Call for youth justice change

Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft says New Zealand needs a better way of dealing with teens accused of crime.

Talk is "crime, crime, crime" in young offender residences. The Children's Commissioner is calling for change.

'Cloak and dagger' land deals

Many of the deals were for land on Wellington's waterfront.

Wellington City Council signed off a dozen leases for top CBD and waterfront locations that kept cash payments secret.

$23m for emergency housing

The cost of social housing grants has ballooned.

Demand for emergency housing has surged over the past 12 months.

Autumn weather high and dry

Max To'o, 3, tucks into a frozen yoghurt – saving some for later too – while out with his mum and dad on the Wellington ...

Many parts of the country are on track for record or near-record dry autumns, according to Niwa.

Council cuts pay to sick mayor

Napier Mayor Bill Dalton was elected mayor in 2013.

Council had no choice but to stop paying sick mayor his salary, chief executive says.

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Basin plans remain vague

An artist's impression of a new-look Basin Reserve area shows people mingling near a green space on what appears to be ...

Road layout changes planned for Basin roundabout before new road is built, but no one can say what they might look like.

The road to mass transit

An artist's impression of a possible mass transit route for Wellington, running along Taranaki St.

Funding has been approved for mass transit in Wellington, but the path to get there is fraught.

What now for run-down Hutt CBD?

The city's 56 hectare central business area has been in decline since the Queensgate Mall opened in 1986.

Lower Hutt's struggling business district might need to be partly demolished in order to be saved.

New movie complex for Lower Hutt

Hutt City Baptist pastor Rob Petrini with Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace in the former Hoyts complex on High Street. ...

Reading Cinemas to open Lower Hutt complex in a former Hoyts site.

Gun dealers scope new products

A Tory Industries pump-action rifle, which a retailer formerly selling semi-automatics is promoting as soon to be for ...

Pump-action rifles are among firearms that look to be favoured by arms dealers after the semi-automatic ban.

12 child-sex offenders change names

The Child Sex Offender register was created in October 2016. A person stays on the register for either eight years, 15 ...

Thirteen child-sex offenders have asked for permission to change their name. All but one was told they could.

Netball final a sell-out

Katrina Rore and her Pulse team-mates will play the winner of the Steel-Stars elimination match in the ANZ Premiership ...

Capacity crowd in store for Pulse's grand final. But who will they play?

Decades old bonsai trees stolen video

Thieves stole six bonsai trees which Keith Lowe had spent decades nurturing.

The six bonsai trees were worth up to $2000 each, and some had been nurtured for half a century.

Students swap pens for placards video

Students take to the streets in Auckland as part of the second School Strike 4 Climate on May 24, 2019.

Tens of thousands of students will strike today in a desperate plea for action on climate change.

Measles 'canary in the coalmine' video

Life in an iron lung. Some polio patients needed mechanical respiration to allow them to breathe. The iron lung enclosed ...

Measles rearing its ugly head is an ominous reminder that the big, bad diseases we thought we'd conquered maybe waiting in the shadows.

News

Why spiders flock inside

Native spiders happily live outside all year. Non-native species tend to stay inside all year.

As the days grow short and cold, spiders begin to enter our houses in larger numbers than usual. Why is this?

Family faces arrest

Police can break open doors or windows to arrest a family if they have not left their home on Māori land by Monday.

Swazi move half of production offshore

Matariki's visit no fluke: report video

business

Big quake doesn't shake brewer video

Timing wasn't perfect for Paul and Laura Finney when they planned to set up their Emporium beer brewing operation in ...

Paula and Laura Finney set up the Emporium brewery in Kaikoura. Five weeks later disaster struck the town.

Diatomite miner apologises

A 23 million-year-old leaf complete with insect damage found in Foulden Maar.

Diatomite mining chief executive sorry for "clumsy wording" about opponents in Goldman Sachs report.

ANZ vacates after quake rating

ANZ vacated an Albany building after a low seismic rating.

ANZ vacates building sold to Oyster investors after low Beca seismic rating.

New villages from Ryman

Ryman Healthcare's latest profit result is out.

Despite a slower property market Ryman Healthcare is developing more villages in Auckland, Christchurch and Melbourne.

Jetpack company grounded video

Jetpack down - the money has run out.

Jetpack-maker has burned through millions, but business appears to have fizzled out.

Comment

Go on a sex strike

Alyssa Milano has suggested women stop having sex with men, till they have legal control over their bodies.

OPINION: With a stream of news stories saying the end is nigh because of climate change, legislation in 2019 should be supporting abortion.

Shock news: NZ is well-governed

ANZO's development at number 1 The Terrace. Aerial view of Beehive, Parliament buildings, Bowen House and No 1 the ...

OPINION: That's why we haven't descended into the discontent convulsing US and Europe.

Support for families saves lives

Some children live in families involving dysfunction and violence that is difficult to comprehend.

OPINION: More support for vulnerable families will not be cheap, but the cost of doing nothing will be paid with more bodies.

Let's not farm octopuses

Let's take octopus off the menu.

OPINION: Octopuses are super smart and deserve better than captivity.

Lobbying is price of access for all

Questions have been raised about the strong relationship between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and lobbyist GJ Thompson.

OPINION: Everyone has access in our democracy, even if some seem to have a little more.

Culture

Solace in the Wind sculptor opens studio

Wellington artist Max Patte is opening his studio to the public for one day, to raise money for the Mountains to Sea ...

Take a peek behind the scenes of an artist's workshop in Miramar.

Huge audience for Bruckner challenge

Orchestra Wellington succeeded far beyond expectations on Saturday night. (File photo)

'Maybe the woodwind were a touch bland, but the brass had a field day, covering themselves with glory.'

Last of the explorer geologists

George Grindley in 1956. He made major geological discoveries in the mountains and valleys of New Zealand.

George Grindley was prepared to endure hardships to map NZ's complex geology.

It's grassroots and it's cheesy

The Great Eketahuna Cheese Festival began in 2018 and has returned for another year in the small rural town.

Roll on the cheese puns for the second Great Eketahuna Cheese Festival.

Sample Wellington's food at college's fair

Wellington East Girls' College students Angelica Araboglos and Lorna Hallett are part of the team behind the school's ...

Students say this year's fair will be "one for the history books".

Capital Life

Solace in the Wind sculptor opens studio

Wellington artist Max Patte is opening his studio to the public for one day, to raise money for the Mountains to Sea ...

Take a peek behind the scenes of an artist's workshop in Miramar.

It's grassroots and it's cheesy

The Great Eketahuna Cheese Festival began in 2018 and has returned for another year in the small rural town.

Roll on the cheese puns for the second Great Eketahuna Cheese Festival.

What's good: Baccala crostino at Ombra, Wellington

Baccala – salt cod puree – is the only dish that has continuously remained on Ombra's menu since it opened.

Baccala is the only dish that has continuously remained on Ombra's menu.

Decades old bonsai trees stolen video

Thieves stole six bonsai trees which Keith Lowe had spent decades nurturing.

The six bonsai trees were worth up to $2000 each, and some had been nurtured for half a century.

Students swap pens for placards video

Students take to the streets in Auckland as part of the second School Strike 4 Climate on May 24, 2019.

Tens of thousands of students will strike today in a desperate plea for action on climate change.

Sport

Hawks, Rams keep winning

Hawke's Bay Hawks' American import EJ Singler has been one of the best performed players in the opening half of the NBL ...

Unbeaten Saints impress again in NBL, but Hawks, Rams shouldn't be dismissed either.

From ball boy to big stage video

Ben Waine wheels away after scoring his second goal in New Zealand's win over Honduras.

Four years ago, Ben Waine was a ball boy at the Fifa U-20 World Cup. Now he's playing and scoring at one.

New coach in no rush to recruit

Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay plans to take his time scouting prospective signings.

Wellington have just seven players locked in for next season but that's not exactly a bad thing, says Ufuk Talay.

Nix coach in it for long haul

New Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay was publicly unveiled in Wellington on Friday.

Rudan struggled to be apart from family. His replacement will avoid that problem by bringing family with him.

Taurua backs shooting quartet

Mystics shooter Bailey Mes is back in black for the first time since the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

All four Ferns shooters below 80 per cent in club netball, but coach reckons she can get them firing.

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