Uni loses bid to strengthen units

APPEAL DENIED: The University of Canterbury has a number of quake-damaged buildings on campus.

3:22 PM  Councils cannot force strengthening of quake-prone buildings beyond legal minimum.

Thieves nab $15k worth of V

Eight pallets of V energy drink cans were stolen a South Auckland warehouse.

Thousands of dollars worth of energy drinks have been stolen from a South Auckland warehouse.

Accused denied suppression

TRAGEDY: The police have cordoned off the scene at Fisher Cr in Otara where a person was found dead in a driveway after a 21st birthday party.

Police arrest second person following the death of 24-year-old man at a South Auckland birthday party.

Police cordon lifted

The large area including two properties and a VW Combi van which have been cordoned off by police in Tawa.

4:54 PM  Police guard three Wellington properties including two crime scene tents after an assault.

Dodgy testimonials investigated

gavel and manilla folder

Teacher put on 'garden leave' after writing inappropriate comments on student reports.

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crime

Drunk during driving lesson

NZ police car, generic police

17 min ago  Young woman driving at more than four times the limit said her mother-in-law was teaching her how to drive.

Police cordon lifted

4:54 PM  Man in critical condition is still too unwell to tell police what happened to him.

Ex-All Black sickened by theft of jerseys

Teen murderer denied parole

politics

MBIE gets poor report card

MBIE boss David Smol.

The Government's super ministry is criticised for how it leads economic development.

Goff: Guns not the answer

OPINION: As we all look forward to the season of peace and goodwill, remember not all are so fortunate.

JUDITH COLLINS: Resigned as a minister on August 30.

Collins: Arm the police

OPINION: Give police better access to guns to fight inevitable Christmas domestic violence surge.

education

Dodgy testimonials investigated

gavel and manilla folder

Private boarding school teacher put on "garden leave" after writing inappropriate comments on student reports.

Too few male teachers

The number of male teachers in NZ continues to decline despite attempts to fix the imbalance.

BRIGHT AND BREEZY: Woolston School acting principal Ruth Stuart says the 150-year-old school has been through many changes.

Woolston embraces merger

Woolston School has seen its final days before it merges with Phillipstown next year.

health

Walking for Maddox

PARKER FAMILY: Te Awamutu couple Rebecca and John with terminally ill son Maddox and daughter Willow.

Emergency services are rallying to raise $1million in honour of a Waikato tot with a rare terminal illness.

Branch wounds man's neck

A casual run on Kawau Island nearly turned to disaster for a man who impaled himself on a tree branch.

MidCentral DHB is behind on fall-reduction goals.

DHB failing in fall reductions

MidCentral DHB has dropped behind in the national falls reduction goal.

farming

Less-gassy cows to arrive

STEP RIGHT UP: Cows calmly wait their turn in the queue to be milked by the Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system.

Gassy cows could soon be far more pleasant to be around - especially for the environment.

PGG confirms forecast

PGG Wrightson says its trading performance is on track with previous forecasts despite lower forecast dairy payouts.

Dipton Lincoln wool growers, from left, Neville and Nigel Beer and PGG Wrightson Southland wool representative Lawrence Paskell reflect on the deal with a Japanese company.

Wool deal coup

Southland family celebrating after signing a potentially unique deal with a Japanese wool buyer.