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Educated questions over changes

classroom

Principals still struggle to see how the new 'Investing in Educational Success' policy will work in schools.

Feathers fly over unholy mess

pigeon

Pigeons and their poo are threatening to destroy the stonework of an historic Auckland church.

Auckland transport project overhauled

Auckland trains

Auckland's top transport project has been overhauled to save the debt-ridden city almost $500 million.

Intruder explodes through door

Chris Baxendale

He had a knife held to his chest, but Chris Baxendale still tried to reason with a masked intruder.

Ngati Toa finally gain recompense

Tiratu Williams

Ngati Toa's treaty settlement is being celebrated, but it's bitter sweet for Tiratu Williams.

Sacked high school coach still loves football

Kevin Fallon

Finding out he was no longer needed as football coach at MAGS was a kick in the guts for Kevin Fallon.

Lower drink-drive limit 'will save lives'

Drink driving breath testing

The lower drink-driving limit will save lives, supporters say, but should not prevent people having an after-work tipple.

Dumpers avoid $2.50 bag fee

rubbish collection, rubbish bags

Council staff are resorting to stakeouts to catch rubbish dumpers going to extremes to avoid the $2.50 bag fee.

Stabbing at house known for noise

Stabbing in Tuam St

A rundown rental home where a man was stabbed has attracted a string of noise complaints.

Up to 3000 EQC claims to wait until next year

EQC Ian Simpson

A few thousand building claims will not be settled until next year, EQC's Ian Simpson says.

School puts microchip bracelets plan on hold

Swannanoa School has put a hold on its controversial microchip bracelet scheme.

Building hope for Nepalese families

James Poore

It was either a shed full of new power tools or a meaningful OE for building apprentice James Poore.

Wild, windy weekend ahead

Wild weather

A grim forecast of gales and heavy rain for the next few days is set to blight weekend plans for people around the country.

Sick doctors taking their bugs to work

stethoscope

Sickly doctors could be infecting patients, with an alarming number of them dragging themselves into work despite knowing the risk.

Licence threat forces drivers to pay up

driver licence

The threat of losing their driver's licence has jolted southerners into paying overdue fines.

Privacy breach a crime - council

city council documents

Personal documents and addresses found in city streets were stored at the top of a car park building.

Resolve trust feud or else - judge

judge

A judge has attempted to settle issues leading to "ructions and recriminations" that have split members of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust.

Poll rebound offers Labour a glimpse

Labour Party

A new poll has breathed life into Labour's hopes of an upset win, just as Parliament rose for the final time before the election.

'Leader' rejects offer to debate king movement

King Tuheitia

A leader who called for the Kingitanga to be overthrown has refused to debate the issue.

Scouts sporting scarves

Gwyn Fraser and Mike Hayden will be wearing their scout scarves to work as part of National Scout Scarf Day.

If you scout a lot of scarves on the street today, don't just put it down to the wintry weather.

Party leaders give up alcohol

wine

Dry July might be over, but political party leaders are giving up booze until after the election.

Manslaughter verdict shocks

William Lewis

The parents of a teenager killed in Oamaru four years ago are dumbfounded and outraged over a High Court verdict.

Victim files for right to be named

Court

The victim of an indecent act is at the centre of a legal battle to name a well-known Otago man.

Man jailed for sex assaults on child

Prison

A man denies sexually assaulting a child over an eight-year period despite being found guilty.

Hunter who shot friend avoids prison

duck shooting

A man who accidentally shot his friend while they were duck hunting has avoided prison.

Alleged gunman charged

Police

Aucklander charged with firing gun at police after car chase in Bay of Plenty.

Soffes' fraudulent high life revealed

Generic money

Details of couples' high life funded by stealing millions revealed after name suppression lapses.

School suspends microchip plan

A North Canterbury primary school has put a hold on its controversial microchip bracelet programme.

Popular Auckland fitness trainer dies

Les Mills

Gym staff from Les Mills are in Taupo mourning the loss of popular Auckland fitness trainer Joe Houpapa.

Elderly couple 'distressed' by home invasion

home

Masked man with a knife confronted an elderly couple in their home before stealing their BMW.

Child hit by car in Papatoetoe

Police

A child suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a car in South Auckland.

Police warn rental car firms of woman

Angela Pidduck

Rental car agencies are being advised to be wary of a woman with a large scar on her face.

Taxpayers pay minister's $300 tab

Tim Groser

Trade minister's meal, including foie gras and toothfish, cost $300 - and that was before the wine.

Two aces in one golf round for Janne Pottinger

janne pottinger

It took golfer Janne Pottinger 38 years to notch her first hole-in-one - and an hour to get her second.

A bit warm for July

Fine weather

If you're thinking today's unusually hot for the middle of winter, you're not wrong.

Car chase ends on beach

Sand

A driver trying to flee police was forced to give up after getting stuck on an Auckland beach.

Labour jumps to 30pc in Roy Morgan survey

Cunliffe

Labour handed some rare good news on the last day of the current Parliament, with a new poll showing a rebound in fortunes.

Car plunge sparks river search

whanganui river rescue

A driver veered off the road and plunged down a cliff into the Whanganui River this morning.

Police nab skimmers

Generic money

Two men who allegedly "skimmed" over $500,000 from Auckland ATMs have been arrested.

Women accused of $15,000 make-up thefts

Court

Two Hamilton women are accused of stealing make-up and cosmetics worth more than $12,000.

Man flees with child in car

Police

Police arrest man who led a high-speed car chase through Whangarei with a child in his car.

Labour would fund veterans' funerals

anzac poppy

Labour accuses Government of "penny-pinching' by refusing to help fund funeral expenses for war veterans.

Attorney-General meets FBI boss

Chris Finlayson

Attorney-General Chris Finlayson won't say if he discussed Kim Dotcom with FBI deputy director FBI Mark Giuliano today.

Speeding driver admits car was 'too fast'

Speed camera

A Hamilton man caught speeding has since sold car after accepting it was "too fast" for him.

Great effort from a small nation

War

New Zealand might not have been prepared for the full enormity of the Great War, but it had done its best, as Bill O'Byrne reports.

Alleged poachers deny court's jurisdiction

Justice

Two men facing poaching charges refuse to enter pleas, saying they did not recognise the court's jurisdiction.

Parliament bill addresses 'No 1 threat' to sport

pm

Government moves to protect nation's sporting reputation ahead of world cup matches here.

Police seek Ngaruawahia man

Isaac Paul

Police seek help to track down a man wanted for breaching release conditions.

Police seek missing identical twin

Dennis Arthur Te Pania

Wellington police are hunting an identical twin with missing teeth after an attack so severe the victim needed surgery.

Family, community shattered as Sina Solomona's murderer is sentenced

 Sina Nerisa Solomona

The killing of a solo mother divided a family and left behind a child who'll never know her mother.
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