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Drunken confessions secure conviction

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Four drunken confessions have been the downfall of a Wellington man who has been convicted on driving charges.

Bring on car wash backlash

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says there is a silver lining to the backlash about a bylaw change.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett welcomes the car wash haters - at least now people are listening.

Hang on, that's not a dog... video

''Sponge'' is short for Spongebob Swinepants. She's also a sponge with food.

"If she didn't have the dogs as little buddies she'd be pretty lonely."

El Nino is coming, and it's a biggie

Te Whanga farm, east of Masterton, during the last dry spell in March.

Rainfall could drop by 15 per cent in some parts of the country, climate scientists say.

How to manipulate a witness

Robert Michael, from Victoria University, has found that witnesses' confidence in their memories can be affected by whether they are asked easy or difficult questions first.

New study suggests how easy it can be to shake people's confidence in their memories.

Can gory pictures predict depression? video

Victoria University psychology student Rosie Moody is researching the differences in the brains of people who are prone to depression.

New research looks at mysterious link between activity in the front of the brain and depression.

Lasers aimed at planes

A green laser beam similar to the ones aimed at planes flying over the Hutt Valley.

Green laser beams are being aimed at planes passing over the Hutt Valley.

Loo with a view voted NZ's best video

The public toilets at Clifton Road Reserve, near Haumoana, Hastings, have been declared the best loo in the country for 2015 by Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

You could call it a straight flush for Hastings: prettiest city and loveliest loos.

Wellington

Bring on car wash backlash

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says there is a silver lining to the backlash about a bylaw change.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett welcomes the car wash haters - at least now people are listening.

Double-deckers closer for Wellington

Wellington could soon have diesel-electric buses like this one in London.

Wellington commuters could soon ride to work on double-decker buses.

Wairarapa

El Nino is coming, and it's a biggie

Te Whanga farm, east of Masterton, during the last dry spell in March.

Rainfall could drop by 15 per cent in some parts of the country, climate scientists say.

Satellite map user hits roadblock

Motorcyclist Mike Ames inspects a 50-metre pile of forestry spoil dumped earlier this month by forestry company Juken on Fernglen Rd, a public road in the Ngaumu Forest east of Masterton.

Timber firm's roadblock a sign of emerging tensions over smartphone maps.

Porirua

Bring on car wash backlash

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says there is a silver lining to the backlash about a bylaw change.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett welcomes the car wash haters - at least now people are listening.

Aged care facility for Whitby

An artist's impression of the proposed aged care facility at Whitby Lakes Retirement Village.

Whitby is to get a new 60-bed aged care facility.

Kapiti

Woman punched by bedroom invader

A police dog trailed a man after a woman was punched in her bedroom early Friday morning.

A woman woke up to a horrific surprise in her bedroom at Paraparaumu Beach.

Artists in the dark over trail

Otaki carver Malcolm McCrea with his artwork which was deemed unworthy for this year's Kapiti Arts Trail.

Two community artists are questioning the council's approach to this year's Kapiti Arts Trail.  

Hutt Valley

Lasers aimed at planes

A green laser beam similar to the ones aimed at planes flying over the Hutt Valley.

Green laser beams are being aimed at planes passing over the Hutt Valley.

Playhouse delivered on teens' path to work

Excited Petone Kindergarten kids explore the new playhouse built for them by WelTec?s Trades Academy carpentry students including, from left, Jesse Tooala, Teufolau Feki and David Thompson.

A tiny house for pint-sized clients but teenagers from WelTec’s Trades Academy walked tall on Wednesday.

Hawke's Bay

Loo with a view voted NZ's best video

The public toilets at Clifton Road Reserve, near Haumoana, Hastings, have been declared the best loo in the country for 2015 by Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

You could call it a straight flush for Hastings: prettiest city and loveliest loos.

Most beautiful city, best loo

The beauty of Hastings is surely evident to every casual observer.

Hastings won NZ's most beautiful city, as well as best toilet - which had more entries.

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