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Unison Networks defends price hike for consumers with solar panels

Electricity firm raises prices for solar-panel users, saying they get unfair benefits.

McClay rebuked by PM after failing to reveal wider fears of China retribution

John Key has publicly reprimanded Trade Minister Todd McClay after he downplayed China trade retaliation fears.

Faces of Innocents: CYF facing 'unfunded cost pressures' of millions, Government admits

The agency charged with protecting vulnerable children is short of the cash it says it needs to meet increased demand.

Police yet to identify suspect after alleged sex attack near Canterbury University

Police are yet to identify the man who allegedly sexually assaulted a young woman near the University of Canterbury early last Friday morning.

Waiheke couple left in tears after gale sinks new home

The Andersons renovated a boat to live aboard with their young family but now that dream has gone.

Waikato Women's Refuge opens its sixth safe house

The sixth safe house run by Te Whakaruruhau Waikato Women's Refuge has opened in Hamilton for women and children in need.

Consent at heart of cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn's rape trial

The prosecution says she made it clear kissing and touching was as far as it would go. He says she agreed to sex.

Businesses sponsor private maths tuition in the Waikato

"I just wanted to be able to help somebody else's children," says sponsor.

CYF apologises for mishandling assessment of Richmond family

Child, Youth and Family admits its assessment of family living in squalor was inadequate.

Magnate Hugh Green's family urged to settle differences over family trusts

Hugh Green left hundreds of millions, and his children are fighting for control.

Business group's bid to rename Blenheim's Sinclair Street reaches impasse

Historians not pleased by business group's bid to rename Blenheim's Sinclair St.

South Auckland's Te Puea Marae to stop taking in homeless

Te Puea Memorial Marae will stop taking in Auckland's homeless after the busy winter months.

Government sets target to make New Zealand 'predator-free' by 2050

The government is planning to eradicate the country of all pests threatening native birds by 2050.

Food scientists from Massey investigate unknown role of gut bacteria in obesity

Could something in our guts be making us fatter? Massey University are aiming to find out.

Blenheim's housing boom puts pressure on builders and subcontractors struggling to find skilled staff

"All you can do is poach from someone else and that doesn't fix the problem, it's robbing Peter to pay Paul."

University duo the only New Zealanders selected for Sydney Design Festival

Student duo the only New Zealanders selected for prestigious Sydney Design Festival.

Facebook threats less serious than posting sex videos, judge rules

His offending was not as serious as cases involving explicit videos and images posted online, judge says.

More than 500 teachers investigated over inappropriate conduct

Complaints against 500 investigated over 18 months, and eight were struck off.

Gang member who led police on two chases banned from driving for nearly three years

Dannevirke's only Black Power member will be confined to his house for almost a year for driving offences.

Identity of badly decomposed body found in Auckland reserve confirmed

Man was believed to have been sleeping rough after returning from overseas.

Police seek witnesses to incident where they shot a man in Rotorua

Police are seeking the men who made the video widely aired of the police shooting in Rotorua.

Stabbing in Hamilton

A Hamilton man has been stabbed.

Competition challenges Maori and Pasifika to eat better and exercise

A competition has been launched to help reduce obesity rates in Maori and Pacific people.

They are study pods, says manager of Wellington apartment with makeshift cubicles

Property manager defends Wellington loft with makeshift cubicles, which was labelled 'unliveable' by students.

Labour MP Trevor Mallard vacates Hutt South electorate to apply for Speaker position

Labour's Trevor Mallard will leave his post as Hutt South's electorate MP as he aims for the Speaker's chair.

How to beat the housing crisis

A property investor says save money and think small.

Cancer patients forced to play waiting game

Cancer treatment wait times coming down, SDHB commissioner says.

'Cosmopolitan' Queenstown a terror target: professor

Queenstown is a "potential target'' of terrorism due to its transient population, an international relations expert says.

Funding woes force closure of Lifeline Marlborough

Regional counselling service to close on Friday after 32 years in the community.

Cyclone foils Brownlee's America, Te Kaha trip

Cyclone halts Brownlee's trip to US warship

P3 Orions on surveillance exercises, ready for search and rescue at a moments notice

They may be fifty but the dependable Orion remains a force to be reckoned with.

Upgrade to one of Hamilton's busiest intersections about to ramp up

Work to one of Hamilton's busiest intersections will cause delays.

Auckland man facing assault charge cuts off ankle bracelet

Police said he cut off his home detention bracelet and has gone on the run.

One dead after house fire in Manawatu town of Ashhurst

A man has died after a house fire in Ashhurst, near Palmerston North.

VTE: The common and potentially fatal medical condition most Kiwis are unaware of

Up to 2000 hospital patients develop potentially fatal blood clots each year, but a study shows many Kiwis have never even heard of the condition.

Boss warned Christchurch woman not to drive before fatal Aoraki/Mt Cook crash

Their night started with after-work drinks, and ended with a fatal car crash.

Birkenhead wharf bike shed cost $60K only three years ago and now it has gone

A $60,000 bike shed at Birkenhead wharf on Auckland's North Shore has been removed by Auckland Transport after just three years.

'Dream car' bought using Auckland cancer patient's life insurance stolen

Freshly diagnosed, she bought her husband a car because "life's too short" – only to have it stolen.

Swamp kauri case in Auckland High Court

Exporters are flouting the rules to ship "the world's most valuable timber" out of NZ, the High Court at Auckland has heard.

Rich people move to New Zealand for safety

Wealthy people are moving to New Zealand as it is one of the safest places in the world for women to live.

Police make arrest over Westpac Petone bank robbery

Police have made an arrest over a Lower Hutt bank robbery that happened in June.

Marlborough woman drives drunk to Blenheim Police Station

Woman drove to police station to let officers know she was too drunk to drive. She thought it was the right thing to do.

Manslaughter charge over fatal shooting of Mangere toddler

A man now faces a manslaughter charge over the fatal shooting of a two-year-old.

Faces of Innocents: Lisa Hope was killed the night before she was to be reunited with her mother

Eight-year-old Lisa Hope was excited to move in with her mother the day before she was killed.

Corrections wants condition on $3.4 million fraudster's release

With only a day to go before a $3.4 million benefit fraudster is released, Corrections ask a judge for special release conditions.

Corrections failing Maori, needs drastic culture change - claim

A retired probation officer says Corrections needs a dramatic culture change to reduce Maori reoffending.

Wellington student accommodation blocks for sale

 A portfolio of three Wellington halls of residence, including two leased by Victoria University of Wellington, is up for grabs with an estimated worth of $44 million.

Trouble in Cowboy Paradise could derail national cycleway

A West Coast farmer would not sign an easement for a national cycle trail, then the council shut his business down.

John Key: Don't write Helen Clark off yet, after UN polling

John Key says UN security council members are wrong to vote "tactically" against Helen Clark.

Three disabled men sue Government for more than $100,000 each

Three intellectually disabled men are suing the Government for over $100,000 each, alleging poor treatment while in the care of the state.
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