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Rugby team chases down, blows whistle on thieves

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Police uncovered stash of items at a Levin house, after a rugby team tracked down the culprits who stole their gear.

Closed bus tunnel reopens

bus tunnel

Wellington's Hataitai bus tunnel was closed for over an hour this morning, sending buses on a circuitous route to get to and from the eastern suburbs.

Mainzeal collapse costs $620,000

Mainzeal HQ

Kapiti Coast District Council has paid out $620,000 to contractors after the collapse of Mainzeal.

Study says Welly's alleys dirty, dangerous

Walkway Strap

Wellington's alleyways are dirty and dangerous even in daylight, researchers say.

Pop-up Weta pub dispenses Garage Project winner

Garage Project teams up with Weta Workshop

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A pop-up pub from Weta Workshop helps launch Garage Project's World Beer Cup winning brew.

South and central in for winter blast

Snow on Rimutaka Hill Road

Wellington to Southland is in for another blast of winter, while those in the north soak in the sun.

Lawyer gets speed camera ticket thrown out

Chris Ellis

A Porirua lawyer may have set a legal precedent after getting a speeding ticket thrown out by a court.

Breastfeeding helps with post-natal blues

Breastfeeding

Women who plan to breastfeed and then do are the least likely to become depressed.

Counselling for sex offence football coach

Court

Coach who sent explicit photographs to boys has been referred to a counselling programme.

Conwoman jailed for scamming elderly

Justice

A conwoman has been sentenced for conning an elderly man, the fourth time in eight years.

Adams repays old school with scholarship

Adams funds scholarship for school

Steven Adams

Rising basketball star Steven Adams is determined to give another kid the same opportunities he had.

City's issues to the fore

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Sharp ideas for supercity merger, transport and business all needed by city's representatives.

Dead driver named

Car crash Kaitoke

Police release name of driver who died in two-car crash on SH2 at Kaitoke, north of Upper Hutt.

Indecent assault allegations against music teacher

Child abuse

Police are meeting with parents tonight to discuss indecent assault allegations against a music teacher.

Driver with unrestrained children treated charitably by judge

Police

Judge tells driver who had five unrestrained children in her car that it was common 30 years ago.

Gravel spill on SH1 at Ngauranga Gorge

Northern Motorway traffic jam

A gravel spill on the Ngauranga Gorge is expected to cause delays for drivers out of Wellington this afternoon.

'Macabre' scene as severed duck heads found in tree

Ducks

SPCA staff have been confronted with a ''macabre'' scene as duck heads are found in a city tree.

Woman cleared of fatally stabbing boyfriend

Juliette Anne Gerbes

Jury finds that the fatal stabbing of a young man by his girlfriend was a tragic accident.

Wellington added to Apple 3D maps

Wellington is the latest city to be added to Apple's three-dimensional flyover maps.

Impaled worker pulled meat hook out himself

Meatworks

A man who spent 90 minutes with a meat hook stuck in his head eventually pulled it out himself.

$3.5m for new Upper Hutt train station

Upper Hutt train station

A new Upper Hutt railway station will open early in 2016 and cost $3.5 million.

Racecourse quake-safety being assessed

Trentham race course

The safety status of Trentham Racecourse buildings is in limbo while management waits for engineers' report.

Keat's convictions quashed on appeal

Kevin Keat

Commodore Kevin Keat, ejected from the Defence Force over an affair, has convictions quashed.

I should have called police first says dairy owner

Whitby dairy owners

The attempted robbery all happened in less than a minute, and dairy owner Jimmy Patel said he just reacted without thinking.

Winter retreats from the north

Sun, sunny, hot day, heat wave

Spring temperatures are predicted in the north, with snow expected to 600 metres in the deep south.

Museum visits down despite cheaper entry

Napier Museum

A lower entrance fee has not been enough to entice more visitors to Napier's new museum.

Lorde ends album tour at home

'It felt right to me that it ended where it began'

Lorde

Of her first New Zealand tour since becoming a megastar, Lorde has three words: ‘‘I’m so excited.’’ 

Mark will quit as mayor if elected to Parliament

Ron Mark

Ron Mark will run for NZ First in the Wairarapa and says he will likely step aside as Carterton mayor if he wins.

Police lobby group outlines its wishlist

Police

Harsher penalties for fleeing drivers, and Tasers for all officers are among items on the Police Association's wishlist.

Ross victims face 97pc loss of funds

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Less than three cents in the dollar is all victims of fraudster David Ross can expect.

Top striker banned for 11 months over attack

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A footballer has been hit with an 11-month ban, but received support from the victim of his assault.

Rhymes on road for poetry day

Genevieve Fowler

It will be poetry in motion, stanzas at the bus stand, and rhymes on the road.

Slippery-fingered texts saved farmer's life

Farmer saved after sending text messages

Hawkes Bay farmer, Ken Miller, sits on the half tonne concrete lid that trapped him by the arm.

Trapped in a stream at the bottom of a gully, Ken Miller thought he was sure to drown.

Friends save trapped kayaker

Sam Ludden

A kayaker thought he was "fish food" as the Hutt River pinned him against a submerged tree.

Harcourts developer offers $10m church deal

Dunajtschik

Mark Dunajtschik has offered to give $10 million towards restoring Wellington's St Gerard's Monastery.

Ill African traveller put in isolation at hospital

ambulance

A seriously ill African woman is in isolation at Wellington Hospital after officials picked her up.

Slippery-fingered texts saved farmer's life

Hawkes Bay farmer, Ken Miller, sits on the half tonne concrete lid that trapped him by the arm.

Trapped in a stream at the bottom of a gully, Ken Miller thought he could lose an arm or even die.

Commodore gets convictions quashed

navyst

Former Navy Commodore Kevin Keat has had all of his convictions quashed after being court martialled.

Sir Graeme Avery 'still the same'

Sir Graeme Avery

Winemaker, athlete and publisher says he won't change after receiving "humbling" knighthood.

Police Assn wishlist for election year

Police

Police Assn calls for ban on gang patches, higher drinking age and harsher penalties for fleeing drivers in election year proposals.

Richard McGrath wins Napier City Council seat

Napier City Council

Anti-amalgamation candidate Richard McGrath wins by-election for a seat on Napier City Council.

Tipped truck closes Desert Rd

Emergency services vehicles

The Desert Road will be closed while a truck is hauled back up the bank it went over this morning.

Wellington footballer cops 11-month suspension

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One of Wellington's top club footballers has been slapped with an 11-month ban after allegedly kicking a prone opposition player in the head and body.

Council accepts plan for 3000-home suburb

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A 3000-home suburb, with a school and community facilities, is planned for Porirua.

Fatal head-on crash north of Wellington

Car crash Kaitoke

Police seek witnesses after woman dies in head-on collision near Rimutaka Hill.

Wind wand's future up in the air

Zephyrometer

Fate of Wellington's damaged wind wand still uncertain, with its creator unable to be contacted.

Lane closed after crash

Northern Motorway traffic jam

One lane of the Ballance Bridge before Woodville was closed due to a car accident.

GM artificial food may be 'staple diet'

Test tube burger

Steak grown in labs and engineered fish may become the staple in the future.

Hold put on Hutt theatre work

Clock

Lower Hutt developer must await retail area development consent before working on theatre exterior.

Accused naming a win for school

Harter

A primary school has successfully had name suppression lifted from a teacher facing charges of indecently assaulting two girls.
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