Fire victims' bodies removed video

The fire broke out in the Exeter Cres house shortly before 3am and was well ablaze when crews arrived, police said.

6:24 PM  Two bodies, believed to be a grandmother and 6-year-old girl, removed from Palmerston North house.

Badge matches flag design

A badge worn by members of RNZAF 3 squadron, has a silver fern and the stars of the southern cross in exactly the same location as the two flags designed by Kyle Lockwood.

6:37 PM  An air force badge that is the "spitting image" of Kyle Lockwood's design is raising questions.

Key softens on refugees

With hundreds of thousands of migrants risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean, Key's rejection of an emergency intake of refugees could soon wear thin.

GRAPHIC WARNING: As devastating photos of a drowned boy bring refugee crisis into focus, PM seems to soften on quota.

Bodybuilder jailed for kidnap

A bodybuilder has been sentenced in the High Court at Auckland, for kidnapping his friend.

5:17 PM  The bodybuilder organised the abduction so he could force his friend to take the blame for a drug bust.

'Hell' made me do it - killer

Hayden Poulter is often dubbed New Zealand's first serial killer.

"Serial killer" nowhere near ready for release, Parole Board says.

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crime

Accused feels remorse over fatal blow

Bruce Coker, 48, died from severe brain injuries after a single punch felled him.

18 min ago  Accused killer Cruz Murray says he acted in self-defence when he punched a stranger.

Bodybuilder jailed for kidnap

5:17 PM  The bodybuilder organised the abduction so he could force his friend to take the blame for a drug bust.

'Give me the money'

Police arrest men after "vicious" assault

politics

Key softens on refugees

With hundreds of thousands of migrants risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean, Key's rejection of an emergency intake of refugees could soon wear thin.

GRAPHIC WARNING: As devastating photos of a drowned boy bring refugee crisis into focus, PM seems to soften on quota.

Best flag not among the four

OPINION: It's a flag that speaks directly to this country's past, present and future - why isn't it the first choice?

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has called a temporary halt to New Zealand's aid contribution to Nauru's Justice sector.

Nauru aid suspended

5:23 PM  New Zealand has suspended its aid contributions to justice in Nauru over ongoing human rights concerns.

education

Vice chancellor payout offends

Lincoln University's former vice chancellor Andy West was given a resignation payout despite concerns about overspending on consultants.

Lincoln University staff are "incensed" management misread their mood about the departure of its vice chancellor.

Multi-million dollar school and church planned

Designers have begun work on a multi-million school and church in Kapiti.

First time principal Curtis Gaylor is enjoying his position at Ruawai Primary School.

Principal inspired by grandfather's role

A first time principal of a rural school hopes to follow in his grandfather's foot steps

health

Top doc says anti-vaccinators on 'flat earth'

Dr Noni MacDonald, a professor of paediatrics is speaking at the NZ Immunisation conference about improving vaccine acceptance.

6:21 PM  A Canadian paediatrician says denying children immunisation, is like denying them the right to grow up.

Obesity research targets hormones

Kiwi scientists investigating how to harness a hormone that suppresses appetites.

After months doctor's visits, tears and camera flashes baby Mason has been diagnosed with Coat's Disease, an outcome his mum Sarah Bowers has welcolmed after fearing it could have been cancer.

Golden glow boy cleared of cancer video

5:34 PM  Baby Mason receives good news.

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

Banks back struggling farmers

Only 6.6 per cent of dairy farmers say they have come under undue pressure from banks over their mortgage.

A new survey shows banks are supporting struggling dairy farmers. But it comes with a warning that it may not last.

Kiwis wary of Aussie claim

Shearer of a very woolly Aussie sheep believes he's smashed Big Ben's world record fleece but Kiwis aren't so sure.

Tututawa sheep and beef farmers John and Philippa McBride, with pet foxy Max, still face a massive clean-up after their farm was flooded in June.

Battling Mother Nature's mess

Taranaki couple have barely started cleaning up their farm damaged in the June floods because the sodden ground is still hindering repairs.

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