'Thank God for smoke alarms'

Suspected electrical fire tears through state home

A Housing New Zealand tenant considers herself lucky after her house was engulfed in flames.
Firesplash splash

Clubs fear hangover

Rugby clubs fear they being hit in the pocket if they lose right to sponsorship by alcohol companies.

Concert-goers came prepared

Hundreds defied the rain to celebrate Christmas with boy band Titanium.

Poppies to honour rugby's fallen

Rugby Museum, National Army Museum call for felt or knitted poppies to represent 160 rugby players who died for their country in World War I.

DHB failing in fall reductions

MidCentral DHB has dropped behind in the national falls reduction goal.

Learner's pool to be built

Feilding's water wing-clad kids will have a new pool to learn in as part of a major renovation.

Weekdays keep rescue chopper on the go

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew eight missions and a crew training sortie in the past week.

Phone bills cost elderly

Concerns have been raised over what changes to landline costs will mean for the elderly.

Too few male teachers

Urewera raids

Early Xmas for those in need

Christmas arrived early for many after one family who lost everything in a fire gave back to the community.

Confidence a vital ingredient

Manawatu United coach Simon Lees hopes his side's successful season will instil the belief in them that they can win the league.

Shannon volunteer's big night

Dean File's acceptance speech at the New Zealand Rugby Awards was to an audience half as big as his home town of Shannon.

Manawatu U17s triumph at CD event

Jetting into a new season

Collier ends Marist's hopes

Old Boys all-rounder Henry Collier smashed his team to their first one-day title in seven seasons yesterday.

Ratepayer bail out possible

Auckland ratepayers could be asked to help fund Sky City's international convention centre, which faces a cost blowout of up to $128m.

Lake Taupo deal details secret

An agreement has been signed between Mighty River Power and Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board over the use of Taupo basin.

MBIE gets poor report card

ComCom clears Winstone Wallboards

Confidence slips on low milk payout

Cheaper petrol prices and lower mortgage rates are not enough to offset the jitters.

Triple merger proposal is out of left field

The intent and rationale behind moves to form a single regional economic and tourism agency is clear and sensible, except for Feilding Promotion's inclusion in the proposal.

Two top blokes earn recognition

It's that time of year again. A time to reflect on the year and, for me, those who definitely shaped it for better. Not worse.

Booze branding ban needs better assessment

Cruel lesson in nature strikes close to home

Call for action against extremism and terror

This is not a time of moderation. Sadly it should be, but it appears the forces of extremism have stolen the narrative.

A magical Christmas display

Ellen Doddrell looked up, startled, as her husband Elworthy bounded into the house.

Film Review: The Hobbit

Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Marking a milestone in heels

Square resounds to skirl of the pipes

Glamour goes against the grain

Curator Claire Regnault has contributed to the largest exhibition to date at City Gallery Wellington, bringing her love of vintage couture and costuming to the fore.

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