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Reports of meteor seen across central New Zealand

Numerous people across the country reported seeing a bright light in the sky followed by a loud bang.

Dead body recovered from Manawatu River

Following a day-long search, police have found a body in the Manawatu River.

Eyesore sites still blot Christchurch CBD landscape, six years after the earthquake

The past six years has seen most central city buildings repaired, rebuilt, replaced, or at the very leased, tidily demolished.

Houses evacuated before Wanaka lakeside scrub fire extinguished

A fast-moving scrub fire has burnt vegetation close to at least two Wanaka houses before being extinguished.

Church's $320m empire cannot be used for Christ Church Cathedral restoration

The Anglican diocese has $320 million in cash, buildings and land, but it can't be used to fund the $100m Christ Church Cathedral restoration.

Critics of freshwater plan remain firm as Government goes on the defence

More groups have joined a critical chorus against the Government's proposed swimming water-quality guidelines.

Traffic finally flows on to $630m Kapiti Expressway as road quietly opens overnight

First section of Kapiti expressway, north of Wellington, opens to traffic - and rave reviews.

Car v motorcycle crash in Huntly

Motorcyclists injured following crash in Huntly, with traffic delays expected for a long time.

Woman who died after falling from vehicle in Christchurch had a 'great heart'

The brother of a woman who died after she fell from a moving car says his sister had "the most contagious laugh in the world".

Is charity the key to a completely rebuilt Christchurch?

One of the main rebuild problems is: Who's going to pay - ratepayers or taxpayers? But what if there was a way to get money without money from either?

Organ donation only discussed in 40 per cent of possible cases

Organ donor's father pleads for higher donation rates as statistics paint a stark picture.

Murdered man Mark Beale's son willing to forgive

Jareb Beale says he was willing to forgive whoever killed his father.

Former mental health patient barricades herself in MP's office

Police had to deal with former mental health patient, who did not feel safe outside of Trevor Mallard's office.

Fears for a Hercules' braking system brought it back to Whenuapai

A Hercules plane has landed safely at Whenuapai airport after fears its anti-skid braking system was faulty.

Child unharmed after being reported missing in south Auckland house fire

A 6-year-old child escaped without injury when a fire tore through a sleepout in south Auckland.

Allegation of suppression breach by Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust was summonsed to appear in court over suppression breach allegations.

Marlborough cyclist sets new world record

A new record is set for cycling the length of New Zealand - that's 2100 km in under five days.

Bush should have come clean earlier

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has opened up about a drink driving conviction. But why only now?

First Jonty Skerman's tent was upgraded, now it's been pimped out

A week ago Jonty Skerman got given a new tent, to help him camp for 130 nights. Now it's been upgraded.

Man dies after loader accident at Bluff port

The man had stepped out of his truck at Bluff's port when he was struck by a loader.

Issue of consent highlighted by Kuggeleijn rape case

Consent is a tricky thing, especially when a jury has to make a call on whether it was given, law lecturer says.

Sign language for the hearing taking off at a Manawatu high school

These pupils have no hearing problems, but are relishing the chance to learn sign language.

Council assets manager Vivek Goel under investigation

A member of the Westland District Council's executive team is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office.

Tourist driver ordered to pay $35,000 over crash that left cyclist in coma

A tourist driver must pay $35,000 after an accident left a cyclist in a coma.

Daughter who stole $320K off her 85-year-old father is failing to pay back money she owes

 She fleeced $320,000 from her own father but has stopped paying the money back.

War veteran's 50-year pension fight after jungle cobra attack

He lost his sight after a cobra attack in the Malayan jungle. Since then, he's waged a battle for compensation.

Remuera schools out of lockdown after no injured woman found

Armed police operation in Auckland finds no sign of injured woman.

Bruce Springsteen fans arrive at airport to find Jetstar flights cancelled

Bruce Springsteen fans arrived at Napier and Palmerston North airports to find Jetstar flight was canned.

Premium motel rates 'danger money' for emergency housing risk

 Emergency housing in Waikato motels is costing taxpayers thousands.

Parkvale School fraudster also took from ex-husband without his knowledge

She stole from the school where she worked, and also took from her husband.

Relief and hope for business as Courtenay Place quake cordon scaled back

Safety cordon took a bite out of business, but new hope dawns as cordon rolled back.

Ancestral family fears historic cottage could be doomed by second Mt Vic tunnel

Descendants of a family who lived in historic cottage fear it could be demolished to make way for traffic tunnel.

Truck breakdown delays Waikato traffic

Motorists travelling on State Highway 1 should expect delays.

Search for missing man in Manawatu Gorge moves

Items belonging to the man who went missing in the Manawatu Gorge have been found.

Ticket refunds on track for cancelled Wings over Wairarapa airshow

Wings Over Wairarapa organisers are advising ticket-holders to be patient with ticket refunds.

Consultation period for Auckland Libraries staff now closed

Proposed restructure at Auckland Libraries has staff worried about their jobs.

Mike Bush: drink driving conviction was 'never a secret'

Police Commissioner Mike Bush says friends, family and media knew about his drink driving conviction.

Marlborough volunteer firefighters head for Port Hills cleanup

The fire risk is high at home, but rural crews are sending help for Christchurch.

Men arrested for spate of Nelson burglaries but teenager still sought

More than $40,000 of stolen goods recovered after raid on Nelson stores including Lord of the Rings jeweller.

Jail likely after Christchurch man admits 129 body-building drug charges

Jail is likely for a man who has admitted 129 charges involving body-building drugs.

Father warned ahead of sentencing for dog's attack on son

Almost three years after his dog attacked his four-year-old son, authorities seek to jail an Auckland man.

Repeated sewage overflow in their backyard has Taranaki family fuming

Raw sewage regularly floods the Loveridges' back yard. They've had enough.

Four more weeks on the Port Hills for firefighters

The battle to extinguish the Port Hills fire could last another month, with many more hotspots yet to be discovered.

Waikato rider who calls a horse truck her home aims for Horse of the Year glory

She lives in a horse truck, but that won't stop her from taking on the big guns at Horse of the Year.

Paraparaumu man Jason Haward guilty of raping teenager at beach

Jury finds Paraparaumu beach rapist guilty after three hours of deliberations.

Woman bit man who sexually attacked her in Christchurch

A woman was forced to bite a man who sexually attacked her in a late-night incident in Christchurch.

New Plymouth mayor says baby boomers are hard workers, but still 'selfish'

"Right now our inheritance from the boomers will be national debt and house prices between six to 12 times the average household income..."

Security and spying legislation changes boost accountability for warrants against New Zealanders

MPs want the minister responsible for spies to get more information about what they are up to.

Hazael Mailata: A giant kid with a beautiful heart

Hazael Mailata's death hit close to home for a reporter who is usually only an onlooker to tragedy.

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