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The Lines Company pricing review recommends change to charging approach

Pricing review reveals an alternative method would be fairer.

Cash-strapped students may be eligible for refunds on rental payments

Are some student renters being taken for a ride? The Tenants Protection Association think so.

Waterview Connection held up by faulty sprinklers

Serious safety flaws cause stalling of NZ's largest ever roading project, the Waterview Tunnel.

Cop shooter's fury at High Court jury's guilty verdicts

An angry and shouting Rhys Warren had to be manhandled into the cells after the verdicts.

SPCA investigating a Levin pet shop after complaints about its practices

The SPCA is investigating a Levin pet shop after a complaint about its practices.

Cathedral Square: Where pigeons roost

There have been no private property developments in Cathedral Square since the earthquakes. Can the deadlock be broken?

Hamilton's Euphrasie House attracts graffiti protest

The words 'urban terrorist' were written in chalk on the wall near Hamilton's Euphrasie House.

Murder accused James Te Hiko wanted to 'punish' his partner for not answering him, jury told

A woman was fatally beaten in a "punishing" rage because she wouldn't answer her partner's questions.

Twin sisters' Adele concert reunion ruined by cancelled Jetstar flight

One twin sat by an empty seat, the other missed the soundtrack to bittersweet time of her life.

Labour leader Andrew Little headed to court over defamation case

The Labour leader is off to court after an apology and offer of a financial contribution were rejected.

Pumpkin Patch staff in stalemate with ANZ over redundancy pay

Devastated staff, some who had been with Pumpkin Patch for at least 20 years, fight for what they are owed.

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Hibiscus Coast Community RSA fights for survival

"Now I hear the RSA, the last spot I've got, is going to fold." Tom Beale, 93.

World expert in chronic fatigue to share research findings in Nelson

A leading researcher will share his findings on chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia in Nelson next week.

Six questions we can answer about the SAS incident, and three we can't

EXPLAINER: First the civilian deaths, now claims of torture and war crimes overshadow NZ's conduct in Afghanistan.

Family of man missing in Bali reunites with his girlfriend

Kiwi was swept away trying to rescue his girlfriend in Bali, who's been crying in hospital as his family head over.

Giving up the darts - the vicious cycle of trying to stop smoking

OPINION: Somehow, my inhibitions towards smoking after drinking cocktails get the better of me.

A man has collapsed and died in Lower Hutt

A man who collapsed after an apparent punch-up in a second hand shop could not be revived.

Young women with endometriosis becoming opioid addicts, victim warns

Eight years of crippling pain finally led to a diagnosis for Olivia Heslop - but also an addiction to pain-killers.

Glenfield schoolgirl first to join prestigious military fitness club

Stacey-Ann Selby-Lye ran 2.4km in less than 10 minutes then did 46 press-ups and 130 sit-ups before being asked to stop.

Partial demolition of dangerous building

Partial demolition of a building that housed west Auckland's only night club and four other businesses started this morning.

Dannevirke Caltex hit by armed robbers

Pistol pulled at busy Dannevirke service station. Robbers escape with cash and smokes.

$6.5m Lotto Powerball winners kept lucky ticket hidden for almost a fortnight

Gisborne couple kept winning ticket hidden for a fortnight while they planned their new fortune.

Police identify man who sparked stranger danger warning in Porirua

Porirua children offered a ride to school by a stranger knew exactly what to do, principal says.

Police investigate guinea pig deaths in west Auckland

Police on the case after owner found pets' corpses stuck to a tree trunk.

Dawn Mexican wave raises awareness of mental health initiative for surfers

"One wave is all it takes to free the funk," mental-health awareness-raising event organiser SJ Cansdale says.

Road safety at stake if proposed police job cuts go ahead, transport bodies say

Police want to cut 26 roles from their commercial vehicle safety team, sparking industry concern.

Former Farmers boss Rod McDermott killed in car crash

Rod McDermott, the CEO behind the success of the Farmers retail empire, has died in a car crash.

Pedestrian killed in Tauranga named

Police have released the name of a pedestrian killed after being hit by a car in Tauranga on Thursday. 

'Sad' case of Hawke's Bay lawyer left with nothing and career in tatters

The 'sad' case of a Hawke's Bay lawyer who stole $73k and was left with nothing and a career in tatters.

Teen sweethearts' toxic relationship revealed in court

Each has almost killed the other but they do not want to be apart.

Live chat: GNS scientist Ian Hamling on NZ's five-metre shift caused by Kaikoura earthquake

Put your questions to GNS scientist Ian Hamling after the Kaikoura quake was found to have shunted parts of the South Island.

Family's holiday home destroyed in arson attack

A family's holiday home on the coast of Thames has been gutted in a blaze lit during a break-in.

Pod of orca delight Lyttelton Harbour locals

For one long-time resident, it was the first time he had seen the animals in the area.

Man jailed for million-dollar robbery of upmarket jewellery store

A man has been jailed for his role in a million-dollar robbery of an Auckland jewellery store. 

Murder accused Troy Taylor says he lied to police about Ihaka Stokes's death to protect toddler's mother

Court hears Troy Taylor lied to police about Ihaka Stokes's death to protect the toddler's mother.

Kiwi head of British bank honoured at Massey Alumni Awards

Massey University has given a prestigious award to the head of a British bank.

Man charged with indecent acts after allegedly riding mountain bike pantless

An allegedly pantless man on a mountain bike in West Auckland has been charged by police.

New measles case has been confirmed in Auckland

A person with the measles visited Auckland Airport and Pak 'n Saves on the North Shore last week.

South Auckland children escape 'mushroom cloud' fire

Smoke detectors and a determined parent saved a south Auckland man and his kids from worse.

Jury retires to consider its verdict in Auckland HIV trial

Jury to determine whether an Auckland man knowingly his infected partner with HIV.

PM stands by Defence Force claims that civilians weren't killed in SAS raid

Prime Minister Bill English is backing Defence Force claims that civilians weren't killed in an SAS raid.

Rubberneckers inspire sale of 'gluten-free' fence in Kapiti on Trade Me

The unusual "fence" has been described as gluten free and a "casserole of special and galactic ideas'' on Trade Me.

Afghan villagers engage NZ lawyers over 'Hit and Run' SAS raid

Afghan villagers have engaged a human rights lawyer over an SAS raid they believe killed six in their community.

Dunedin man denies killing sea lion in Otago Harbour

A Dunedin man accused of stabbing an endangered sea lion has pleaded not guilty.

Below the Beltway: Winners and losers from the week in politics

Who's up and who's down from the week in politics?

Auckland's water usage dips well under daily consumption target

Region's water consumption dips three million litres below daily target.

Man who filmed in public pool with shoe camera sentenced to community detention

Victim of covert filming in pool changing room "sickened" by thought the images could be online.

Susan Austen in court on euthanasia drug charges

Further charge coming for woman accused of importing euthanasia drugs.

Christchurch architect awarded $188,000 in costs for house rebuild case

Architect who fought insurer that wanted to winch his house up a hill is awarded nearly $190,000 in costs.
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