1. John Key: I thought about quitting
John Key briefly considered walking away from the job of Prime Minister about 18 months ago, according to a biography of National's leader published today.
Mr Key told the book's author - senior Herald and former parliamentary journalist John Roughan - that he had been worried about losing, and "losing feels like failure and I don't kinda like failure".
Roughan writes that Mr Key's frustration began with the "Teagate" saga surrounding the taping of his conversation with Act candidate John Banks at a Newmarket cafe during the 2011 election campaign.
2. Pilot put 134 people at risk - watchdog
A pilot put the safety of six crew and 128 passengers at risk when he failed to initiate a mandatory missed approach when landing in foggy conditions, a transport watchdog has determined.
The incident occurred on October 29, 2011 during an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Christchurch, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) said in a report released today.
Read the full TAIC report here.
3. Bullying before scissor fight alleged
Police working at the scene of a stabbing at Pacific Christian School in Mangere. Photo / Sarah Ivey
The boy who allegedly stabbed his 11-year-old schoolmate in the head had been bullied at school for over a year and may have "just snapped", sources say.
About a dozen children witnessed the incident in a South Auckland classroom and there was no teacher present.
An adult source close to the boy's family said he would sometimes come home in tears after playground bullying.
The alleged attack with scissors during a fight with the other boy was completely outside his usual demeanour, the source said.
4. Former rugby star graduates police college
Constables Heney, Chueh, Kopelani, Green and Jackman are ready for the frontline. Photo / NZ Police
A former Crusaders and Hurricanes rugby player is among 76 constables to graduate from Police College today.
Constable Tone Kopelani had wanted to be a police officer for many years until his rugby career took off. The former hooker played for the Crusaders and Hurricanes and then played in France for four seasons with the club CS Bourgoin-Jallieu.
"Rugby took over my life for about 11 years," he said.
"But I've always wanted to be a police officer, to be able to make a positive change in someone's life is what I am most looking forward to."
Mr Kopelani worked as an Authorised Officer at Christchurch Police Station before attending Police College, where he won the Prevention Award for his frontline skills and prevention practices.
5. Watson threatened me, claims Glenn
Sir Owen Glenn claims he felt unsafe after Warriors co-owner Eric Watson allegedly "threatened, abused and physically intimidated" him the day after the NRL Auckland Nines tournament at Eden Park in February.
The allegations are included in a statement of claim filed in the High Court of Auckland.
The statement was filed by Kea Investments, a company linked to Sir Owen. It is against Watson-linked company EJ Group and GWNZ Investments, a joint-venture company that owns the Warriors.
In the action, Sir Owen's interests are seeking to recover more than $6 million and transfer back his company's half-share in GWNZ to Mr Watson's company.
- nzherald.co.nz, NZ Herald, APNZ