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Jail for sexual abuse of family members

Justice

A man who spent eight years sexually abusing the girls in his family has been jailed for 17 years.

Possible Napier drug lab being searched

tapeST

A suspected Hawke's Bay drug lab where a man was allegedly stabbed is being searched today.

Kicking up stink about track waste

Colin Tofts

Concern is growing over mountainbike tack users defecating on nearby paths and road.

Masked offender evades police after crash

Police

Masked driver armed with a knife disappeared into darkness after crashing while fleeing police.

Rosy sunrise ahead of dire weather

Red skies at morning, shepherds' warning

Wellington sunrise

Famous weather-related saying may hold true today for Wellingtonians treated to a rosy sunrise.

Rhythm and Vines lineup announced

Bastille

Chart-topping British indie band Bastille will headline this year's Rhythm and Vines music festival.

Drink-drive limits lowered

Wine glasses

Drink-drive limits will be lowered from December, after new legislation was passed.

Police chase gunman

Police

Man fired at police officers, tried to hold up three vehicles and led police on a car chase overnight.

The devils you should know

Devilskin, from left, Paul Martin, Jennie Skulander Nick Martin and Nail.

As album titles go, rock band Devilskin's debut release, We Rise, certainly proved prophetic.

Safety fears as flu surge hits hospital

Waiting six hours or more for a bed

Wellington Hospital is being stretched by winter sickness, with some emergency department patients waiting more than six hours for a bed.

Craziness an uncomfortable rationale in latest brutality

rosemary mcleod

OPINION: I had a kosher breakfast after the Berlin Wall came down, in a former synagogue that was now a bistro.

Balloon families welcome details

Carterton balloon crash

Families of the Carterton balloon crash victims have been left shocked by the inquest into the disaster - but they say it has been worth it.

School plans microchip bracelets

Emma Goodin

School's hope to track pupils' good behaviour with microchip bracelets prompts concern from parents.

$8m: Storage fire's huge cost

megan ransom

Damage and losses from a Wellington storage building fire top $8m so far, police say.

Taxpayers dig deep to take over Novopay

School classroom

After throwing $45 million at trying to fix the Novopay teacher payroll system in the past two years, the Government has been forced to seize control.

Squatter's fire extinguished

Fire Service firefighters generic

A search is underway for a man witnesses said started a small fire in a Wellington building tonight.

The Kiwi car-do attitude

How to fit a fridge into a boot

fridge strap

Customer elects not to pay delivery fee, so packs stand-up fridge into the boot of his small sedan.

Car found wedged into canal

Tight spot for crashed car

paraparaumu

Police seek owner of a car found crashed into a canal near Paraparaumu's waterfront last night.

Government has not asked CAA about random drug testing

Carterton balloon crash

Government has not asked CAA about random drug testing since Carterton balloon crash, inquest told.

Govt set to take over Novopay payroll system

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce

Government to take over school payroll after the company running it refused to pay more to fix it.

Charges for Hawke's Bay sheep rustlers

sheep

Seven people charged with stealing stock, slaughtering them and selling the meat.

Lamb and kumara pie wins top spot

lamb and kumara pie

The succulent taste trumped a record 4831 entries to win the highly-coveted NZ's best pie contest.

Carterton's pie No 1 to the bone

lamb and kumara pie

Carterton's artisan baker Michael Kloeg is delighted to have claimed the country's top pie-making award.

Ron Mark eyes return to parliament

Ron Mark

Former NZ First MP Ron Mark in not ruling out a return to Parliament.

Bigger wind turbine for Brooklyn

Brooklyn wind turbine

Wellington's well-known wind turbine will be replaced with larger one that will tower 77 metres into the sky.

Warm weather bad news for ski fields

Sun, sunny, hot day, heat wave

Warm, windy weather is expected to hit the lower North Island later today.

Woman shamed in front of shoppers

Supermarket mistook mother for shoplifter

	 Tana Puru

Countdown staff offered an apology to a woman they mistook for a shoplifter at a Hamilton store.

Discipline numbers for pupils improve

classroom

Fewer pupils are being sent out of school for bad behaviour.

Ball gets rolling on Transmission Gully

Transmission Gully

Work on the Transmission Gully motorway north of Wellington will start in a matter of months.

Whanau links helping hospital

Reminders help turn diabetic's life around

Linda Ratana

At the rugby, at church, or on Facebook Maori and Pacific Island patients cannot avoid reminders of their Hutt Hospital appointments.

Group urges three cycle routes to city

Cycleway, cycling, lane

Multiple cycle paths could be built through Newtown if a citizens' advisory group gets its way.

Ravensdown moves from rail to road

Ravensdown

Napier will see an increase in truck traffic along Marine Parade after a decision to stop using rail.

Sponsors allow for ambulance upgrade

Wellington Free Ambulance

Wellington Free Ambulance has been given its latest state-of-the-art vehicle by corporate donors, including The Dominion Post.

Women seek to unmask paedophile

Child abuse, sexual abuse, paedophile

Victims of a serial paedophile fighting to keep his name secret want people to know who he is.

Engineer for EQC to face hearing

Complaints EQC's top dog was 'rude, arrogant'

Graeme Robinson

Top engineer who trains EQC stafffaces disciplinary hearing after claims he based conclusions on biased thinking.

115,000 Kiwis get slate wiped clean

Court

At least 115,000 people have put their criminal past behind them under "clean slate" law.

Lawyer charged over drugs

Court

A prominent lawyer has kept name suppression on drug charges until a further hearing takes place.

CAA knew of pilot's cheating and drug allegations

Des and Ann Dean

Inquest into Carterton balloon crash told that the CAA knew of pilot's alleged drug use and dishonesty.

Fire Service warns against sleepouts and candles

Fire

Lack of smoke alarms in caravans and garages led to three deaths in the last year.

$850m Transmission Gully project gets green light

Transmission Gully

The cost of Wellington's Transmission Gully motorway is $25m less than expected.

Top green rating for Wellington's largest office block

Asteron Centre

Two years of careful monitoring of energy use has paid off for Wellington's largest office block.

Barking mad over dog registration fees

Oskar the dog

A dog owner is angry with plans to triple dog registration fees if they are not paid by the end of the month.

Block up for grabs after dispute

Craig Investment Partners

Waterfront office block that figured in recent legal dispute over quake strengthening is up for sale.

Suspicious fire in house used by squatters

hastings fire

Police and fire crews investigating fire at Hastings house occupied by squatters.

Te Reo Māori alive and kicking in Pito-One

maori strap

Students of Sacred Heart School celebrate Maori Language Week with songs, sports and videos.

Friends in shock over teen's death

Karen Healey

Close friends of Nelson teenager killed in cathedral fall pay tribute to 'free spirited' young explorer. Student dies after roof plunge

Host of party where woman died sentenced for drugs

Man who hosted a party where a woman drowned jailed for methamphetamine dealing.

Upper Hutt mother and son found

Police

A mother and her young son have been found amid fears they had been kidnapped at gunpoint.

Tower block planned for High St

Hutt tower block planned

There are plans to turn the former BNZ building in Lower Hutt's High St into a multi-story apartment block.

Rat numbers rocket in Rimutaka forest

Rat

Rat numbers have exploded in Rimutaka Forest Park, threatening native wildlife, local conservationists say.
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The lower drink-driving limits from December are:

Great - too much carnage on our roads.

Overkill - targets moderate drinkers, not the heavies

Still too little - make it zero tolerance.

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