Banks seeks acquittal over lunch dates

John Banks is back at the Court of Appeal in Wellington  wanting the court to reconsider the order that he should face a second trial charged with making a false return of Auckland mayoralty election expenses.

Two lunches, two Americans, two donations: who's telling the truth?

Flooding woes far from over gallery video

Mud covers Wright St in Wellington's Mt Cook.

Heavy downpours overwhelm some homes and infrastructure in the capital.

Booze ban for halls

Victoria University's  Katharine Jermyn Hall on Boulcott St is under an alcohol ban.

A Vic Uni accommodation hall has banned alcohol after ''excessive drinking" and wild behaviour that left holes in the ceiling.

Next stop, Nepal

Caritas Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand humanitarian programme co-ordinator Mark Mitchell back home with his daughters Hannah,11, on left, and Emma,9. He has just been involved in relief work in Vanuatu,and is soon to head off again to Nepal.

Mark Mitchell has just returned from devastation in Vanuatu is preparing for the next disaster, in Nepal.

Car crime squad launched

Wellington's new car squad want to stop this happening to your ride. This is all that was left of one stolen car discovered at the home of an alleged "chop shop" ring accused of converting stolen cars for parts in Brooklyn last July.

A crack car squad is back in Wellington as police deal with as many as 50 thefts from cars a week.

Anzac Parade captures capital video

Reporter Matt Stewart in vintage military costume for Wellington's Anzac Eve Parade marking the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.

The Anzac Parade marking 100 years since the Gallipoli landings captured the capital.

'Severe' quake near St Arnaud gallery video

Damage to a supermarket in Motueka from the April 24 earthquake.

A "severe" earthquake measuring 6.2 hit inland from Kaikoura, rattling Wellington and Christchurch.

Cops chase car thief

Man leads police on car chase on Wellington's outskirts.

Hub caps flew as driver tried - and failed - to flee police down wrong side of road.

Assisted dying test case limits set

Lecretia Seales has an inoperable brain tumour and wants the option of asking a doctor to help her die.

A terminally ill Wellington lawyer taking a test case on assisted dying, will have to deal with interest groups having a say in her case on a limited basis.

Welly goes back in time with Anzac parade gallery video

ANZAC Eve Parade marking the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.

Wellington was like a film-set today as thousands turned out to take part in the Anzac Street Parade.

Forced march for Jackson gallery video

24042015 News. Cameron Burnell/Fairfax NZ. Director Peter Jackson is lifted onto the tray of a vintage truck during the parade after the vehicle he was traveling in broke down.

Sir Peter Jackson's parade took an unplanned detour on Friday when the vehicle he was in broke down.

Kayaker plays chicken with ferry

A Wellington kayaker almost got hit by a Bluebridge ferry.

A Wellington kayaker played an accidental game of chicken with a ferry.

Massey student gives back

Ally Butler is selling the wedding dresses she made as part of her Massey University fashion design collection, to donate proceeds to the Breast Cancer Foundation and Child Cancer Foundation.

Ally Butler isn't about to let her university design projects become dust collectors.

Mei Fan jury picked

Rongmei Fan, known as Mei.

A jury of six women and six men has been picked to hear the trial of Michael Edwin Preston, who is charged with murdering his estranged wife Mei Fan in Miramar.

Let's get physical

Onslow College students Matthew Randle and Catherine Pot, both 16, have been spending lunchtimes in the physics lab preparing since being selected to compete for New Zealand at the Physics World Cup.

Five high-school students are looking to bring back an unusual World Cup gold medal.

Korean Kiwi loses extradition case

One step closer to being extradited to China to face a murder charge.

Our maligned Anzac hero

Lieutenant Colonel William Malone in 1914-15

William Malone was hated by his men and despised by his superiors. He would become one of our greatest war heroes.

More quakes 'likely'

The 5.1 earthquake hit 15km east of Seddon. It was classed as 'strong' by GeoNet.

More tremors expected as tectonic 'stress moves around' Seddon area following two earthquakes.

'Caring is my superpower' video

Lincoln McWatt, 7, helps out Wellington's Sisters of Compassion soup kitchen.

He's seven, isn't super strong and can't fly. Lincoln McWatt is a superhero with the power to give.

Mike Moore recovering from stroke

Mike Moore, appointed as the new ambassador to the USA, has suffered a stroke.

Ambassador to the US and former prime minister Mike Moore suffered a "minor" stroke.

Unaware of corpses

Interior of the flat where two tenants have died in Granville Flats, Berhampore. The new tenant is Jestin Johny.

A Wellington flat where two corpses were found has a new tenant - who wasn't told of its history.

No bail for Taita murder accused

Bail has been withdrawn for the teenager accused of shooting dead Adam Watkins in February.

Mei Fan jury to be picked Friday

Mei Fan pictured on her birthday just days before she died.

High Court trial of slain Miramar woman's estranged husband scheduled to last about five weeks.

Paekakariki Hill Rd open again

Paekakariki Hill Rd, which was closed by a crash on Wednesday morning.

Paekakariki Hill Rd has opened after being closed by a crash on Wednesday morning.

Eight rail safety breaches in 6 weeks

Trains red light generic,Wellington,near Horokiwi.

A train that travelled with its doors open is the latest in a long list of safety incidents for KiwiRail.

Council wins $273,000 leaky home case

Developer ordered to pay Wellington City Council $273,000 in leaky home settlement.

Former developer told to pay towards the cost of settling home owner's claim.

Surviving bloodshed in Myanmar

Zaw Zaw is thankful he no longer has to witness death and torture on a daily basis.

After years of bloodshed, torture and forced labour in Myanmar, Zaw Zaw has settled in Wellington.

Groups want say in cancer case

Lecretia Seales has an inoperable brain tumour and wants to be able to ask for help to die.

Lecretia Seales is dying, and doesn't have time for delays in her legal case.

Aussie as the Taj Mahal video

Wellington man Dominic Trewavas says using Indian rocks at the Australian Memorial at Pukeahu The National War Memorial Park ''wrecks the whole narrative'' and it should be pulled down.

Sandstone columns meant to represent Australia's "Red Centre" were quarried near Agra.

Stevens killing: Pair plead not guilty

Matthew Stevens, of Lower Hutt, was found outside his car in suspicious circumstances on Paekakariki Hill Rd yesterday.

All three people charged with murdering Matthew Stevens have now pleaded not guilty.

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