Real Life

Man fined and suspended for stealing drugs

A man has been fined, censured and suspended for stealing a "potentially dangerous drug" to help his partner's anxiety and insomnia. A man, identified only as a "health practitioner" in the ruling by the New Zealand Health Practitioners...... Read More

Schools urged to adopt gender-neutral uniforms

Schools are being urged to adopt gender-neutral uniforms as part of wider efforts to ensure children with diverse gender identities and sexualities feel welcome. The Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) said students should be able to choose which...... Read More

Rain signals the end of autumn

Tuesday looks like being the end of a very foggy period over New Zealand. In many places, people will wake up to extensive fog and low cloud, especially over inland parts of the North Island.  “Travellers should be prepared for possible...... Read More

Bronze medal won after husband’s heart attack

Stanmore Bay table tennis player Shirley Ritchie received a standing ovation when her bronze medal was presented at the recent World Masters Games. She was moved to tears by the support, which came because she won the medal under the most difficult...... Read More

New Zealand meat exports back in Iran

New Zealand resumed meat exports to Iran in May, sending 60 tonnes of frozen lamb to the Islamic state. Market access to Iran effectively ceased in 1998 as a result of international sanctions. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy cleared the way...... Read More

Doctors head to famine-stricken region

Their newborn daughter maybe only a few days old but that has failed to deter an Algies Bay couple from heading to one of the toughest places in the world for children. Doctors Jono and Destinee Macleod are due to return to South Sudan on June 10 –...... Read More

Have you seen these men?

Police are appealing for information from the public to help them locate three men. Whakatane Police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker says the following people have “absconded from their bail addresses”. Wainui Awatere The 23-year-old man...... Read More

Deluge causes Tauranga flooding + pics

Heavy early morning downpours caused flooding on Saturday that saw a Tauranga house flooded. MetService forecaster Lisa Murray says the heaviest rain was early Saturday morning. “Wow. There was one hour that you got 18.2mm at the airport,...... Read More

Fed up with flooding

Residents in a Tauranga suburb are frustrated after heavy rain flooded their properties yet again. A downpour early on Saturday morning brought water almost a metre high into the home of David and Fiona Brown in Bellevue. Fiona says it’s the...... Read More

Our very own bossy Izzy

“I am special. l am very special.” Thirteen-year-old Sophie Turner is special because she has succeeded – she has confronted some deeply challenging personal issues and blossomed on the national stage despite them. She has Tourette...... Read More