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Foreign drivers involved in two serious crashes over Waitangi weekend

Foreign nationals were involved in two serious crashes over the weekend, with one crash claiming the life of a motorcylist.

Daughter of crash victim: 'Our hearts are broken.. he was our dad'

Five killed on our roads over the weekend.

Pilot killed in North Otago glider crash

The pilot of a glider which went missing in North Otago did not survive when it crashed.

Threats, harrassment continue for Wairarapa teen blamed over fatal crash

Youth mobs continue to torment the family of a girl they blame for the deaths of two teenage boys.

#Buythisbeach: Campaigners confident of securing Abel Tasman beach

Kiwis behind crowd-funding efforts to buy an Abel Tasman beach confident of hitting their target this week.

Prime Hamilton building set from major upgrade

A push to rejuvenate Hamilton's downtown have been bolstered by plans to renovate one of the main street's grand old ladies.

Trapped in a hot, swinging gondola: 'Kids were screaming'

A mother stuck in a hot, swinging gondola with her traumatised children is angry it was brushed off as "no big deal".

Teen gains national title after launching largest amateur rocket in Taupiri

Where do you find rockets, explosions and grown men? At National Rocket Day.

Tips for cash - why police won't talk about the world of 'narcs' and 'snitches'

Informant payments: the transactions so 'hush-hush' police don't want to talk about them.

Five-year-old left school unnoticed and caught a bus with a stranger

A parent wants action after his young daughter left school unnoticed, but the principal says "schools aren't cages".

Windswept fire guts motorhome and horse float in Palmerston North

A large scrub fire in Palmerston North has burned out a horse float and motorhome.

Two assaults on women investigated in Dunedin

Police are investigating two separate assaults on women in Dunedin within 30 hours.

Auckland fire crews fight three house fires in one day

One person is being treated for smoke inhalation after escaping the third house fire of the day in Auckland.

Crews search for man believed missing in Waikato River near Taupo,

Coastguard and dive squad called in amid fears man was swept down the Waikato River.

Body found in burning car in Marlborough

A body has been found in a burning car in Marlborough.

New Zealand joins international chorus of condemnation against North Korea missile launch

New Zealand has condemned a suspected long-range missile test by North Korea, calling the action "irresponsible".

Violence disclosure scheme praised

Disclosure scheme helping to inform women, says women's refuge.

Labour calling on Government to stump up for Abel Tasman beach bid

Labour is calling on the Government to stump up the remaining $1 million to purchase Awaroa Beach. 

Glitz and glamour at the Hamilton Gardens

Scorching midday temperatures did little to deter hundreds of glammed up folk enjoying the glitz and finery of the 1920s at Hamilton Gardens.

Road madness in Mackenzie over holiday weekend

Police deemed a Chinese couple too inept to continue driving in New Zealand.

Chinese New Year influx a boom for south

Southern tourism operators, crayfishers and police poised for Chinese New Year influx.

Arrests made following Auckland liquor store assault on elderly woman

Two arrests follow assault on a woman, 61, as she chased an alleged shop lifter from an Auckland liquor store.

Spirit of New Zealand sails into south

The flags were flying and the mainsails were hoisted, but there were no pirates to be found.

Have a yum cha new year: Chinese community celebrates with lions, feasts

Wellington's Chinese community have kicked-off Chinese New Year celebrations with feasts and dragons.

Wanaka school to make bullying history

Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust funds free community workshop.

Blenheim woman suffers minor injury when truck reverses at waste transfer

A woman suffered minor injuries when a truck reversed at the Blenheim Waste Transfer Station.

Hamilton City Council out of tune on busking proposal

A proposal to extend the hours of Hamilton buskers has struck a bum note with the public.

Pirie wins champion fleece for ninth time

At 87-years-old and with 318,000kms on the clock of his wee Fiat, James Pirie is a true champion.

Mountain biking legend Kelly McGarry to be farewelled in Nelson

Friends and fans are invited to farewell mountain biking legend in Wakefield on Monday.

Waitangi Day celebratory scrum halts London traffic

Kiwis in London celebrated Waitangi day with a spontaneous rugby game that halted traffic.

Nearly drowned on Monday, married on Friday

On Monday, she nearly drowned in a diving accident. On Friday, she walked down the aisle.

Keeping New Zealand safe from Zika mosquitoes

Public health officers and bio-security staff on alert for disease-carrying mozzies to keep NZ Zika-free.

Canterbury father says child restraints saved his daughters

A dad believes he would have lost a daughter if he had not just replaced her child car restraints.

Shark spotted in waters of Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui

Police ask swimmers to stay out of the water at Mt Maunganui's Pilot Bay after a 2m shark was sighted.

Cowardly king hit punch leaves man 'out cold' outside Ponsonby pub

Man knocked to the ground and hospitalised after attack at popular Auckland nightspot.

Man critically injured after car slams into power pole near Lincoln

The car slammed into a power pole near Christchurch overnight.

Teenager feared to have Zika virus after Tonga holiday

A last minute holiday to a Pacific Island has left a young NZ girl fearing for her childbearing future.

These biker gangs are schoolboys with absurdly large speakers on their bicycles

Peace reigns in quiet suburbs once again after biker gangs engaging in loudspeaker battles return to school.

David v Jacinda: Spread the love – take Waitangi Day on the road

In his first column for Fairfax, ACT leader David Seymour has a bold new plan for marking Waitangi Day.

Kevin the goat terrorises neighbours

A broken guitar and a destroyed pot-luck dinner are among Kevin's alleged crimes.

Passengers trapped in Christchurch gondola

Passenger trapped in swaying gondola slams company's "no big deal" response.

Wheelchair athlete barred from race takes complaint to the HRC

Disabled athlete complains to the Human Rights Commission over Auckland to Wellington Cycle Challenge.

David Seymour opens up about love and loss - and his new gig as a columnist

A cause, a new love interest - and a new column. 2016 is shaping up as David Seymour's big year.

Waikato University student classifies cyber attacks with Interpol

An international policing organisation is getting a little bit of help from the Waikato.

Four dead on New Zealand roads in less than 24 hours

String of fatal and serious crashes on the roads over Waitangi Weekend called "sad and frustrating."

Baby born on side of state highway

Couple head to midwife as fast as they can but baby too quick for everyone.

Backing a losing team could make you fat

A bumper weekend at NRL Auckland Nines could leave sports fans waking up hungrier than usual.

Prime Minister John Key target of flying-dildo Waitangi protest

The dildo-throwing nurse is keeping her head down after fellow protesters criticised her move.

Patrick Dixon arrested following manhunt after police shot at in Auckland

Patrick Dixon, sought after a police car was shot at in Auckland, has been arrested in Cambridge.

Dwindling community work sentences threaten local areas

Fewer community work sentences has a knock-on effect for local groups.
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