Pediatrician: Get your shots

A Waikato pediatrician has said that whooping cough will never be eradicated because there are "too many reservoirs for infection".

10:59 PM  He says it's frustrating to hear people say they've done "careful research" and decided not to vaccinate.

Warning on Anzac Day traffic chaos

The official opening of the National War Memorial Park in Wellington on the weekend ahead of this week's ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.

This weekend's Anzac ceremonies "could be the biggest disruption to public transport ever".

Pills to 'stop me killing my kids' gallery video

Edward Livingstone.

A father who killed his kids was 'friendly and smiling', hiding homicidal thoughts from his psychiatrist.

Are you living next to a brothel?

You could be living next to a brothel and be none the wiser.

Marlborough residents could be living next door to a brothel without knowing it.

Taupo woman to be farewelled

Murder victim Katrina Rose Drummond.

10:51 PM  Friends and family will say their goodbyes to murder victim Katrina Rose Drummond on Wednesday.

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crime

Jubilation as son walks free

Brendon Lee Charles Bell.

Cries of jubilation rang out when a young man was discharged without conviction following the death of his father.

Killer's criminal history not known gallery video

A father who killed his kids was 'friendly and smiling', hiding homicidal thoughts from his psychiatrist.

Accountants appeal jail

Car crashes into house

politics

Minister declines Ellis inquiry

Peter Ellis in 1993.

The Government has ruled against an independent inquiry into the sexual assault convictions of Peter Ellis.

Call to lift refugee quota

Government urged to do more to support millions of refugees fleeing their homes around the world.

Troops leaving Ohakea on the first leg of their journey to Iraq.

Troops depart for Iraq

New Zealand troops bound for Iraq have left on the first leg of their deployment.

education

Learning from the past

Three Kings resident Carol Mutch is headed to Gallipoli to commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landings.

It was meant to be an academic research project looking at the portrayal of the Anzac legend in New Zealand schools but soon became much more personal.

Playgrounds are too PC

Children can learn more from a collection of old tyres and tin cans than from a perfectly manicured, politically correct playground.

Horsham Downs School won a $10,000 grant to build an outdoor classroom surrounded by bush. L-R Jorja Wilson (6), Lewis Bennett (7), Ruud Kleinpaste (bug man) and Chloe Lamb (6).

Bugs breathe life into school

"The bugman" paid a visit to a Hamilton school for their Treemendous School Makeover.

health

Pediatrician: Get your shots

A Waikato pediatrician has said that whooping cough will never be eradicated because there are "too many reservoirs for infection".

10:59 PM  He says it's frustrating to hear people say they've done "careful research" and decided not to vaccinate.

Autistic Auckland man forced into care

Autistic man kept in compulsory care for a decade has sentence extended with no end in sight.

Lecretia Seales has an inoperable brain tumour and wants to be able to ask for help to die.

Groups want say in cancer case

Lecretia Seales is dying, and doesn't have time for delays in her legal case.

farming

Land price rises may not last

Farm land values have soared in the last year but they may not be sustainable.

NZ's farm land values have risen more than most comparable countries in the past 15 years but they may have plateaued an economist has warned.

Bulk savvy's price bubbles

The price of Marlborough wine on the bulk market has doubled after low yields this harvest.

Lowline heifers wait their turn in the judging ring at the Royal Agricultural Society's judges seminar.

Cattle judges judged

Cattle judges leap at the chance to brush up their skills at a recent RAS beef judging seminar.

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