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Paihia's water supply recovers


Storm-hit Paihia's reservoir slowly fills again after too much silt in flooded Waitangi River dropped levels.

Missing woman's body found in river

Northland flooding

The woman who died after being swept away by flood waters in Northland was a mother from Upper Hutt.

Cardrona bra fence all bare - again

bra fence

The disappearance of hundreds of bras from fence is a mystery to all in the Cardrona valley.

NZ's largest pest eradication programme launched

Stoat trap

Govt launches largest pest control programme to fight a "biblical" plague of rats and stoats.

ACT announces top 20 list

Jamie Whyte

The ACT Party has announced the list of its top 20 candidates, which includes party leader Jamie Whyte in the top spot, but excludes Epsom candidate David Seymour. 

School girls rescued from forest

Kaimai ranges

A group of school girls and their instructors have been rescued from the Kaimai Mamaku Forest. 

Greens want you to go swimming

Waikato River 300

A protected rivers network is among the The Green Party's plan to improve New Zealand's water quality.

One injured in vehicle roll

St John's Ambulance

A male with "serious injuries" after a vehicle rolled on a Southland road may have been there during the night.

Snowfalls prompt road warnings

Snow on Akaroa road

Snow is forecast to fall on South Island passes tonight and tomorrow.

Public spaces not so smokefree

cigarette butt

Cigarette fumes will still waft through "smokefree" playgrounds, parks and streets until the Government takes action, experts say.

Revamp sex laws says UK expert

Child abuse

Former UK policeman who broke up online paedophile rings says NZ must introduce a sex offenders register.

Injuries after quad bike crash

Quad bike safety

A Wellington man suffered spinal injuries when the quad bike he was riding crashed in the Tararuas early last night.

Deciphering election talk

Gary McManaway and Tony Fyfe

The election campaign is just weeks away - and with it comes posturing, political-double speak and downright dishonesty.

Overpowering security

Scissors, gel and water are one thing but Homeland Security's latest edict takes air-travel pain to new heights.

Behind the counter of a liquor store


This is my first weekend off having my sons for like three months. So my parents were like: ‘Go out all weekend! And I'm like, whoa! So why not start drinking early, eh?"

The secret diary of . . . Brazil


I was walking along a field in Belo Horizonte when I came across the strangest thing.

Chase crash officer cleared


A police officer who crashed a patrol car during a chase has had his conviction for dangerous driving overturned on appeal.

How you help the homeless


One man believes the solution to homelessness is so simple, he's taken the task on himself.

Airline policy bites late travellers

Lucy Mullinger and Brett Allen

A little-known airline policy nearly ruined the holiday of a lifetime for one couple.

Grandfather's tribute in permanent ink

archie andrews

Archie Andrews carries his grandson with him, in a tattoo that is a permanent memorial.

Drugs tested on mentally disabled

Pills, drugs

A drug company has been cleared to test experimental drugs on intellectually disabled people.

Players farewell dead teen

Otamatea Hawks team

A haka boomed around a Northland footy field, and tears were shed at the sidelines.

Tania Billingsley: No regrets about speaking out

Tania Billingsley

The woman at the centre of the Malaysian diplomat scandal stands by her decision to go public.

North braces for more severe weather

Auckland Harbour Bridge

More severe weather may be yet to come for the storm-lashed North Island.

Two hurt in motorbike crash

St John's Ambulance

Two men were taken to hospital after crashing their motorbikes into each other.

Search for woman swept away by storm

Rescue attempts

Search for woman missing in a swollen Northland river was to be suspended and resumed tomorrow.

Woman trampled by her own horse

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

A woman has been taken to hospital with severe injuries after being trampled by her horse.

'Hair-raising' near miss sparks alarm

Courier driver

Crashing into and killing a cyclist is a courier's worst nightmare, a Hamilton driver says.

Fraudster sentenced


A viticulture and winemaking student was sentenced for taking more than $20k from WINZ.

Kids go to public for help for ailing mum

'We just really want our parents back'

	 Gasteiger appeal

Three Nelson siblings are appealing to the public to help raise $80,000 so their mum can have ongoing specialist treatment in Germany for a rare form of lung-cancer.

Pay rise of 1.25pc for UCOL staff


The drawn-out industrial dispute at UCOL has come to a close, with polytechnic staff pocketing a pay rise this week.

'Appalling' driver blamed informant


Man thought he was being chased when a motorist followed him after dobbing him in to police.

Families feel bite of food cost


With food prices at their highest in three years, low-income families are feeling the pinch.

Tigerly love: When Oz met Sali

Pair meet after months of separation

	 Sumatran Tigers Oz and Sali

An eight-month courtship is almost unheard of nowadays, but it's paid off for nine-year-old Oz.

Shaken and then stirred into action

Wellington quake

A year after two large quakes rocked Wellington, there's an on-going effort to make the city safer.

Yes, same-sex dates can go to the ball

Johann Go

A conservative, Catholic all-boys' school has given the ok for gay couples to attend the school ball.

Avon site for quake memorial

'A special place for all New Zealanders'

avon river

Christchurch's quake memorial will have a river setting, it has been confirmed today.

Brother jailed for murder


Man who shot his brother at point blank range before dragging him behind a car for 1.4km sentenced.

William Douglas Goodfellow dies, aged 97

Douglas Goodfellow

Philanthropist William Douglas Goodfellow, once the richest man in NZ, has died.

Inside the mind of a stalker: The erotomaniac and I

Glenn Green

OPINION: Glenn Green and police say he is the country's most dangerous stalker and seems he's interested in stalking me.

Mystery shaking far in the depths

Earthquake generic

Seismic events some 600 kilometres below Taranaki are attracting international attention.

Survivor big advocate of smoke alarms

 Sheraaz Mohammed

Family who lost everything in a fire say they could have also lost each other if it wasn't for a smoke alarm.

Lean Dean half the man he used to be

Dean Rattray

An Ashburton man no longer lives in fear of his heart stopping while he sleeps after losing more than 120kg.

Decision on King's successor up to iwi leaders

Who will be the next monarch?

Korotangi Paki

Korotangi Paki has a chance of ascending throne but the decision will come down to iwi leaders.

House gets the 'tanking' test

Red zoned home flooded

A red-zoned house was deliberately flooded yesterday in a bid to test find out flood protection for low-lying homes.

Harris 'victim' speaks out to help others

Rolf Harris

A NZ woman who has spoken out about an alleged sexual assault by Rolf Harris hopes others will be inspired to come forward.

City food forest is growing closer

food forest

Plans for a network of public food forests in Christchurch are starting to take root.

No punishment for food blunder


Council unlikely to face consequences for a blunder which left food outlets unlicensed.

DOC hits back at Greens' claims

DOC, Department of Conservation

DOC rejects claims a performance review indicated a restructure was not well implemented.

'Mega obese' can't get help


A lack of government funding means hundreds of people are turned away from weight-loss surgery, a surgeon says.
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