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Man sought after student attacked

Invercargill police seek man suspected of assaulting female student.

Invercargill Police seeking public help to catch man after a female student was assaulted.

Baby Ayla well enough to return home

Neemia Tialata tweeted this photo of baby Ayla.

Jerry Collins baby daughter is now well enough to leave French hospital and return to her mother's native Canada

iPads affecting kids learning

Schools across the Waikato are adopting the use of devices, such as iPads, in school.

Parents are concerned the use of iPads in classrooms is affecting their children's basic literacy skills.

St Bede's rowers speak out

ST BEDE'S ROWERS: Jordan Kennedy and Jack Bell

St Bede's pupil says he "wasn't thinking" during airport incident that sparked a public row and legal battle involving his parents and school.

Police ID harbour body video

Police have cordoned off Queens Wharf following the discovery of a body.

Next of kin are being notified of man's Wellington Harbour death.

Police name victim of Otago crash

Keen football player Ema Louise McGeown, 27, was killed in a crash near Hampden, in Otago, on Friday.

The victim of a fatal crash south of Oamaru on Friday has been named as Ema Louise McGeown. 

Massive demand for church schools

Both of Leanne Salisbury's children Caleb, 14, and Anika, 11, were enrolled at St Columba's Catholic School, despite them not being Catholic. Caleb now attends St John's College - another Catholic school.

As the issue of teaching Bible studies in an Auckland school heads to court, Waikato's Catholic schools say they can't keep up with demand.

Fire guts school classroom

Fire has gutted one classroom at Whakatane Intermediate school, and is likely to have damaged others.

Whakatane Intermediate classroom gutted as school holidays begin.

Glow-worm photos go viral

Michael would often only get three or four usable pictures from an entire night in a cave

A Kiwi photographer known as the "king of the time-lapse" has done it again, this time wow-ing audiences with photos of New Zealand glow worm caves.

Family honours stabbing victim

Johnsonville stabbing victim Hudson Garratt.

The family of Johnsonville stabbing victim Hudson Garratt have paid tribute to a ''dear dad and loving husband''.

Another Conservative quits

The Conservative Party board continues to crumble as acting chairman John Stringer resigns.

Colin Craig still won't rule out a return as the imploding party's leader.

Driver hurt in Clive crash

A 33-year-old man was taken to hospital after driving into a power pole in Hawke's Bay.

Man taken to hospital with head injuries after car hits power pole near Clive.

Aussie school trip for staff costs $40,000

Lyttelton Primary School principal Diana Feary believes $41,000 spent taking all staff to Melbourne is money well spent in preparing for its modern learning school.

A Christchurch school has been granted more than $40,000 to send its staff to Australia to look at modern classrooms.

Pair charged after man dies in Nelson

Police vehicles outside the Franklyn Village apartment complex in Nelson

Screams were heard from the scene of a vicious assault which led to the death of a man in Nelson.

Dairy slump a concern, says English

Many farmers will need to take out overdrafts to ride out the dairy slump, says Finance Minister Bill English.

Price falls are not bottoming out, and some farmers will need big overdrafts, finance minister warns.

Poverty key to migrant crisis, says Clark

Migrants flee not just because of conflict but because their home countries are "plain poor", Helen Clark says.

Raising refugee quotas won't fix the root problem, says UN Development Programme head.

Murder charge laid after Dunedin death

Police working at the Waldronville, Dunedin, house where Vicki Lee Warrington was found dead.

Police charge 22-year-old man with murder in relation to the death of a Dunedin woman.

Pebbles Hooper apologises

Pebbles Hooper has caused controversy by describing the deaths of a mother and her three children as being like "natural selection".

Pebbles Hooper "deeply regrets" her "careless actions" in describing Ashburton deaths as "natural selection".

Empty house burns down in Northland

Firefighters were called to the suspicious blaze on Sunday morning

An abandoned house in Northland has been burnt to the ground in a suspicious blaze

Highlanders welcomed home video

Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa holds the Super Rugby trophy aloft at Dunedin Airport.

Electric blue and gold scenes in Dunedin as fans turn out in force to sing for their champions.

Illuminating the history of light video

Peter Wothers hopes to capture young people's interest in chemistry through his often-spectacular experiments, including coloured flame, in this case using copper.

The successes and failures of people's attempts to bring forth light inspired a public lecture series.

Twins' 'energy and goodness' remembered

Twin sisters Laura and Sophie Langston spent last night side by side watching movies.

Van rolls, two seriously injured

Two people were left with serious injuries and had to be airlifted to Wellington Hospital after the van they were travelling in rolled off the road.

Woman suffers spinal injuries and a man has severe leg fractures after a crash in Awatere Valley, Marlborough.

Stabbing victim 'touched lives'

Police at Broderick Rd, Johnsonville, close to where Noel Hudson Garratt was stabbed to death.

Man stabbed to death in Wellington, allegedly by a woman, was a strong and active believer in Jesus Christ.

An 'admirable' maths teacher

Former Auckland Grammar School Teacher Simon Toon, who has been convicted of performing an indecent act in a classroom.

Auckland Grammar teacher Simon Toon, who was caught masturbating in a classroom, downloaded porn when employed at King's College.

NCEA pass rates - By the numbers

NCEA pass rates graph

What's the deal with NCEA pass rates?

Cops must stop arguing and write a cheque

Richard Neville, pictured with wife Donna, is suing police after being caught in the crossfire during a 2009 motorway shootout.

OPINION: Tight-fisted police need to face up to their responsibilities to the victim of a botched motorway shoot-out.

'I've lost faith in police'

The lives of Richard Neville, his wife Donna and his two sons have changed tragically since he was injured during a police shoot-out.

After being used as a 'human shield' in a fatal shootout on a city motorway, Richard Neville is suing police for $1.4 million.

Pair arrested in assault

Police investigating a serious assault

 A man is critically injured in hospital after an overnight assault in Nelson.

A Time and a Place: the train

The train journey from Papakura to Britomart is enlightening.

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