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Remy Wiffen funeral: Parents 'dreamed of their son as a towering man'

Toddler's service marked with party parents never got to throw for him.

Macular degeneration eye disease not slowing a Timaru woman down

 Doreen Grubb is determined not to give up sewing and craft, even if she is losing her sight.

Auckland tramper found in Coromandel bush

A personal locator beacon helped teams find a missing tramper in Coromandel bush.

Creative flare on show during Waikato Culinary Fare

Secondary school students got their creative juices flowing at the annual Waikato Culinary Fare.

Johnsonville stabbing charges heard at woman's hospital bedside

Woman, 25, to be held in hospital until next court appearance.

Woman found dead in Waldronville, Dunedin

A man has been arrested after a woman was found dead in a Dunedin house, police say.

Man dead after Auckland crash

A man is dead after his car crashed on a busy Auckland road during rush hour.

Three hurt by Air New Zealand jet blast in Rarotonga

Three people hospitalised after being blown over by blast from Air New Zealand jet engine in Rarotonga.

Auckland dog starved on diet of noodles

An Auckland man has been found guilty of animal abuse after his dog was found almost starved to death on a diet of noodles.

Friendly ghost haunts Okato pub - makes pictures crooked

Stony River Hotel has a suspected ghost living in the 140-year-old building.

Convicted double-killer Scott Watson denied parole

Scott Watson turned down in first parole hearing after serving 17 years for the murder of Olivia Hope and Ben Smart.

Ashburton deaths a 'tragic, terrible accident', says top cop

Ashburton mother Cindy George and her three young children could have died up to a week ago, police say.

Teacher caught in lewd act in class revealed as being from Auckland Grammar

Auckland teacher who masturbated in classroom to pornography at lunch time was from Auckland Grammar

Wellington drug trial collapses, days into six-week hearing

What was supposed to be a six-week trial has been abandoned in the first week.

Ron Mark new NZ First deputy

Former NZ First deputy leader Tracey Martin puts support behind Ron Mark, who has taken over the role.

Two new housing areas in south Auckland to provide 1800 homes

New developments at Drury and by Glenbrook steel mill will provide hundreds more homes, government says.

Meth worth $28,000 seized in North Canterbury raid

An ounce of methamphetamine with a street value of $28,000 was seized after police raided a Kaiapoi home.

More than one in five Auckland homes is being sold within two years

More than one in five properties in Auckland are sold within two years of purchase, a government analysis has found.

BullionBuyer gold trader sentenced to prison

An Auckland gold trader has been sentenced to nearly four years prison for stealing from clients.

Man injured in Dunedin shooting

A Dunedin man has been shot, and his assailant remains at large.

Armed offenders squad fires tear gas in stolen gun search in Waitara, Taranaki

Police fired at least 17 canisters of tear gas while conducting a search warrant for stolen firearms in Taranaki.

Terrified wife thanks police for pulling over drunk husband

Wife thanks police after they stop her drunk husband from driving at 141kmh.

Sonny Tau charged for smuggling kereru

Iwi leader Sonny Tau has been charged after being caught carrying dead kereru.

Judge drops principal's assault charges

"I'm bringing this to an end," says a judge as he rules an embittered ex-wife was trying to destroy a top principal.

Driving death penalty change appears unlikely

Minister will not say if penalty should be changed, despite judge saying it may be time for review.

Extreme June: a month of warm, cold, wet and dry

Climate records tumbled in June during a month of extreme weather.

Adam Kearns gets home detention for assaulting Justin Marshall

Helen "Black Widow" Milner's son Adam Kearns assaulted former All Black Justin Marshall.

Kawerau axe murder accused appears in court

The brother of a man who died from axe wounds has appeared in court charged with his murder.

Eden-type project could be a boon for Canterbury

OPINION: Christchurch desperately needs a major tourism attraction. People need a reason to visit.

Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee slates Breathe Urban Village

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee slates eco-friendly urban village project.

Kiwi leaders sleep rough for Big Sleepout

Rugby players and business leaders slept outdoors to highlight homelessness.

Lack of supervision means Dunedin Hospital loses trainee surgeons

Dunedin Hospital has lost orthopaedic training for trainee doctors, forcing them to now train somewhere else.

Three men charged with barrier fatality appear in New Plymouth High Court

Three charged with Taranaki barrier death manslaughter appear in court.

City councillors endorse new coastal development rules

The proposed rules will restrict development in areas of Christchurch considered at risk from coastal erosion.

Man dies after Kawerau axe attack

A man has been killed with an axe and another man has been charged with his murder.

Mum, kids crawl to escape Nelson house fire

Woman and two children forced to crawl from a smoke-filled Nelson house to escape a fire in the kitchen.

Search for man overboard called off

Police abandon search for a man who fell from a container ship arriving at Lyttelton Harbour.

Police search for missing teenager Alex Nepe

Police hold grave concerns for girl missing since April.

Spell check problems for Auckland street sign

Residents put up with no street sign for a month. When it arrived, it appeared they had been given a new name altogether.

Keratoconus eye disease tests for Wellington kids a world first

In a world first, Wellington high schoolers will be tested for a little-known, serious eye disease.

Woman beat daughter with a piece of wood

Assault was borne out of love rather than hate, but was inappropriate, judge says.

Baby seal in downtown Auckland

Aucklanders were surprised on their way to work this morning when a baby seal appeared near Britomart.

Auckland hero Harman Singh given police award

A Sikh man who removed his turban to save a child's life has been honoured for his efforts.

Ashburton house destroyed by fire

An Ashburton family have "lost everything" after fire ripped through their home overnight.

Hastings man thought to have stabbed himself after appearing naked on street

A Hastings man seen naked in street may have stabbed himself after alleged attack.

Mental Health provider and Australian bank first to negotiate health contract

First firms to partner with the Government in its controversial social bonds pilot announced.

Charles and Camilla to visit New Zealand

New Zealand is in line for another royal visit: Charles and Camilla will visit in November.

NZ Herald found in breach over ponytail gate article

A scoop on the waitress whose ponytail the PM pulled was obtained under false pretenses.

Auckland Harbour Bridge SkyPath approved

After months of heated debate, a $33m public-private partnership to build SkyPath can go ahead.

Suspected p-lab found in Tauranga raid

A man has been arrested after a suspected methamphetamine lab was discovered by police north of Tauranga.
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