Cop's wife accused of hit plot

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

Three hurt in Kaimai crash

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Three people have been flown to hospital after a crash on the lower Kaimai Ranges in Waikato.

Mountain biker dies

Emergency services at the Seven Mile bike park near Queenstown.

A man has died while cycling at a popular mountain biking park near Queenstown.

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.

Teens in party quad bike crash

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Boy in hospital after he took two girls on a quad bike ride during a party and crashed.

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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.

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

Boost for under-achieving schools

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Five high-need Kiwi schools are getting a $50K a year bonus to offer to the right principal.

Schools ease student stress

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

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Condoms given out at school

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

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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