New Year's eve - a wash out?

rain, wet, soggy, soak, umbrella

The chance of perfect summer weather to welcome the arrival of 2015 is looking slim.

Alive after night on the rocks

westpac rescue helicopter airlift

Three fishermen spent a night clinging to a tiny rock after their boat capsized off Northland.

Taranaki escapee busted

Kenneth John Burns.

Fugitive Kenneth Burns, who has been on the run for over a fortnight, is arrested.

Fun park cardiac arrest

Timaru St John Ambulance, generic, medical

A woman is in a critical condition after falling seriously ill on a ride at the Caroline Bay Carnival.

Burned man flown out

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew the burned man to Whanganui Hospital.

A Taihape man has been flown to hospital today after suffering a series of burns.

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crime

Homicide probe after death

Police have released this image of a man they suspect is involved with a violent struggle in an Auckland motel.

11:12 PM  Police hunting two men after a 54-year-old man dies in hospital of injuries from a violent struggle.

Escapee Burns arrested

Fugitive Kenneth Burns, who has been on the run for over a fortnight, is arrested in South Taranaki.

AOS called to Bishopdale

Drink-drive ruling overturned

politics

Reporter gets privacy apology

ANDREA VANCE: Parliamentary swipe card and phone records were accessed during the investigation.

Fairfax political reporter Andrea Vance has received an apology from Parliamentary Service over a breach of her privacy during an investigation into a leaked report.

Dotcom appeal dismissed

Supreme Court dismisses Kim Dotcom's appeal against decision that said the raids were legal.

Backing their man: Sharemilker Bas Nelis had the support of his farming colleagues when he was prosecuted.

NZ First attacks council

Party says Waikato Regional Council bureaucrats who prosecuted Bas Nelis should seek employment in North Korea.

education

Trip opens up mind, career path

OPENING HIS MIND: Originally from Timaru, Sam Brosnahan is studying in Shanghai, on a Prime Minister’s scholarship.

China is far more relevant to NZ than he imagined, Sam Brosnahan is learning.

Man's teaching passion

He once stacked knuckles at a freezing works, now he can't imagine working in anything but education.

40mls of alcohol-based hand sanitiser, the estimated amount a four-year-old drank before becoming grossly intoxicated.

Preschooler drunk on hand sanitiser

Ministry investigates how child got drunk at preschool and will warn early childhood centres about alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

health

Stepping into the past video

LIGHTS ON, NOBODY HOME: The Kimberley Centre, Kimberley Road, Levin.

Walking back through the troubled past of the Kimberley Centre, once a home for intellectually disabled people.

Hand sanitiser warning

Ministry to issue nationwide warning about hand sanitiser in the wake of a 4-year-old girl becoming grossly intoxicated.

Generic doctor

Solutions sought for maternity unit

Leading midwifery organisation is offering to help find a solution to Stratford's maternity woes.

farming

Genetic leap offers hope

The bull semen extraction process at the Awahuri centre.

NZ may export dairy genetics that will enable cattle to tolerate high tropical temperatures - and climate change.

Science key to credibility

New Fed Farmers CEO has had a few months to settle in and talks about plans for the lobby group's future.

MEGA DAIRY: Cows on a big dairy farm in the US.

Cow illness mystery remains

Dairy NZ still has no definite answers on what made some cows sick after eating swedes.