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Overnight weather warnings: 150kmh winds to blast Canterbury, West Coast on flood alert

150km gales are expected to hit Canterbury overnight, while the heavy rain lashing the West Coast is forecast to continue.

Southland police urge pet owners to keep a watchful eye out

Pet owners in Southland are being urged to watch out for their pets after reports of concerning behaviour and thefts.

Boston Marathon winner Dave McKenzie invited to 50th anniversary celebration

A few months after Dave McKenzie lost his brother in the Strongman mine disaster, he won the Boston Marathon.

Operations cease at Ngaruawahia bush fire

At least 14 fire crews and three helicopters battled the blaze in Ngaruawahia.

NZ's 'bomb low': Gale-force winds, torrential rain as low touches down

Flood alerts for West Coast rivers as rain and gale-force winds sweep the country.

Palmerston North's haven to help former sex workers officially opens

Women wanting to leave the sex trade now have somewhere to turn.

Quake-hit farmers applaud cheap homes offered by Government

Christchurch's temporary quake homes will be sold for $25,000 to farmers affected by the Kaikoura tremor. 

Family First calls for boycott of Fifty Shades of Grey TV airing

Conservative lobby group sees red over TV3's plans to screen erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey.

Community inspects the devastation after four homes razed by out-of-control Coromandel scrub fire

Amid the wreckage of four homes, they face a long battle to repair their fire-torn community. "It's very sad."

Labour leader Andrew Little makes Pike River re-entry bill an election promise

Labour leader Andrew Little to table bill for Pike River mine re-entry push.

Three split $1m Lotto win

Lucky Lotto punters share in win, but a $12 million prize is still up for grabs.

Body found in Lake Rotorua

The body of a missing kayaker has been found in Lake Rotorua.

Lower drink-driving limit effects felt on and off the road

Two years on since the drink-driving limit was cut, stats suggest roads are no safer.

Scammer preys on people looking for Bernese puppies in New Plymouth

Heartbroken New Plymouth woman warns of apparent scam targeting families wanting to buy Bernese puppies.

Ninety-three per cent of New Zealand's council-owned art is collecting dust

NZ ratepayers own half a billion dollars of art - but 93 per cent of it isn't on display.

Sympathy for man forgotten in Masterton cell over the weekend

Masterton residents give their opinions on man left in court cell for 48 hours.

Bomb low weather arrives in Wellington with 160kmh winds still on the way

Bomb low winds gusting more than 100kmh cause a few problems, but the worst is still to come.

Congestion has eased after crash caused delays out of capital

A crash near Wellington's Hobson St overbridge has been cleared and congestion has now eased.

Unsafe icecream factory built without consent

$26,000 penalty for Northland factory not being fire-safe.

Beggars reveal what life is like on the street

They say they have no choice, but what drives people to ask strangers for money on the street?

Family of elderly woman missing for two days hopeful she'll be found alive

Son of elderly woman missing for more than 48 hours holding out hope she will be found alive.

Dunedin electrician jailed after burning down family home

He drank 18 beers before lighting a fire and fleeing. Now Craig Scoullar is heading to prison.

First penguin hospital opens in the South Island

A critically-endangered penguin with bites on its feet is the first patient at the South Island's only penguin hospital.

Designer jackets made in Taranaki

There is more to being a fashion designer than just sewing.

Tensions run high as trespass notice served for Twizel Medical Centre

A woman attempting to register at the Twizel Medical Centre has been served a trespass notice.

'You destroyed my world' Central Otago child sex abuser told

Family of victim tells Central Otago child abuser jailed for almost eight years that he'll never be forgiven.

Work and Income rolls out new security measures at Blenheim office

New security measures could stop people asking for help, social agencies say.

Auckland cattery 'baffled' as beloved cat opens lock and pushes window to escape

Distraught owners desperate to find missing moggy who opened a lock and pushed a window to escape cattery.

Waikanae park-and-ride to be completed in May, but further delays possible

A beleaguered Kapiti car park could be delayed again if more archaeological material is dug up.

Christchurch club burgled twice in 20 minutes before being set alight

Two burglars caught on camera stealing from the same place within 20 minutes.

How whistleblowing in New Zealand works

Whistleblowing does happen in New Zealand - but not quite on a Chelsea Manning scale.

Driver 'lucky to be alive' after being flung into trees in Canterbury crash

A driver not wearing a seatbelt was catapulted into trees in an early morning crash in Canterbury.

Elderly hoarders' belongings could create a fire and quake hazard

Hoarding among the elderly is already a safety issue - and it's also creating a fire and quake hazard.

Good times on the water, political storm to come

Labour's up the river without a paddle at the Waka Ama champs.

Quake demolition creates empty lot eyesore, business association says

Owners of building torn down after quake say they have no plans for the site.

Private funeral for Jacob Pakura

The funeral for 16-year-old Jacob Pakura will be held tomorrow.

New Plymouth's 'Gull effect' set to hit as station prepares to open

Excitement for Gull off the charts: "It's definitely the most anticipated service station we've ever built."

Rainfall explained: Is 400 millimetres really that much?

Think you can drink the rain forecast to fall on a West Coast house? For the next 12 hours you'll need to gulp a litre every 11 seconds.

She saved the flute, the sax and the photos, but Helen Lee could only leave her 'gorgeous wee home' to the flames

Helen Lee had no choice but to turn her back on her family's Coromandel idyll.

Auckland fishing family hooks massive kahawai catch off Rocks Rd in Nelson

An Auckland family visiting Nelson hauled in a huge catch of kahawai in a boil-up off Rocks Rd.

Mt Maunganui properties evacuated after chemical spill

Police ask people to leave area near Tauranga after an ammonia leak.

MPs' hidden talents: Statistics Minister Mark Mitchell has a handle on police dogs

Mark Mitchell is new to making demands as a minister - but he knows how to boss dogs around.

Carterton's Rivenrock potentially 'New Zealand's best mountain bike park'

Pro rider Cam Cole gives Wairarapa's new Rivenrock park his seal of approval.

Five trips in a day: Waiheke Island keeps Auckland's rescue helicopters busy

A dislocated hip, a food scalding, a collapse on a boat - the rescue helicopter's being kept busy by Waiheke.

Police seek help after Whakatane gang shooting

Dramatic video captures the ferocity of the clash between the Mongrel Mob and Black Power gang members.

Man accused of hit-and-run death of skateboarder appears in court

Man charged over teenage skateboarder's death to remain in custody, but will keep name secret for now.

Resident shocked to learn her home of 20 years 'no longer exists'

She's lived there for 20 years. But according to the NZTA, her home no longer exists.

On our doorstep: The story of Auckland's homeless youth

Auckland is a hub for homeless youths: a 24-hour city where the disenfranchised can "find their people".

Public concern leads to prosecution of drink driver caught three times over limit

Woman labelled a "risk to the public and herself" following conviction for repeat drink driving.

Algal blooms appear in popular Hawke's Bay swimming spots

Dogs and swimmers advised to stay away from spots on the Tukituki River
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