The waitress, PM and ponytail video

John Key and wife Bronagh have a coffee at Rosehip, now Rosie cafe, the morning after the 2011 election.

3:53 PM  The Prime Minister has apologised to a waitress who accused him of repeatedly pulling her hair at an Auckland cafe.

The darker side of hospitality

Tennis ball laced with pins

A tennis ball studded with pins found near an Auckland park - one dog owner believes it was deliberately designed to hurt a dog.

A tennis ball studded with pins has horrified a dog owner who found the “weapon” near a park.

Plunket won't sell car seats

Plunket is phasing out its rental and retail car seat service

4:26 PM  After more than 30 years renting and selling car seats, Plunket is shifting its focus.

Dad 'happy' the day he killed

Bradley and Ellen livingston

11 min ago  Police have changed practices after failing to prevent a father breaching a protection order to shoot dead his own children.

Precious cargo for Little

Labour leader Andrew Little has been tasked with taking a Gallipoli medallion belonging to Private Kurei Papuni to his great-niece who is delivering a speech at Gallipoli. Georgina Narayan (pictured) rushed to the airport to meet him.

3:59 PM  Labour leader Andrew Little will deliver a Gallipoli soldier's medal to Turkey.

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crime

Police admit failing to protect kids

Bradley and Ellen livingston

11 min ago  Police have changed practices after failing to prevent a father breaching a protection order to shoot dead his own children.

Coke smuggler was 'high'

4:44 PM  A man was caught importing cocaine at Auckland Airport because he appeared affected by the drug.

Carried shotgun fearing 'mum's hit'

Alleged gunman appears in court

politics

Horsing around or just weird?

PM John Key has long capitalised on his "silly" side by doing things like mincing down the catwalk to show off volunteer uniforms for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

3:48 PM  OPINION: You play practical jokes on people you know are close to you - not a waitress doing her job.

Key's behaviour serious: lawyer

4:37 PM  The PM's repeated pulling of a waitress' hair could fit the bill of sexual harassment, an expert says.

John Key and wife Bronagh have a coffee at Rosehip, now Rosie cafe, the morning after the 2011 election.

PM's ponytail pull apology video

3:53 PM  John Key has apologised to a waitress who accused him of repeatedly pulling her hair.

education

Growing a good idea

Georgia Lala, 17, with her Root Aquaponics system.

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

Hitting the right note

Grandparents often know what is best for the younger generation. And for Dyland Goodisson that meant learning to play the trumpet.

Ashley King, 63, is accusing the government of age discrimination.

Government is 'ageist'

A mature Southland student has questioned if the Government is serious about getting older people into the workforce.

health

Portable MRI 'hi-tech portaloo' video

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One day, it could scan wounded soldiers on a battlefield or patients in an ambulance.

Wrestler is all heart

Normally jumping into a wrestling ring would be low on someone with a heart condition's list. But not for Kartik Swamy.

NBOMe psychedelic tabs seized on drugs black market websites.

Bad trip after N-bomb spike

Man suffers terrifying two-day trip after his drink was spiked with "N-bomb", a new LSD-like drug on the street.

farming

Treated urea claims argued

Ravensdown chief scientific officer Ants Roberts.

Fertiliser companies square off over claims that millions can be saved by using a special stabilised urea.

Counting the carbon

Research underway on two farms aims to provide practical advice on how to to maximise soil carbon stocks.

Hawke's Bay farmers of the year Craig and Trish Sinclair at home at Waiwhare.

Challenging conditions

Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year judges impressed with the winning farm’s high sheep performance in a challenging environment.

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