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Taylor guilty of attempted murder

Head injury victim Kahu Vincent during his time at Wakari Hospital, Dunedin.

19 min ago  Ahu Taylor intended to kill Kahu Vincent when he attacked him in Wanaka last year, a jury has found.

'We were trying to kick him' video

Shekinah Relies-Skipper was pulled into a car in Burns Ave, Palmerston North, on Friday morning.

1 min ago  "He just walked around me and grabbed her and chucked her in the car," girls say of sister's abduction.

Missing toddler found

Hamilton police searching for missing three-year-old boy.

2:59 PM  A three-year-old boy who went missing in Claudelands, Hamilton, has been found.

Upper Hutt McDonald's on fire

The fire at McDonald's in Silverstream, Upper Hutt, on Friday afternoon.

2 min ago  A fire at McDonald's in Silverstream has halted nearby trains.

Teen 10cm taller overnight

Fourteen-year-old Sam Hansen grew 10cm overnight, after undergoing surgery to correct scoliosis.

1:55 PM  Sam Hansen, 14, became taller than her big sister in just one night.

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'I thought she wouldn't come back' video

Shekinah Relies-Skipper was pulled into a car in Burns Ave, Palmerston North, on Friday morning.

''He just walked around me and grabbed her and chucked her in the car,'' girls say of sister's abduction.

Own your own luxury resort gallery

The multi-million dollar home in the Waitakere ranges comes with a pool, jetty and tennis courts.

Luxury home sale offers buyers their own resort in Laingholm, Auckland.

Upper Hutt McDonald's on fire

The fire at McDonald's in Silverstream, Upper Hutt, on Friday afternoon.

A McDonald's in Silverstream has been evacuated and nearby trains stopped because of the blaze.

Fuel theft 'could have claimed lives'

Police are investigating the theft of helicopter fuel in Fiordland.

The theft of helicopter fuel in Fiordland could have claimed lives, police say.

Tourists' luggage stolen from Mt Albert

Amit Anjara is desperate to recover two suitcases stolen from outside his apartment.

A Mt Albert man is desperate to recover two stolen suitcases containing valuable family heirlooms.

Police seek missing teen

Wellington Police are trying to locate missing teen Tumanako Tawhaki.

Wellington police say 17-year-old may have travelled to the Palmerston North area.

Te reo funds schooling

Royal Oak Intermediate associate principal Michael Webber is preparing his pupils Teresa Feaomoengalu, Miyah Reynolds-Sinel, Karlos Huch and Fritz Jahnke-Tavana for the Te Reo-athon.

Te Reo Maori is helping pupils get a fair shot at education.

Taylor guilty of attempted murder

Head injury victim Kahu Vincent during his time at Wakari Hospital, Dunedin.

Ahu Taylor intended to kill Kahu Vincent when he attacked him in Wanaka last year, a jury has found.

Man shot in Kaitaia

Police are investigating a drive-by shooting which occured early on Friday morning in Kaitaia.

Police believe a gang was involved in the drive-by shooting of a man in Kaitaia.

Missing Hamilton toddler found

Hamilton police searching for missing three-year-old boy.

A three-year-old boy who went missing in Claudelands, Hamilton, has been found.

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crime

Guilty pleas to manslaughter

Hawera man John Fairweather with a photo of him with wife Christine.  She was killed in August 2014 while removing metal fencing which was blocking State Highway 3.

Three Taranaki men have pleaded guilty to causing the death of a woman .

Fraud accused 'hard worker'

Mighty River Power worker accused of $2.3m fraud was simply naive about company rules, his lawyer says.

Was the punishment enough?

Woodend rapists jailed

politics

Colin Craig turns home builder

Businessman and former politician Colin Craig hopes to do more affordable housing developments.

Ex-Conservatives leader Colin Craig wants to build affordable homes to ease Auckland's housing crisis.

'I care about NZ too, Mr Joyce'

Labour leader Andrew Little argues that Steven Joyce is wrong.

OPINION: Labour leader Andrew Little responds to Steve Joyce's open letter to TPP protestors.

A protester's letter to Joyce video

Green MP Kennedy Graham says he's not protesting but refuting Government policy.

OPINION: Government minister Steven Joyce wrote an open letter to TPP protestors. And now he's copped one back from an MP on the protest front line.

Collins not budging on pursuits

Police Minister Judith Collins says it was speeding, not a police pursuit, that landed three people in hospital.

Baby injured because of speeding, not police pursuit, says Judith Collins.

education

Tog donations get kids back in the pool

New Pukemiro School principal Wendy Sheridan-Smith is overjoyed that the children get to use the school pool. Paige Katipa, Jorjah Tawha, Jahmain Kaihe, Rakai Taoho and Summer van Leeuwen cool off in the summer heat.

Thanks to swimsuit donations and the new school principal, kids at decile one Pukemiro Primary School are learning how to swim again.

Kids too poor for togs

Glen Innes Primary School children are making a splash thanks to donations of togs.

Donations have poured in for kids missing out on swimming lessons because they couldn't afford togs.

Stella's stellar results

Motueka High School's 2015 dux Stella Bogdanoff who gained three NZQA scholarships, two of them for drama and her art portfolio

A Motueka student has topped New Zealand in two subjects, but she won't be accepting the $5000 scholarships.

Good news for Fairfield College on ERO front

Principal Richard Crawford and students, from left, Mika Hill, 16, April McLean, 15, Tyler Skelton, 15, Gabby Butler, 15, and Darian Waitere, 16, celebrate the good news.

ERO reviews for the school are set to be on a three-year cycle instead of an annual one.

health

Farmers egged on to suicide

Waikato herd manager Gina Greenwood says farmers are not responsible for the bobby calf deaths which have attracted the ire of animal welfare activists.

Attacks on dairy farmers from animal rights advocates are escalating, supporters say.

Where do you get your water?

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board health protection officer David Speedy is encouraging people to check trucks used to carry water are registered with public health if they buy tankered drinking water.

Marlborough residents with empty water tanks should check companies trucking in water are meeting public health standards.

DHB estimates 4000 affected by fetal alcohol disorder

Dr Polly Atatoa Carr, right, a director of the Growing Up in New Zealand study, said there seems to be worldwide attention on FASD.

An estimated 4000 people in the Waikato are affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Lessons in life and death video

Jake Bailey has had to reevaluate his priorities after surviving cancer and chemotherapy.

Teenage cancer survivor Jake Bailey became famous for an inspirational speech.

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

Flashpoint over poachers

Blenheim police Sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Fed-up farmers are losing patience with trespassing hunters.

Top shearers meet Welshmen 

Dion King, one of New Zealand's shearers facing Wales.  He is shearing as part of a during a competition.

Rangitikei will host the third test between New Zealand shearers and Wales.

Show hens some love

Animal welfare activists in 2014 protest against the farming of colony-caged eggs

Animal rights group SAFE wants Countdown supermarkets to sell only free-range or barn-raised eggs.

Rugby field of dreams video

Highlanders fan Brad Crickett, 11, of Otautau, in his Stags rugby jersey at the match between the Highlanders and Crusaders in farmer Fred Booth's paddock near Gore.

It's not exactly Eden Park... the Highlanders and the Crusaders meet in a farmer's paddock.

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