Fatal fire victims named

Fire investigators believe a fatal house fire in Exeter Cres may have started in the kitchen, but the cause remains under investigation.

Victims of a Palmerston North house fire were Eunice Felton, 6, and Bessie Tehuia Tokona, 61.

Support for 'Red Peak' climbs

The Red Peak design.

0 min ago  Opposition to the four New Zealand flag choices on offer has begun to coalesce around a single design.

Jury fails to reach verdict

Luke Tipene, 17, was a member of the New Zealand Under-16s league in 2013.

The jury in the High Court murder trial of Vincent Skeen has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict.

Opposition's refugee bill

Labour leader Andrew Little said New Zealand needs to show "will and moral leadership" in the face of Syria's refugee crisis.

Labour and Greens are trying to force the Government's hand over New Zealand's refugee intake.

Rocky road ahead for Kayla video

Kayla White, 5, suffers from a range of acute respiratory illnesses and is fed through a tube in her stomach.

Five-year-old faces more tests to see if she will be able to eat.

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crime

Serial rapist denied parole

Michael John Carroll in 2003 – six months before he was recalled to prison for disappearing from a live-in treatment centre in Christchurch.

A serial rapist with an "appalling history" of offending against women will stay in jail after he was declined parole. 

'Low-lives' steal prized war medals

Prized war medals belonging to decorated war pilot stolen in Christchurch burglary.

Jury fails to reach verdict

Lead investigator grilled

politics

Opposition's refugee bill

Labour leader Andrew Little said New Zealand needs to show "will and moral leadership" in the face of Syria's refugee crisis.

Labour and Greens are trying to force the Government's hand over New Zealand's refugee intake.

Fair deal for abuse survivors?

Ministry refuses to reveal how it's assessing victims' claims of historic abuse.

Milli and Flo McNeill from Paekakariki came to Parliament with a message for the Prime Minister to raise the refugee quota.

Protesters: Raise refugee quota

Protesters say PM should "do unto others as we did to your mother" and take in refugees fleeing wartorn Syria.

education

Coastal Pathway gets longer video

Stage two of the Christchurch Coastal Pathway opens with kapa haka performances by Mt Pleasant School students and a cycle run by Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

Cycling and kapa haka heralded the opening of stage two of Christchurch's coastal pathway.

Vice chancellor payout offends

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

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology CEO Tony Gray

NMIT celebrates commerce coup

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

health

Flimsy evidence used in ads for medicines: study

A study has found many ads published in leading healthcare magazines did not meet regulatory requirements for therapeutic advertising.

6:49 PM  Advertisements based on flimsy evidence are being promoted to health care professionals, a study has found.

$10 million donation for cancer research in Auckland

A Chinese entrepreneur is donating $10 million for cancer research to the University of Auckland, the largest in the health faculty's 50 year history.

Kayla White, 5, suffers from a range of acute respiratory illnesses and is fed through a tube in her stomach.

Rocky road ahead for Kayla video

Five-year-old faces more tests to see if she will be able to eat.

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.

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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