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Quake companies accused of breaching human rights

Quake-hit homeowners are taking IAG and Fletcher EQR to an international human rights body.

Mark Lundy's brother reacts to second guilty verdict

Mark Lundy's brother says his family was on an "emotional rollercoaster" reliving the moment a "despicable human being" killed Christine and Amber Lundy.

Fears for missing Auckland man

Police are looking for a 71-year-old man missing from Mangere East.

Ninety cent student loan increase slammed as 'piddly'

"I can’t wait to save my extra 90c for three weeks so I can afford another packet of two minute noodles for dinner."

Crash causes delays on Auckland Harbour Bridge

Drivers faced long delays on the Auckland Harbour Bridge after a crash.

Christchurch prowler terrifies teenage girls

A 14-year-old girl, at home alone, hid in a locked bathroom to dial 111 after a man climbed in an open window.

Dunedin police puzzled by death of 19-year-old woman

Police are investigating after a 19-year-old woman was found dead in a north Dunedin home.

Mystery solved over man rescued from Wellington Harbour

Man saved from drowning in Wellington Harbour by teenage girl identified as an international student.

Mark Lundy guilty of murder after retrial

The second jury to consider Mark Lundy's case came to the same conclusion - guilty.

Police identify suspect after Cafe Valentino posts CCTV on Facebook

A Christchurch cafe bag theft may have been identified after a cafe posted a video on Facebook.

Fathers of St Bede's rowers drop case against school

The fathers of two St Bede's rowers who breached airport security will not pursue legal action against the school.

Mark Lundy found guilty in retrial for murder

Mark Lundy's mouth fell open after he was once again found guilty of murdering his wife and daughter.

Road spikes stop fleeing driver in Auckland

Road spikes were used to stop a stolen car involved in a police chase across Auckland.

CYF in line for major overhaul

Senior public servant Paula Rebstock and police commissioner on panel to lead a major overhaul of Child, Youth and Family.

Police need to improve how they deal with sex assault cases, MPs told

The Roast Busters case highlights how much further police have to go when dealing with sex assault cases, MPs told.

Bus driver videoed reading newspaper while driving

Investigation under way after Auckland driver caught apparently reading a newspaper behind the wheel.

Troops complete first phase of training for Islamic State deployment

NZ deployment to Iraq looms, as Defence Force confirms more than 100 troops have trained in Australia.

Firefighters could walk into fireworks 'bomb'

The Fire Service is calling for greater controls who can sell fireworks, claiming firefighters could walk into a "bomb" under the current rules.

Jesse Daniels sentenced for nailgun threat

Radio host's son tied a man to a chair, threatened him with a nailgun and demanded money.

$10,000 for restaurant 'sucker punch'

Diner hospitalised in a row over seating

A man has paid $10,000 after hospitalising a fellow diner with a 'sucker punch' in a row over a restaurant table.

New laws to help first-home buyers and parents

New laws will create 90,000 first-home buyers and extend paid parental leave, PM says.

Police won't reopen Susan Burdett case despite quashed Teina Pora conviction

Although Teina Pora's conviction for her rape and murder was quashed, police won't reopen Susan Burdett's murder case.

Arrow cat finds new rural home

A cat shot through the eye with an arrow is happy in her new home.

Sacked coffee cart worker wins $10K in compensation

Auckland coffee cart staffer wrongly fired under the 90-day trial period wins compensation.

Boy, 11, crashes after South Auckland joyride

An 11-year-old boy was joyriding in his mum's car when he tried to run away from police and crashed, police say.

Jobs lost as MBIE restructures

A leaked internal document puts 65 jobs at MBIE on the chopping block.

Third inmate bashed since fatal prison attack

A third inmate has been assaulted at Christchurch Men's Prison since fatal attack.

Mystery over man rescued from Wellington harbour near Eastbourne

Police seek identity of man saved from harbour

He was pulled from Wellington harbour by rescuers on Monday, but police still don't know who he is.

Palmerston North man sent to Wellington hospital after being stabbed

A 23-year-old man is being taken to Wellington Hospital after being stabbed in Palmerston North.

Initial indications show nothing in car - police

Missing man John Beckenridge is 'creepy' and his stepson was 'not allowed' to play with others.

Woman appeals court decision over neglect of foster children

A woman has appealed a judge's decision that her hitting foster children was not reasonable.

Margaret Dodds asks for jail

Constant trespasser Margaret Dodds gives up struggle to live in Christchurch and 'voluntarily' goes to prison.

Auckland church minister caught stealing from taxpayers

Auckland church minister sentenced to home detention after stealing over $340,000 from taxpayers.

Woman charged over stabbing named Amanda Taitapanui

The name of a woman charged over the stabbing of Porirua man Mura Dean Tagatauli has been released by the High Court.

Invercargill teen on star-studded flag panel

Keen to hear public opinion

An Invercargill teenager is playing a role in discussions around New Zealand changing its flag.

Bashed prisoner's family call for calm

The family of a prisoner who died after a gang-related attack have called for calm.

Balaclava-clad teens spark manhunt

Teens in balaclavas send police on the chase across Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes districts.

Promising start to Easter weekend weather

High pressure building across the country makes for a fine Wednesday and promising start to the Easter weekend. 

Hunt on for Twizel twins

Hunt on to find twins Twizel artist Maree Pompey was painting before she tragically died in 1980.

Debt may see SquashGym shut

One of the country's biggest squash clubs is in danger of going into liquidation with a $700,000 debt.

Violence on wards every day report shows

A nurse or doctor is assaulted on average once every day in Wellington.

Dargaville skin doctor tackles melanoma death rate

A Dargaville practitioner is making it his mission to lower the staggering melanoma death rate.

Judge: Wife just a bystander in drug operation

Women arrested for her part in a Blenheim drug operation discharged without conviction.

Fewer teens taking up smoking

Fewer teenagers are developing a daily smoking habit, a new national study shows.

Accused tells court he feared for his life

Man accused of stabbing a teenager eight times says anyone would have done the same thing.

Hearty thanks for hospitals

As debate continues over a shuttle service between Nelson and Wairau hospitals, Picton man Tony Mortiboy tells of his experience of the health system.

Hamilton man hospitalised after crash

A Hamilton man is in critical condition after crashing his car into a tree.

Family 'stoked' stolen car found with treasured possessions inside

A family is "stoked" to have found their car and possessions of sentimental value after it was stolen on Sunday.

Another former All Black gives super-city plan a kicking

Another former All Black has put the boot into the Wellington super-city proposal.

Hamilton cafe 'unfazed' as 11-year-old spends stolen cash

Hamilton boy nabbed out of school using $150 in stolen cash to play games at an internet cafe.
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