Tupuna carving theft upsets

Mike Ure is offering a reward to anyone with information that helps find his stolen carving.

Thieves stole a carving from Mike Ure's property while he took his daughter to hospital.

Man excapes Hamilton Court 

WANTED: Escaped prisoner Michael Campbell.

Police are looking for escaped prisoner Michael Campbell, who broke out of Hamilton Court cells.

Surfers unshaken by shark

Surfer Niklas Janke, right, and a friend with a bronze whaler shark caught south of the Horoirangi Marine Reserve, in Nelson.

A large shark caught on Boxing Day won't keep surfers away from their favourite Nelson spot.

Motel victim autopsy underway video

NZ Police Tape

11:29 AM  An autopsy is being carried out on a man killed in a violent attack at an Auckland motel.

Holiday road toll six

FATAL: Emergency services attended a deadly crash between a milk tanker and a car in the Eastern Bay of Plenty yesterday morning.

A second person has died as a result of a crash in the Bay of Plenty yesterday.

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crime

Arrest follows armed stand-off

Police surrounded this shop in Paihia amid hostage claims.

11:30 AM  A woman staff member at Paihia Four Square was held by a man with a knife.

Motel victim's autopsy underway video

11:29 AM  An autopsy is being carried out on a man killed in a violent attack at an Auckland motel.

Hunt for Hamilton Court escapee

Suspected arson at Patea store

politics

Reporter gets privacy apology

ANDREA VANCE: Parliamentary swipe card and phone records were accessed during the investigation.

Fairfax political reporter Andrea Vance has received an apology from Parliamentary Service over a breach of her privacy during an investigation into a leaked report.

Dotcom appeal dismissed

Supreme Court dismisses Kim Dotcom's appeal against decision that said the raids were legal.

Backing their man: Sharemilker Bas Nelis had the support of his farming colleagues when he was prosecuted.

NZ First attacks council

Party says Waikato Regional Council bureaucrats who prosecuted Bas Nelis should seek employment in North Korea.

education

Trip opens up mind, career path

OPENING HIS MIND: Originally from Timaru, Sam Brosnahan is studying in Shanghai, on a Prime Minister’s scholarship.

China is far more relevant to NZ than he imagined, Sam Brosnahan is learning.

Man's teaching passion

He once stacked knuckles at a freezing works, now he can't imagine working in anything but education.

40mls of alcohol-based hand sanitiser, the estimated amount a four-year-old drank before becoming grossly intoxicated.

Preschooler drunk on hand sanitiser

Ministry investigates how child got drunk at preschool and will warn early childhood centres about alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

health

Tongans tackle weighty issue

Emanita Pohahau, left, and Luseane Kelenitesi Moli lost a combined 29 kilograms in
four months.

A group of Tongan women in Marlborough are trying to change some of the unhealthy habits of their culture, Biggest Loser-style.

Solutions sought for maternity unit

Leading midwifery organisation is offering to help find a solution to Stratford's maternity woes.

LIGHTS ON, NOBODY HOME: The Kimberley Centre, Kimberley Road, Levin.

Stepping into the past video

Walking back through the troubled past of the Kimberley Centre, once a home for intellectually disabled people.

farming

Maori land potential highlighted

FORESTRY

Unlocking the potential of Maori agricultural and forestry freehold land could add $3.5 billion to the economy.

Genetic leap offers hope

NZ may export dairy genetics that will enable cattle to tolerate high tropical temperatures - and climate change.

Apart from the muscular texel, where are the exotic breeds now? asks former scientist Dr Clive Dalton.

Traditionals the mainstay

OPINION: Claims that exotic breeds have saved the sheep industry are exaggerated and widely inaccurate .