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Dotcom's residency fight back in court

Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom is back in court trying to have documents related to his residency application released.

Climber killed after 'letting his guard drop'

Duncan Robert Rait

Complacency could be to blame for death of experienced climber who slipped on ice and fell down gully on Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Dotcom deal denied by John Key and Hollywood studio

dotcom key

PM and Warner Bros reject email purporting to show plot to bring Kim Dotcom to NZ at the behest of Hollywood bosses.

Driver killed in power-pole crash


A man has died after his car struck a concrete power pole on Auckland's North Shore.

Greens coalition ideas farcical: Peters

Winston Peters has launched an attack on the Green Party, accusing it of "extremist" views and dismissing its idea of co-deputy Prime Ministers as "farcical".

Kim Dotcom's Moment of Truth: Key characters

Kim Dotcom

We look at the main players at the centre of Kim Dotcom's big reveal.

Spy scandal - what we know and what we don't

GCSB's Waihopai Spy Base

NZ's spying scandal pre-dates the explosive disclosures by US whistleblower Edward Snowden. | Seven alternative truths | Claims stripped bare

Kiwi terrorists 'likely' - expert

There could be as many as two dozen New Zealanders involved with ISIS, an international law expert says.

Fire services warn about crowded houses

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Woman sent letter about overcrowding at her property days before teen died in house fire. | Community rallies for fire victims

Driver lucky to escape flipped ute


A driver moving his belongings to Tokoroa found himself upside down in a South Waikato paddock.

Winner of $7.2 million Lotto ticket remains mystery


Staff at Feilding store where winning $7.2m ticket was sold say they hope it went to a local.

Tramper's body lay undetected for months

Rex Leslie Taylor

Tramper lay dead for almost eight weeks before private helicopter spotted his body.

Fulton Hogan botches sacking for dope

Fulton Hogan unjustifiably sacked worker who claimed he inadvertently ate two hash cupcakes.

Cop attacker in court

simon tate

Youth worker jumped on officer's head and swore at him while he continued his attack, court told.

Protests demand an end to domestic violence

 Domestic violence protest

Hundreds of men, women and children have taken to the streets to demand an end to domestic violence.

Blessings counted after birthday deck plunge


Mele Maile's aunty will never celebrate her birthday again after her family dropped metres from a deck.

Crash victim dies in hospital

Dashwood Pass crash

Disabled man left seriously injured after his ute rolled down a bank near Seddon has died.

Build 10,000 state homes a year: Mana

Hone Harawira

Families living in cars, garages, and cockroach-infested caravans shows NZ's in the midst of a housing crisis, Hone Harawira says.

Man stabbed to death in 'drugs robbery'

Jason William Baker and Shaun Robert Murray Innes

Duo allegedly lured brothers outside before knifing one to death in robbery gone wrong, court told.

Cigarettes target of Paeroa raid


Packets of cigarettes were taken in the early morning smash and grab at Paeroa Gas.

Nelson school bus caught speeding

Speeding ticket

School bus caught speeding on the first day of an operation targeting speed around schools.

Kim Dotcom: Seven 'Moment of Truth' alternatives

David Cunliffe is actually a cat

Dotcom reveals all tonight. Who's involved? What secrets will spill? Is David Cunliffe actually a cat?

Child poverty is solvable: Greens

Metiria Turei

More kids will suffer under a re-elected National government because it's "in denial".

Aucklanders targeted by burglars

Burglar strap

Central Auckland residents endure the highest rate of burglaries in the country, figures suggest.

No memory of attack for officer

simon tate

An Auckland police officer who was severely beaten while on patrol last year has returned to work.

It's a 'sound and light show' - Key

John Key

Prime Minister accuses Kim Dotcom of trying to save his "reasonably large" butt with big reveal of intelligence secrets.

Quad bike crash victim named

Quad bike

A man killed in a quad bike crash on a farm near Timaru was Simon Robert Halsey, 38. 

Glenorchy Lodge worker fired over hot chips

Joe's Garage chips

Lodge owner ordered to pay worker more than $8000 in lost wages and compensation.

Point Resolution Bridge wins award


A footbridge on the Auckland waterfront has won an international design award.

Beehive Live: Dotcom's big reveal

The furore about what the government did or didn't spy on isn't going away today, despite Prime Minister John Key's dismissal of the claims by US journalist Glenn Greenwald this morning.

Cyclists, drivers urged to share the road

	 Jonathan McAdam

Cyclists and drivers are being urged to show respect and share the road after three collisions in a week.

Nonu earns his opposite's respect with gesture

Ma'a Nonu

Fans wish the best for injured All Black after he shows classy sportsmanship in moment of great pain.

Huntly marks lives lost in 1914 tragedy

Community pays tribute to lost miners


Crowds gathered in Huntly on Saturday to honour the 43 men who died there 100 years ago.

Supreme Court decision a win for quake claimants


OPINION: The Supreme Court's first decision arising from the Canterbury quakes will have wide-ranging impact.

Residents dig deep to oppose mining plan

Mark Beach

Mining green light sparks public protest in the Karangahake Gorge.

No Kiwi military for Iraq

Nz soldiers Iraq

New Zealand has not been asked to participate in a military intervention in Iraq, PM says.

Aranui public-private school backed


The Aranui community campus, Christchurch's first public-private partnership school, is set to open in 2017.

Neighbour collects items for burned-out family

medina strap

Blankets, clothing, food and kitchenware were donated by more than 30 people across Christchurch.

The 'dodgy' exercise of casting an early vote

Kim Dotcom

OPINION: Voting early, surrounded by ads, is a dodgy exercise, writes Jane Bowron.

Women donate their brains to science

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Two Christchurch women with a fatal neurological disorder hope to help science.

Residents question positioning of speed camera

speed cam

There are claims a new speed camera has been hidden behind a tree to increase revenue.

A trip down John Key's struggle street

John Key's humble beginnings


Hollyford Ave remains part of a network of poorer streets in one of Christchurch's more affluent areas.

The Wizard celebrates 40 years

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Christchurch has been losing its sense of fun for years, says the man who came to give the city a shake-up decades ago.

High school student found comatose drunk

Alcohol 200x150

High school student facing "serious consequences" after drinking rum with mates at lunch.

From chance meeting to a new leg

Jono Brownjohn

Jono Brownjohn is hoping his new leg will take him all the way to the Paralympics in Rio.

Cunliffe denies asset fund aimed at NZ First

winston peters

David Cunliffe is playing down Labour's new asset fund as a play for Wintson Peters.

McVicar helping Nash, not Nats

stuart nash

National snatched Napier from 50 years of Labour in 2005. Stuart Nash wants the seat back.

Hardly time for Key v Cunliffe

David Cunliffe and John Key

The story of campaign 2014? John Key as the man alone, while David Cunliffe talks to empty street corners.

PM defends on front foot

Kim Dotcom and Glenn Greenwald

OPINION: John Key cannot afford to be blindsided over GCSB revelations, so he's leading the attack.

Protester confronts 'racist' Cunliffe

David Cunliffe

David Cunliffe has been confronted by an angry protester in Manukau this afternoon.
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