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Police called to armed person near Uruti in Taranaki

Armed police have been called after someone was spotted carrying a firearm in northern Taranaki.

Should scientists share quake likelihood info every time tremor strikes?

Should we be told more about small quakes to prepare for the risk of a big one? Only if it doesn't amount to living in fear, say experts.

Police appeal against Losi Filipo's discharge without conviction as judge reserves decision

Sentencing judge made a "considered, correct and compassionate decision", appeal hearing told.

Government announces funding for new Marlborough wine research institute

The Government has announced funding for a new wine research centre based in Marlborough.

Police admit using checkpoint to target euthanasia meeting attendees

Police have admitted a breath-testing checkpoint was used to target people who had attended an pro-euthanasia meeting.

Alleged dangerous driving tourist honeymooner arrested in Queenstown

Honeymooning tourist's ''atrocious driving'' was so bad it made one witness ''feel sick''. But he's not forbidden from driving.

NZ Fire Service to train Syria's 'White Helmets' civil defence volunteers

A Kiwi expert is heading to the Middle East to train the "White Helmet" volunteers.

Free skiing to celebrate extended ski season

Mt Ruapehu is offering free skiing after great snow conditions has allowed them to stay open for longer.

Teen tells police how 'crazy' his dangerous driving had been

He passed two trucks, an unmarked cop car and narrowly missed colliding head-on with a car coming the other way.

Family farewell 'confident and crazy' woman found dead in Waikato river

Beth Christina Winfield was playing with her dogs on edge of Waikato River when something went wrong.

Ninety-year-old pleads guilty to causing wife's death in 4WD accident

Man, 90, pleads guilty to causing wife's death after 4WD plunged 300m off a mountain track.

Serco-run Wiri prison towards bottom of Corrections prison rankings

Corrections says Wiri prison run by private operator among bottom five in NZ.

Forgotten World on sick woman's wish list

A Hamilton woman's wish to visit Taumarunui's Forgotten Highway came true with the help of locals.

Lack of tyre gives away drink driving Bathurst fan

After watching Bathurst he headed home, with only three tyres.

Murder trial unable to start after people ignore jury summons

Murder trial put on hold after not enough people show up to take part in the jury panel.

Top five costumes and tips for Halloween

Check out these top five outfits for Halloween this year.

A century-old Rodney Times snippet on climate change causes a stir

Century-old snippet on climate change from a local newspaper has caused consternation.

Man admits tagging election and road signs across Marlborough

Tagging "snake gang", "West Side" and other illegible words racks up hefty cleaning bill.

Cost of injuries received during medical procedures spike

You're expecting to get better when you get medical care, but for many people it can get a lot worse.

Armed police called to 'fluid situation' in Dunedin

A dozen armed police swooped on a vehicle in a ''fluid situation'' in Dunedin's CBD.

Prosecutions possible after bobby calf footage shows potential abuse

Farmers and animal welfare activists remain at loggerheads after latest accusations of bobby calf abuse.

'Mini-tornado' lifts roofs and smashes windows in central New Plymouth

Early morning twister lifts roofs, wrecks garage doors and smashes windows.

Judge calls boyracer's 'suicidal' driving the worst he has seen in 20 years

Judge labels driving by a boy racer who reached 195kmh the worst he'd seen in 20 years.

Farmer sentenced to home detention for stock deaths

A farmer left 3630 animals to suffer in one of NZ's worst cruelty cases but he avoids prison.

Clown startles late night Wanaka cyclist

Axe-wielding clown leaping out from behind a tree to startle a teen biker has police fuming.

Christchurch Kathmandu store ram-raided

A vehicle has smashed through front doors of a Christchurch Kathmandu.

Police use of Taser on mentally ill Hokitika man 'disproportionate and unjustified'

Police watchdog slams police tasering of a mentally ill man lying on the ground twice.

Large number of 'military-style' semi-automatic firearms stolen

A total of 28 semi-automatic firearms were taken, including five rifles and 23 handguns, in the Dunedin theft.

Chris Laidlaw chosen as chairman of Greater Wellington Regional Council

Regional council chooses a familiar face to lead its elected officials.

Rough weather hits State Highway 1, with chance of hail and thunderstorms in Wellington later

A slip on State Highway 1 that hampered travel has been cleared.

Cannabis plants grown in memory of woman's dead partner, court hears

Cannabis plants grown in memory of woman's dead partner, court hears.

Former Warriors player enters intimated guilty plea to driving charge

Former Warriors rugby league player indicates he will plead guilty to driving charge.

Darrell Edward James Dunn sentenced for manslaughter of Auckland homeless man

Darrell Dunn bashed another homeless man to death, kicking him as ''fast and as hard'' as he could.

Vaping research suggests e-cigarettes could help fight obesity

E-cigarettes could stave off cravings, research says - but should they be encouraged?

Chairman's winning legacy lives on

John Compton's vision to build award winning toilets in Waiouru has done just that.

Fairbairn repeating 46km Wanaka swim

The Darryl Fairbairn Memorial Trust has been supporting children for 10 years.

Men knifed in frustration over noisy parties, court told

Dustin La Mont is accused of murder after becoming enraged by repeated noisy parties next door, but he claims it was self defence.

Free trade agreement top priority as PM John Key finally arrives in India

John Key finally arrives in India, with progressing a free trade deal the top priority.

Top defence lawyer calls for more art in courts

Leading lawyer wants more artwork in NZ's courtrooms to "humanise" them, and make them less intimidating.

Marathon effort for a much-loved teacher on Auckland's North Shore

While colleagues and pupils run Auckland Marathon, Michaela von Sturmer will be cheering them on from hospital.

Former MPs and spouses spend over $700k on taxpayer-funded travel

Former MPs and their spouses rack up $700k travel bill - who were the biggest spenders?

5-year-old seriously injured in Carterton scooter accident

Fears of life-threatening injuries ease as he is flown to hospital after Carterton accident.

A guide to New Zealand's spiders: The good, the bad and the ancient

You know all those stories about Australia's terrifying spiders? Turns out NZ has thousands of the creeps too.

Man charges tools to former Christchurch employers

He bought $15,000 worth of construction tools under the names of three former employers.

New Zealand under a Gary McCormick regime

Being relaxed, fewer roundabouts, and more surfing are in broadcaster's vision as next PM.

People turn to commuting as Queenstown house prices soar

People are turning to commuting to escape Queenstown's housing and traffic issues.

Wet, cool day ahead for Christchurch

It's going to be a damp and cool start to the day for most of the South Island.

'Suspicious' tyre shop blaze likely to have ignited inside building

Work is underway to clear the remains of AH Franks Tyres in Hamilton after a suspicious blaze ripped through the tyre shop.

Missing pregnant woman in Palmerston North found safe

The 31-year-old who is 38 weeks pregnant has been found safe and well.

Napier priest wins fights with church after being stood down for adultery

He was stood down having two affairs 25 years ago. Now, he's back behind the pulpit.
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