Should we be paid to recycle?

The Timaru transfer station's mountain of collected glass in 2005. Half of the 2.23 billion drinks containers bought in ...

Councils urge Government to adopt national cash-for-bottles scheme.

CYF's $56m funding hole video

Labour's children spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern says CYF has fallen victim to a Government bent on cutting costs to boost ...

The agency charged with protecting vulnerable children is short of the cash it says it needs to meet increased demand.

Timaru air breaches standards again

Timaru has reached its 20th high pollution night.

Timaru recorded its twentieth breach in air quality standards on Friday.

'We have not done a good enough job'

Bedroom floors were smeared with human and dog faeces at a filthy rental home in Richmond, near Nelson. CYF has since ...

Child, Youth and Family admits its assessment of family living in squalor was inadequate.

Wild weather sinks home

By the time the Andersons found out what had happened early the next morning, there was little left.

The Andersons renovated a boat to live aboard with their young family, but now that dream is in pieces.

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PM: McClay 'dancing on head of a pin' video

Trade Minister Todd McClay has asked for a full review of the broader issues.

John Key has publicly reprimanded Trade Minister Todd McClay after he downplayed China trade retaliation fears.

Two injured in Kaiapoi crash

Two people have been injured in a crash north of Christchurch.

Jaws of life used to cut free one person from their car as crash injures two.

Hawke's Bay police find Jason Wright

Police have located Jason Wright, 48, in Napier.

Hawke's Bay Police have found Jason Wright.

Clark v Rudd? No contest says Key

Clark v Rudd - Rudd praised Clark in April when she entered the UN race.

John Key says even Australians know which former PM should get the UN top job.

Police pup carries the torch

Emma has a strong grip on becoming the next, best police dog as she plays with the torch from a relay for the 75th ...

A nine-month-old policewoman has yet to join the force, but she's got a strong grip on her training.

There's a hole in the South Waikato

The stormy weather caused the chasm on Key Road in the South Waikato.

Don't count on using Tokoroa's Key Road for the forseeable future.

Rape trial for cricketer starts

Northern Districts cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn leaves court following an earlier appearance. He has begun a four-day ...

The prosecution says she made it clear kissing and touching was as far as it would go. He says she agreed to sex.

Mallard to vacate Hutt South

Trevor Mallard would like the Labour Party to look for his successor as soon as possible.

He says he wants Speaker's job, but John Key says he's "waving the white flag".

Dispute over Rich Lister's will

Hugh Green was the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame 2013 Laureate.

Hugh Green left hundreds of millions, and his children are fighting for control.

Burnt by solar power price hike

Unison Networks argues that most solar-panel users are not fully off the grid, and are still heavy users of peak-time power.

Electricity firm raises prices for solar-panel users, saying they get unfair benefits.

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crime

Attacker on the loose

Police are yet to identify the man who allegedly sexually assaulted a young woman near the University of Canterbury early last Friday morning.

Trial for indecent assault accused begins

The trial for a man accused of indecent assault has begun in the Invercargill District Court. 

Facebook threat at 'low end of scale'

Gang member sentenced

politics

NZ's 'predator-free' target

Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 million of native birds every year, says PM John Key.

The government is planning to eradicate the country of all pests threatening native birds by 2050.

Key: Don't write Clark off

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is ranked at the middle of a total 12 candidates so far in the UN ...

John Key says UN security council members are wrong to vote "tactically" against Helen Clark.

Corrections 'failing Maori'

Tom Hemopo, a probation officer for almost 30 years, says the Crown need to set a target for Maori reoffending rates.

A retired probation officer says Corrections needs a dramatic culture change to reduce Maori reoffending.

'I gargled paint stripper'

Environment Minister Nick Smith has released a new EPA report showing child hospitalisations for ingested household ...

If an accidental poisoning can happen to a minister, it can happen to toddlers, Nick Smith says. 

education

Maths tutoring top-up

Students in need get half-price maths tutoring sessions through a business sponsorship programme.

"I just wanted to be able to help somebody else's children," says sponsor.

Food, jelly and theatre video

The students describe their art as an "experiential culinary experience".

Student duo the only New Zealanders selected for prestigious Sydney Design Festival.

Petition to save Salisbury grows

A petition to save Salisbury School from closure has gained 950 supporters within four days.

Families say the school provided a uniquely inclusive, supportive environment for their children.

Hundreds of teachers investigated

Over 18 months, 568 teacher conduct reports were referred from the Teachers Council and Education Council to the ...

Complaints against 500 investigated over 18 months, and eight were struck off.

health

The 'forgotten organ'

From left: Massey University food science research coordinator, Niamh Brennan, and Professor Bernhard Breier.

Could something in our guts be making us fatter? Massey University wants to find out.

Competition for Maori and Pasifika to address obesity

Shane Ruwhiu exercises with a taiaha as part of the Ka Mau Te Wehi competition for Maori and Pasifika.

A competition has been launched to help reduce obesity rates in Maori and Pacific people.

A glass a day can cause cancer

A review of the evidence shows even a glass or two of wine a day can be harmful to long-term health.

There is no safe level of drinking, says an Otago University researcher.

Cancer patients wait for treatment

SDHB commissioner Kathy Grant.

Cancer treatment wait times coming down, SDHB commissioner says.

women of influence

Quiz: Women of Influence 2016

190912 News photo: Supplied/Matamata Chronicle. Kate Sheppard.

How much do you know about the history of women in this country?

Women of Influence: Pip Greenwood

Russell McVeagh partner Pip Greenwood says although there's a long way to go, it's exciting times ahead for women in ...

2015 finalist, Pip Greenwood, is a passionate advocate for workplace/boardroom diversity and equality.

Why should women be recognised? video

Karyn Thompson, Narelle Ngaluafe (for Parris Goebel), Vicky Robertson, Linda Jenkinson, Victoria Spackman, Joan Withers, ...

While more women are taking up leadership roles, there is still a long way for equality to be achieved in NZ.

Women of Influence: Jen Crawford

Jen Crawford, a partner at national law firm, Anderson Lloyd, was a finalist in the Arts & Culture category of Women of ...

Jen Crawford is committed to the rebuild of Christchurch, with governance experience in this area. 

farming

McClay 'dancing on head of a pin' video

Trade Minister Todd McClay has asked for a full review of the broader issues.

John Key has publicly reprimanded Trade Minister Todd McClay after he downplayed China trade retaliation fears.

Fairy dust dries up on farms

Landscape farmed by Outstandingly Nice Landowners.

Opinion: The fairytale of farming doesn't always have a happy ever after ending.

Disease clips ewe pregnancies

Newborn lambs in a paddock near Palmerston North.

Fewer lambs might be born as a result of facial eczema takes its toll on on ewes.

Hundreds of bee hives stolen

The thieves probably knew what they were doing when they stole 200 colonies of bees in the last fortnight

Beehive owners stung by theft of one million bees in Northland, with a warning such thefts are on the up.

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