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Tongan mosquito leaves resident of Wellington region with likely Zika

Resident had "all the clinical features of Zika" after trip to Tonga last year.

Meth-contaminated Blenheim house to go under the hammer in mortgagee sale

As this "cosy" meth-ridden Blenheim flat shows, people know a bargain when they see one.

Contractors set to start work on clearing slips in the Manawatu Gorge

Engineers are assessing a large slip in the Manawatu Gorge to see when it is safe to start clearing.

A bevy of boozed up offenders fined for drink driving

Community magistrate has little time for excuses from Taranaki men caught out drink driving

Police officers accused of serious crimes 'must be afforded the same rights as any citizen'

High-profile cases involving cops require impartiality - so they don't always prosecute their own.

Is Anzac Day any more sacred than the right to peaceful protest?

Anzac Day or the right to protest - is one any more sacred than the other?

Teacher censured for slapping 11-year-old grandson in class

The teacher lashed out after her 11-year-old grandson giggled as she talked about a parent's funeral service.

Invercargill policeman Ben McLean accused of shooting wife dead, injuring man

Town in shock after Verity Ann McLean was allegedly shot dead by her police officer husband.

Police search called off for suspected body in the water in Napier

Police were unable to confirm claims of a body seen in the sea off Napier's Marine Parade.

NZTA investigating Uber driver who took couple from Auckland to Wellington

He risked a storm to help two Americans. Now, the Uber driver who took them on a $1033 trip is under investigation.

Daughters of Tangiwai disaster heroes seek closure in recognition

Their father gave his life to save others at Tangiwai - NZ's worst ever rail disaster.

Couple living in car with six cats, four chihuahuas and a rabbit

The couple are "desperate" after being kicked out by their landlord. But the animals keep them going.

No confidence vote near-miss for Westland Mayor Bruce Smith

Westland Mayor Bruce Smith has avoided a no confidence vote as a rebel councillor backs down.

A brief glossary of terms politicians use in the immigration debate

We compare the phrases with the reality - complete with dog-whistle ratings.

Long-running pokie gambling fraud trial enters final stages

Crown alleges true control was concealed to deceive gambling authorities.

Body found floating in water in Wattle Bay, Auckland

Three boys fishing in Auckland's Manukau Harbour dragged the man's body to shore.

Rugby-playing Australian cop remains in serious condition in Dunedin Hospital

An Australian cop touring NZ with a national police rugby side was found by two passers-by in Dunedin's central city.

New study confirms NZ's 'ladette' problem drinkers

Women under 24 are drinking "just like the lads" - and RTDs seem to be the go-to tipple.

Shoplifting caused by organised crime groups costs $1.2 billion

Even stealing confectionary is more elaborate - and more lucrative - than you think.

Disappearance of six cats from same street sparks sinister rumours

Among the tidy villas and hedges on Bentley St, residents suspect something sinister is afoot.

Police break up large group after fight in Palmerston North

Police was called to intervene after a group of young people began fighting at a busy shopping centre.

Deaths of climbers Conor Smith, Sarwan Chand in Fiordland 'shocking tragedy'

Killed climber's grandfather believes something went "drastically wrong" for pair to die in Fiordland.

Lower Hutt councillor takes issue with religious karakia at committee meeting

Lower Hutt councillor criticises inclusion of "religious statement" at meeting.

Sir Douglas Myers farewelled at Auckland memorial service

Hundreds gathered to remember Sir Doug Myers' life at a memorial service in Auckland.

Exercise Skytrain gets off the ground at RNZAF Base Woodbourne

Aerial drops, night operations, low-level flying: welcome to RNZAF's Exercise Skytrain.

Gorge closure won't shut the Bridge Cafe and gift shop

Gorge closure will hit the hip pocket hard, but they're still open.

Max Key and competitive eater Nela Zisser take on 500 chicken nuggets

He teamed up with competitive eater Nela Zisser to eat 500 chicken nuggets but it didn't go so well.

The immigration debate: Please leave your logic at the border

OPINION: Recent boom in work and student visas suggests room for cuts.

Conservation board considers extending Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park boundary

Discussions are underway to consider expanding the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park boundary.

Maori land reform bill continues to divide Mana and the Maori Party despite a promise to work together

The biggest Maori land reform in decades is set to pass but Maori leaders are divided on the benefits.

New Zealanders gather at Messines, in Belgium, to mark Anzac Day

A peaceful ceremony took place at the scene of horror and bloodshed 100 years ago.

Trust linked to Head Hunters gang set to win appeal against being taken off charities list

Deregistered charity looks set to win appeal, despite links to notorious gang.

Tenancy Truths: Dampness, cockroaches and rats drive family from 'uninhabitable' HNZ property

Raewyn Seamer has had enough of the dampness, cold, cockroaches, and rats.

Man pepper sprayed and arrested after incident in Cromwell

A man was pepper sprayed, handcuffed and bundled into a police car near the Cromwell bridge this afternoon.

Police retrieve body found in Thames bush

Residents fear the body found in bush land off Te Puru Forks is that of missing woman Anne Bunning.

Taranaki District Health Board stresses importance of flu vaccine

"Influenza can affect anyone no matter how fit, active and healthy they may be."

Judge refuses developer Dave Henderson permission to operate businesses

A High Court says Dave Henderson "may be in denial" about his past conduct.

Run of 'Summer' weather in Autumn not unusual

It's better than Summer but like all good things the good weather won't last.

Stepfather accused of bashing the man who raped his 15-year-old stepdaughter

His teen stepdaughter was raped. Now he's accused of bashing the man who did it.

Elderly woman stable after being hit by a motorcycle in Dannevirke

Elderly woman hit by motorbike is in a stable condition in hospital.

IDEA Services staff to strike over cuts and contracts in Marlborough

Disability support workers in Marlborough will strike over national service cuts as they reach "breaking point" over the future of their jobs.

Smoke from a controlled burnoff in Marlborough

Huge clouds of smoke are from a farmer's burnoff, rural fire says.

Australia healthcare organisation to emulate Hospice Taranaki's practice

"They make you feel alive," one cancer patient said of Hospice Taranaki nurses.

Police find offender covered in blood after drunken night of 'mayhem'

Offender has little memory of smashing glass door with bare hands after night of heavy drinking.

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No conviction for police officer who hit pedestrian with his car in Wellington

Constable discharged without conviction after hitting a pedestrian while driving a police car.

NZ's net migration gain still at record highs near 72,000 as arrivals continue to climb

The number of people arriving in New Zealand intending to call it home continues to rise.

Auckland teen missing nearly a month returns home

Tamia Apaapa disappeared on March 27. On April 25, she returned to her family.

Ferry fans say evening and weekend services wanted and more parking

The second in our series on how North Harbour News readers get to work.

Surfer injured after body surfing into rocks at Raglan's Manu Bay

The Waikato Westpac Rescue helicopter winched the injured surfer off the rocks at Raglan's Manu Bay.
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