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'A very unusual death'

Police guarded the property where the four bodies were found overnight.

2 min ago  A mother and three children died from the fumes of a car left running to keep the battery "ticking over".

Her fatal first motorbike ride

Natalia Austin, known as Talia, who was killed in a motorbike accident on Sunday, had a big heart and a talent for writing, her family say.

It was Talia Austin's first time on a motorbike. It was also her last.

Moody skies kick off holidays

Windy

5 min ago  Get ready for bursts of wind, rain and wintery chills.

Old men at war

David Reed, 70, is moving on from troubled times with his 86-year-old neighbour.

They are two old men, with two small flats, side by side, with more than a wall dividing them.

'Severe' quake hits Fiordland

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit 125km west of Tuatapere on Friday morning.

8:49 AM  "Severe" earthquake has been reported near the south coast of Southland.

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crime

Accused manslaughter trio in court

Three young men facing manslaughter charges have appeared in the High Court at New Plymouth.

13 min ago  Three charged with Taranaki barrier death manslaughter appear in court.

Central Otago man charged with indecent assault

19 min ago  Police in Queenstown have charged a Central Otago man with indecently assaulting a family member.

Man dies after axe attack

"Half-hearted" prison escape

politics

NZ First deputy leader speculation

New NZ First deputy leader Ron Mark.

11 min ago  Ron Mark has taken over from Tracey Martin as the NZ First deputy leader.

Charter school's $600k surplus

Whangarei charter school under the spotlight for its spending has a surplus eight times that of the average state school.

State Houses in Glen Innes, Auckland.

State house sales attract many

Investment banks, law firms and international infrastructure investors show interest in buying state houses.

education

Education key to positive cybercitizens

Timaru students Jessica Crosbie,17, and Ella Shaw, 17, use their social media for good, not evil.

The phrase "go kill yourself" is a common comment on South Canterbury teens' social media sites.

Charter school's $600k surplus

Whangarei charter school under the spotlight for its spending has a surplus eight times that of the average state school.

A graphic flyover of the new Rototuna Junior High School.

Virtual first glimpse of new Hamilton school gallery video

Rototuna Junior High will have to be big if the attendance at the school's first information evening is anything to go by.

health

Crashed pharmacy stays open

Dave Adams received a call just before 7pm on Wednesday, informing him there was a smoking vehicle in his pharmacy.

9:31 AM  Although the shop front has been destroyed, the back door is still open for the Palmerston North community.

Suicide toll at highest rate

Suicide toll rises to its highest figure since the coroner’s office started releasing the statistics.

Children "needed protection from the sophisticated marketing of food and drinks that were making them fat".

Fat and sugar 'often disguised'

8:58 AM  Junk food advertising is "powerful, pervasive and predatory" and must be regulated, report says.

Women of Influence

On being a Woman of Influence video

Former Cure Kids CEO Vicki Lee speaking at the launch of this year's Women of Influence programme at Westpac HQ in Auckland.

Some of our Women of Influence alumni on what being a Woman of Influence means to them.

Speak to an astronaut video

Nasa astronaut Wendy Lawrence answered some burning questions about space.

"If you work hard and have the right attitude, you can actually do a lot of things that you think you can't. I think it's about belief," says Therese Walsh.

A sporting winner

Therese Walsh was the supreme winner of the board and management category in 2013.

farming

Varsity farm in bottom rung

Executive director Ron Pellow is at ease with the demonstration farm's declining financial performance because of the environmental advantages.

Dairy demonstration farm at Lincoln University is sliding down the ladder against top Canterbury farmers because of nitrogen loss restraints.

Strong bull buying

Drought failed to deter buyers from investing in their breeding programmes during Canterbury's bull sale season.

Sheep from the livestock ship Nada are coralled on arrival in Mexico.

Sheep deaths escalating

SAFE claims 252 sheep destined for a live export shipment to Mexico, died before they got on board.

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