Sea search for missing swimmer

Makorori Beach, Gisborne.

Rough seas hampering efforts to find 19-year-old swept away off Gisborne.

Taylor disputes Key's election

CONVICTED: Arthur Taylor is a serving prisoner, seen here representing himself at the Auckland High Court in 2011.

4:56 PM  Career criminal and jailhouse lawyer Arthur Taylor is going for his biggest scalp this week - the Prime Minister.

Man critical after fall on rocks

search and rescue

A 32-year-old man is in a critical condition after falling down a cliff on the Pisa range this morning.

School pools under threat

LIQUID ASSET: Bainesse principal Andrea Harnett at the school’s empty pool.

The pool at Bainesse school in rural Manawatu sits empty and unused, drained to fight a bush blaze.

Returned killer not monitored

BACK IN NZ: Rebecca Papalii was one of three people convicted for the 1999 kidnap, torture and killing of a 14-year-old in Perth.

Australia sends one of its most horrific murderers back to New Zealand on parole.

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crime

Police patrol boozed beat

LOCK-OUT LAWS: New booze laws in inner-Sydney look to be working.

Some Queenstown residents tried to beat the heat with a cold brew or two, but ended up in hot water with police who had to deal with a rash of offending this weekend.

Woman held dying cousin

A woman held her beloved cousin in her arms as he died of stab wounds in a dark Otara driveway.

No monitoring for Kiwi killer

Teen's 200km joy ride

politics

Issue is safer roads, not foreigners

Wellington is seeing the benefit of more median barriers being installed on its state highway network.

OPINION: Another horror holiday road toll, another round of national angst about foreign drivers, writes Duncan Garner.

Labour, Ratana ties questioned

Ratana church leaders have warned Labour not to take its support for granted.

HOUSING PLAN: National is to push ahead with wide-ranging reform of the Resource Management Act, Nick Smith says.

RMA reforms a stop-gap

OPINION: However Nick Smith’s planned RMA reforms play out, the balance between inflation and Auckland housing is on shaky ground.

education

School pools under threat

LIQUID ASSET: Bainesse principal Andrea Harnett at the school’s empty pool.

The pool at Bainesse school in rural Manawatu sits empty and unused, drained to fight a bush blaze.

Student becomes the teacher

Two teachers have planned a system which lets students run their own curriculum.

BOOKWORMS: Changes to school library policies on non-fiction books will affect Rupert, 5, left, Polly, 10, and Leo, 12, Lublow-Catty.

Library book cuts hit schools hard

Shock as library book access slashed, a move expected to hit rural and technology-poor schools hardest.

health

Shocking treatment

depression grief mental health

Two years ago, Emma was placed in a psychiatric ward and forced to have seven rounds of electroconvulsive therapy.

Addiction from prescriptions

Patients are overdosing in hospital or being sent home with addictions to "hillbilly heroin".

Pregnant woman in hospital bed.

Pregnancy scans inquiry

Concerns that pregnant women are receiving more scans than ever has sparked a government investigation.

farming

Deer farmers battling euro

Venison prices have been pegged back by the pesky euro.

Deer farmers have struck a sickly euro that is taking the gloss off venison prices.

A 'soft' lamb market

With finishing grass in sort supply back-country lambs coming off the Canterbury hills are striking a softer market.

Meyrick Hawkins and 7-year-old son Billy are windrowing a paddock of bok choy for seed in the Ladbrooks area of Canterbury.

More seed crop optimism

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest.

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