Is this antique porthole yours? gallery

The ill-fated SS Ventnor leaves Westport in 1902.

Claims of ownership are being sought for artifacts salvaged from a historic New Zealand shipwreck.

State house sell-off underway

State Housing shake-up

The biggest shake up of State housing in decades is about to get underway.

El Nino is coming, and it's a biggie

Te Whanga farm, east of Masterton, during the last dry spell in March.

Rainfall could drop by 15 per cent in some parts of the country, climate scientists say.

Gory pics predict depression video

Victoria University psychology student Rosie Moody is researching the differences in the brains of people who are prone to depression.

New research looks at mysterious link between activity in the front of the brain and depression.

Loo with a view voted best video

The public toilets at Clifton Road Reserve, near Haumoana, Hastings, have been declared the best loo in the country for 2015 by Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

You could call it a straight flush for Hastings: prettiest city and loveliest loos.

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crime

How to manipulate a witness

Robert Michael, from Victoria University, has found that witnesses' confidence in their memories can be affected by whether they are asked easy or difficult questions first.

New study suggests how easy it can be to shake people's confidence in their memories.

Aggravated robbery in Foxton

A good Samaritan who came to the aid of a motorist who had been assaulted in Foxton was himself attacked.

Woman rips off imprisoned father

Maggie Watson's death 'not an accident'

politics

State house sell-off underway

State Housing shake-up

The biggest shake up of State housing in decades is about to get underway.

Secret courts concern

More lawyers and human rights activists have added their voice to the chorus of concerns over secret courts.

Domestic violence law overhaul could see an expiry date for protection orders.

Protection order idea panned

Protection orders should have an expiry date, MPs have recommended.

education

Ceremony for student stars

Addi Sawyer, 13 (right) receiving her Blue Badge with fellow Palmerston North Intermediate Normal students.

Palmerston North Intermediate Normal has recognised excellence among their pupils.

Fire setback for remote Coast school

Remote West Coast school faces further setback after losing four classrooms in fire.

There's no clear definition and no proven specialist treatment, says UK-based professor Julian Elliott.

Dyslexia label 'meaningless': ed psych

Ditch the term altogether is Julian Elliott's advice.

health

Can gory pictures predict depression? video

Victoria University psychology student Rosie Moody is researching the differences in the brains of people who are prone to depression.

New research looks at mysterious link between activity in the front of the brain and depression.

Infant deaths prompt hui

Caregivers must keep vigilant to curb the growing number of infants suffering sudden deaths.

A number of commenters on the medical centre's post said they, or someone they knew, had been turned away.

Medical centre cops criticism

Claims of being turned away and being mistreated are driving Matamata locals out of town for medical care.

Women of Influence

A very unplanned career

"I'd have every child in New Zealand growing up with the kind of opportunities I had, that would be brilliant," says Fran Wilde.

Former Wellington mayor and Labour MP Fran Wilde was the local and regional winner in 2013.

Advice to your teenage self video

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your teenage self?

2014 Emerging Leader winner Althea Carbon

'Push out of your comfort zone'

Young corporate lawyer Althea Carbon is passionate about using digital innovation to help charities.

farming

Bike death makes tragic point

Police investigate a quad bike death on a Puketaha farm, near Hamilton

A quad bike tragedy has ripped a hole in hard-working farming family.

Fonterra helping fight fires

Fonterra grassroots funding helping rural communities with their firefighting resources.

Janet Gray with a rare set of quad lambs born to a southdown ewe at the farm near Rongotea.

Surprise! It's quadruplets video

Southdown lambs aren't usually born in sets of four, but a Manawatu ewe has given birth to her own flock

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