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Cancer patient warns others to get a second opinion

Waitara cancer patient Judith Holswich had to wait so long for doctors to diagnose her lung cancer that she now only has months left to live. 

Fatal crash in New Plymouth

A man is dead after plunging over a bridge in central New Plymouth.  

Tourist crashes van on day one of holiday

A 27-year-old man from Singapore crashed his rental campervan near Kaikoura the day he arrived in the country.

Exhibition immortalises Lieutenant Spencer Westmacott

Lieutenant Spencer Westmacott led his platoon into Gallipoli and it cost him his arm.

Sapper Horace Moore-Jones works on display in Wellington

Sapper Horace Moore-Jones is regarded as one of NZ's most influential wartime artists.

The tale of Gallipoli's final five

He was among the last soldiers to withdraw from Gallipoli and came close to being left behind.

Police launch homicide investigation into Auckland stabbing

A man has been taken into custody as police investigate a woman's death in Papatoetoe.

Couple fit solar panels after $500 power bill shock

As their electricity bills became exorbitant a Timaru couple switched to solar power.

Insurance claim delays ''unconscionable'', lawyer says.

It is "unconscionable" that after four years Cantabrians are still waiting for a resolution with insurance companies over quake damage, a litigation lawyer says.

PM Tony Abbott New Zealand bound

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott is visiting Wellington to take part in Anzac centenary commemorations.

Teens try to steal Poppy Day collection bucket

Teens tried to steal from the people who "defended their right to walk down the street in freedom", RSA says.

Woman chomps on cockroach in Big Mac

Woman says she will never eat a Big Mac again after chewing on a cockroach in her burger.

Elderly pedestrian died short distance from her home

An elderly Auckland woman who died after being struck by a car on Saturday night was on her way home from housie.

Three-car crash causes traffic delays in Auckland

Three cars were involved in a crash on Auckland's northwestern motorway, causing congestion and delays.

Cruise ship carries aid to Vanuatu

Ten tonnes of aid supplies stowed away with 1800 tourists on cruise liner travelling from Auckland to Vanuatu.

Christchurch Airport gets $1.6m state-of-the-art fire truck

Christchurch Airport's fire brigade has added a state-of-the-art piece of machinary to its firefighting arsenal. 

Rough Auckland weather forces international flight to land at Ohakea

More than 250 passengers on a flight from Hong Kong were stuck on a plane at Ohakea Air Force base for seven hours.

Former Black Cap Mathew Sinclair in domestic dispute

Police called to deal with a domestic dispute involving former New Zealand cricketer Mathew Sinclair.

Cathay Pacific passengers stuck for seven hours 'not angry'

Seven hours on the tarmac in Ohakea wasn't an ordeal for 266 people onboard, says passenger.

Susan Wood recovering 'remarkably well' from brain injury

Broadcaster exceeds doctor's expectations after serious brain injury.

Pedestrian killed by car Auckland

An elderly woman has died after being hit by a car

'Death wish' police chase ends in arrest

It is miracle no one was killed when a man drove at high speed the wrong way on the motorway, police say.

Woman attacked in Wellington

Man dragged woman into bushes, but her screams startled him.

Kiwi stars in Sony hack

Peter Jackson, Cliff Curtis and Jane Campion get supporting roles in the celeb-studded Wikileaks dump.

Smuggled geckos returned to New Zealand, now at Wellington Zoo

Two native geckos are recovering in Wellington Zoo after a trip around the world

Man trapped on rocks at Piha

A fisherman can expect a rough sleep after becoming stranded on rocks.

Royal baby birth is oh so close

Plans to commemorate the royal birth are well underway in NZ.

Two Kiwi women want to have babies using their dead partners' frozen DNA

Kiwi women are using sperm harvested from their dead partners to create life, raising ethics issues.

Film technician injured in fireworks blast sues Weta

Production assistant suffered horrific injuries during booze-fuelled Fourth of July party.

Sunday Star-Times editorial: Arise, Sir Marty

He became the mentor of a nation during the Black Caps' march to the Cricket World Cup Final.

Scientologists use church's philosophies to train teens to drive

Private trust is getting government money to teach Kiwis using techniques developed by L Ron Hubbard.

Elderly man trapped by rising water as wild weather hits North Island

An elderly man was trapped in his car today as heavy rain and thunderstorms hit the North Island.

Family lost near Wairere Falls, near Matamata

A family of four were trapped in the bush overnight after they ran out of time to finish their hike, police say.

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park officially opens

Despite a strong southerly, more than 500 people attended the official opening of the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

Campaign to return WWI medals to families

A thousand WWI medals lie unclaimed in a New Zealand Defence Force vault. Now, the Sunday Star-Times is working to get them returned to the families of those who earned them. DAVID LOMAS reports.

State Highway 3 through Manawatu Gorge open after delay

The reopening of the Manawatu Gorge following a slip has been delayed by several hours.

Pat, poppies and a little perfume

Pat Hickton may be 94 but he doesn't miss a beat, or a poppy sale. He's been collecting for 25 years.

Annette Taylor still battling cancer but 'lucky to be alive'

Two years ago, Annette Taylor was diagnosed with melanoma, today she says she feels "lucky to be alive".

Sir Peter Jackson shows off his Great War Exhibition in Wellington

Hobbit director offers a sneak peak at his multi-million dollar Great War exhibition in Wellington.

Neighbourly helping communities connect

Shane Bradley and Casey Eden knew what their overseas friends ate for lunch, thanks to social media, but were clueless when trying to recall the names of their neighbours.

Te Papa brings epic scale of World War I to life

Weta Workshop technicians spent 24,000 hours on the creation and installation of the eight large-scale models in Te Papa's new Gallipoli exhibition.

Rare genetic disorder threatens to paralyse young girl

Like many 4-year-olds Jaidyn Webb leads an active life, but she is just a knock away from danger.

Family's social media plea for new landlord

A family whose landlord is selling their house has taken to social media to find a buyer who will keep them on. 

Shallow quake shakes Christchurch

A shallow quake rattled parts of Christchurch on Friday.

Hamilton's blueprint for the future

City leaders have big plans for Hamilton's next 10 years, wanting to position it as the country's third major centre.

Northern motorway land drops 1.5 metres

Part of the proposed Northern Arterial motorway route from Belfast to the central city has dropped up to 1.5 metres in tests on "very poor" soil.

Police code of conduct a smokescreen, victim says

A Southland woman who says her rape complaint was botched by police has labelled the new police code of conduct a smokescreen.

Second post-quake social housing opens

Eight new social housing units in Aranui were officially opened this afternoon by the Christchurch City Council.

Mental health workers say "quality of care" at threat

Mental health workers from four different DHB's protested outside Waikato Hospital's Henry Bennett Rongomau Centre on Friday about the risk to their current roster system.

It's time to merge Australia and New Zealand

OPINION: Should Australia and New Zealand join together to become one big happy country?
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