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Big changes to quake building rules

The scene on Colombo St in Christchurch after buildings collapsed on to two buses during the February 2011 earthquake. Ann Brower was the sole survivor in one bus.

Government halves timeframe to make the most earthquake-prone buildings safer.

Bid to lure girl, 12, into car

Police are searching for two men who tried to lure a Havelock North schoolgirl in to a car.

Hawke's Bay police search for two men who pursued girl as she tried to run away.

Stress: The ABs' toughest opponent

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15:  Colin Slade of the All Blacks looks on during The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Feeling challenged at the World Cup could bring out the best, but stress will do the opposite.

School abuzz for ABs video

Carterton School pupils, from left, Lyon Rodger, Kayne Allanson, Jeordie Fennell, Harry Russell and Georgie-Leigh Te Rangi are thrilled to be meeting three of the All Blacks.

All Blacks' trek around the smaller centres has two Wairarapa towns excited.

Ambulance must reinstate fired staff

The two Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics have been told their case is "arguable", and they should be able to work for now.

Wellington Free Ambulance has been told to reinstate two paramedics after employment case.

Three months to rapidly grow companies

From left, Dogmatek audio owner Tim Prebble and Jack Candlish from Organic Dynamite, who are taking part in New Zealand's first manufacturer accelerator programme with Lightning Lab Manufacturing in Lower Hutt.

Their product ideas range from surfboards to motion capture technology but the entrepreneurs behind eight startups have yet to prove they can turn prototypes into saleable products.

Safety buffer for cyclists looms

Motorists may soon be required by law to give cyclists a 1.5-metre gap when overtaking.

The Government is considering a law that would require overtaking drivers to give cyclists up to 1.5 metres of space. 

Struggle to identify body

The state house in Titahi Bay where a body was found on Sunday.

Police scour dental records to ID decomposed man in "bizarre" scene.

Cassandra's gruelling charity run in Kenya

Cassandra Treadwell running through the Masai Mara Game Park in Kenya.

Once a year, the sun-beaten Masai Mara National Park in Kenya becomes a marathon race track.

Mail thief jailed

Post boxes across Manawatu and Hawke's Bay were targeted by a group that used a fish hook to steal mail.

Thieves used fish hooks to pilfer thousands of items from postboxes in Hawke's Bay and Manawatu.

Cory's World Cup dream crashes to earth

Cory Jane steps up for the Wellington Lions the evening before the All Blacks' World cup team announcement.

Cory Jane’s hopes of playing a second rugby World Cup crashed to earth on Sunday morning.

Pretty Ricky pretty icky in Wellington

Pretty Ricky performing in Christchurch on Saturday night.

Hot on the heels of revelations about Pretty Ricky's lewd Christchurch show it turns out the band got up to similar sex acts in Wellington.

Organic oil a finalist in global beauty awards

Georgina Langdale's business Archeus is a finalist with her  Vi.tal Ink Tattoo Conditioning Oil in the Pure Beauty awards

A hand-crafted, artisan product from Poraiti is making its mark internationally.

Colours and scents of orchids captivate

Some of the approximately 15,000 orchids at Eva Orchids in Manakau. Eva Yin will be among the growers displaying at an orchid show in Levin this weekend.

Orchids attract an avid and wide following, and lovers of the exotic blooms can indulge in a spectacular show this weekend. 

Ministry swoops on illegal fishers

Compliance officers from the Ministry of Primary Industries carried out raids against black market fishing as part of 'Operation River' on Wednesday.

Dozens interviewed, four boats and eleven vehicles seized in morning raid.

Anger over rates for project

The proposed $6.4 million Waihinga Centre is causing dissent in Martinborough as some ratepayers balk at paying for the shortfall.

Martinborough residents are angry they are being asked to stump up to fund part of a new town hall centre.

Murder charges over baby's death

Gracie May McSorley suffered injuries equivalent to a high speed crash when she was killed in July, Police say. Charges against Michael Te Kouarehu Kereopa were upgraded to murder in the Porirua District Court on Wednesday morning.

Charges over the death of a Raumati baby have been upgraded to murder

'Hungry for better connectivity'

Premier Beehive financial controller Clive Bodington, left, Carterton mayor John Booth, communications minister Amy Adams, Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott, South Wairarapa mayor Adrienne Staples and Masterton mayor Lyn Patterson in Carterton for the announcement of the UFB long list.

Southern Wairarapa towns to get ultra fast broadband as Government kicks off next phase of fibre roll-out.

Gourmet goodies stock food parcels

House of Dumplings gifts 500 dumplings to the Wellington City Mission to set the City Mission’s new partnership with The Food Show in motion. Left to right, House of Dumplings owner Vicky Ha, City Mission regulars Muzza Ward and Peter Chan, and Wellington City Mission chief executive Michelle Branney.

City Mission food parcels to go gourmet after The Food Show.

Chimp undergoes ear op video

The procedure to address the nasty ear infection is likely to be the last chance to save Cara the chimp's hearing.

Wellington Zoo's Cara the chimp is recovering after an ear operation to save her hearing.

Kids not impressed by flag designs

Pupils from Ngaio School hold up the four alternate flag options revealed at Te Papa on Tuesday morning.

Ngaio School pupils have carried out their own version of the national flag referendum.

Final four flag designs gallery video

The final four flag options.

Prime Minister John Key has picked his favourites of the final four flag designs.

Precious memories returned

Deborah Wall holds a photo album containing photos of her late mother, Jean, 30 years after the family heirloom was left in a van abandoned in Christchurch.

Family photo album found in van abandoned in Christchurch 30 years ago claimed by late owner's daughter.

NZ 'left behind' on drug funding video

Masterton's Allyson Lock feels as if the government said "you're not worth it" when she applied for expensive treatment to fight rare, painful and potentially fatal Pompe disease.

Rare disease sufferer tired of Government's "buck-passing" over her potentially fatal condition.

Gas price increase

From October most power companies selling gas will increase the price.

Consumers look set to pay more on their gas bills from October.

Fewer fines being dished out

Fewer parking fines are being dished out in Wellington.

Wellington City Council's revenue from fines and penalties is dropping steadily.

One in four amalgamation votes cast

Hawke's Bay voters are being asked to vote yes or no to a proposal to create a regional super council.

Almost a quarter of Hawke's Bay voters have had their say in the region's amalgamation poll but the returning officer says it is too early to predict the final turn-out.

Police missed body

Police at the scene where a body was found in a Housing NZ flat in Titahi Bay, Porirua, on Sunday.

Police and Housing NZ each visited Porirua flat after complaints over smell, but did not enter.

Escort raised health risks

A man has escaped penalty after pleading guilty to to not using a condom with a prostitute.

Man who did not use condom during sex with prostitute escapes punishment.

Doctor takes the reins at HVDHB

Incoming Hutt Valley DHB chief executive Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

For the first time since being formed in 2001, the Hutt Valley District Health Board will be run by a clinician.

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