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Hero to the end: Les Munro stands by decision

Dam Buster survivor Les Munro is sticking by his decision to sell his war medals.

Recycling truck driver dies

A recycling truck driver dies in hospital a day after he was caught in vehicle's hydraulic equipment.

Nicky Hager: Kiwis will be 'shocked' by spy claims

Revelations of spying will show Kiwis what the NZ government is really up to, investigative journalist Nicky Hager says.

Customs seeks powers to disclose passwords

Customs are seeking the power to require people to disclose passwords to their electronic devices when entering NZ.

Beach death to be investigated

Police are investigating the death of a man on Oneroa Beach, Waiheke Island, at around 2.45pm on Wednesday.

Pens galore for Southland collector

Dennis Hamilton never has to worry about never finding a pen - he has 50,000.

Bravery award for trio who went into burning Horowhenua house

Three men who entered a burning house to search for a woman have been recognised for their bravery.

Q&A: Spying and NZ

A selection of documents set to be released tomorrow will show New Zealand's role in a United States-led spy network. 

Pot-bellied man sought after boy attacked

An 11-year-old boy managed to break free from a man who pulled him off his bike and attacked him, police say.

Mark Lundy retrial: Day 18

Crown's forensic expert under sharp scrutiny from Mark Lundy's defence lawyers.

Darfield arsonist jailed for 25 months

Man lit three fires as he walked drunk along a rural road at Darfield causing $38,088 damage.

Mother-of-two stabbed cheating partner

A mother-of-two who stabbed her partner has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Man found in park dies from head injuries

A 43-year-old man has died after he was found in a park suffering from serious head injuries.

Rebuild tools stolen, repainted, resold

Thieves steal tools from building sites, disguise them with new paint and sell them.

Auckland's rail patronage grows

Mayor ramps up pressure on government over City Rail Link after new data shows 13 million train trips over the last year.

Waikato rural police review sparks concern

A review of Waihi Beach police that could see staff relocated met with opposition from local residents.

Winston Peters launches bid for Northland seat with bus tour

NZ First leader Winston Peters launches Northland by-election campaign in a blue bus dubbed The Force for the North.

Dangerous driving resulted in friend's death

Drink-driver who crashed and killed his passenger during police chase pleads guilty to manslaughter.

First date sleepover for Picton pair

Picton's most popular love story looks set to continue after a successful first date ended in a sleepover yesterday.

Gang member stabbed at McDonald's

Fight that ended in a stabbing at McDonald's leads to home detention for a gang member.

Motorcyclist killed at road works site near Meremere

Motorcyclist dies after a collision at a road work site, say police.

Court shown footage of accused at gas station

Woman describes the grisly discovery of the body of a man burned to death to the High Court.

Power outage in parts of Hamilton

Power is out to parts of Hamilton after a dump truck snagged powerlines in Fitzroy.

Tourist swimmers in the spotlight, as well as drivers

Move over foreign drivers - now foreign swimmers are under the spotlight, following complaints in Rotorua.

Digger roll kills Port Waikato farm worker

A farm worker has died after being trapped under a digger that rolled on at Port Waikato.

Japan's Toshi Ogawa, 60, becomes oldest person to swim Cook Strait

A Japanese man has become the oldest person ever to swim Cook Strait.

Injuries after concrete slab collapses in Silverdale

Man in hospital with a broken leg and internal injuries after a precast concrete slab collapsed at a construction site

Whangarei house destroyed in blaze

A suspicious house fire in Whangarei may be linked to other earlier disorder incidents, police say.

WWII pilot a keen hunter of flying bombs

Looking at his records, Harvey Nelson Sweetman could shoot anything from the sky.

Shirtless dog guy, admirer 'all cuddly' on date

There was "a bit of magic" between a shirtless, tattooed barista and a traveller whose first date has made global headlines.

After murder conviction quashed, what next in Teina Pora case?

It's not clear whether he'll have to stand trial a third time for the 1992 murder of Susan Burdett.

Friends mourn crash victim Danny O'Donnell

Friends struggling to comprehend the death of a teenager killed in a crash on the West Coast.

Blenheim murderer 'mystified' by killing

A man who murdered his wife in Blenheim 15 years ago remains “mystified” about the killing.

Truck hits overbridge on Auckland motorway

A truck crash on Auckland’s southern motorway earlier this morning is still causing significant delays.

WWII pilot Les Munro donates medals to fund memorial

The surviving pilot from WWII's Dam Buster raids is selling his medals to help fund a memorial.

Immigration says Chilean family must leave

Immigration says overstaying Chilean family that sought refuge in church must leave the country

Suspected arson at Victoria University law school building

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest wooden building was targeted in a suspected arson overnight.

Caution urged as art scam hits Auckland

Reports surface of door-to-door scammers selling fake artworks in Auckland.

$10,000 offered to catch an arsonist

Auckland businessman offers a reward to help find the arsonist who hit their home while the family slept.

Neighbour's complaints could see dogs impounded

A woman was shaken when told her noisy dogs could be taken after a year of complaints from a neighbour.

Driver trapped by rubbish truck in Wellington

A driver is in a critical condition after being caught in the back of a recycling truck today.

Teen's leg crushed by tractor in Gisborne

A Gisborne teenager has been airlifted to hospital after his leg was crushed by a tractor.

University, Habitat team up to build new home

The buzz of the circular saw and calls of "600 out" float the edge of the University of Waikato field.

Convicted Christchurch killer Michael October may appeal convictions

The family of slain Christchurch woman Anne-Maree Ellens have broken their silence after learning one of her killers may appeal his convictions.

Cyclist's death shocks family, friends

Nelson man who died mountain biking in Queenstown devoted to his family and the outdoors, friend says.

Is feeding ducks a death sentence?

An avian botulism outbreak at Western Springs Park has been made worse by people throwing bread into the lake.

Under-fire manager in lewd cake case disappears

Senior manager involved in the lewd cake case disappears from company records.

Showers will be sprinkled about the country

Showers will touch much of the country today, although temperatures will remain high.

Teina Pora conviction quashed

The conviction of Teina Pora has been quashed, more than 20 years after he was jailed for murdering Susan Burdett in her Auckland home.

Grandfather reels in the catch of his life

An 86-year-old grandfather reeled in the best surprise of his life - a whopping 300 kilogram blue marlin off the Northland coast.
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