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'Epic front page' prompts Heather du Plessis-Allan visit to Ngaruawahia

Will she risk a pee-stop in the Waikato town?

Labour's commitment issues

OPINION: Is the Labour-Greens deal what they call the political equivalent of friends with benefits?  

Tobacco scenes on screen should carry R-rating, say researchers

Academics say it's time for an R-rating for on-screen smoking.

One critical after being hit by train in Auckland

Train services are getting back on track after second person was hit in Auckland in one day.

Runaway driver takes out power to houses in South Taranaki

A driver is on the run after crashing his car in South Taranaki.

Wellington could start charging grieving families $50 for being late to burials

Wellington may start charging people if they aren't on time for burials or cremations.

Homeless family with a premature baby sleeping rough in an Auckland marae

A family is sheltering with their baby girl at a marae, after sleeping rough for 18 months.

Support ends for Department of Conservation annual Cook Strait Whale Survey

DOC's annual whale survey in Cook Strait will not be taking place this year.

Councils say 'shrinking' police service leaves them to pick up the bill

Councils say they are being forced to do more police work, and ratepayers are picking up the tab.

Winter weather continues in South Island

Temperatures will continue to drop across the South Island this week, but a brief respite is ahead for the long weekend.

Sir Mark Solomon not done yet as some runanga get behind him

Sir Mark Solomon might have another way of holding onto power.

Labour and Green leaders announce closer co-operation agreement

Labour and the Greens have announced an historic joint effort to change the Government.

First aider dies for seven minutes during course

Robyn Shore's heart stopped beating, she wasn't breathing and she started to turn purple - in a first aid course.

Christchurch premature twins back in Starship Children's Hospital

"We were so close to home I could taste it."

Community offers to give burgled builder back his tools and then some

Builder Nathan Whayman doesn't say much at the best of times, but his community's generosity has left him speechless.

Further bus strikes likely to cause delays for east Auckland commuters

Commuters on east Auckland bus services could be left waiting by more driver strikes.

Mum gets jailed for a year for violent 'discipline' of daughters

This was not physical discipline - this was being violent to your kids, judge tells couple.

Police search for thief who stole 100kg of bacon from Marlborough business

Thief may regret rash decision to take 100kg of bacon.

Paula Bennett: 'No big deal' John Key and Bill English unaware of Auckland homeless announcement

Timing of "$5000 for Auckland homeless" policy surprised PM and deputy, but Paula Bennett isn't worried.

Call for controls on marketing for sugary drinks featuring children's sporting heroes

Five-year-old needing teeth removed arrives at hospital drinking Powerade because of marketing featuring his sporting hero.

Australian tourist towns follow New Zealand on Wicked Campers

"Two major tourist places in Australia are saying it's not good enough to have these vans about."

Hutt Valley man jailed for sharing child abuse images with undercover cop appeals sentence

Child abuse images too sickening for judges to look at as paedophile disputes jail sentence.

Refuge worker in Moko case speaks out

"People in general are looking for someone to blame for Moko and I am it. I am it."

Sounds Air could fill gap left by Air New Zealand after national carriers drops Blenheim-Christchurch flights

Air NZ drops Blenheim-Christchurch route, a day later Sounds Air is in talks to take over.

Southland sharemilker William Mehrtens and family hit the road for Gypsy Day

Gypsy Day will see sharemilker William Mehrtens move three tractors, bailers, a wagon, two toddlers, and a wife.

Treasury to call on National Party Budget breachers to 'please explain'

Treasury will be having words with National Party tweeters who broke Budget embargo.

Remembering the largest naval battle of WWI: The Battle of Jutland

A service for the largest naval battle of WWI has been held in Devonport, Auckland.

Gypsy Day doldrums as Southland's cash-strapped dairy farmers hunker down

It's Gypsy Day, but farm sales and sharemilker movements are down in the south.

Building demolition 'erodes' Hamilton's heritage

​A 103-year-old building once home to generations of Catholic priests in Hamilton, will be torn down in July.

Yak meat in Mongolian woman's luggage seized at Auckland Airport

A note from her daughter wasn't enough to save a Mongolian visitor's stash of yak meat.

'Lead by example, ban smoking in Parliament grounds'

Plain packaging for smokes is on its way, and the Maori Party wants Parliament to push it harder and ban smoking inside its grounds.

Critics have hit back at zoo that shot gorilla, but would the same happen here?

Would Harambe have been shot if the same thing happened in New Zealand?

Horse off course and on Dunedin's Southern Motorway

Horsing around on Dunedin's Southern Motorway ended in a police call-out.

Man seriously injured in weekend car crash near Timaru dies in hospital

A 43-year-old man has died in hospital following a car crash near Timaru.

Whangarei mother's experience drives eating disorder support group

"I believed that I was fine. The reality was I couldn't really stand up and I was losing hair."

Pedestrian critically injured in Hamilton traffic incident

Traffic is delayed in the Rototuna area.

Alcohol industry shouldn't control educational messages - watchdog

We talk to teens about about sex, but should we talk to them the same way about alcohol?

The first day of winter is upon us - and we'll feel it in Wellington

Cold nights greet the start of winter, but there will be sunshine in the daytime.

Wellington city council announces new smokefree action plan

Wellington's building entrances, laneways, Civic Square and bus stops are now smokefree.

Wellington osteopath admits performing acupuncture without qualifications

Three patients complained of pain after Valerie Todd did acupuncture on them.

Sex worker advocate Anna Reed makes way for new energy after 28 years

Christchurch woman who pushed for rights of sex workers for almost three decades is retiring.

Police told to keep their mouths shut about overseas licence holders

Police told not to comment on nationality or ethnicity of drivers involved in crashes.

MP Chester Borrows 'confident' he can defend any police charges

Whanganui MP Chester Borrows said TPPA protesters blocked his car again at the weekend.

Police still looking for man who reportedly fired shots at Kopu

Police are still looking for the man who reportedly fired shots at a house bus on a Coromandel property.

Four of five accused of murder are now charged with manslaughter

 Four of the five men accused of murdering James Whatuira have had their charges downgraded.

Third Hastings pirate ship opens following triple arson

The third iteration of Hastings' pirate ship is about to open following three arson attacks

Tributes to Kiwi feared dead after crocodile attack

''She wasn't a careless person," says Kiwi expat's friend after deadly crocodile attack in Australia.

Jiaxin Tu killed Panmure teen for love of girl next door, court told

She was the girl next door. He was obsessed, prosecutor says.

Thunderstorms, showers, and some snow for today

It's not going to get much warmer than it is now, folks.

Phone seized after Blenheim court scuffle

Police threaten to pepper spray defendant, while a woman in the public gallery tries to record the struggle.
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