Man found dead in state house

A man's body was found in this state house in Porirua. Police say it had been there for weeks.

1:21 PM  Neighbours noticed a smell which led to the discovery of a body in state house in Porirua.

Single punch 'unsurvivable'

Cruz Mason Murray, 27, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting 48-year-old Bruce Coker and committing manslaughter on December 20 last year.

1:16 PM  Cruz Murray's single punch shattered Bruce Coker's skull and led to his death, manslaughter trial told.

North battens down hatches video

Rainfall gains in intensity as it moves across the North Island in this MetService rain radar image from 1.51pm.

2 min ago  Double whammy of heavy rain and gales set to hammer Auckland, Northland and Coromandel.

Family sleeps, burglars strike video

Rowena Patterson said her maternal instincts kicked in when she realised burglars had wandered around her home, possibly while she was reading bedtime stories to her children.

Theft of laptop with film-makers' creations is the worst loss in home invasion.

Midwives sue Government video

Midwives gather outside the High Court at Wellington.

14 min ago  Midwives have lodged the nation's biggest equal pay challenge.

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crime

Punch was self-defence, jury told

Cruz Mason Murray, 27, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting 48-year-old Bruce Coker and committing manslaughter on December 20 last year.

1:16 PM  Cruz Murray's single punch shattered Bruce Coker's skull and lead to his death, the jury in a manslaughter trial heard.

Liquor store robbery-accused refused bail video

1:05 PM  Teens who allegedly robbed Christchurch liquor store will spend another night in custody, one in the police cells.

Three months online before father found out

Man in court for alleged chemical attack

politics

Midwives sue Government video

Midwives gather outside the High Court at Wellington.

13 min ago  Midwives have lodged the nation's biggest equal pay challenge.

Sick of Auckland? Try Welly

8 min ago  Wellington's mayor says Aucklanders tired of high house prices and long commutes should move.

"If they've got a case, and the courts agree with them, then they'll direct the Government I guess," John Key says.

Key on midwives' pay action

Midwives' major equal pay court case may be about disparity between industries, rather than sexism: PM.

education

Waipesi hailed for lifting opportunities

Handing out books at a gather of Waipesi, (Wainuiomata Pacific Education Success Initiative) were Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard (centre) and  Labour's community sector spokeswoman Poto Williams and youngsters Lucia Faapusa (on Trevor's knee), Jackson Whiu, Dominic Volkner and Levi Kahui-Puhia.

A programme opening up education opportunities for Pacific Island children is being hailed as a success.

Studying on the breadline

More students are having to live with their parents to make ends meet.

Students Kate Lindstrom, left, and Dagmar van Antwerpen, both 17, will not be attending the college formal on September 11.

No invite for ball hopefuls

Former Marlborough Girls' student who left school due to illness hangs up ball dress as a decision forbidding her from attending is held up.

health

Midwives sue Government video

Midwives gather outside the High Court at Wellington.

14 min ago  Midwives have lodged the nation's biggest equal pay challenge.

New Zealand needs to do more to tackle overdose problem

OPINION: Monday is International Overdose Awareness Day.

Waisake Naholo was named in the All Blacks squad on Sunday.

Can herbs really heal a broken leg?

All Black Waisake Naholo's miracle cure is an incredible story. Perhaps too incredible.

Women of Influence

A very unplanned career

"I'd have every child in New Zealand growing up with the kind of opportunities I had, that would be brilliant," says Fran Wilde.

Former Wellington mayor and Labour MP Fran Wilde was the local and regional winner in 2013.

Advice to your teenage self video

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your teenage self?

2014 Emerging Leader winner Althea Carbon

'Push out of your comfort zone'

Young corporate lawyer Althea Carbon is passionate about using digital innovation to help charities.

farming

Room for more bull beef

Bull beef is a "very saleable product" says Tony Egan.

NZ's bull beef exports jump nearly $250m this year with one processor suggesting there is market room for more bull beef farming.

'Stripey' rain relief for some

Rain has brought relief for some farmers in drought-hit North Canterbury but others are still in survival mode.

Charles and Karen Irving, their daughter Ruth and husband Monne Bruinsma are facing $157,000 in fees following an attempt to secure a resource consent for a dairy conversion in the Waituna catchment.

Farmers hit with $157k bill

Family feels persecuted after resource consents and associated costs for a dairy conversion totalled $157,000.

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