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Former MPs and spouses spend over $700k on taxpayer-funded travel

Former MPs and their spouses rack up $700k travel bill - who were the biggest spenders?

Marathon effort for a much-loved teacher on Auckland's North Shore

Taking on a full or half marathon will be challenging for a group of primary school teachers and pupils, but nothing compared to what their colleague is going through.

5-year-old seriously injured in Carterton scooter accident

Fears of life-threatening injuries ease as he is flown to hospital after Carterton accident.

A guide to New Zealand's spiders: The good, the bad and the ancient

You know all those stories about Australia's terrifying spiders? Turns out NZ has thousands of the creeps too.

Man charges tools to former Christchurch employers

He bought $15,000 worth of construction tools under the names of three former employers.

New Zealand under a Gary McCormick regime

Being relaxed, fewer roundabouts, and more surfing are in broadcaster's vision as next PM.

People turn to commuting as Queenstown house prices soar

People are turning to commuting to escape Queenstown's housing and traffic issues.

Christchurch Kathmandu store ram-raided

A vehicle has smashed through front doors of a Christchurch Kathmandu.

Free trade agreement top priority as PM John Key finally arrives in India

John Key finally arrives in India, with progressing a free trade deal the top priority.

'Mini-tornado' lifts roofs and smashes windows in central New Plymouth

Early morning twister lifts roofs, wrecks garage doors and smashes windows.

Wet, cool day ahead for Christchurch

It's going to be a damp and cool start to the day for most of the South Island.

'Suspicious' tyre shop blaze likely to have ignited inside building

Work is underway to clear the remains of AH Franks Tyres in Hamilton after a suspicious blaze ripped through the tyre shop.

Missing pregnant woman in Palmerston North found safe

The 31-year-old who is 38 weeks pregnant has been found safe and well.

Napier priest wins fights with church after being stood down for adultery

He was stood down having two affairs 25 years ago. Now, he's back behind the pulpit.

Fatal Wallacetown crash investigation continues, victim named

Police have named the motorcyclist killed in a crash near Wallacetown on Monday.

Hosking's controversial Maori comments cleared by BSA

He was branded a racist by some but Mike Hosking did not break any rules, BSA says.

Report reveals details of Gerry Brownlee airport incident

After rushing to skip the airport security, Gerry Brownlee bought gum and a soft drink before boarding.

Vaping research suggests e-cigarettes could help fight obesity

E-cigarettes could stave off cravings, research says - but should they be encouraged?

Bullet blinds Tribal Huk president Jamie Pink's right eye

Tribal Huk leader Jamie Pink has described the moment he was shot at during a showdown with drug dealers.

Alleged antique store robber declined e-bail

Bail denied for man charged in connection with heist of South Taranaki shop.

Southland child's note to teacher ends assault

She told her teacher her dad was a mean man. That one note has now ended years of abuse on her and her siblings.

WorkSafe to investigate trampoline parks after rise in injuries

Safety inspectors are visiting trampoline parks after a spike in related injuries.

PM John Key arrives in Jakarta en route to India

Doing business in India can be a slow grind - much like John Key's attempts to get there.

Ministry of Education blamed for almost certain closure of childcare centre

Longstanding Porirua childcare centre set to close after ownership wrangle.

Marlborough man charged with indecent assault and sexual violation

Police claim he twice sexually violated and twice indecently assaulted the same young girl in one day.

Angry ex partner harrassed woman with texts and social media, court told

He had Hepatitis B. She only found out when they broke up.

No charges over Daryl Kitto's fatal fall

Charges will not be laid against a community mental health service after one of their patients slipped and fell to his death.

HECS wetsuits: Kiwi scaly suit wins over crocodiles

America's Steve Irwin uses Kiwi invention to dice with death. Will it end in crocodile tears?

Marlborough police statistics show increasing drug use and supply offences

Better known for its ageing population, mayor says new stats aren't "the sort of publicity we need".

Prime Minister John Key's trade trip to India has been anything but smooth sailing

OPINION: Getting to India has proven more difficult than John Key probably thought it would be.

Palmerston North mail sorter stole parcels to sell for drugs

Man who stole $1800 of parcels said he used meth to stay awake during night shifts.

100 Aucklanders take up Government offer to relocate with $5000 grant

Government scheme for homeless and those in state houses could be expanded, Paula Bennett says.

St John Ambulance staff spat on, abused and stretched to breaking point

First it was doctors, now ambulance staff may strike amid claims they are overworked.

Government to examine funding application for Joseph Parker world boxing title fight

Joseph Parker world title bout "probably on the border" for government funding, Steven Joyce says.

Baby boy born on the roadside in Taranaki is happy and healthy

Harley Smith has helped birth a few calves but never thought he'd have to play midwife for his own son.

Son's kidnapping inspires fresh start for meth addict

A man whose son was kidnapped over his drug debts has started afresh, a court has heard.

Former friend's burglary 'disrespected' late mother's memory, says victim

Valuable keepsakes were taken in devastating break-in - by a friend she'd known for years.

Woman praises strangers in Sawcut Gorge emergency

Sarah Mazey is looking for strangers who went "above and beyond" after her tramping accident.

Baby shaker gets rev-up from judge at sentencing

Infant girls were lucky to escape retardation, blindness or death.

Staff cuts proposed in Victoria University's School of Languages and Cultures

Victoria University students are fighting a proposal to reduce staff numbers in the School of Languages and Cultures.

How does John Key fly around the world, and why did his plane break down?

How does Prime Minister John Key get around the world, and how did his plane break down?

Lotto jackpot: What properties could you buy if you win this week's $27 million?

Admit it, you're already thinking about how you're going to win big on Wednesday. So what does $27m buy?

Dustin La Mont murder trial begins at Auckland High Court

Dustin La Mont is accused of murder after becoming enraged by repeated noisy parties next door, but he claims it was self defence.

Trial for three men, two youths charged with murdering Craig Rippon begins

Three adults and two youths allegedly beat a 57-year-old to death.

Hatchback allegedly deserts fatal Pokeno crash scene

A second vehicle might have been driving with the car at the centre of a fatal crash near Pokeno.

Fear NZ methamphetamine problem could worsen amid worldwide glut

Can gangs - or anyone else - really solve New Zealand's meth problem?

Car and truck collide on the Kaimai Ranges

One person had to be cut free, another suffered head injuries.

Four-year-old injured after stealing lollies from Invercargill dairy, police say

Police say the boy stole lollies from an Invercargill dairy before he ran into the side of a moving vehicle.

Queenstown taskforce seeks to fix 'woeful' transport issues

A Transport Taskforce report outlines solutions but how long will it take and at a cost to who?
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