower drink-driving limits from December are:

Great - too much carnage on our roads.

Overkill - targets moderate drinkers, not the heavies

Still too little - make it zero tolerance.

Sensible - punishment is in line with lesser breaches of limit.

Vote Result

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