Key claims confusion over texts

Prime Minister John Key has been forced to admit he misled Parliament over his contact with WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater before the release of a report into how Slater obtained sensitive information from the Security Intelligence Service with help from staff in Key's office.

Key is fighting off accusations of lying, claiming confusion about his contact with Cameron Slater.

Murder accused in court video

STABLE IN HOSPITAL: Taryn Welman suffered stab wounds.

Murder accused stays silent as he appears in court, charged with fatally stabbing wife and injuring two others.

Bacterial infection killed boy

Emergency

There was almost no way the death of a boy from an aggressive infection could have been prevented.

Man found dead on grass verge

AT SCENE: Police are investigating the death of a man found on a suburban grass verge on Auckland's North Shore.

Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old man in Auckland last night.

Domestic violence 'a disaster'

Sir Owen Glenn

10:09 AM  Domestic violence in New Zealand is a slow-burning disaster, and a cultural shift is needed says Sir Owen Glenn.

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crime

Murderer Phillip Smith's cuff cuss video

CAPTURED: Phillip John Smith, pictured as he was passing through Auckland Airport on his way out of the country.

9 min ago  "At the end of the day, I'm on a ... plane, where am I going?" Smith complains, after police re-fasten handcuffs.

Sex offender on the run

11:04 AM  Police raid Christchurch properties as they hunt a serial child sex offender who remains at large.

Drink driver causes chaos

Woman beaten with hammer

politics

Glenn: Domestic violence 'a disaster'

Sir Owen Glenn

10:09 AM  Domestic violence in New Zealand is a slow-burning disaster, and a cultural shift is needed says Sir Owen Glenn.

Key claims confusion over texts

Key is fighting off accusations of lying, claiming confusion about his contact with Cameron Slater.

CAMERON SLATER

Live: What a week

As we mark a close to the first week of the final sitting of Parliament for the year, we'll be taking a look back at the extraordinary events of the past seven days. 

education

School's out over bug video

SCHOOL'S OUT: Parents arrive at Willowbank School to collect children after it was closed by the Ministry of Health.

10:19 AM  An East Auckland school closed by the Ministry of Health due to a tummy bug outbreak.

Top jobs change at Hamilton school

A Hamilton school currently under a commissioner is looking for a new principal, and now also a new deputy.

classroom

Force-fed, shut in room by teachers

Two early childhood professionals can continue to teach despite force-feeding children.

health

School's out over bug video

SCHOOL'S OUT: Parents arrive at Willowbank School to collect children after it was closed by the Ministry of Health.

10:19 AM  An East Auckland school closed by the Ministry of Health due to a tummy bug outbreak.

Thousands won't quit smoking

Plans for New Zealand to be smokefree by 2025 would appear to be a pipedream.

StarJam participant Hinerangi (Hine) Collins-Mohi.

Kid with the 'coolest moves'

11:00 AM  She has a sparkle in her step and a twinkle in her toes – and it's not just her glittering shoes that have thrust her in to the limelight.

farming

Mega dairies 'a threat'

MEGA DAIRY: Cows on a big dairy farm in the US.

The development of mega dairies in the US is reducing the competitive advantage of NZ's low-cost farming system, a rural banker has warned.

Cow disease in Marlborough

A blood-borne tick-carried disease has been identified in Marlborough for the first time.

Lamb

Rustlers hit farm

The theft of more than 300 lamb ewes from a remote Stratford farm has highlighted a problem.