Secret death panel planned

Corporal Luke Tamatea and Sarah Erb.

Families of soldiers killed in the line of duty fear for the truth behind battlefield deaths could be covered up.

Danica's return voyage

LOST: Paul Weeks with his wife Danica.

After almost a year consumed with thoughts of planes, Danica Weeks boarded one.

Abbott to discuss Iraq with Key

PLENTY TO DISCUSS: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Australian counterpart Tony Abbott.

Australian PM's visit to New Zealand overshadowed by speculation about his political future.

Murder house fire 'suspicious'

Police are investigating the fire at the Ormond St, Woodville address where James Whatuira was killed in January.

A fire at the scene of James Whatuira's death in Woodville is the result of arson, police say.

Sex crims walk in park

Escorted: Ivan Andrew Campbell (red cap) and Nicholas Iain Hawker (blue and white jersey) on a morning walk through St Albans Park.

Three of the country's most notorious criminals  team up for morning walks in a public park.

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crime

Hit put on cop, wife charged

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A woman has appeared in court charged with attempting to arrange a hit on her police officer husband.

Whatuira fire was arson

A fire at the scene of James Whatuira's death in Woodville is the result of arson, police say.

Man pleads to incest, rape

'You stole my life'

politics

Dream run so far as Little hits 100

Labour leader Andrew Little replies to John Key's speech on the Iraq deployment today.

8:08 AM  OPINION: The recent level of attention around Andrew Little's digestive tract is extraordinary.

Abbott to discuss Iraq with Key

Australian PM's visit to New Zealand overshadowed by speculation about his political future.

LAPDOG WITH POTENTIAL: Te Ururoa Flavell has long been considered the halfway viewpoint between Hone Harawira and Pita Sharples. There's no reason he and Marama Fox can't establish that independent Maori voice.

The Maori Party can succeed

Opinion: Put it to party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell the Maori Party are government lapdogs, he'll likely agree with you. 

education

Condoms given out at school

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A high school handed out condoms to girls as young as 15 after a dozen girls returned from summer holidays pregnant.

Senior school leaders quit

The principal and his deputy have resigned amid state intervention at St Mark’s School in Christchurch.

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Promoting student wellbeing, Palmerston North girls high school running sessions including 101 ways to be happy. Palmerston North Girls' High School year 11 students, from left, Abbey Hoffman, 15, Rhiannon Cryer, 15, and Paige Svenson, 15, take part in a student wellbeing sessions, where happiness is generated through blowing bubbles.

Schools ease student stress

Strung-out students' wellbeing is becoming a top priority in Palmerston North.

health

Diet pill scam warning

Brian Hogan with his daughter Chloe at their home in South Auckland.

Brian Hogan's usually sound judgement went awry when he saw an advertisement on a Kiwi website for "miracle" diet-pill Garcinia Cambogia.

Dad's disease inspires ride

Inspired by his father's diagnosis of motor neurone disease, Carey Vivian cycled through the Mackenzie Country yesterday on a 4000-kilometre journey.

Experts have again warned about the dangers of teenagers drinking.

Kiwis slowing down on booze

Nearly 100,000 Kiwis have given up the booze in the past five years, according to a new survey by the Ministry of Health.

farming

Stay positive, keep motivated

Cole Groves gives credit to an extra water source helping the family’s dairying business maintain milk production.

By good management and fortuitous leasing of land, the Groves are making the most of a tough dairying season.

New lake call grows stronger

A new man-made lake to provide drought-safe irrigation water for Mid and South Canterbury is expected to be bankrolled by borrowed bank money and farmers.

Field work: Grass seed sales are up from the regrassing of drought-singed pastures.

Regrassing boosts seed demand 

Silver lining from North Island drought is demand for Canterbury seed increasing.

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