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Oriental Bay properties evacuated after slip

Firefighters clean up the flooding at a residential building in Oriental Bay, Wellington

A torrential mudslide has slammed into the side of a Wellington waterfront apartment block, forcing a mass evacuation. 

Woman and children hurt in crash

Two children a woman have been left with critical head injuries after their car flipped and landed in a river.

Delays on Kapiti train line

Train commuters returning home to the Kapiti Coast tonight are warned to expect significant delays after a power failure that disrupted signaling in Porirua.

Abuse victims plead for support

Louise Nicholas was among two people who today implored the Government to properly fund abuse support services.

Royal tour: a capital sendoff

Royals depart NZ

William, Kate and baby Prince George have arrived in Australia, after wrapping up their NZ tour in a wet Wellington.

200 sites for hi-tech speed cameras

Speed camera

More than 60 new hi-tech speed cameras are set to be used at about 200 sites - but police won't say where.

Wings to spread over more days

Wings over Wairarapa

Organisers of the biennial Wings Over Wairarapa air show are looking to extend the event to three or four days.

E coli found in Wairarapa water supplies

water supply

Three of the five Wairarapa town water supplies were found to have tested positive for E coli bacteria over the past two years, but retesting found no evidence of ongoing contamination.

Weather warning for Wellington

Wellington rain

MetService has issued a severe weather warning for much of northern and central New Zealand, including Wellington.

'Horrendous' killer to stay in jail

Phillip John Smith

Convicted killer and child sex offender Phillip John Smith is to remain behind bars as his latest parole bid is rejected.

Flyover design labeled 'incoherent'

basin reserve flyover

Should the Basin Reserve flyover be an iconic structure that defines the capital city or a modest bridge that quietly slinks into its surrounds?

200 AFL tickets lost in misplaced bag

Aussie Rules, AFL, generic

A Porirua Chamber of Commerce employee lost 200 tickets for the Anzac Day Aussie rules game.

'I knew I had killed him' - officer

tumare strap

Shooting an armed teenager was "the worst feeling I have ever had," a police officer says.

Kiwis to get arty in Edinburgh

gareth farr

The largest contingent of New Zealand artists in history will take part in seven festivals in Edinburgh in August.

Kiwis can't get enough of Easter treats

Chocolate treats going down well

Easter Bunny

MATT STEWART - © Fairfax NZ News

A longer lead-in time to Easter is seeing shoppers devouring chocolate with a passion.

Man pleads guilty to killing caregiver

Aaron Rhys McDonald

An Otaki man has admitted murdering a Christchurch woman and robbing two backpackers.

Cats cavorting through capital - Morgan

Microchip cat

Cats are cavorting through properties at a rate of 49 million trespasses a year, according to a study.

5.03% rates rise for Upper Hutt

A total rates rise above five per cent is planned for Upper Hutt residents.

Parents scared to let kids ride bikes

Cycling lobbyists

Parental fear has led to a drop in the number of children cycling to school - and more cars.

Changes to dam plan could affect viability

The Ruataniwha dam has been given approval, but the accompanying plan change may mean it doesn't get off the ground.

Milan's mission: Beating the odds

Radical brain surgery Milan's best shot

milan west

Radical surgery to remove part of Milan Ellis's brain could have left her blind or paralysed.

Crash site 'incompatible with motorway'

joshua lawton

Coroner predicts further problems with 'danger spots' Wellington's inner-city bypass.

Ellis returns to kick off centenary

marc ellis

Former student Marc Ellis has returned to Eastbourne's Wellesley College to celebrate its centenary.

Kiwis can't get enough of Easter treats

chocolate bunny

Longer lead-in to Easter sees shoppers devouring chocolate with a passion.

Psychedelic tabs ordered online

andrew harrison

A Wellington student who ordered synthetic LSD online was sentenced to community service.

Mother knew little about cot deaths

Suzie Ioata

A mother whose baby died in her arms believed cot death could only happen in cots.

Cinema 'tripped up' by new liquor law

penthouse cinema

There will no glass of wine with a movie this Easter after a cinema was refused a special licence.

Today in politics: Wednesday, April 16

Internet Party ends discussions with unnamed sitting MP.

Delays after five-car crash

Durham St traffic jam

Five-car pileup is causing delays for motorists leaving Wellington tonight, but no injuries reported.

More problems for Aratere

Aratere

Engineers working on Aratere's rudder problems have been unable to remove the cracked rudder stocks.

MP slams transport agency's road plan

Peter Dunne

Ohariu MP Peter Dunne wants NZ Transport Agency to withdraw Takapu Valley and Tawa motorway expansion plans.

Suburbs get funding in budget change

Wellington Road, Kilbirnie

Kilbirnie and Johnsonville have received minor boosts in Wellington's annual budget.

City bypass too dangerous - coroner

Karo Dr

Fears have been raised over Wellington's inner city bypass following the death of a motorcyclist.

More than 1m Kiwis born overseas

More than 1m Kiwis born overseas

nz flag

Almost a quarter of New Zealand's population was born overseas, according to the latest data from the 2013 census.

Police shooting actions 'commendable'

Police

A coroner says a police officer's training was over-ridden by instinct when faced with an armed teen.

Porirua floats new gambling policy

gambling

Pokies and TAB outlets could be set up in the suburbs in a new policy being floated by Porirua City Council.

Board approves $275m dam plan

Ruataniwhat dam

The proposed Ruataniwha dam and irrigation scheme has been approved by a board of inquiry.

Basin symmetry could be destroyed

Basin Reserve flyover

The symmetry of the Basin Reserve will be destroyed by a proposed flyover and new Basin pavilion, critics of the project say.

Christmas cheer to return to Wellington

Wellington Santa parade

Wellington City Council has committed itself to bringing Christmas cheer to the city this year.

Arson accused denies charges

Court

A judge has suppressed the name of the man charged with the arson of a Kilbirnie storage facility earlier this month.

Fatal police shooting inquest begins

Lachlan Kelly-Tumarae

The officers who fatally shot a teenager will have their identities hidden during an inquest.

Warning after Lower Hutt cot death

A Lower Hutt baby turned blue and reached for his mother's face before dying in her arms, a coroner has found.

Stena Alegra back in service

Stena Alegra

Cook Strait ferry Stena Alegra has returned to service after being damaged last week.

Girl shot by 12-year-old brother

St John's Ambulance

A boy accidentally shot his eight-year-old sister in the stomach with a slug gun on Sunday.

Arrest made over Kilbirnie storage fire

fire

Man arrested and charged with arson over a fire at a storage facility containing treasures including Oscar awards.

Smoke smell prompts evacuation

Victoria St evac

Fire fighters eventually find 'culprit' that led to the evacuation of a CBD building this morning.

The day the music died for dazed DJ

Danny Lemon's records

Wellington DJ Danny Lemon had hoped for a miracle - but he lost 8500 records in the Kilbirnie storage fire.

Elderly driver's brief lapse killed biker

Tony McKelvey

A distraught elderly widow had to be helped into court to be told how she caused the death of a motorcycling grandfather.

Schools kept in dark on NCEA errors

NCEA results

Hundreds of NCEA students have been sent other people's exam booklets by mistake.

Searching for more women in blue

Reality TV show a recruitment drive for women

Female police

The police force is set on shaking any lingering perceptions of being a blokey "boys' club", with a new reality TV show called Women in Blue.
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