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Revealed: Councils' dirty little secrets

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Councils are discharging poorly treated sewage into waterways about once every five weeks.

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Liquor

This is my first weekend off having my sons for like three months. So my parents were like: ‘Go out all weekend! And I'm like, whoa! So why not start drinking early, eh?"

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Team challenge to Dixon's million-dollar payday

Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon faces tough team tactics as he bids to win his third Indycar title.

NZ Breakers face new challenges for a four-peat

Dean Vickerman

MARC HINTON - Sunday Star Times

After an off-season of upheaval, the New Zealand Breakers are settling in for a crack at the unprecedented feat of four straight Aussie NBL titles.

Neglect case after death of horse

KIRSTY JOHNSTON - Sunday Star Times

A woman with a conviction for animal neglect is again under investigation by the SPCA after neighbours saw a horse collapse and die in an allegedly over-stocked paddock.

Saili shakes off blunders for a solid debut match

Francis Saili

LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star Times

Many rookies profess the reluctant tendency to visualise their debut before it takes place.

Conrad Smith likes look of young Francis Saili

Francis Saili

TOBY ROBSON - Sunday Star Times

Francis Saili remains a rough diamond, but All Blacks centre Conrad Smith liked what he saw after playing outside the Blues tyro.

All Blacks aim to end McKenzie feel-good factor

Conrad Smith

TOBY ROBSON - Sunday Star Times

Stamping out the feel-good factor around new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is the All Blacks early focus.

Attack coach rises to Quade Cooper's defence

Quade Cooper

CHRIS BARCLAY - Sunday Star Times

Quade Cooper's trickery often makes for compelling viewing, even if the most ardent Wallabies or Queensland fan occasionally wants to look the other way.

Jeff Wilson: New-look Aussies to reveal all

Ewen McKenzie

JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: Are the Wallabies up to beating the All Blacks? The first test in Sydney is their best chance, writes Jeff Wilson.

Wellington Lions hunger for Canterbury crown

Jeremy Thrush

MARC HINTON - Sunday Star Times

Wellington lock Jeremy Thrush is highly motivated ahead of this week's opening round of the new national provincial championship season.

Favourite Magpies facing southern challenge

Zac Guildford

Hawke's Bay are the bookies' favourites but Southland and Otago are also quietly confident in what shapes as a competitive second-tier of the provincial competition.

Phil Gifford: Squad experience is gold in NPC

Matt Todd

PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: Todd Blackadder was a raw Canterbury kid marking Waikato captain John Mitchell in 1992.

Freestyler Lauren Boyle in for the long haul

lauren boyle

Emulating Danyon Loader, Lauren Boyle shows character to win three world champs medals.

Fourth title would be 'greatest gift' for Adams

Valerie Adams

SIMON PLUMB - Sunday News

Eight days stand between Valerie Adams and another slice of world athletics history.

Elliot signing for Counties Manukau Steelers

Hika Elliot

DAVID LONG AND LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star Times

Counties Manukau have edged Wellington in the battle to sign Hika Elliot for this season's NPC.

Coaching nous puts warrior spirit in dynasty

Dave Rennie

PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: Chiefs coach Dave Rennie wasn't up to watch the live telecast of the Brumbies' semifinal win over the Bulls.

Real-life dates turn shady for online gamers

Gamer danger

Online gamers vulnerable to blackmail and extortion by stalkers who use the sites.

Volatile weather 'the new normal'

Wellington storm

That "once in 20 years" freak storm is forecast to happen again sooner than you think.

Workers drug test numbers skyrocket

drug testing

Workplace drug and alcohol tests skyrocket as bosses use tool to weed out poorly performing staff.

School silent on tutor's rugby violence

A teacher writes on a blackboard

High school employing teacher with violent history won't say whether his behaviour is acceptable.

Holidays the key to living longer

holiday

Holidays are worth more than sunkissed skin - the more you holiday, the longer you live.

Prison for dad who hid girl in sex case

Jail

Father jailed for hiding daughter so she couldn't testify against friend, who was accused of molesting her.

Lost yacht Nina an unsafe 'lead mine'

Nina was unseaworthy and sailed by a traditionalist skipper who refused to have "gadgets" aboard, experts familiar with the boat say.

Fake victim claim hurts mum

Shelley Mather

Mother of NZ victim killed in deadly London bombings speaks out about hurtful online conspiracy theories.

Save a cat (and birds) - shut the flap up

Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan gains unlikely ally in campaign against cats - with celebrity cat psychologist agreeing the pets should stay inside.

Rest homes fail to meet standards

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Fewer than one in 10 rest homes meet all mandatory health care requirements, according to reports.

Parker soaks up the love after horror week

Bob Parker

After a tough week in the job, Bob Parker finally felt some love.

Glenn's inquiry at critical crossroad

Sir Owen Glenn

Sir Owen Glenn unlikely to fly back to face calls for his resignation in person.

Witch switch for Kiwi actress

Lisa Chappell

Former Outback sheila flying over The Ditch on broomstick to entertain Kiwi kids.

Out of Auckland frying pan, into affordable bliss

Sophie Braggins

Home buyers willing to trade the big city for a better quality of life are leaving Auckland for the regions.

Pike families vow to chase compensation

Pike River

Compensation payouts to Pike River victims pale in comparison to those made after mine explosion in the US.

Cameron offered biggest payday to fight Parker

Shane Cameron

LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star Times

Duco Events is offering a unique $550,000 winner-takes-all purse for Shane Cameron to fight Joseph Parker within the next six months.

All Blacks reboot their second test game plan

TOBY ROBSON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: Tactically spot on, the All Blacks literally kicked France into submission in Christchurch last night.

Top cyclist tells how painkillers give him edge

Alex McGregor

SIMON PLUMB - Sunday Star Times

A Kiwi cyclist has admitted to using pain pills to aid his performance - and says he knows other riders who are doing the same.

Ackland may come back to haunt Warriors

John Ackland

DAVID LONG - Sunday Star Times

Departing Warriors under-20s coach John Ackland could come back to haunt the club he has spent so long being associated with.

All Blacks produce a century of excellence

Kieran Read

MARC HINTON - Sunday Star Times

Last night's test against France was the All Blacks' 500th test. Marc Hinton looks back on the past 100.

NZ Football eyes Sky TV deal as gamebreaker

Rosie White

SIMON PLUMB - Sunday Star Times

New Zealand Football hopes a new broadcast deal with Sky Television can help produce a self-sufficient business model this year.

Steve Hansen keeps V8 power in engine room

Ben Smith

PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: We always knew Steve Hansen could be blunt. We knew he also had a sense of humour buried behind the game face.

Rugby teen's mum and dad speak out

Brent and Mona Dudley

Family contemplating a future without their "magic boy", who died after a fight following rugby practice.

Young Fijian flyer Nakaitaci chance for France

Noa Nakaitaci

LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star Times

Turning your back on the nation of your birth would usually be a difficult decision. Not for Noa Nakaitaci, the first Fijian to play for France.

Taylor's resurgence mirrors that of Warriors

Elijah Taylor

BEN STANLEY - Sunday Star Times

Give it a couple of weeks, and everything can change in team sport. Criticised losers can turn confident winners.

A washout could swing Black Caps' fortunes

Brendon McCullum

MARK GEENTY IN CARDIFF - Sunday Star Times

As anxious glances are cast to the skies, with rain forecast, the pitch at Cardiff Wales Stadium will elicit the most furrowed brows.
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