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Two die in South Auckland boating accident

Two people have died and another three are injured after a boating accident in South Auckland this afternoon.

Motel assault victim died of blow to the head

A man killed in an Auckland motel died of blunt force trauma to the head, police say.

Person trapped in car following crash

Motorist is being cut from car after serious crash with truck in North Canterbury.

Baby hurt as car smashes through Christchurch fence

Baby injured and driver cut from car after it rolled through a fence in Christchurch.

Arrest follows Paihia armed stand-off

A woman held up at knife point in the Bay of Islands is "shaken" and receiving ongoing support.

Five injured in crash south of Levin

Five people were injured when a car crashed into a power pole on SH1 in Horowhenua.

Hamilton car chase ends in arrest

A police car chase up Hamilton's main street has ended with a stolen car recovered and a suspect in custody.

Second shooting of Prebbleton cat 'alarming'

The SPCA is alarmed after a ginger tabby was shot twice, and now suffers a serious limp.

New Zealander of the Year shortlist unveiled

Sir John Kirwan, Sir Stephen Tindall and Judge Peter Boshier are among the 10 finalists.

Police officers attacked in Dunedin

Bouncers from central Dunedin pubs rescued two police officers under attack.

Illegal dog fighting arranged on Facebook

The SPCA is investigating after Facebook was used to try to organise illegal dog fighting.

Eketahuna locals still shaking off a year of earthquakes

No-one has to tell the residents of Eketahuna that 2014 was a particularly shaky year for the lower North Island.

90 Mile Beach search now a recovery mission

A 16-year-old who disappeared in the water on Saturday evening has yet to be found.

Family traumatised by crash

A family are traumatised after being involved in a crash with a motorcyclist who later died.

Hunt for Hamilton Court escapee

Police are looking for escaped prisoner Michael Campbell, who broke out of Hamilton Court cells.

Suspected arson at Patea store

Police are investigating a suspected arson attack at Patea's Four Square.

Nelson surfers unshaken by shark

Large shark that 'nearly bit hand off' woman won't keep surfers away from their favourite Nelson spot, says boardrider.

Downpour cancels flights at Nelson Airport

"Awful weather" has seen flight cancellations at Nelson Airport this morning.

Holiday road toll climbs to six

A second person has died as a result of a crash in the Bay of Plenty yesterday.

Doctor four times over limit escapes conviction

A Blenheim doctor caught drink-driving at more than four times the limit has escaped conviction.

Thunder for some, mostly fine elsewhere

Central New Zealand faces thunderstorms and intense rain today while other areas could be in for showers.

Family of electrocuted man 'devastated'

A man electrocuted by live wires after a crash will be 'sadly missed by all of his friends and family'.

Murder aimed to spread 'yellow peril' message

Murderer given mercy on the grounds of insanity

Lionel Terry had been ignored and he wasn't going to take it any more.

Crowdfunding saves siblings' home

A Christchurch brother and sister left with mountains of debt when their mother died have been able to stay in their family home.

Artist upset by theft of tupuna carving

Thieves stole a carving from Mike Ure's property while he took his daughter to hospital.

Victim would not have provoked attack - family

The family of a man left for dead say the loveable father could never have provoked the deadly attack.

Tall poppies dig in, while newcomers bloom

From achievements in arts to sports to business, here are those who got the most from 2014.

Crash victim electrocuted as road toll climbs

Crash victim electrocuted as road toll climbs

One person has been electrocuted and five others hospitalised following a crash in North Canterbury.

Drones could join battle against pests and disease

The war on pests and disease is taking to the air, with the Ministry for Primary Industries considering using drones.

Speed kills, warn police as road toll mounts

The official holiday road toll stands at four and motorists tempt fate, one driving at 240kmh.

Motorcyclist dies following SH7 crash

A motorcyclist has died following a serious crash on State Highway 7 (SH7) in North Canterbury.

Four injured in Lindis Pass crash

Four people have been injured after a car and van collided in the Lindis Pass, near Omarama.

Shoeless Good Samaritan tackles fleeing offender

Auckland police want to find shoeless man who came to their aid when violent offender resisted arrest. 

Man injured in Palmerston North crash

A seriously injured man will be airlifted to hospital following a one-car crash near Palmerston North.

Small plane crashes in sea off Northland

A small plane has crashed into Northland waters this afternoon. 

'Private' man killed in violent attack in Auckland

A family has been left "devastated" after a man was killed in a violent attack at an Auckland Motel.

Driver nabbed doing 220km/h

A speeding motorist has been busted travelling at more than 220km/h.

Bets go off-line after TAB hit by cyber attack

Punters have been left unable to place bets online with the TAB after a cyber attack on the agency's website.

Two cattery escapees returned

Two of the nine cats that escaped from a Woodbury cattery on Christmas Eve have been found.

Driver dies, passenger remains critical after Five Rivers crash

The driver of a car involved in a crash with a campervan at Five Rivers in Southland has died.

Gang members come of age

Once, gang violence blighted our towns. Now, ageing, risk-averse leaders stave off young wannabe gangstas who are all about the bling.

Bus rolls near Levin but tourists walk away safe

Fifteen tourists and their driver had a lucky escape after the bus they were in crashed north of Wellington.

90 Mile Beach search resumes for teen

Search teams are out scouring the Northland coast for a teenager swept away from 90 Mile Beeach.  

'Unexplained' death in South Auckland

"Unexplained" South Auckland death was result of medical incident.

Political faces to watch out for

OPINION: With the election safely out of the way, politicians are returning to their passion: their own ambition. Here are the MPs to watch out for in 2015.

Tony Kokshoorn: Toast of the Coast

Underlying Tony Kokshoorn's passion for the West Coast is a deeply competitive instinct.

Kayakers saved by lifejackets

Two kayakers escaped harm because they were wearing life jackets when they got into trouble on the Clutha River.

One dead in Bay of Plenty crash

One person is dead and three others are critically injured following a major crash in the Bay of Plenty.

Rural scrub fires under control

Fire crews kept busy bringing two rural scrub fires under control, with one being treated as 'suspicious'.

Bay of Plenty crash traps passengers

Emergency crews work to free several people trapped in the wreckage following two car crash in Bay of Plenty.
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