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Police respond to social media criticism after punching armed teen during arrest

Police faced online condemnation over this video, but they say they were arresting an armed robber who held up a pregnant shopkeeper.

Four men charged after meth raid back in court

Four men were charged after police raided six properties earlier this month.

Kokako return to Taranaki after 18-year absence

At risk kokako have returned to Taranaki after a twelve year absence.

Unexpected WorkSafe inspection leads to $20,000 of upgrades at pool

It doesn't matter there's never been an accident, incident or near-miss, it still needs $20,000 of safety upgrades.

The homeless are not part of the 'concrete jungle'

A day for the homeless and vulnerable to select winter necessities without losing their pride.

A 'celebration' to farewell 100-year-old war veteran

A 100-year-old war veteran who served in World War II has passed away.

Planned shake-up to maternity services in South Waikato, King Country

Maternity services in South Waikato and King Country are earmarked for an overhaul.

Gun-toting Christchurch dairy robber slips, drops it all - then grabs bag of chips and runs

Could this man be one of New Zealand's most hopeless robbers? The security footage speaks for itself.

Trade Me launches buy now, pay later technology

Trade Me will introduce the feature later this year.

Former Taranaki man missing for more than a week in Sydney

Andrew Clement was last seen on Sunday May 21.

DOC prepares for the worst disaster myrtle rust might wreak

DOC are so worried about a catastrophic myrtle rust outbreak, they're flying to remote areas to collect seeds.

Men allegedly raped 15-year-old girl at party

A 15-year-old girl's boyfriend tried to lock her in a bedroom to keep her safe during a party, but she was later allegedly raped by two men. 

New Lynn to get new culvert

Auckland Council has decided to put in an additional culvert in New Lynn to increase stormwater capacity.

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The Maori remains of yesterday come home today

After being stolen for overseas audiences, 59 Maori and Moriori remains have come home.

Retirement village operator Ryman eyes up Karori campus in Wellington

Karori residents worried suburb could become "God's waiting room" as rest home operator eyes former uni campus.

Cricketer strangled and bit 35-week pregnant partner

Judge says cricketer's heavily pregnant partner "must have been terrified" during his prolonged, drunken attack.

Hastings bar's licence under threat after security staff report feeling threatened

Owner of The Cru bar in Hastings says recent bad behaviour is 'an aberration'

Pack your own meals, Hutt city councillor Campbell Barry tells colleagues

A Lower Hutt councillor reckons he and his colleagues should ditch the catering and pack or buy their own lunches.

Garage catches fire in Auckland suburb of Mount Wellington

Investigators to determine cause of large blaze.

Gender-specific uniforms a relic of the past, secondary teachers' union says

Trousers, skirts, kilts, culottes or shorts: it should be the student's choice regardless of gender, says teachers' union.

Euthanasia expert set to tour NZ, amid calls for a law change

Professor Jan Bernheim believes we should allow people to end their own lives, like his home country Belgium.

Parents don't recognise their children are overweight - study

Parents don't recognise their children are overweight, a new report has found.

Solar flare creates 'perfect' opportunity to see bright Aurora Australis across South Island

Conditions "perfect" for viewing in the South Island as solar flare creates strong reaction.

Auckland's housing crisis needs an urgent solution - but which political party has the answers?

Our monthly Auckland voter panel gives its verdict on the housing crisis and solutions put forward in the budget.

Dog saves owner from fire that destroyed rural Taranaki home

"He was woken by his dog. He heard glass breaking and got out."

Teens encourage Kiwis to get behind their petition to remove GST on sanitary products

"It is ridiculous to continue taxing sanitary products as luxury items."

Witnesses sought in Hamilton armed liquor store robbery

Police have released images of an armed liquor store robber and are asking for witnesses to come forward.

Canterbury man accused of mother-daughter shooting charged with six gunpoint pub robberies

Man who allegedly shot mum and daughter in Canterbury now charged with six pub gunpoint robberies.

Driver charged after fatal crash that killed Marlborough teen

Sixteen-year-old Lara Glover died in a car that was carrying eight teens when it crashed.

Marlborough's claim to culinary fame: more eateries per capita than New York City

Blenheim beats little town blues by taking bite out of Big Apple's cafe culture, with more food outlets per capita.

Timaru's Caroline Bay killer Robin James Pitney admits absconding

Man who murdered an 11-year-old boy had run away after cutting off his electronic bracelet.

'Bright sparkling light' killed in two-car crash on Coastal Highway

A young woman described as a "bright sparkling light" was killed in a serious crash near Motueka.

Waikato University lecturer awarded $238,000 for transgender health survey

Overseas research has uncovered notable health inequalities for transgender people, but little research has been conducted in New Zealand.

Con-woman tricks man into believing he's going to jail unless he hands over cash

He was in a messy breakup - then it got bad. His lawyer turned out to be a fake and a con artist.

Napier man jailed for 'sadistic' sexual offending against former girlfriend

Serious offending included dislocating his girlfriend's limbs.

NZ spy watchdog shares concerns over Trump

NZ intelligence agencies must beware of getting "drawn into unlawful activity", our spy watchdog says.

Ice, fog in Otago prompts police warning

Otago motorists should lower their speed and increase their following distance, police say.

Fishing boat runs aground on Greymouth beach after sending mayday

Crew aboard the Kutere sent a mayday as it crossed the Greymouth Channel on Monday.

Thieves ram-raid Henry's liquor store in Sockburn, Christchurch

Thieves reversed a car through Henry's in Christchurch, then made off in another vehicle with their loot.

Police hunting teens who robbed Havelock North liquor store at knife-point

Police hunting four teens after Havelock North liquor store robbed at knife-point.

Missing Timaru man Murray Wall located safe and well

Missing Timaru man Murray Wall has been located safe and well, police say.

More than a hundred jobs on the line after Kiwi footwear empire Banks Group placed in receivership

It'll be a nervous wait for 170 staff at 14 footwear stores across New Zealand.

Mostly dry Monday in the South Island, showery in the North Island

Winter is expected to arrive with a southerly, but autumn is ending with little weather drama.

Friends and whanau of a young woman who died on Saturday morning pay tribute

Friends and whanau of a young woman who died in a car crash in Auckland have paid tribute to her.

Cyclist collides with car in Auckland suburb of Browns Bay

Injured cyclist en route to hospital after early morning Auckland collision.

Thames Four Square jumping with excitement after Powerball win

Four Square owner Sukhpal Singh could not be happier after selling a $27 million Powerball ticket.

All Birds owner Tim Brown opens flagship store in San Francisco

Kiwi retail ingenuity is branching into the American market as footwear company All Birds opens in San Francisco.

Mystery bang jolts Tauranga awake, but was it just thunder?

Was it a thunderclap, or something else? Residents are divided over the loud noise that woke them at 3am on Sunday.

Elective surgery criteria needs overhaul, injured man says

Barry Adams needs back surgery, but won't get it unless he cannot work or walk.
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