Cold snap brings snow, gales

Snow covers the Crown Range between Queenstown and Wanaka in this tweeted image from Queenstown Lakes District Council.

13 min ago  Snow falls in south as cold front brings freezing weather - but there's a bigger one in the wings.

Land of the long white winter: Your snow photos

Wife 'terrified' to see bashed husband

Alistair McEwen and his family had recently moved to Whitianga.

11:28 AM  A night of celebration turned nasty for a father who was seriously beaten and left fighting for his life.

Syringe-wielding addict jailed

Timaru District Court

11:27 AM  A desperate drug addict who attempted a number of robberies with a syringe has been jailed.

'Give up his body' wife told

A body was found in this Titahi Bay state home on Sunday.

Through a crack in a window, a neighbour tried to convince a woman to give up her dead husband's body.

The promise that saved a life video

At just 37, Danny Bedingfield was diagnosed with an aggressive and fast growing prostate cancer.

11:02 AM  Danny Bedingfield's mother insisted he get a health check up. That check up discovered an aggressive form of cancer.

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crime

Professional guilty of indecent acts

The offences happened on Mount Eden, close to central Auckland.

15 min ago  Family were in tears as an Auckland professional was found guilty of twice flashing the same female jogger.

Wife 'terrified' to see bashed husband

11:28 AM  A night of celebration turned nasty for a father who was seriously beaten and left fighting for his life.

Addict jailed for syringe robberies

Couple who abused twin babies jailed

politics

Below the beltway

Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson, dressed as the Greatest American Hero.

6 min ago  Our recap on who's up and who's down in politics this week

Key softens on refugees

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

Former refugees dad Kutaiba Alakkad, mum Gihan Alarayshi with son Mohie, 5, and daughter Nebal, 3, are building a new life in Wellington. Kutaiba is retraining as a chef and hopes to open a Syrian restaurant that would double as a cultural hub for the capital's growing Syrian ex-refugee community.

Refugees urge Govt to up quota

Syrians urge Government to let in more refugees, say people are dying.

education

NMIT celebrates commerce coup

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology CEO Tony Gray

The NMIT Applied Business area has become one of the first in NZ to be fully accredited for its Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Principal inspired by grandfather's role

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

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

Vice chancellor payout offends

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

health

The promise that saved a life video

At just 37, Danny Bedingfield was diagnosed with an aggressive and fast growing prostate cancer.

11:02 AM  Danny Bedingfield's mother insisted he get a health check up. That check up discovered an aggressive form of cancer.

Kaleb gets help to learn to swim

 A Taranaki youngster with a brain disability is learning to swim.

Sujon owners John Gibb and Sue Gibb with Mark Willems, professor in Exercise physiology from the University of Chichester, England, during his visit to Nelson.

The benefit of blackcurrants

A British scientist has found that New Zealand blackcurrants might just be the ticket to get the heart pumping.

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

Farmers keen on loan offer

Fonterra is encouraging farmers to apply early for loans.

7 min ago  Fonterra swamped with responses to its offer of interest-free support loans to its payout beleaguered farmers..

Calf rearing popular again

Rearing calves on weight gain has leapt back into fashion on dairy units around NZ.

Analysis confirms advice to not feed maturing swede crops to cows.

Swedes risk advice 'correct'

Analysis confirms advice that feeding maturing swede crops increases risk of ill-health in cows, DairyNZ says.

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