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Concern over poor university rankings

University students, uni, graduation, graduates, Australia

Kiwi universities' sustained slide down world rankings has education leaders worried.

Dunne gets the nod from National's candidate

Peter Dunne

National's Ohariu candidate has endorsed his rival, UnitedFuture's Peter Dunne.

'Inspired' teachers key to tertiary step-up

A teacher writes on a blackboard

Not enough students are being inspired by teachers to aim for tertiary study, a survey has found.

Nicholas wants judges only to hear rape trials

Louise Nicholas

Juries should not be part of sexual assault trials, anti-rape advocate Louise Nicholas says.

'Zombie outbreak' sparks cyber challenge

zombie-scenario challenge

University-initiated cyber security challenge will see students battle against zombie virus.

WINZ closures hit hard

winz

Work and Income offices in small towns have been shut while security is reviewed, leaving some users struggling to cope.

Nine-year prison term for attack

A violent encounter that shone a light on Taranaki's underworld has ended in a jail sentence.

Tower tenants 'living in fear' on inner city housing block

Arlington Tower block

Wellington housing project tenants live in fear as groups of drunken youths loiter around torched laundry block.

Changing demography affects voting

Nicky Wagner

Christchurch Central voters become older, richer and better educated, which could affect the seat.

Police combat public sex acts near beach

Woodend Beach

An area near New Plymouth's Back Beach has been termed "Gay Bay" because of the increased homosexual activity there.

Cat tossed from moving car loses leg

Fearless Fred

SPCA staff care for cat injured in "senseless act of abject cruelty" and appeal for owner.

Spy scandal impact on election far from certain

GCSB's Waihopai Spy Base

OPINION: Revelations that the government may be spying on its citizens are momentous. | Public deserves answers | NZ spied on allies

Ryan Crotty shaving his beard for charity

Ryan Crotty

Ryan Crotty will feel like he is burying an old friend when his beard is shaved for charity tomorrow.

Model plane heads up, up, up and away

Waikato River

A man is searching for his $2500 model aeroplane, which could be anywhere in Waikato.

Meet the leaders: Winston Peters

Winston Peters

Few people have seen highs and lows in their careers like NZ First leader Winston Peters.

System not linked to cable

The Project Cortex cyber defence system revealed by Prime Minister John Key does not involve tapping into the Southern Cross Cable, the Government Communications Security Bureau says.

Key accused of clouding complex issue

John Key

John Key revealed details of two spying programs, but he's still accused of trying to "confuse and cloud" the issue.

NZ spied on allies, Greenwald claims

Glenn Greenwald

Snowden revelations could disrupt NZ's bid for UN Security Council seat. | We deserve answers | Impact uncertain | Going Key’s way?

Boy burned filling lawn mower

Fire fighters at the Dairy Flat, Rodney property

A 14-year-old boy has serious burns after a lawn mower caught fire while he was filling its petrol tank.

Hamilton streets in darkness

Street light

Most Hamilton streets are in darkness after a signal plant fault meant street lights were not turned on.

Lotto winner exclaims after winning $7.2m

Lotto

A night watching rugby on TV got a lot more exciting when couple realised they'd won millions.

Boatie's body found in Lake Lyndon

lake

Police recover the body of 21-year-old man suspected to have drowned in Lake Lyndon yesterday.

Record - and eardrum - beaten

Flip

A stunt performer has had a painful ending to a world record-breaking flip off a floating inflatable.

NZ spied on Pacific neighbours - Greenwald

key greenwald

Glenn Greenwald says new evidence will show the GCSB was snooping on friendly nations in the Pacific and elsewhere.

Auckland grandmother jailed for life

jail cell

Auckland woman sentenced for murdering a man by setting fire to him in his own bedroom.

Eminem sues National over election ad

national eminem

National Party rejects claims it violated copyright by using riff similar to Eminem song in advert.

Rain, wind and snow predicted for Election Day

Rain, wind and even snow forecast for Thursday and Friday might dampen voter turnout.

Elderly driver flees burning car

 	 Car fire

A homemade anti-freeze measure backfires on an elderly driver in Alexandra.

XKeyscore, Speargun: Key digs in on spook claims

John Key

PM dismisses Edward Snowden's allegations the NSA is working out of New Zealand. | What we learnt | 'NZ needs answers'| ‘NZ spied on Pacific neighbours’

Parents fail to properly buckle in children

Volvo's inflatable child seat concept

More than half of Canterbury drivers stopped in police crackdown had not safely secured children.

Friends and school mourn Corey Mclean

Corey Mclean

Grieving mum says students at Christchurch Academy are stuggling to cope with deaths of two friends in a month. | Scene investigation done

Southland man admits $350k fraud

gavel

Man convicted on 29 dishonesty charges involving about $350,000.

Car sightings after Rangiora killing

Jason William Baker and Shaun Robert Murray Innes

Murder accused drove erratically and abandoned car on the night of killing, trial hears.

It's a girl: results of colossal squid examination

 Colossal squid thrills Te Papa

It's a girl - not the latest royal-baby-to-be, but Te Papa's new colossal squid, and it had a lot to teach us.

Kiwis deserve answers on spy claims: Cunliffe

Cunliffe

It is a "travesty" that there has not been full disclosure of the reasons for passing last year's Government Communications Security Bureau law, Labour leader David Cunliffe says.

No probe yet over Dotcom email

kim dotcom

Complaint about email that Kim Dotcom says shows PM lied about knowing him shelved till after election.

University of Auckland tops NZ rankings

Stuart McCutcheon

Auckland has the highest-rated NZ university in new rankings, and makes it into world's top 100.

Haast isolation 'best place for thief'

A Nelson teen who stole from a good Samaritan who took him into his home is now off to whitebait and ride helicopters in Haast.

Flat Race 2014: Cunliffe or Key, or someone else?

Flat Race web series

Wellington actor comes up with novel way to get young Kiwis interested in voting, by profiling political party leaders in a flat setting.

Man stable after being hit by falling tree

Police

A forestry worker is in a stable condition in intensive care after tree fell on him yesterday.

Canterbury University $100m richer

Rod Carr

Canterbury University finally has access to first of two $100m grants Govt promised last year for upgrades. l Canty NZ's third-best uni

Man, 70, jailed for child sex crimes 30 years ago

Justice

Man, 70, jailed for sexually violating children as a bus driver more than 30 years ago.

Beehive Live: Spooking the election?

Dotcom

It's the day after the "big reveal" and questions over who knew what are flying.

Fairfax visual journalists' best photos: July 2014

Here is a selection of Fairfax visual journalists' best photos for July 2014.

Teen huffers in stable condition

Butane huffing

The three teens injured when an aerosol can exploded are all now recovering in the national burns centre.

Art thief makes case for release

Gavel

A life-long criminal responsible for our biggest art heist is in court in a bid to be released from prison.

Priest pleads guilty to indecent assault charge

Alastair Aidan Kay

Catholic priest admits charge of indecent assault ​on a male over 16.

Girl helps capture drive-by gunman

Police

Young girl's quick-thinking after gun pointed at her from car helps police identify and arrest man.

Ex-gang getaway driver jailed

Court

A former gang member on track to turn his life around gets 3 years for aggravated robbery.

It's 'win or bust' for Faafoi in Mana

Kris Faafoi

MP Kris Faafoi is not on Labour's list, so for him winning the Mana seat is crucial.
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