'Masterpieces' mark victory

SUN, SAND AND TUATARA: Amelia Penfold with the help of friends created a 2-metre-long tuatara at the Kiwis Against Sand Mining Sand Sculpture competition at Kopua Beach in Raglan yesterday.

Sand sculptures on Kopua beach in Raglan celebrate group's victory over sand mining company.

Drugged drivers a hazard

Fay Lewis

Fay Lewis dropped her daughter at the school gate each weekday morning in a haze of valium and opiates.

New home for campers

NEW HOME: Freedom campers kicked out of a New Brighton car park have moved to Waimairi Beach, five minutes away.

Freedom campers forced out of a Christchurch car park have found a new home.

Two decades of death

Life change: Retired Christchurch coroner Richard McElrea in the garden of his Fendalton home.

Richard McElrea has spent much of his adult life contemplating death.

Project under fire

LOCKED OUT: Shakespeare Ave resident Arihia Dinsdale will be petitioning against the $17m housing development in Enderley set to start early next month.

Enderley residents are hanging their hopes on a last-ditch attempt to stop a $17m housing development.

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crime

Tracking criminals living among us

JAILED: Donald Wilson McKenzie was sentenced to 16 years in jail.

Sex offenders should be monitored after they're released, a former police detective says.

Youths in street fight

A fight among a group of youths in eastern Wellington suburb prompt police turn-out.

Accused regarded as family

'Toddlers in speeding car' - police

politics

Housing, business on agenda

PM John Key

6:14 AM  PM and Labour leader will deliver "state of the nation" speeches in Auckland tomorrow.

Issue is safer roads, not tourists

OPINION: Another horror holiday road toll, another round of national angst about foreign drivers.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER: Murray McCully says Russia has to call the rebels into line, but stopped short of laying blame at President Vladimir Putin's feet.

McCully slates Russia

NZ joins international condemnation of the killing of up to 30 civilians in the latest violence in Ukraine.

education

School to teach on pa model

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A special character Maori school opening this term in Christchurch will show that it takes a village to raise a child.

Library book cuts hit schools hard

Shock as library book access slashed, a move expected to hit rural and technology-poor schools hardest.

LIQUID ASSET: Bainesse principal Andrea Harnett at the school’s empty pool.

School pools under threat

The pool at Bainesse school in rural Manawatu sits empty and unused, drained to fight a bush blaze.

health

Drugged drivers a major hazard

Fay Lewis

Fay Lewis dropped her daughter at the school gate each weekday morning in a haze of valium and opiates.

Artificial arms balance athletes

Artificial arms are giving two determined Kiwi athletes a 'helping hand'.

Life change: Retired Christchurch coroner Richard McElrea in the garden of his Fendalton home.

Two decades of dealing with death

Richard McElrea has spent much of his adult life contemplating death.

farming

Stop putting drought boot in

DRY TIMES: Drought, sheep in dry paddock in Greendale area, Canterbury

7:00 AM  OPINION: Assumptions about drought do not always ring true.

Offer again under-subscribed

Fonterra's latest offer of a guaranteed milk price to its farmers is under-subscribed for the second time in a row.

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Injured man 'remarkable'

A man who had part of his arm amputated is more concerned with how his workmates are coping, his boss says.

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