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Biosecurity threats keep officials awake at nights

The 1080 blackmail threat has highlighted the vulnerability of New Zealand's economy, with exporters saying they have lost millions in exports.

Southland police continue investigation into infant death in Wallacetown

Police are still present at a house where an infant died suddenly in Southland on Tuesday.

Kiwi man dies saving children in Samoa

A New Zealand man hit by a drunk driver was saving a group of children, friends say.

DDT dumped in Opuha River

White granules identified as DDT have been dumped into the Opuha River near Skipton Bridge in South Canterbury.

Same-sex penguin couple raising abandoned chick

Same-sex penguins, Flip and Miley, have teamed up at New Zealand's National Aquarium to help raise an abandoned chick.

Alex Fisher's brother Eric Baden McIsaac appears in court

Eric McIsaac, 25, has appeared in court in relation to his 10-year-old brother Alex Fisher's disappearance.

Highway 61 gang member Dean Noble denied parole

Highway 61 gang member who repeatedly raped a cellmate who later killed himself denied parole.

Bill English chalks up Budget surplus - but backs off promising more to come

OPINION: All credit - well some credit - to Finance Minister Bill English.

Little information available on $80,000 review

Government estimated to have paid up to $80,000 for review into Canterbury health board's finances.

DOC quiet on whether The Hobbit makers paid just $1540 to use conservation land

DOC tight-lipped over whether the makers of The Hobbit paid just a few thousand dollars to access southern conservation land.

Sink hole found near popular Cromwell walking track

A sink hole up to 10 metres deep discovered near a popular Cromwell walking track.

Police look for man in Auckland who removed monitoring bracelet

An offender who removed his monitoring bracelet and moved house is being sought by Auckland police.

Prisoner gets more jail time for falsely claiming he killed a man

Rangi Wickliffe was prepared to take the rap for a cold blooded murderer

Police arrest man in Hutt Valley after he allegedly cut his electronic bracelet

Teenager arrested in Levin, after allegedly removing his electronic bracelet.

Dive squad searches for missing student

The police dive squad has joined the search for missing student Mandeep Singh.

West Auckland double murderer appeals sentence

An Auckland taxi driver who stabbed his wife and daughter to death with a kitchen knife has appealed his sentence

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More tropical cyclones likely as el nino continues to strengthen

A strong el nino weather system means a raised risk of cyclones for New Zealand.

Waitara's beachside residents at risk of losing homes to erosion

The New Plymouth District Council is only at the beginning of the fight against an eroding Waitara coastline. 

Disgraced former Lower Hutt lawyer sentenced for $347,000 tax fraud

Disgraced former Hutt lawyer Patrick Renshaw gets home detention for $347K in tax fraud.

Missing 2-year-old boy found

Police find two-year-old boy nearby after short search.

Teens' murder trial delayed

The trial of two teenagers accused of murdering a man at an Auckland hotel has been put off. 

Closure looms for struggling Turakina Maori Girls' College

Despite efforts, Turakina Maori Girls' College remains on the chopping block.

Bar management claims bouncer headlock 'necessary'

Bar management defends security staff who rendered two men unconscious outside a Christchurch bar.

Spooky Southland ghost hunters hosting Halloween party

Spooky Southland is hosting a Halloween party.

Hunters need to recognise their mind can trick them, lawyer says

How did a father mistake his son for a deer? The mind plays tricks, his lawyer says.

Cancer Society attacks 'ludicrous' benefit requirements for cancer patients

Forcing Kiwis with cancer to prove they cannot work is ludicrous, Cancer Society says.

Hot pool body believed to be Rotorua local

Police to take body to Auckland in effort to identify man, who is believed to be a local.

Voluntary euthanasia bill launched by David Seymour

ACT launches bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia.

Reserve Bank hints interest rate cut may fuel NZ housing costs, not investment

RBNZ governor hints that he will cut the official cash rate by the end of the year.

Prince Charles and Camilla to visit Wellington, Auckland, Nelson, Waikato, and Dunedin

Charles and Camilla will be packing as much as possible into their November New Zealand trip.

Wet start for some northern areas but mostly fine day on the way

Some early rain in the north should give way to dry weather across most areas.

Vandals smash Cambridge man's tribute to life

 Love's tribute to not giving in has been shattered by vandals.

Man exposes himself to girls on Waihi Beach

Police appealing for anyone who has seen the flasher to come forward.

Hunting tragedies all too common in New Zealand

Already this year, five people have been shot in hunting incidents - two dead and three injured.

Aerial view reveals under construction Western Belfast bypass project

Aerial video shows progress on the Western Belfast Bypass road being built north of Christchurch.

Ashburton police Taser man after he threatens them with steel pliers

An Ashburton man has been tasered after threatening police with steel pliers.

Fire rips through Taranaki school

Police investigation into Hawera Intermediate School fire will begin as soon as area is made safe.

Truck fire causes diesel spill near Kaimai Ranges

SH29 over the Kaimai Ranges is now open.

Family and friends farewell Levin boy Alex Fisher

Friends and family remember 10-year-old at a touching service in Levin.

David Seymour's voluntary euthanasia bill to be lodged in Parliament

A voluntary euthanasia bill will be lodged in Parliament on Wednesday.

Infant dies suddenly in Southland

Forensics police are examining a Southland house after the sudden death of a 17-month-old infant on Tuesday.

Biker dies after crash at South Waikato farm

The 20-year-old was in a farm bike crash in the Waikato.

Auckland woman launches site listing pet-friendly businesses

Dog lovers no longer need to stuff their pooches into handbags thanks to a new site that lists pet friendly businesses.

Stephen Long sentenced for accidentally shooting dead his son

A Southland man who accidentally shot dead his son during a hunting trip has been discharged without conviction.

Infant milk formula 1080 scare: MPs welcome arrest news

The arrest of a man by police investigating a threat to poison baby milk has been welcomed by politicians.

The 1080 milk crisis, from beginning to end

Police have arrested a man almost a year after threats to poison baby milk formula prompted an investigation.

Infant milk formula 1080 scare: Man in court

Financial gain, rather than environmentalism, appears to have been motivation behind alleged blackmail attempt.

Eight arrested in South Canterbury drug raids

Police have swooped on houses in South Canterbury in an operation targeting the sale of synthetic cannabis.
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