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Claims sought for sunken treasures salvaged from historic shipwreck

Claims of ownership are being sought for artifacts salvaged from a historic New Zealand shipwreck.

Nelson woman's hefty power bill halved

Kelly Stewart's $800 power bill has been halved thanks to an eagle-eyed electrician.

Next stage in State house sell-off to get underway in Tauranga, Invercargill

The biggest shake up of State housing in decades is about to get underway.

Porirua council embraces car wash ban backlash as a chance to educate

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett welcomes the car wash haters - at least now people are listening.

New Zealand fashion pioneer Peter Nola dies

The man who joyfully brought hot pants and flares to a generation of fashion-hungry New Zealanders has died.

Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail to be completed with almost $1 million in funding

The tracks of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail will be completed, with a $935,000 cash injection from the government confirmed.

Tourist van appears to have run stop sign before fatal crash, police say

Italian tourists appear to have run stop sign in fatal crash, police say.

El Nino predicted to give farmers a rough ride over spring and summer

Rainfall could drop by 15 per cent in some parts of the country, climate scientists say.

Protection orders should have an expiry date - MPs

Protection orders should have an expiry date, MPs have recommended.

Maggie Watson's death not an accident - police

The death of four-year-old Maggie Watson is being described as "not an accident" by police.

Lasers aimed at planes passing over the Hutt Valley

Green laser beams are being aimed at planes passing over the Hutt Valley.

Get rid of the word dyslexia, says British professor Julian Elliott

Ditch the term altogether is Julian Elliott's advice.

Fisherman winched from rocks at Waihi Beach in beach rescue

A fisherman has been rescued at Waihi Beach after he slipped on rocks.

Lawyers and human rights advocates fear secret courts

More lawyers and human rights activists have added their voice to the chorus of concerns over secret courts.

Hastings flush with awards: best loo, and most beautiful city

You could call it a straight flush for Hastings: prettiest city and loveliest loos.

Domestic violence courts could be part of shake-up

New domestic violence courts - with specially trained judges and lawyers - may be in the works to bring down New Zealand's horrific record of attacks in the home.

Minister Bridges the way for double-deckers in Wellington

Wellington commuters could soon ride to work on double-decker buses.

Nanaia Mahuta: Queen or casualty as Labour revamps its lineup?

Will the Labour MP be royalty or casualty as Labour revamps its lineup?

Text speak no threat to spelling, may help: academic

 The word play could actually help spelling, says an academic.

Tight-knit Waikato farming community rallies around grieving family

A quad bike tragedy has ripped a hole in hard-working farming family.

Falling petrol prices mask rising margins

The price of fuel may be falling, but margins have more than doubled in the last four years.

Man who died in workplace accident named as Robert George Wallace

The mechanic killed at a truck repair yard on Thursday afternoon has been named as 58-year-old Robert George Wallace.

Painful day for Ashburton as Work and Income workers remembered

Canterbury town to remember the day two killed as they worked helping the community.

Woman assaulted by intruder in her bedroom at Paraparaumu Beach

A woman woke up to a horrific surprise in her bedroom at Paraparaumu Beach.

Eight appear in court after gang clash in Ashburton park

Mayor adamant Ashburton has no gang problem despite Mongrel Mob and Black Power clash with baseball bats, an axe and sticks.

Night at the museum - security guard steals from military heritage charity box

He used a handsaw to steal from the donation box he was guarding, then taped it back up.

Inside Auckland Zoo's vet room

Auckland Zoo's tiger Jaka gets his sore paw looked at.

Car rolled, hit bank in fatal south Auckland crash

The man died following a one-car crash in Waiuku.

Mt Eden prisoner overdosed on stockpiled medication

Corrections have made procedural changes after a prisoner at Mt Eden prison overdosed on stockpiled medication.

Hastings beats small field in most beautiful city in NZ and best toilet titles

Hastings won NZ's most beautiful city, as well as best toilet - which had more entries.

Government to outlaw animal test

The Government is removing a testing regime for hazardous substances that leaves rabbits with irritated eyes.

One dead after Southland smash

Campervan ends up in a paddock after fatal collision.

Below the beltway: who's up and who's down in politics

After a week of politics, who's up and who's down?

High rate of maori infants suffering sudden deaths prompts Hutt Valley hui

Caregivers must keep vigilant to curb the growing number of infants suffering sudden deaths.

Three fatal road crashes in 10 hours

Three people are dead following road crashes in Auckland, Hamilton and Southland.

Mt Ruapehu avalanches spark volcano worries

Hikers up to Mt Ruapehu's crater lake are being warned of small geyser-like eruptions.

Auckland elevator shaft patient in a 'serious but stable' condition

A construction worker who fell five storeys down an elevator shaft is now in a "serious but stable" condition

Man dies in one-car crash in Hamilton

A man has died after his car mounted a curb, hit a wall and then crashed into a signpost in Hamilton.

'Waiotahi' corrected to 'Waiotahe'

The people of Bay of Plenty's Waiotahi may not have noticed a difference, but on Thursday their town's name changed to Waiotahe. 

StudyLink worker stole $61,000 to fund gambling addiction

A StudyLink worker stole student financial support payments to fund his gambling addiction.

Weekend weather starts well for most, then rain

Showers on the way, despite a fine Friday.

Rena disaster huge but environmental effects not long-lasting

The cleanup of the Rena wreck in the Bay of Plenty has cost hundreds of millions of dollars but long-term environmental damage is slight, scientists say.

How the collectables craze is turning children into brand-savvy shoppers

Is the little collectables craze harmless family fun, or ethically questionable marketing?

Woman in hospital after fire in Castlecliff, Whanganui

One person has been taken to hospital with smoke inhalation after a house fire.

NZTA to retry bungled Waikato cycle lane trial

As NZTA apologises for an ill-conceived cycle lane trial, they advise of a new one.

Health and safety reform bill passes, amid division over worker representation

Controversial health and safety legislation, which does does not classify farms as high risk, has passed in Parliament.

That won't wash: Porirua City Council bans car washing on driveways

Porirua council says cars must be washed only on grass. But what if you don't have any?

Nearly a quarter of NZ women drink after realising they are pregnant - study

With 1 in 10 continuing to consume alcohol throughout pregnancy.

Invercargill man could be charged after dogs maul neighbours' cat

An Invercargill man may face charges after four of his dogs mauled a neighbours' cat to death as a family watched on in terror.
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