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Strong quake rattles North Island

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A strong magnitude 5.5 quake was felt around much of the North Island early this morning.

Dangerous footpath under scrutiny

Jaki and Kassidy

A baby has suffered a concussion after her mother fell on slippery inner-city pavers.

Life is Bearable again

Bear

Kind-hearted vets and nurses have spared a young boy more grief by saving the life of his puppy.

Coastguard faces squall over contract

Southland Times photo

Bluff Coastguard has copped criticism for giving a Canterbury company the contract to build its $1.2m boat.

Rare illness spurs teen to start fundraiser

Hannah Capil

When teenagers talk about going to the theatre on their birthday, they usually mean the cinema.

Face of Auckland: Another chance at life

Abann Yor

Abann Yor knew he needed to leave Sudan as he was treated like a "second-class citizen".

Labour faces huge challenge

Labour Party

Christchurch voters, once a bedrock for the Left, have been abandoning Labour for a decade.

Key moves for poll on change to flag

John Key

Prime Minister John Key has started laying out his third term agenda, including a vote on changing the flag next year.

School zone manipulation creating 'apartheid'

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Schools finding "loopholes" to manipulate zones and limit access to the disadvantaged.

School-bus drama sparks seatbelt call

School bus

Seatbelts could have prevented school bus crash where two people were flung on the road and nearly run over, mum says.

Authorities 'ignored' most Maori post-quake

Christchurch rebuild, construction, city centre, glass

Recovery authorities ignored 70 per cent of Maori, fuelling political divide and prolonging trauma.

Students offensive to 'everyone'

ENSOC Car Rally

A uni student club offended "everyone possible" with cars and costumes poking fun at women, Islam and Malaysia Airlines.

Jewellery heist lands offender behind bars

An Auckland man jailed for stealing about $200,000 worth of jewellery from a Cambridge store was on parole at the time of the heist.

Brakes come off government's RMA reform

Red tape

The National Party is about to step on the gas to drive through their RMA reforms.

Election blights leave bill

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Ballot box disappointment dashes hopes for Labour MP Sue Moroney's paid parental leave bill.

Hero cop recalls river rescue

Constable Roger Cvitanich

Constable Roger Cvitanich didn't pause before plunging into the Waikato River to haul a woman to safety.

Labour's debrief likely to be brutal

David Cunliffe

Labour MPs are heading into an explosive showdown this morning at their first post-election caucus meeting.

Court told: 'Every day of my life was punishment'

Court

A woman in CYF care as a child has told a court she endured years of abuse from foster parents.

Armed trio hold up shop

Police

Police search for three armed men who held up a Hamilton shop tonight.

Move to add folic acid to bread goes backward

Loaf of bread

Experts accuse bakers of "failing miserably" to get more folic acid into bread.

An instrument of mystery

Upper Hutt resident Hayat Abadeeah was mystified by the surprise new addition at Trentham Memorial Park.

The baffling appearance - and sudden disappearance - of a candle-covered piano in an Upper Hutt park gets locals talking.

GP's melanoma miss criticised

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A GP who failed to check up on a woman's suspected melanoma has been found to have breached professional standards.

Wintry weather lashes country

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Wellington trains run again after waves crashing over rail lines disrupted services.

Surgical staff failed woman during C-section

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Anaesthetist and surgeon censured after woman was in so much pain during a C-section that nurses had to hold down her legs.

Michael Murray named as Connor Morris murder-accused

Connor Morris

The man accused of murdering West Auckland man Connor Morris can now be named.

Police: Man indecently assaulted girls on buses

Police

Police say a man indecently assaulted girls on two separate North Island bus trips.

Jason Ede quits National: PM

Jason Ede

Jason Ede, the National staffer at the centre of the book Dirty Politics, has resigned after "11 long years".

Hitch-hiker spotted near scene of Wanaka fatal

St John's Ambulance

Police are trying to determine if a hitch-hiker seen near Wanaka was the same man who later died after being run over.

Police hunt dangerous man with spider tattoo

Shane Dibben

A 'dangerous' man with a spider web tattoo is wanted by police after sexual and violent assaults.

Woman ran back into burning house to save cats

cat

Woman dragged out of her burning home after going back to save her two cats.

Lawyer says Jenny McNee not racist

Jenny McNee

Police officer found guilty of racially abusing taxi driver is discharged without a conviction.

Seal shot on Stewart Island beach

seal

Dead fur seal on Stewart Island beach marks third seal shooting in four months, says DOC.

Bones found under water tanks

leg bone

Bones found on Waiheke Island have been identified as pre-European.

Labour's leadership contenders

The jostling for position has begun as Labour gets ready for yet another leadership battle, after a crushing election defeat. Andrea Vance looks at the contenders.

Election trauma - how to cope

David Cunliffe

Do you feel battered, bruised, or strangely euphoric after the election? | Leadership contenders

NZ gets air ambulance jet

Nextant Aerospace 400XT  Strap

The Nextant 400XTi has a purchase price of US$4.95 million (NZ$6m) and has a flying range of about 3700 kilometres.

Not-guilty plea to million dollar tax fraud

Court

A New Plymouth pair have pleaded not guilty to more than $1 million in tax fraud charges.

Trust brings back fees at Waitangi

Waitangi

New Zealanders will soon be charged to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Labour's Steve Gibson takes swing - at Cunliffe

Gibson

David Cunliffe should "jump in the lake", says candidate who claims he'd be a better leader.

Opera house believed safe - report

Hawke's Bay opera house

Hawke's Bay Opera House had been deemed safe having survived the 1931 earthquake.

Thieves ram Pukekohe jeweller

ram raid

Three offenders drove through a shop window in a stolen car but were caught by police soon afterwards.

Boy leads police on car chase

Police

Wairarapa police led on brief chase by 13-year-old boy at the wheel of an allegedly stolen car.

Crown witness steals policeman's phone

Jason William Baker and Shaun Robert Murray Innes

Witness at murder trial stole cop's phone, only to be caught as it rang while she gave evidence.

Anger at toilet-killing sentence

Court

Tense scenes in court as Stephen Fernyhough is jailed for killing a man in a bar room toilet.

Lundy pretrial hearing to examine scientific evidence

Mark Lundy

Hearing will focus on scientific evidence in the retrial of Mark Lundy for family's murder.

Three people assaulted with baseball bat

Mazda 2

Three people in Gisborne have been badly beaten by a man wielding a baseball bat.

Man flung from car dies

Police

A 51-year-old Waikino man has died after he was flung from a vehicle into the path of an oncoming ute.

Farmer's hand minced in machine

St John's Ambulance

Man yelled for help for 90 minutes before managing to text a friend after getting caught in wheat auger.

One injured in container explosion

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Person taken to hospital with facial burns after container explosion in Southland garage.

Kiwis could vote on flag next year

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A referendum on the New Zealand flag could be held in 2015, Prime Minster John Key says.
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