Police seize 'king-pin' assets

Police found 25 kilograms of cannabis below deck on this yacht in the Marlborough Sounds.

Police have seized more than $500,000 in assets owned by an alleged drug king-pin.

Hunt on for police search dog

New police Dog handlers, from left Constable Adam Thomas with Uso and Constable Lachy MacDonald with Zero out training at Sandy Point Otatara Invercargill

He may usually be the one doing the tracking but this time it's police search dog Thames who has gone missing.

Kiwi off to Nepal

Morrinsville resident and Red Cross Aid worker Jacqui Dixon heads over to Nepal to help with earthquake emergency response.

Jacqui Dixon had just seven hours to finish packing, wave goodbye to her husband and depart for a disaster zone.

4.2 quake rattles South Island

Upper South Island and Wellington rattled by quake.

A shallow 'strong' magnitude 4.2 earthquake has rattled the central South Island.

Protest over wharf expansion video

Auckland wharf expansion protest

Hundreds take to Auckland's streets in anger over waterfront plans for the city.

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crime

Lundy convictions cost almost $6m

Taxpayers have spent almost $6m putting double-murderer Mark Lundy behind bars twice.

Taxpayers have spent nearly $6m putting double-murderer Mark Lundy behind bars twice.

'Quiet village' rocked by shooting video

A couple who had "front row seats" for a fatal Thames shooting say it was impossible to tell if the armed man shot first.

Rotorua woman fights off attacker

Police team investigate scene of stabbing

politics

Minister willing to step down

John Key has told the New Zealand Herald says there is no conflict of interest over a Cabinet minister's brother facing indecency charges.

Prime Minister John Key says a Cabinet minister whose brother is facing indecency charges is willing to step down, but he is confident that won't happen.

PM vows to win back Northland

In his first visit to Northland since National's by-election defeat, Prime Minister John Key vows to regain voters' trust.

MP Judith Collins was forced to resign her portoflio in 2014.

Collins wants back in Cabinet

She's served her time in exile, now MP Judith Collins is eyeing the power table again.

education

Hillcrest High shows artistic prowess

Hillcrest High School student Emma Savage's painting won the Excellence in Art Competition.

The Excellence in Art Competition was won by a Hillcrest student for the second year running.

Mt John Observatory faces uncertain future

Mt John Observatory has a bright past but is facing uncertainty as funding dries up.

Izzy Finlay, 8, from Swanson Primary School in West Auckland will be one of the children able to play with fire. The school is installing a fire pit as part of its free play philosophy.

Primary students to play with fire

Primary school that makes its own rules now plans to use fire pits as play-time tools.

health

Nepal: Disease spread looming

Site in Kathmandu followig earthquake

A NZ microbiologist says the country now faces the possible spread of life-threatening diseases.

Improved heart attack diagnosis

A new process at Nelson hospital allows paramedics, emergency doctors, cardiologists to diagnose heart attacks faster.

150503 NEWS Photo: Shane Wenzlick, Ferrari Cavalcade event to raise money for the Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Institute, GICI, Newmarket, Auckland, sunday 3rd May 2015.

Ferraris raise funds for cancer

A $20 million collection of Ferraris is driving across the Auckland region to raise money.

farming

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

22042015 News Photo: John Kirk-Anderson/FairfaxNZ

Wet sheep near Springston. 

Weather Farming Stock Drought

6:30 AM  NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

Early payment warning urged

6:30 AM  Fonterra asked to bring forward date of the new season’s advance milk payment to help struggling farmers budget.

Fieldays chief executive Jon Calder.

Red meat sector eyed

New Zealand's sheep and beef farmers are in the spotlight for Fieldays. 

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