Teen grows 10cm taller overnight

14-year-old Sam Hansen grew 10cm overnight, after undergoing surgery to correct scoliosis.

11 min ago  In June last year, 14-year-old Sam Hansen grew 10cm overnight and became instantly taller than her big sister. 

Man dead after boat capsizes

The dinghy that capsized on the Patea river bar this morning, leaving one man dead.

15 min ago  A Hawera man in his 50s has died after his boat capsized on the Patea river bar in South Taranaki.

5 year-old girl found

Shekinah Relies-Skipper was last seen in a car in Burns Ave, Palmerston North.

6 min ago  Family relieved as girl at centre of massive search in Palmerston North search is found safe.

No Govt funding for beach

Government minister Paula Bennett says there are no plans to kick in money to a beach crowdfunding campaign.

11:29 AM  "It's not our intentions at this stage to put money in," Paula Bennett says.

Close watch on twin cyclones

The expected track of Cyclone Tatiana as at 7.38am Friday. AEST times shown (3 hours behind NZDT).

Twin cyclones in the Pacific will head south, but NZ "unlikely" to take a direct hit.

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Gangster's council contract reinstated

Dunedin City Council has reinstated its contract with Black Power member Albert Epere.

A gang member is back gardening for the Dunedin City Council after contract suspension lifted.

$2.3m Mighty River Power fraud trial

Paul and Jane Rose are on trial at the High Court at Auckland.

Lawyers for the Mighty River Power fraud accused says he was a hard worker, naive of company rules.

'They tried to save her'

Shekinah Relies-Skipper was last seen in a car in Burns Ave, Palmerston North.

Two young girls desperately banged on a car window in a failed attempt to stop their 5-year-old sister being abducted.

Cyclist hurt in horse float crash

The accident happened in Turangi just after  11am.

SH1 was closed in both directions at Turangi.

Was the punishment enough?

The man was clocked by police travelling at 210kmh.

OPINION: Judge's lenience in 210kmh boy racer case is mysterious and unconvincing.

Tuakau teen grows 10cm taller overnight

14-year-old Sam Hansen grew 10cm overnight, after undergoing surgery to correct scoliosis.

In June last year, 14-year-old Sam Hansen grew 10cm overnight and became instantly taller than her big sister. 

Spider monkey baby born at Hamilton Zoo

The new spider monkey was born Thursday, coinciding with the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey.

Hamilton Zoo's newest baby coincides with the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey.

Man dead after boat capsizes

The dinghy that capsized on the Patea river bar this morning, leaving one man dead.

A Hawera man in his 50s has died after his boat capsized on the Patea river bar in South Taranaki.

Woodend rapists jailed

Isaac Jason Mould was jailed for nine years and six months in the Christchurch High Court for rape.

Woodend Beach rapists Isaac Jason Mould and Troy Matua McIver have been jailed for nearly a decade each.

BNZ chases beach owner's home

BNZ is seeking a mortgagee sale of this Seatoun house, owned by Michael Spackman, occupied by Wellington lawyer Mike Garnham.

Abel Tasman beach owner may have to leave his $1.6m home within weeks if BNZ wins court case.

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crime

Family loses van to alleged drink driver

Tash Williams hold Teiana Williams, 2, while Joe Cumming holds, from left, Anya, 2, Ruby, 4, and Renata Williams, 2.

11:15 AM  Dunedin family of nine lose their only mode of transport after alleged drink-driver crashes into vehicle.

Man badly burned in Southland

10:42 AM  Gore police investigate an incident in which a man was severely burned.

Crusher Collins' comeback

Night 'n Day attack 'gutless'

politics

Crusher Collins' comeback

Police Minister Judith Collins says the blame for crashes following police pursuits should fall on the drivers who flee, not police.

How to stop drivers fleeing from police? Easy, says Judith Collins. Crush their cars.

Colin Craig turns home builder

Businessman and former politician Colin Craig hopes to do more affordable housing developments.

Ex-Conservatives leader Colin Craig wants to build affordable homes to ease Auckland's housing crisis.

'I care about NZ too, Mr Joyce'

Labour leader Andrew Little argues that Steven Joyce is wrong.

OPINION: Labour leader Andrew Little responds to Steve Joyce's open letter to TPP protestors.

A protester's letter to Joyce video

Green MP Kennedy Graham says he's not protesting but refuting Government policy.

OPINION: Government minister Steven Joyce wrote an open letter to TPP protestors. And now he's copped one back from an MP on the protest front line.

education

Kids too poor for togs

Glen Innes Primary School children are making a splash thanks to donations of togs.

Donations have poured in for kids missing out on swimming lessons because they couldn't afford togs.

Good news for Fairfield College on ERO front

Principal Richard Crawford and students, from left, Mika Hill, 16, April McLean, 15, Tyler Skelton, 15, Gabby Butler, 15, and Darian Waitere, 16, celebrate the good news.

ERO reviews for the school are set to be on a three-year cycle instead of an annual one.

Free education 'for all NZ' video

Labour Party leader Andrew Little, left, and Labour MP David Parker at Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill on Thursday.

SIT will need to adapt to remain competitive under Labour's free education plan, says Andrew Little.

Community education bids farewell gallery

Edgewater College Community Education closed its doors at the end of 2015. From left; Director of Community Education Sharmaine Hare and Assistant Claire Moore. Absent: Co-ordinator Tracey Gaynor

As the 2015 year drew to a close, so too did the doors of Edgewater College Community Education.

health

Where do you get your water?

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board health protection officer David Speedy is encouraging people to check trucks used to carry water are registered with public health if they buy tankered drinking water.

Marlborough residents with empty water tanks should check companies trucking in water are meeting public health standards.

DHB estimates 4000 affected by fetal alcohol disorder

Dr Polly Atatoa Carr, right, a director of the Growing Up in New Zealand study, said there seems to be worldwide attention on FASD.

An estimated 4000 people in the Waikato are affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Lessons in life and death video

Jake Bailey has had to reevaluate his priorities after surviving cancer and chemotherapy.

Teenage cancer survivor Jake Bailey became famous for an inspirational speech.

Farmers egged on to suicide

Waikato herd manager Gina Greenwood says farmers are not responsible for the bobby calf deaths which have attracted the ire of animal welfare activists.

Attacks on dairy farmers from animal rights advocates are escalating, supporters say.

women of influence

Being a woman in a man's world video

Joan Withers had little time to contemplate her award as Westpac Women of Influence supreme winner, going straight into a Mighty River Power shareholder's meeting the next day.

Girls in low-decile schools lack the role models to inspire them to success, says the award-winning business leader.

2015 winners

Winners of the Women of Influence awards 2015.

Businesswoman Joan Withers is named the supreme winner at this year's Women of Influence awards.

Why women start business

Sarah Lin not only helps businesses with their 3D printing needs but she also volunteers for an organisation that helps children in need of prosthetic hands through 3D printing.

Sarah Lin wanted freedom and flexibility when she started her 3D printing company.

Women of Influence finalists: Board and management

Barbara Kendall  volunteers on 13 different executive boards, commissions and working groups nationally and globally for sport representing athletes, woman, New Zealand and Oceania.

The finalists for the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in the Board and Management category.

farming

Show hens some love

Animal welfare activists in 2014 protest against the farming of colony-caged eggs

Animal rights group SAFE wants Countdown supermarkets to sell only free-range or barn-raised eggs.

Rugby field of dreams

Highlanders fan Brad Crickett, 11, of Otautau, in his Stags rugby jersey at the match between the Highlanders and Crusaders in farmer Fred Booth's paddock near Gore.

It's not exactly Eden Park... the Highlanders and the Crusaders meet in a farmer's paddock.

Loe urges quad bike helmet use

110216newsphoto:dianebishop/osf-Worksafe's Safer Farms ambassador Richard Loe at the Southern Field Days.

Rugged former All Black prop Richard Loe appeals to farmers to take it easy on quad bikes.

Inventor to keep product in NZ

Matamata entrepreneur Patrick Roskam and his Gudgeon Pro at Southern Field Days.

A humble science project has turned into an award-winning venture for Matamata teenager Patrick Roskam.

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