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Color dies in Caitlin's arms

The tiny horse that stole the hearts of the nation has died in the arms of its best friend.

TDHB supports fluoride in the water

Community water fluoridation is safe, effective and affordable, according to the Taranaki District Health Board.

Police hunt for elderly man

Police are searching for an elderly man who went missing from an Auckland rest home.

Louise Nicholas' life-changing experience mentoring police recruits

The anti-rape activist never dreamed she would be patron of a class of new police officers.

PM not fazed by poor turnout at flag meetings

PM John Key is unfazed by a lack of interest in the flag debate after forcing it on to the political agenda with a $26 million road show and referendum.

Sex education guidelines updated by Ministry of Education

Schools have been advised to address issues of consent and coercion in their sexuality lessons.

Hamilton tyre debacle "bad all round" says Mayor

Hamilton mayor Julie Hardaker has backed her staff's handling of the tyre saga.

Blenheim's welcome signs a bunch of ... grapes

Blenheim's bad signage does nothing to entice travellers into the town centre, says the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce.

Police name dead man found in Rotorua stream

Police need help in piecing together deceased man's movements prior to his death.

Asset sales fund over-committed by $424 million, Labour claims

Government faces $424m gap for spending promises from asset sales cash, Labour says.

Motorists warned as Waikato cows make a move

More cows and traffic on the roads this Queens Birthday Monday.

Kiwi Monopoly champ passes Go for worlds

When Hamilton's Daven Yu plays Monopoly he likes to imagine the green house pieces as parts of a dragon.

Man on trial for alleged taxi surfing on Auckland Harbour Bridge

A man who calls himself "danger" has gone on trial for allegedly surfing on a taxi over Auckland's Harbour Bridge. 

Wrong visa lands rebuild worker's firm in hot water

A Christchurch rebuild firm has been fined for hiring a tiler with the wrong immigration visa.

Elderly man rescued after spending days lying injured on his kitchen floor

An elderly man is recovering in hospital after spending possibly as long as a week lying injured on his kitchen floor.

MPs to get pay rise, but by much less than expected

MPs have delivered themselves a pay cut of sorts, trimming back pay increases that sparked a law change.

Canterbury club rugby players in tears after racial taunts

Claiming racial abuse in sport happens "in the heat of the moment" is not good enough, says Race Relations Commissioner.

City council cracks down on alcohol sales in Christchurch

Most bars will close by 1pm and supermarkets banned from selling alcohol after 9pm under proposed bylaws.

Graffiti attack on Auckland train leaves passenger struggling to breathe

A passenger struggled to breathe due to fumes following a graffiti attack on an Auckland train.

Fewer kids at Auckland kindergartens

Auckland kindergartens face decline in enrolments due to lack of awareness in migrant population.

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament $45m four-year revamp

Christchurch's quake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament will be revamped to the tune of $45 million over four years.

Cop killer denied parole on third bid

Man on final stretch of eight year, nine month sentence for manslaughter of police officer, is again denied parole.

Tourist drivers have rental car contracts cancelled near Queenstown

Two tourist drivers blamed fog and their GPS for driving at 60kmh in 100kmh zones, and stopping in the middle of the road.

Cast of NZ's most expensive drama announced

The cast of New Zealand's most expensive television series has been announced.

Oamaru man faces more historic sex charges

Eight more charges alleging historic sex offending have been laid against an Oamaru man who is already facing trial on another 48 similar charges.

Plastic bag phase-out plan rubbished

A push to phase out single-use plastic bags has been shot down by the environment minister who says it's not justified.

Teen who allegedly had sex with social worker said he was in love with the woman

A 15-year-old-boy who allegedly had sex with his 28-year-old social worker said he was in love with the woman and did not want to tell anyone.

Injured Napier boy was 'stuck in school toilet, jumped from window'

A boy critically injured in a school window may have been trying to escape after toilet door became stuck.

Beehive Live: Focus on Saudi deal

The questions and criticism of the Government's involvement in a deal with a Saudi Arabian businessman keep coming.

What you need to know about the Government's deal with the Saudi businessman

The NZ Government has made a multi-million dollar deal with an influential businessman from Saudi Arabia, and set up an agribusiness hub in the desert.  

Blaze at Auckland doctor's surgery

A blaze has ripped through a family doctor's surgery in Auckland's Mt Albert.

Trench death widow hoping for justice

Wife of man who was buried alive believes he'd be happy his death may ensure similiar accidents don't happen.

Wasp found in Whittaker's honey chocolate

"He texted me saying 'is it supposed to have a wasp in it?' I replied 'ew'."

No conflict between science and religion, says inventor

The natural world is "incredibly intricate and amazing", says scientist and inventor Murray Bloom. 

Police investigate after boy, 5, suffers serious head injuries

Shocked neighbours watch as a critically hurt autistic child is put into ambulance with an oxygen mask on his face.

Almost 5000 indicate attendance at Dunedin student party

Dunedin police hope to stop a planned street party named after a student drinking critic.

Jail time stands for 'worst' trout poacher

A home detention bid for a trout poacher has been denied.

Gulf War veteran calm under fire despite home explosion

An airforce veteran who dodged scud missiles in the Gulf War has survived an explosion back home in Auckland.

Cyclist hit by car in serious crash in Newlands

A cyclist has been taken to hospital after being hit by car in Newlands.

Auckland braves its coldest night this year

Aucklanders have made it through the region’s coldest night so far this year.

Labour joins call to bring troops home from Iraq

Calls are growing for New Zealand's troops to be pulled out of Iraq.

Injuries on school grounds cost millions each year

Manawatu school scrapes cost over $400,000 in five years, but educators say kids don't need cotton wool.

School turn around amazing, claims ERO

Te Kura o Waitahanui school has been transformed and the changes have not gone unnoticed.

Cold night promises a fine and calm day

Auckland had its coldest night of the year as a high moved in, bringing the promise of a fine day for most of the country.

Christchurch flag meeting attracts 14 people

A public meeting on whether to change the New Zealand flag, held in Christchurch, attracted just 14 people.

Wellington engineer Scott Miller and Urban Search and Rescue's role in wake of earthquakes

USAR was 'a joke' until the Christchurch quake, when they worked 37 hours straight. Now they save lives the world over.

New Zealand records biggest increase in road deaths

New Zealand recorded the biggest increase in road deaths in 2014, according to international study.

Topec outdoor centre investigation over boy lost in bush

Outdoor centre stays tight-lipped on the search and rescue operation for a 14-year-old who went missing on one of their exercises.

Catholic cathedral to be partially retained

Part of Christchurch's historic Catholic cathedral is expected to be retained under major plans due to be announced today.

Playcentres under threat of closure because of dropping roll numbers

The 74-year-old institution is restructuring after a drop in funding and enrolments.
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