Killer's not a prison favourite video

BACK TO PRISON: Phillip Smith is taken in the back of this van to jail.

Paedophile Phillip Smith to be kept away from other prisoners angry about his escape bid.

Crushed crane house 'a mess' video

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House split in half by crane looks "like a tornado has gone through it" and can't be saved.

Hi-tech crackdown

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12:24 PM  Motorists suspected of drink-driving can now be fingerprinted.

Driver critical after fence crash

New 2014 ambulance. Paramedic Stephen Burgess at the wheel.

Woman seriously injured after her vehicle mounted the footpath and hit a fence in Hamilton.

Alleged drug 'mule' remanded

A police pursuit ended when the fleeing vehicle crashed into another vehicle on Yaldhurst Rd.

A 27-year-old woman accused of being a drug "€œmule" has appeared in court.

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crime

Mum fined for girl's truancy

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1:15 PM  Girl who wagged more than half a year of school "simply did not want to go".

Hi-tech crackdown

12:24 PM  Motorists suspected of drink-driving can now have their fingerprints taken and stored on a police database in the upgraded Tasman Police booze bus.

Alleged drug 'mule' remanded

Killer's not a prison favourite video

politics

MPs slate closure of 'sanctuaries'

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Closing police stations overnight is an erosion of responsibility to the community, Labour MPs say.

Banks up, Dotcom disdainful

While one man is waking from a legal nightmare feeling vindicated, another has found himself back in court and out of cash.

NZ COULD TAKE THE LEAD: Transport Minister Simon Bridges said driverless cars would be able to travel safely at higher speeds.

NZ could become driverless

New Zealand may eventually become a place where crashing your car is nearly impossible, Transport Minister says.

education

Mum fined for girl's truancy

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1:15 PM  Girl who wagged more than half a year of school "simply did not want to go".

School's out over bug video

An East Auckland school closed by the Ministry of Health due to a tummy bug outbreak.

Owen and Carey Hume, behind the balloon, accepted daughter Erica Hume's Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, posthumously awarded at the Massey University graduation ceremony yesterday.

'I'm just so proud of her'

Erica Hume is no longer here to accept her Massey University degree, but her grieving parents took to the stage with pride.

health

Mental health ward caps beds

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1:28 PM  Bed numbers in Palmerston North Hospital's mental health ward capped as part of the troubled service's overhaul.

New limit to hit socialising

Canterbury pubs are stocking up on low-alcohol beer and breathalyser retailers are capitalising on a looming law change that will lower drink-driving levels.

TOUGH TIME: Ben Ryder, 8, has been a passenger on the National Air Ambulance Service twice - most recently in May when his pacemaker malfunctioned.

Young boy's pacemaker crisis

Small, lean and speedy, 8-year-old Ben Ryder is an outstanding footballer and runner. He's also got a pacemaker.

farming

Prepare for the worst

Westland Milk Factory in Hokitika.

West Coast dairy farmers are being told they would be better to prepare for the worst case scenario of a near $5 payout.

Water storage calls increase

Irrigators are calling for more water storage as Canterbury farmland gets drier and moisture content falls.

THE WINNER: Tom, left, and Ron Small with their champion merino ram.

Merino out of this world

Merino clothing has gone where no sheep has gone before - the final frontier.