Crackdown on drone dangers

Three drone operators have been fined as part of a recent crackdown on drone use.

9 min ago  Aviation authorities are mounting an unprecedented crackdown on drone operators, with three fined in safety scares.

Drones invading privacy say critics

Drones keep droning on

Love propels dad through seas

Don Reid emerging from the water at Maketu Beach after a 12.3 km swim from Motiti Island which took him 4 hours 15 minutes.

9 min ago  A Bay of Plenty father swam 12.5km through choppy ocean yesterday to raise money to send his son to the US for life-changing surgery.

Refugee pleads for help

DIFFERENT WORLDS: Friends of Christian convert Khalid Muidh Alzahrani fear the refugee has been abducted from his Christchurch flat and taken back to Saudi Arabia – home to the Islamic holy city of Mecca – where it is against the law for Muslims to abandon their faith.

9 min ago  A Saudi refugee who suddenly left the country last year has contacted friends pleading for help.

Myth that young tourists are stingy gallery

Bill Jackman, 28, and Hebe Henderson, 21, from Cornwall are squeezing a five-week NZ trip in between visiting Australia and Thailand.

Our relationship with the tourism industry is fraught: we need their money, but we love to complain about them.

Bodybuilder 'doing it clean' video

Dylan Stephens said ecstasy helped with sleep and back pain.

Bodybuilder Dylan Stephens, jailed after taking steroids and ecstasy, reveals how his life fell apart.

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crime

Eerie echoes in death case

MOURNED: Gwen Blake

7 min ago  A celebrant who asked mourners to put aside their anger when she officiated at the funeral of a Taranaki shooting victim is now herself dead, and a homicide inquiry is under way.

Serious assault in Queenstown

A man was knocked unconscious and then beaten while on the pavement in Queenstown last night.

Arrest after Stratford death video

'Animal control officer' steals dog

politics

Waitangi Day trouble expected

Hinewhare Harawira at Waitangi

8 min ago  Even before Waitangi Day commemorations start a judge has signalled trouble ahead after he approved the appointment of one of the country's most disruptive women and her partner.

Greens set for leadership run-off

The Green Party is to embark on a primary-style leadership run-off, after the shock resignation of co-leader Russel Norman.

''€˜Administrative error''€™: James Haggett.

Principal under investigation

8 min ago  The Government's controversial charter school experiment faces more strife.

education

New principal under investigation

''€˜Administrative error''€™: James Haggett.

8 min ago  The Government's controversial charter school experiment faces more strife, with the principal of the latest school under investigation by the Teachers Council.

Principals quit in big numbers

School principals are leaving the profession in droves, with parents' expectations and a lack of support blamed.

Eleanor Catton

'A book is a doorway'

8 min ago  OPINION: Imagine the sudden dissolution of all sports stadiums, fitness centres and recreational facilities in New Zealand, rationalised by the argument that if kids want to learn about sport they can watch it on TV.

health

Surprise from kids' food trial

Everything in moderation:  Aria Ferris, 10, gets stuck into a McDonald’s Happy Meal in Auckland.

9 min ago  Fast food giant McDonald's might be the healthier option when it comes to straight comparisons with other burger restaurants, but child obesity figures are enough to wipe the smile off Ronald's face.

'Silent killer' took daughter swiftly

After losing their daughter, two parents want other families to be aware of how deadly meningococcal disease can be.

Michelle Allwright: Before her weight loss surgery.

Fattest nation?

9 min ago  In December, Nelson woman Michelle Allwright popped over to India for about a week.

farming

Robotics the way ahead

Ben Cameron, with sons James, 13, left, and Izaac, 11, is about to start building.

7 min ago  A Waikato dairying couple are about to welcome six robots to the family.

More land in foreign hands

Another 3000 hectares of Canterbury dairying land has been approved for foreign ownership or control.

George Tennent, left, and his father David at the Hessett block in the foothills of the Ruahine Range.

United on succession plans

7 min ago  A Hawke's Bay couple are carefully planning for the time when their four sons take over three farms.

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