Scott Watson failed two drug tests

Scott Watson in the High Court in Christchurch. He was denied parole.

10:48 AM  Convicted double murderer took drugs behind bars and has been found to be at 'very high risk' of re-offending.

Snow flurries move north gallery video

Snow blankets the ground in Waiouru.

9 min ago  The white stuff is falling in Bay of Plenty as icy blast moves up country, closing roads and disrupting travel.

Kapiti baby dies, man arrested

Wellington Hospital, where the patient is being tested.

11:18 AM  Six-month-old girl with severe head injuries has died in Wellington Hospital.

Man stabbed in neck

Police were called to a stabbing in Lower Hutt on Tuesday night.

10:07 AM  A man is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the neck in a Lower Hutt pizza shop.

'Six days on the floor'

Charles Parfitt spent six days injured and dehydrated on the floor of his flat after a fall in May.

11:08 AM  Elderly man lay injured and dehydrated on the floor of his flat for several days.

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crime

Doctor's alleged $435k fraud

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17 min ago  Auckland doctor accused of claiming for patients who weren't even in the country.

Kapiti baby dies, man arrested

11:18 AM  Six-month-old girl with severe head injuries has died in Wellington Hospital.

Scott Watson failed two drug tests

Man sentenced for ramming police

politics

Budget roars back into surplus

Finance Minister Bill English looks set to get the books back into the black, despite Budget forecasting he would fail.

10:22 AM  Hopes of a Budget surplus have soared after Treasury reported the books were in the black by more than $1 billion at the end of May.

Target for greenhouse gas cuts

But critics say climate change target is not nearly enough.

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Conserative Party leader Colin Craig

Craig asks for 'forgiveness'

Colin Craig puts his leadership to a party ballot and asks "forgiveness" from the Conservative Party.

education

School hit by cuts

Picton School principal Alister McCosh with books supplied to the school through the Duffy Books in Homes scheme. The programme is under threat following a cut to Picton School's funding.

10:39 AM  A decision to raise Picton School's decile rating from three to five has been confirmed by the Ministry of Education.

Why fewer get university entrance

NCEA pass rates are up but the proportion going on to university is down.

Sex education: Principals are uncomfortable with the idea of high school pupils being taught how to be good lovers.

Should sex ed teach pleasure?

Principals are uncomfortable with school students being taught how to be good lovers.

health

Doctor's alleged $435k fraud

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18 min ago  Auckland doctor accused of claiming for patients who weren't even in the country.

Hamilton doctors swamped with children

The start of the school holidays saw doctors' offices inundated with patients, many of them children.

Elsie Howarth donated her kidney to her father Robin Howarth and is struggling with the consequences financially and health wise while her dad's health is improving.

Kidney donation law change should go further

 OPINION: While New Zealand's kidney donation rate has risen slightly in the past year, the financial burden borne by live kidney donors following surgery continues to be a major barrier to organ donation.

Women of Influence

Achieving work/life balance video

How do you achieve a good work/life balance?

How do you a achieve a good work/life balance? 

'I'm a role model for NZ women' video

Helen Clark's handshake is still cast iron strong; the self-confidence still supremely intact.

"I think today women still have to make a decision about career and taking time out to have a family and how much time," says Jo-Anne Wilkinson.

'It's a huge privilege'

Jo-anne Wilkinson was the joint winner of the Women of Influence 2014 award for Social Enterprise.

farming

Drilling drives out rural couple

Cows grazing near one of the well sites next to the Morrison's Taranaki farm

A Taranaki farming couple are warning others not to fall into the same trap they did when an oil company came knocking.

Is it worth the risk?

OPINION: You can argue that it's not your head that will get hurt – it didn't the last time you came off – but it might.

Fonterra is looking at a less "clunky" system of sharing out its guaranteed milk price contracts.

Fonterra eyes longer-term deals

Fonterra sees third party market options as it explores offering longer guaranteed milk price contracts.

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