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Empty hospital set on fire

Fire generic

Police are investigating a suspicious fire at New Plymouth's abandoned Barrett Street Hospital.

Mountain biker faces serious injuries

BayTrust Rescue Helicopter

A mountain biker has suffered suspected spinal injuries after crashing in forest near Rotorua.

Bystander lies beside dying motorcyclist

Gail Gibson

A Dannevirke resident lay beside a seriously-injured motorcyclist after he crashed his bike overnight.

Controversial ship slowed by choppy waters

Vega Auriga

Heavy seas are delaying the entry to Tauranga of a ship banned from Australia over welfare breaches.

Judith Collins resigns, says she's a victim

Judith Collins

Blogger Cameron Slater denies being responsible for Judith Collins' downfall, saying his email stating "Collins is gunning for [SFO boss] Feeley" wasn't a lie but "embellishing is a good word".

Critically injured man found on footpath

Police

Police are investigating how an Auckland man in his fifties sustained life-threatening head injuries early today.

Kidney donation a test of true friendship

Michael Miller

They are best mates who will do anything for one another - even give up an organ.

Party leaders call for full investigation of Government

LABOUR LEADER: David Cunliffe.

David Cunliffe calls for a full investigation into the Government's "underhand tactics".

Judith Collins: Career timeline

Colkey

In light of Judith Collins’ resignation from Cabinet this afternoon, we look back over her time in Parliament. 

The ups and downs of National and its allies

Gerry Brownlee

Even before Judith's quitting today, there's been no shortage of hot water for National MPs and their allies to get into.

Grave fears for missing woman

Police have "grave fears" for the safety of a woman from Hong Kong who has not been seen since last Saturday in Queenstown.

Man found dead near missing jet boat

 	 Police search and rescue

A 54-year-old man has been found dead near his jet boat in Southland after a police search.

Hager's relationship with hacker revealed

Nicky Hager

The hacker who helped Nicky Hager did it because he thought Whale Oil blogger "was a p****".

Buses targeted by drive-by shooter

Bus

Two Dunedin buses were shot at by an alleged drive-by shooter with an air rifle yesterday.

Fares flying too high?

	 Palmerston North Airport

The cost of flying in and out of Palmerston North Airport has long been a cause of contention.

Video 'taken out of context'

Gavel

A former Palmerston North mayoral candidate is appealing against his child assault conviction.

Brake failure fatal for truck driver, inquest finds

Police

The death of a Waikato truck driver could have been avoided, inquest reveals.

Conservation front-runners gain $500k

DOC, Department of Conservation

Five major Waikato conservation groups are collectively half a million dollars healthier thanks Doc grant.

Pair's perfect timing saves skier

	 Ivan Molina-Trigueros

Two men praised as 'Kiwi-style' heroes after saving a man who fell down a slope on Turoa.

Grittier texts lure in readers in schools

book

Teachers are increasingly turning to darker tales to get pupils interested in reading.

Voters divided over who plays dirtiest

Katie Wilson who read Nicky Hager's book 'Dirty Politics' then took a poll asking how it will effect her decisions for this coming elections.

Voters are divided over who plays the dirtiest in one of the dirtiest election campaigns in living memory. | Full results

Postman Pat meets Van Gogh

Artist Phillip Sisam

A van Gogh-inspired Postman Pat painting bagged the winning prize at the IHC art awards in Wellington.

Principal issues drugs warning

St Michael’s School

A primary school is worried students won't enrol if legal high shops are allowed to open nearby.

Shades so cool for school

Willem Gronendijk, 6, is one of many St Peter’s Catholic Primary School pupils to wear   shades

A Cambridge primary school has put optional sunglasses on the uniform list.

Fire razes man's home of 18 years

Invercargill fire

Keith Greig had been away from his Invercargill home for just an hour when he returned to find it engulfed in flames.

Cliff-top properties judged risk to life

Port Hills home

The fate of Port Hills properties in limbo since the 2011 earthquake has finally been revealed.

Safety review after worker's death

Brad Fletcher

Lyttelton Port CEO defends his position as union boss questions his ability to do the job after recent deaths.

Shock treatment for young drivers

learner driver

More than 100 teenagers caught breaching driving licence rules have received a reality check.

Passage of time bypasses city lane

Christchurch CBD

A laneway in central Christchurch is still "owned" by a man who died in 1865.

Consents nightmare holding up rebuild

paperwork

A year after Christchurch's building consent scandal blew up, the property industry says commercial consents remain "a nightmare".

Family upset, Selby gets 10 years

Relatives yelled expletives when Steven John Selby was given 10 years in jail for the rape and sexual abuse of an intellectually disabled teenager.

Cold case closed, but no closure for mum

Graeme Timlin

The file on Hamilton man Graeme Timlin missing since 1965 has now been officially closed.

Complaint turns up heat on Collins

acc

ACC whistleblower alleges Cabinet minister Judith Collins leaked confidential but false details to WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater.

How Cullen helped Cunliffe stare down Key

Michael Cullen

He famously dismissed the PM as a "rick prick" and had a reputation as the sharpest politician of his generation.

Numbers men offer voters clear options

Generic money

National and Labour have outlined their economic plans in detail ahead of the election. Vernon Small sums up their policies.

Dodging landmines takes toll on Key

Tracy Watkins

OPINION: Jaded is not a word that sits easily on John Key. He mostly manages to look like he's enjoying it.

Rapist 'a revolting human'

Lewis E Scott

A Wellington poet who locked a woman in his shop and raped her has been jailed.

Up close with demands on emergency workers

storm damage

Wellington is about to get a crash course in dealing with our increasingly severe weather, with hundreds of emergency workers coming to town.

Craig takes aim at Peters

Colin Craig

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig uses immigration debate to take aim at Winston Peters.

Mayor praises departing manager

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has paid tribute to a senior manager who resigned as the police began investigating a city fraud.

Police seek witnesses to indecent exposure

Police

Police are seeking witnesses after a "well-known" offender committed indecent acts in sight of girl.

Convicted doctor loses registration

Doctor

A doctor convicted of indecent assault against the two young children of a close friend has lost his medical registration.

Timaru man recorded rapes

video camera

A ''high-risk'' Timaru paedophile has been sentenced to 18 years' jail.

Williams takes NZ First to court over list

Andrew Williams NZ First

NZ First MP Andrew Williams starts legal proceedings over being dumped from the party list.

Lyttelton deaths 'completely unacceptable'

Brad Fletcher

Union leader questions ability of Lyttelton Port's $1m-a-year chief executive after port's third death.

Revised sentence angers family

Court

Jail term of five years and nine months for man guilty of manslaughter leads to court outburst.

Waikato River bed appeal rejected

Waikato River 300

An appeal by Maori landowners over ownership of parts of the Waikato River bed has been knocked back.

100 years since NZ occupation of German Samoa

auckland domain musem

The centenary of NZ's occupation of German Samoa will be commemorated at Auckland's war museum.

Thieves use pickaxe in gun burglary

Police

Thieves used a mining pickaxe to cleave open a private gun safe and access five firearms.

Peters, Key squabble over Collins 'coup attempt'

peters key collins

John Key says he doesn't believe him - but Winston Peters says the PM must know about the coup attempt. | Political bloodstock | Latest poll
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