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Child-rape case jury to resume deliberations on Monday

Jury could not reach a verdict into alleged child-rape case, after 12 hours.

Large house fire in Auckland damages neighbouring properties

Initial fears there was someone trapped in the blaze were unfounded.

Hamilton kindy teacher loses family in Italy earthquake

Veronica Grondona is flying from Hamilton to Italy after the earthquake killed her mother and brother.

Power outages, road closures across Auckland due to high winds

Power is out in thousands of houses across Auckland and roads are closed after 140kmh winds.

One person in critical condition and another in serious condition after car hit power pole

One seriously injured and another trapped after car hit power pole in wet conditions in Christchurch.

Robbers armed with pistol attack Christchurch dairy owner

Police are asking for help identifying two people who robbed a Burnside dairy at gunpoint on Thursday night.

Dissapearance of Kiwi Michael Huria in Western Australia sparks massive search

Massive search for Kiwi in Australia, after his disappearance in "highly unusual circumstances".

Fire Service cuts person from crashed car

A person has been cut out of a crashed car, following a police chase in Rotorua.

Fog machine foils attempted burgalry of Masterton petrol station

Burglars met by a thick cloud of fog after breaking into a Masterton service station.

Excavator crushes Christchurch man's ankle

A safety officer is "very lucky" to have no serious injuries after an excavator crushed his foot.

Matila Illia-Neemia jailed for raping 71-year-old woman in her own home

Tears flowed down a Palmerston North teenager's face as he was led to the cells to start a jail sentence for raping a 71-year-old woman.

Police arrest two men in connection with knife attack on Porirua dairy owner

Police have arrested two men linked to attack on a Porirua dairy owner who was stabbed in the head.

Man shoots at police in Northland, steals police car, leads chase down country

Man who shot at cops in Northland is believed to have made his way further south.

Library misuse complaints lead to youth space idea

After uproar over rowdy youths in the town library, residents are looking for a solution.

Czech tramper Pavlina Pizova's bid to escape remote Fiordland hut

Desperate to escape her snow-bound hut, Czech tramper Pavlina Pizova fashioned a makeshift pair of snowshoes.

Tramper Pavlina Pizova's grief-stricken stay in remote Fiordland hut

A simple winter's trek in NZ would leave Pavlina Pizova's partner dead, and her waiting a month to be rescued.

Call to restore hope for homeless through inquiry

Mervyn Beard has been homeless on and off since he was a boy. If help was there, it was hard to find.

Wheelchair rapper's dream trip to meet Eminem

Eminem tells Canterbury's wheelchair rapper to "keep on going, you got it".

Mayoral hopeful Paula Southgate says Hamilton needs a Housing Accord

​Hamilton is being urged to sign up to a Housing Accord.

Women arrested over spate of burglaries

Two women stole from 10 motels and baches over seven months.

Police oppose new bar that residents say could 'clean up' a Wellington Laneway

Could a bar be the cause - or cure - for crime in a Wellington laneway?

The Kim Dotcom saga is returning to court

NZ's best-known entrepreneur/alleged digital pirate is lawyering up again. But why?

Kidney transplant from sister helps athlete compete

Matthew Field will compete at the Australian Transplant Games thanks to a kidney from his sibling.

New kitchen, building tools and dive tanks worth $100k recovered by police

Police say Hawke's Bay thieves installed a stolen kitchen in their home

Duncan Garner: A public child sex offender register would only encourage vigilantes

Community fury at sex offenders living in their street is understandable - but we can't allow mob justice to take over.

Deluge of dresses amazes school as Patea students prepare for first ball in 24 years

Students and staff will all be wearing donated dresses and suits to this rural school's first ball in 24 years.

Poems on parking tickets for Dunedin motorists ... but you still have to pay

Rose are red. Violets are blue. Dunedin parking tickets to feature poems, by Dunedinites too.

Invercargill City Council's Christmas lights from China non-compliant with New Zealand standards

$5500 Christmas lights bought on a $21,000 trip to China can't be used in New Zealand.

Woman facing drug charges after bust

A woman is facing drug charges after a drug bust on a property which was for sale.

Pledge to improve safety near Victoria University campus after assaults reported

Uni students back proposal to improve safety on Wellington's streets after reports of assaults.

Burgled Dunedin students form Scarfie Watch

Burgled scarfies are taking on burglars.

Invercargill City Library's 'synchronised book shelving' a hit during Rio Olympics

A video made by the Invercargill City Library has been viewed by thousands and featured in international media.

Sugar taxes and stand-offs: the politics of obesity

Experts say politics is getting in the way of solving a serious national health crisis.

Crash in Dome Valley north of Auckland causes traffic headache

A crash in the Dome Valley north of Auckland causes traffic headache.

Rapist terrorises disabled women in their own home

GRAPHIC CONTENT: Two of the bravest women in Hamilton watch their whimpering rapist get jailed for 11 years.

Timaru Hospital lift traps man in wheelchair

A man trapped in a Timaru Hospital lift was unable to reach the alarm button or any other buttons on Tuesday. 

Bail for alleged Budget Day protester, Ken Thurston

After more than two months in custody alleged Budget Day protester, Ken Thurston, gets bail.

Large crowd turns out to protest potential Fairlie Westpac bank closure

The chant 'save our bank' rang out around Fairlie as residents protested the potential closure of the town's bank.

Teen died after being caught in notorious Raglan rip

A swimmer tried to pull a drowning Hamilton teenager caught in a rip off a Raglan beach to safety.

Hamilton City Council's water supply safe: staff

City bosses have moved to assure Hamilton residents their water is safe.

Jo Moir: The Maori King has nailed his colours to the mast by shunning Labour

OPINION: Has the Maori King left his relative, Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta, out in the cold?

War veteran awarded medals posthumously

Barry Wahanui has his medals 47-years after his death.

'Heavily disguised' pair attempt aggravated robbery of Te Awa Dairy in Napier

Early morning attempted raid at Napier dairy is the latest in a spate of Hawke's Bay robberies.

Christchurch men lost on Ben Lomond near Queenstown rescued

Another Land SAR rescue was undertaken near Queenstown on Thursday following the discovery of a tramper on the Routeburn Track a day before.

Friends and family raise $12k in three days to bring crash victim's body home

Friends and family raise $12,000 to bring home Kiwi killed by a car in Australia.

Six dead under 25 in three months - Kaitaia looks for mental health solutions

Six young people killed themselves in Kaitaia and many more have tried. But there's no cavalry coming to help.

Education reforms half-cooked and not so cool

OPINION: Oh to be a fly on the wall when the acronoym for 'Community of Online Learning' proposal was decided.

Six suspected suicides. What is wrong with Kaitaia? Why is this happening?

Nina Griffiths, 17, has lost two friends to suspected suicide, and 20 others have tried to harm themselves in the past few months. She writes about how she wants to make a change.

Auckland's homeless should head to prison grounds, Goff says

Empty city buildings are an option to alleviate Auckland's homelessness problem, mayoral candidates say.

Prisoner Charles Tawha jailed for pouring boiling water on guard

Prisoner Charles Tawha poured boiling water on a guard's face, chest and stomach - leaving him with second degree burns.
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