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Edendale's Crank Up weekend to commemorate NZ's first steam plough

Cranking it up for weekend

Man makes trip to from Bluff to Edendale in a 1924 steam engine ahead of annual Crank Up weekend.

'It makes you despair': No getting used to investigating graphic child images

Those probing online child-abuse material say there's no getting used to the horrific images.

Key set to air plan on state houses

John Key is poised to outline the possible sale of thousands of state houses to community groups.

ABs fan wears heart on his sleeve

For more than 60 years, Roy Skedgwell has been collecting rugby memorabilia.

Frozen fans ready to break ice at school

Twins will be among more than 10,600 new entrants across NZ starting school for the first time very soon.

Coast to Coast boss unfazed by low river

Low river levels should not affect Coast to Coast kayakers, organisers say.

Dog dies in owner's arms after vicious attack

To the end, Gretel Fairbrother was her dog's best friend, staying with him as he was put down for a vicious attack on a woman.

Party to say goodbye to Christchurch giraffe sculptures

The Christchurch sculpture trail has been dismantled - but there's one last chance to see them.

Fourth search in a year for a tourist who wasn't really lost

Trampers failing to make intentions clear in the outdoors are wasting searchers' time.

Dunedin Railways faces fine after steam train blamed for fire

A steam train that sparked a major blaze carried four more carriages than usual.

High-speed police chase in Hamilton

At least three police cars were involved in a high-speed chase of a vehicle in Hamilton this evening.

Labour leader Andrew Little's state of the nation speech: 10 things to know

Here's a rough guide Labour leader Andrew Little's first 'state of the nation' speech this morning.

Youths rob wheelchair-bound woman

A wheelchair-bound woman was subjected to a "traumatic" robbery by two youths outside a Christchurch mall, police say.

Criminal sentenced to community work for breaching prison release rules

A criminal who breached his prison release conditions by flying to Australia has been sentenced to community work.

Restorative justice issues bring court to a halt

Christchurch’s main police court came to a halt this morning after a judge was told the restorative justice service was overloaded

David Bain compo update due next month

David Bain can expect an update on his compensation bid within a month - but there is no end in sight for a final decision on his five-year quest.

John Key distances himself from MP Mike Sabin

PM has 'no comment to make' on future of MP Mike Sabin, who is under investigation for assault.

Harbour Bridge cycleway wins overwhelming support

Anger over a proposed $33 million harbour bridge cycleway appears to have fizzled.

New Takanini school to ease pressure

Principals are crossing their fingers a new school in Takanini will open before already swelling student numbers become too much to handle.

Court told no evidence PM John Key unlawfully won seat

PM's lawyer dismisses criminal litigator Arthur Taylor's claim that John Key unlawfully won Helensville electorate.

Mental health patient set herself on fire

Investigation launched into how a mental health patient left hospital and set herself on fire nearby.

Man who drowned in Waikato River named as Hepisipa Tupou

Man who drowned in the Waikato River at the weekend was a "good guy who loved his wife and family". 

Len Brown quiet on Auckland mayoral plans

Len Brown is adamant he hasn't made up his mind yet whether to take another tilt at the Auckland mayoralty.

North Shore police seek man carrying safe

Police want to identify a suspicious looking character, spotted carrying a safe away from a burgled office.

Port of Tauranga evacuated after replica grenade found

A replica German grenade found in a container of personal items sparks evacuation.

Massive fire rages near Arthur's Pass

Two cyclists and a tractor driver are sought as police say a South Island forest fire may have started in four places.

No bail for Christopher Ryan Clifton, who helped murderer Phillip John Smith get passport

Bail refused for Whanganui man who helped murderer and paedophile Phillip John Smith get a passport.

Auckland teacher struck off for pulling child's hair

South Auckland teacher's registration cancelled after she physically mishandled a child.

Quad bike victim's 'extremely distraught' family ask she not be named

The name of the six-year-old girl killed on a child-sized quad bike may possibly not be released, police say.

Man's body found in Whanganui River

A man's body was pulled from the Whanganui River by police this morning.

Templeton crash a 'dose of reality' for passenger

Shan Jordin admits he has been no angel on the road, but his driving habits are changed forever.

Motorcyclists in fatal collision weren't wearing helmets - police

Motorcyclists involved in a collision near Hamilton weren't wearing helmets or safety gear, police say.

Anti-cyclist Facebook group 'not a hate page'

Administrators of an anti-cyclist Facebook page deny it is a "hate page" despite vile comments.

Horse hit by car near Christchurch

Riders appeal for caution from drivers

Two students are urging drivers to take more care around horses after theirs was injured by a passing car.

Pakistan cricketer Haris Sohail sees ghost in hotel

Cricketer convinced a ghost shook his hotel bed, so he insisted on switching rooms.

No conviction after air rifle used to scope out business acquisition

Man appears in court for aiming an air rifle at a dairy ... but he had no intention of shooting.

Large asteroid comes unusually close to Earth

The planet is being skimmed by a large asteroid, passing merely 1 million kilometres from Earth.

Meth, cash and weapons in Waikato police bust

Man who spent months evading police arrested after raid uncovered cash, drugs and weapons.

Hawke's Bay motorcycle fatality named

The 30-year-old man who died in a motorcycle crash in Hawke's Bay has been named.

Body in Waikato River confirmed as missing man

Police identify body found in the Waikato River this morning as missing man.

'I fell over the cliff'

Clifftop resident Pauline Rundle didn't know where her husband Stewart, 85, was. Then she saw the emergency services and guessed.

Hospital staff cop abuse over parking

A 'vanishingly small' number have officially complained about hospital parking.

Soaring over Hibiscus coast by drone

Perfect drone flying conditions helped Mark Yelavich showcase this great spot north of Auckland.

Fatal crash: Victim would have drowned - Coroner

Man killed in car crash en route to beach for swim was so drunk he likely would have drowned if he had made it there, coroner finds.

Explosion in Wellington's eastern suburbs

It shook homes and rattled residents - but what caused the explosion in eastern Wellington last night?

Last chance for 'menace' to children

A woman who pinned a 10-year-old against a tree is at high risk of returning to jail, says a judge.

Man accused of sexual assaults may face further charges

Further charges could be on the way for man accused of sexually violating women in their homes.

Still cause for alarm despite decrease in child abuse

Child abuse claims have declined in Manawatu and across NZ, but remains alarmingly high.

Christchurch man admits gang fight stabbing

Gang member cut rival behind the ear after having a can of drink hurled at him.

Nelson man dies after head injury while swimming

Man dies days after being found unconscious in water with a head injury.
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