Why are NCEA results up? video

NCEA grade inflation graph

Dramatic increases in NCEA pass rates "clearly indicate grade inflation".

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Top cops to sue

Inspector John Canning and two of his senior sergeants – Allyson Ealam and Phillip Barker – have launched a $1.5 million defamation case against the Attorney General and Tasman district commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus.

6:48 AM  West Coast's top police officer and two senior sergeants launch $1.5m defamation case against boss.

Harbour victim couldn't swim

Finbarr Clabby at the Mornington Golf Club in 2011. He was named on Monday as the man whose body was found in Wellington Harbour on Sunday.

6:53 AM  Man found drowned in Wellington harbour on Sunday had ticket to Super Rugby final in his pocket.

Sponge offers cancer hope

The Mycale henscheli sponge makes a chemical that could one day be a more effective cancer drug, with fewer side-effects than current medicines.

Powerful toxin in Kiwi sea sponge stops growth of lung tumours, say scientists.

Sumner in deep if tsunami hits

The Governors Bay jetty during the tsunami caused by the 2010 earthquake in Chile.

7:16 AM  Most of Christchurch suburb will be under more than 2.5 metres of water if large tsunami strikes.

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crime

Witherlea man facing over 50 charges

A Witherlea man who appeared via audiovisual link in the Blenheim District Court on Monday is facing 53 charges, the majority of which relate to either offering to supply methamphetamine or offering to supply cannabis.

Blessie's killer loses name appeal

The man found guilty of murdering Blessie Gotingco has lost a suppression appeal but remains a face without a name in the meantime.

Hunter convicted after dog ran off

Teacher faces sex trial

politics

No need to hit panic button - Key

John Key says there is no "ideological" barrier to more spending if the economy needs a boost.

PM John Key leaves the door open to extra spending if growth slows sharply, but says don't panic yet.

EQC Act gets shake up

Insurers are backing a proposal for major changes to the Earthquake Commission Act.

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English has released the latest Government score card, showing reduced crime and welfare dependency.

Fewer children in welfare families

Fewer children are living in welfare-dependent families.

education

Why are NCEA results up? video

NCEA grade inflation graph

Dramatic increases in NCEA pass rates "clearly indicate grade inflation".

Why do NCEA scores always rise?

OPINION: How can it be that while NCEA pass rates are increasing, Kiwi students are going backwards on an international measure?

School boards will have better legal support for cases like the one involving St Bede's rowers Jordan Kennedy and Jack Bell.

Schools to get more legal support

Schools taken to court by angry parents will soon get more legal support.

health

All in your mind

Meditation is not for everyone.

12 min ago  The trendy cure-alls of meditation and mindfulness can come with a few downsides.

The flu season is nigh

The flu season is under way and the public has been warned it could be nasty.

The Mycale henscheli sponge makes a chemical that could one day be a more effective cancer drug, with fewer side-effects than current medicines.

Sponge offers cancer hope

Powerful toxin in Kiwi sea sponge stops growth of lung tumours, say scientists.

Women of Influence

'It's a huge privilege'

"I think today women still have to make a decision about career and taking time out to have a family and how much time," says Jo-Anne Wilkinson.

Jo-anne Wilkinson was the joint winner of the Women of Influence 2014 award for Social Enterprise.

On being Women of Influence video

Some of our Women of Influence alumni on what being a Woman of Influence means to them.

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark, home from the United Nations to accept the Kea World Class New Zealander Supreme Award.

'I'm a role model for NZ women' video

Helen Clark's handshake is still cast iron strong; the self-confidence still supremely intact.

farming

Gay marriage hasn't hurt NZ trade

Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce believes gay marriage could affect his country's trade with Asia.

New Zealand's trade with Asia has increased since same-sex marriage was legalised, rubbishing Aussie minister's claim.

Woman killed in farm accident

A 32-year-old woman has died after an incident on a Southland farm.

PGG Wrightson chief executive Mark Dewdney addressing the company's annual meeting in 2013.

Livestock division investigated

PGG Wrightson has been investigated by the Commerce Commission for breach of the Commerce Act.

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