Rain floods homes, businesses gallery video

Flooding in the seaside suburb of Lyall Bay along Wellington's south coast near the airport.

17 min ago  Accident and Urgent Medical Centre closes while 27 flooded buildings attended to in two hours.

Photos: How's the weather at your place?

Child's death probed

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6 min ago  Police investigate the death of a 15-month-old boy who suffered fatal head injuries.

Tramper thought swept away

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8:11 AM  Searchers find pack and raincoat believed to belong to a tramper who may have been swept down a flooded river.

New mum stresses scans video

Terryn Poharama says her daughter, 5-year-old Rahnui Owens, is her "miracle baby".

A young mum who opted for a 4D ultrasound finds her unborn baby had a rare brain condition.

Kiwi feared dead after quake video

Rescue team members search for bodies in the debris of a collapsed temple at Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal.

9:07 AM  One Kiwi is feared dead in the aftermath of the devastating Nepal earthquake.

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crime

Child sex charges laid

Nelson District Court.

9:23 AM  Nelson man charged with 14 child sex offences, including attempted rape of an underage girl.

Fraudster set for appeal

8:22 AM  Tony Mount says his sentence is “excessive" and challenges Crown evidence in appeal notice.

Police put heat on poachers

Blessie Gotingco murder trial to start

politics

Key 'understands' use of force

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Prime Minister John Key meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.

9:19 AM  As Gulf States warplanes pound Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen, Prime Minister John Key says he "understands" the use of force.

PM navigates Dubai skies video

Prime Minister John Key has taken his knack for navigating tricky situations to the skies.

Prime Minister John Key's ponytail-pulling antics have earned him a spot on US comedy show Last Week Tonight.

PM lampooned on US show video

Prime Minister John Key's ponytail pranks have landed him another spot on US comedy show Last Week Tonight.

education

Booze ban for halls

Victoria University's  Katharine Jermyn Hall on Boulcott St is under an alcohol ban.

A Vic Uni accommodation hall has banned alcohol after ''excessive drinking" and wild behaviour that left holes in the ceiling.

School's doors were never closing

Widespread gossip has ensnared one Auckland school.

Onslow College students Matthew Randle and Catherine Pot, both 16, have been spending lunchtimes in the physics lab preparing since being selected to compete for New Zealand at the Physics World Cup.

Let's get physical

Five high-school students are looking to bring back an unusual World Cup gold medal.

health

A long road to mental recovery

The length of the recovery should not be underestimated, says Caroline Bell, head of Otago University's Mental Health Clinical Research Unit in Christchurch.

1 min ago  After recovering, there is the recovering from the recovering. And it may take 10 years.

Mum stresses pregnancy scans video

A young mum who opted for a 4D ultrasound finds her unborn baby had a rare brain condition.

Clare Templeton and Helen Craig in front of the old nursing quarters at Whangarei Hospital, now converted to an office block.

Relishing five decades of care

9 min ago  It's been fifty years since they graduated, but two Whangarei nurses still love coming to work each day.

farming

Sustainability from the heart

The de Jong family, winners of the supreme award at the Waikato Farm Environment Awards. From left, Talbert de Jong and partner Emily Meese Tineke, Simone and Frans de Jong.

Farming sustainably comes from the heart, award-winning farmer Frans de Jong says.

Empty rates rising in Waikato

Empty cow rates are up over much of dairying heartland Waikato as farmers respond to a squeeze on their wallets and outlawing of inductions.

Lowering the stocking rate and using a feed pad are two actions that could help reduce a farmers' nitrogen leaching, an ongoing DairyNZ study has found.

N leaching reductions possible

Nitrogen leaching can be reduced by 40-50 per cent if the cows are stood off on a feed pad at a reduced stocking rate.

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