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Arrest and gun seizures follow 86-year-old's shotgun terror

An Avondale pensioner was terrorised by early morning shotgun blasts, Auckland police have now made an arrest.

John Key packs up and an era ends

No regrets. John Key packs up his desk before his last day as prime minister.

Pike River families take control of mine access road, vow to deny Solid Energy entry

The Pike River families now control access road to the mine and vow to block Solid Energy's attempts to seal the "crime scene".

Laconic English steps out of the engine room and onto the political bridge

Can incoming prime minister Bill English cut the mustard?

Upper Hutt murder victim: who was Lois Tolley?

Lois Tolley has lost 100kgs and found good job. Then she was killed in her home.

It's out with the old and in with the new as English takes the reins from Key

It is the end of an era, with John Key leaving the ninth floor of the Beehive after eight years - handing his office keys to Bill English.

Prisoner critically injured after stabbing at Auckland Prison, Paremoremo

Police are attending an incident at Auckland Prison, where a prisoner has been critically hurt in a stabbing.

Trio plead guilty to charges after intimidation attempt goes overboard

Man flees across farmland after group assaults him, try to stuff him in car boot and steal his car.

Can drinking more water help reduce perception of chronic pain?

Helping deal with chronic pain could be as simple as drinking more water.

Water credited with beating back Sir Colin Meads' cancer developed by Taranaki farmer from footrot remedy

Vernon Coxhead couldn't bear to see Sir Colin Meads suffer. So he offered the rugby great some "magic".

No arrests yet after a woman was found dead at her Upper Hutt home

Police are looking for a firearm and knife in relation to the death of an Upper Hutt woman.

Hospital staff must not be 'short-changed' in Crown land swap, union warns

Nearly 300 Christchurch Hospital car parks may be transferred to the new metro sports facility.

Family tried to save teen who died swimming near Cromwell

Ron Horne and Amber McMillan pulled the body of a teenager out of Lake Dunstan after saving two others.

Car plunges 40m down Coromandel Peninsula sea cliff

Their car went off a cliff in Coromandel after going through a barrier on the seaward side of the road.

'Surprising' New Zealand/Sweden study shows premature girls stay shorter

Premature girls are more likely to grow into shorter adults a, a bi-national study shows.

Visiting service set up for the elderly to curb loneliness

Social isolation "absolutely fixable" – Sam Johnson

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Missing Christchurch man John Old may have hitchhiked to North Canterbury

John Old hasn't spoken to his family since he flew into Christchurch Airport on the morning of December 3.

Overnight search on foot finds lost trampers on Mt Ruapehu

Two lost trampers were cold and hungry.

School children seek Batman to lead them

Batman wanted: Replacement sought for principal of north Auckland primary school.

Rescue helicopter responds two times in one night to calls from hut in Nelson Lakes National Park

Rescuers were called to a hut in Nelson Lakes twice in one night.

Thank you John Key: outpouring of grief leads to huge card for outgoing PM

A "sorry you're leaving" card from Kiwis who want to say good-bye will be given to the outgoing prime minister.

Lotto raises almost $3 million for Kaikoura earthquake relief funds

Lotto will donate all of this weekend's profits to help communities hit by November's earthquakes.

Raglan recycling trio helps with plan for Kaikoura earthquake clean-up

Parts of old Kaikoura buildings may be used in the rebuild.

Police search for driver after hit-and-run

Police search for driver who fled after hitting a woman near a golf course.

One person dead after tractor rolls in north Auckland

One dead after north Auckland farming incident.

$10 million Powerball draw not claimed yet

An Aucklander has won a massive Lotto Powerball prize - but do they know that yet?

Sky takes down a 'huge' number of people illegally streaming Parker fight

Sky TV says it took down a "huge" number of people illegally streaming Saturday night's Parker v Ruiz fight. 

Sunday has it all - rain, sun, hot and cold temperatures

It will rain, it will shine. This week's going to be a testy one, weatherwise.

13 arrests made at Auckland's Christmas in the Park, despite low turnout

Police said it was a busy night for them in Auckland, dominated by the annual Christmas event.

'What the hell is that?' Mysterious object washes up on Auckland's Muriwai Beach

Intrigue surrounds a giant barnacle-covered object that washed up on an Auckland beach. 

Hamilton cops seek help in attempted toddler abduction case

Were you on or around Hamilton's Peachgrove Road on Friday evening?

Christchurch man missing for over a week

Police in Canterbury are still appealing for information on missing 58-year-old John Old.

More than half of chicken could have campylobacter - Consumer NZ

Over half of supermarket chickens tested by Consumer NZ carried the bacteria, but poultry association says gastro illness had been approaching a record low.

Attempted abduction of toddler in Hamilton being investigated by police

A man tried to snatch a toddler in front of her dad in Hamilton, police say.

Jonathan Milne: Others aspire to change the world; John Key sought to manage the small change

OPINION: Legacy? That's not what it's about. Others may aspire to change the world; John Key sought to manage the small change.

Cultural cause of low Maori organ donation perception

What if organ donation enhanced tapu, asks Dr Lance O'Sullivan

Record numbers of Maori doctors graduate from med school

''We are at the point, very soon, where it will be normal for anybody to engage in the New Zealand health system and see a Maori doctor.''

Resthomes could solve the Auckland housing crisis

Older generations make way for younger families in the city that needs housing.

In their own words: Both parents and kids do the darndest things on their unique school runs

Foot it: Heartwarming stories of mums and dads spending time with their kids on the way to school – in their own words.

GCSB Intercepts: the spoof spy agency listens in on the National leadership challenge

The spoof spy agency was listening in to the tumultuous political events of the past week.

New Zealand King Salmon shifts to more sustainable business

The world's largest king salmon manufacturer has launched its first pet food range.

Stacey Kirk: Ratings, respect and rejuvenation - English driving a stable cart, but some gravel roads ahead

Bill English firmly holds the power. But is it as absolute as Key's? Not a chance.

Former naval officer who was raped wants compensation and culture change

She was raped, harassed and bullied. And now she is fighting for her day in court.

The price of paradise: DOC's $300,000 annual Great Walk toilet clean-up

The tens of thousands of visitors to New Zealand's Great Walks each year invariably leave one thing behind.

Ten years of fear and crashes as schools battle 'agonisingly slow' NZ Transport Agency

Every morning, teachers and parents hold their breath as the bus loaded with young children pulls into Umawera School.

Passing muster: The struggle to fix our sick, bloated, 'stinking' prisons

Judith Collins sees them as a triumph. Bill English calls them 'a fiscal and moral failure'. We go inside New Zealand's bloated prisons to talk to those who know best.

Cash flows: How millions of dollars of Treaty money is pouring into Waikato River clean-up projects

Millions of dollars of Treaty money has been given to companies and organisations for Waikato River clean-up projects, but who benefits?

1080 rained down on us and river, says fishing guide

A fishing guide says he and wealthy American clients were hit by 1080 pellets on a West Coast river.

Meet our most frequent commenters, the gladiators of democracy who drive the debate

Meet the gladiators of democracy, the letter-writers and comments-posters keen to wade into the trenches of debate, over and over again.
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