All day search reveals nil

MYSTERY: Cossey disappeared without trace.

9:16 PM  The mystery of rebuild worker who disappeared after leaving work is no closer to being solved.

Hunter airlifted to hospital

Rotorua-based rescue helicopter was forced to land on the railway lines where a ute was struck by a train.

A 67-year-old hunter has been airlifted to hospital from the area around Lake Tarawera in the Bay of Plenty this afternoon.

Mt Cook a 'burial site'

ASCENT: A climber on the East Ridge route on Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Despite claiming its 234th life this week, reaching the summit, for some, outweighs the risks.

Calls for new Ellis probe

APPEAL: Peter Ellis, who was convicted of child abuse but has always protested his innocence.

Former National leader Don Brash leadsd bid to clear convicted child abuser Peter Ellis' name.

Man dies during dive

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Experienced Christchurch diver in his 50s died after crayfish expedition went wrong in Akaroa.

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crime

Alleged 'grinch' burglar foiled

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An alleged burglar made just one mistake when he stole all of an Auckland family's presents.

Chemical pourer punished

Man who poured hazardous chemical on clothing rack sentenced to community work.

Burglars hit Manawatu schools

Brash seeks inquiry into Ellis case

politics

Traps, 1080, 'vital to save kiwi'

WAR ON PESTS: Conservation Minister Maggie Barry supports trapping and poisoning pests as essential tools to save the kiwi.

Trapping and killing pests in your own back yard is "just what you have to do", Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

Brownlee security details differ

Gerry Brownlee walked past a Chch Airport employee before the man could tell him he had to go security, report shows.

Labour leader Andrew Little.

Merry, merry, merry...

For three days Labour leader Andrew Little shut himself in a room and set about writing a personal message in 450 different Christmas cards.

education

Finding out how children think when using iPads

Maria and Finnian are deep in concentration at Leamington School, where University of Waikato researcher Dr Garry Falloon is looking into how kids are thinking when they use iPads for learning.

A research project into how children think when they use iPads has been given a funding boost.

Bullying charges laid

Bullying allegations have been laid against a prominent Massey University academic.

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Burglars hit Manawatu schools

Play equipment and electronic goods have been taken in spate of burglaries at Manawatu schools.

health

DHB rejects joint venture

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Plans for a joint chief executive for the MidCentral and Whanganui district health boards has been scrapped.

Firefighter flamin' lucky

After being brought to his knees "like a condemned man" by a fire that could have killed him, Troy Mahupuku is fighting back.

A healthy future

The future of Palmerston North's historic Hoffman Kiln is a step closer to being secured, as part of plans for a health centre to be built on the site.

farming

Debt a big hurdle

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Dairy farmers unable to reach $5.75 for each kg of milksolids produced face taking on more debt.

Fonterra's in tight corner

OPINION: Advance monthly payments go unusually close to breaching Fonterra's end-of-year payout forecast.

Silver Fern Farms has yet to report its results for the year to September, but expects a pre-tax profit of between $5m-$7m.

SFF allowed meat discharge

Silver Fern Farms granted consent to discharge into Waimakariri River.