Clark 'pressing ahead' at UN

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark came in seventh place in the latest straw poll for the next UN Secretary General.

7:51 AM  But is former PM Helen Clark's bid at becoming the United Nations Secretary General all over?

Where is Lucas?

Lucas Cochrane was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, dark blue jeans, black peaked cap and white Nike shoes, with red ...

7:37 AM  Lucas Cochrane's phone was active for an hour after he disappeared. After that it's a mystery.

Crushed by 400kg log

WorkSafe New Zealand investigators at St Johns Worship Centre in Wakefield in June, 2014.

13 min ago  Department of Corrections found responsible for death of father-of-five pinned by felled tree.

Road blocked, rain continues

State Highway 35 between Te Araroa and Tolaga Bay was blocked.

7:19 AM  State highway remains closed, while more unsettled weather is on the way.

Council aims at grave art video

The Cemeteries and Crematorium bylaw will be reviewed following complaints about the amount of decorations put on ...

Glitter, decorations and "funny colours" could be scrubbed from graves - because they make the place look "untidy".

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Rugby player's brutality unpunished video

Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo, right, was discharged with conviction after an assault on Wakefield St.

Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo's brutal assault cost a promising player his future, but he was let off so he could still play.

20 years waiting for a toilet

Waimate District Council candidates Ken Batchelor, Craig Rowley, Tom O'Connor and Stuart Thomson were grilled during the ...

Passer-by continue to pee in the bushes as locals battle for a new public loo.

Sexual assault near Waikato Hospital

A woman was grabbed from behind by an unknown male who threatened her before sexually assaulting her.

A woman was grabbed from behind by an unknown male who threatened her before sexually assaulting her.

Breakdown causing delays

Motorists heading to Auckland Airport were in for a long drive on Tuesday morning.

Travellers heading to Auckland Airport are in for a long journey.

Bike swipe caught on CCTV video

A Dunedin man was stunned to see footage of an unknown man break into their Mornington rental and take off with a bike, ...

"There's someone getting in the house," husband says after spotting brazen burglar on CCTV.

Kapiti crash victim named

The scene of the crash on State Highway 1 near Waikanae, where Robert Truger was killed.

Scott Truger, 43, died after a crash involving his car, and a truck.

Drizzly start to the day

A drizzly morning across much of the South Island should make way for fine spells Tuesday afternoon, MetService says.

Spring continues to evade the South Island, with rain and cloud forecast until the weekend.

Bringing back the birdsong video

Tui.

Rats and stoats have no place in Wellington, where an action plan has been announced to get rid of them forever.

The rising cost of knowledge

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Victoria University's Council has voted to increase all fees by 2 per cent in 2017.

More than just 'Big is Good'

Levi Vaoga, left, and Jamie Dunn, who has made a documentary about the strongman competitor.

Documentary reveals strongman Levi Vaoga's life outside of the Mitre 10 slogan.

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crime

Stabbing in Lower Hutt

Police have confirmed the stabbing happened at a Housing New Zealand complex.

A man has serious injuries after an attack at a Housing New Zealand complex north of Wellington.

Murder charge after shooting video

Man, 23, charged with murder after death in south Auckland.

'I lost $75K to witchdoctor'

Flatmate admits role in burglary

politics

No fight over centrist voters

While John Key talks up Helen Clark, Andrew Little says her view on centrism is "meaningless".

OPINION: Key sees advantage in praising Clark to attract centrist voters, while Little is lukewarm on significance of centre ground.

Who's anti-Labour campaigner?

Labour Mayoral Candidate Justin Lester says he is unfazed by the campaign.

Anti-Labour businessman says Wellington mayoralty should not be a ''slave to one political party".

'We'd rather no settlement'

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is a familiar face on marae around the country as he tries to push through ...

Treaty Negotiations Minister's decision on the future of Ngapuhi's settlement imminent.

PM: Sentencing options open

Prime Minister John Key says the release of prisoners wrongly held for too long is due to differing legal ...

John Key considers compensation or retrospective legislation for the hundreds jailed incorrectly.

education

The rising cost of knowledge

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Victoria University's Council has voted to increase all fees by 2 per cent in 2017.

MP likens students to 'faulty fridges'

National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi's been accused of "derogatory" comments by the Migrant Workers Association.

National MP's likening of overseas students to faulty fridges is called "derogatory" and "outrageous".

Stunt may cost uni club major sponsor

A 20-year-old engineering student lit his hair on fire and jumped off his flat into an inflatable paddling pool on ...

Brewery may pull university club's sponsorship over stunt-gone-wrong.

Complaints roll in over maths exam

An algebra exam meant for students sitting NCEA Level 1 has stumped seasoned maths teachers and top year 13 calculus ...

Schools, parents, teachers, and principals have been making themselves heard about the horror algebra exam.

health

Flea plague on the way

Long hot summers and mild winters have stacked up perfect conditions for a flea infestation, a Kiwi vet says.

A mild winter followed by a hot summer are the perfect conditions for a flea plague.

MidCentral DHB slips $1m into deficit

Palmerston North's hospital board has found itself $1 million in deficit after only two months.

After only two months, MidCentral DHB is $1 million in the red.

Mash calls for more funding

For the first time, Manawatu's MASH Trust is in deficit, its annual report shows.

For the first time, Manawatu's Mash Trust is in deficit, its annual report shows.

Nursing staff bear brunt of 'violent society'

There were 162 assaults on mental health staff at the Waikato District Health Board last year.

Union points to staff shortages for increase in assaults.

women of influence

Women of Influence: The finalists

The winners of the 2015 Women of Influence awards.

​The finalists for the Women of Influence awards for 2016 have been announced.

Quiz: Women of Influence 2016

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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.

farming

'Mum and dad' investors hooked

NZ King Salmon produces the premium Ora King brand for export

While interest in NZ King Salmon shares from companies has been oversubscribed.

Ravensdown profits go to farmers

Fertiliser profits and payments to Ravensdown farmers are on the rise.

Ravensdown managers have reshaped the fertiliser co-operative into a better business for farmers.

Animal welfare project 

VetSouth Winton director Mark Bryan uses the WelFarm programme to check animal welfare and production.

Dairy cow welfare programme WelFarm is set to launch nationally.

Italians pre-buy merino wool

Merino fleece sold to Reda averaged $15/kg.

An Italian company injected momentum before the Melbourne merino sale began after buying fine wool before the first bid.

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