No parole for cop killer

Carlos Namana shortly after his arrest.

14 min ago  Man who stomped police officer to death has first parole hearing.

The week seals invaded NZ

A baby seal splashes in the creek at Ray Small Park in Papakura.

It was the synchronised invasion that no one could have prepared for.

Boy dies from head injuries video

A homicide investigation has been launched following the death of Christchurch 5-year-old Leon Michael leFleming Jayet-Cole.

Leon Jayet-Cole, 5, was a "kind-hearted, happy and cheeky kid", says a friend of his grieving family.

NZTA sorry for threat

The NZTA has apologised to Bruce Tie, who received a letter from the agency accusing him of using multiple identities to obtain a licence.

Bruce Tie was "blown away" when he was accused of using fake names to get multiple driver licences.

Sex trial aborted

Alexia Joseph leaving Auckland District Court on Wednesday.

Social worker accused of having sex with a boy in her care has trial aborted as lawyer cannot continue.

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crime

No parole for cop killer

Carlos Namana shortly after his arrest.

13 min ago  Man who stomped police officer to death has first parole hearing.

Police investigate Waikato trust's finances

5:52 PM  Police are looking into the finances of a Waikato social services provider.

Petone store owner's faith in police restored

Man abused as teen speaks out video

politics

Rural Broadband inquiry call

Improvements to rural broadband are being funded through a levy on phone companies.

5:50 PM  Industry body believes rural Kiwis may not be aware of all their broadband options.

Ex-ACT secretary referred to police

5:46 PM  A former ACT Party staffer is facing police action over the late declaration of donations of more than $30,000.

The McLennan housing development in Papakura.

Auckland housing land released

Govt releases first 30 of up to 500 hectares of surplus Crown land to be used for Auckland housing development.

education

December Waikato graduation on the cards

Graduation might move to December at the University of Waikato.

Graduation ceremonies could be pushed out to the end of the calendar year at the University of Waikato.

Sex education guidelines updated

Schools have been advised to address issues of consent and coercion in their sexuality lessons.

Victorian government promises on Gonski school funding are not in the bag.

New principal for St Peter's Cambridge

St Peter's in Cambridge has secured a new principal, who will be heading down from Auckland.

health

Measles scare at SkyCity hotel

Measles

6:12 PM  A case of measles identified in Manawatu has been traced back to Auckland's SkyCity hotel and there are fears other guests may have been infected.

TDHB wants fluoride back

Community water fluoridation is safe, effective and affordable, according to the Taranaki District Health Board.

Health generic

$5m paid out for health claims

Knees, hips, skin and bowels are the body parts people in the Manawatu seem to have the most trouble with.

farming

Key did not visit NZ farm hub video

Awassi ewes at the Dammam, Saudi Arabia,  farm of Saudi businessman Hamood Al Khalaf.

PM John Key recently met the Saudi businessman who wanted to sue NZ for $20-30m but did not visit the farm hub.

Crop yields hold up

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

The country's biggest bank also paid $19 million in compensation to customers.

ANZ censured over swaps

High Court censure for breaching the Fair Trading Act concludes the bank's settlement.

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