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One dead in Feilding crash

Police

One person is dead and three others injured after a car crashed into a fence in Feilding.

Candidates pledge Labour change

Grant Robertson, Nanaia Mahuta, Andrew Little and David Parker Getty

The first of 15 "hustings meetings" for Labour's leadership hopefuls kicked off in Wellington tonight with all four candidates saying the party had to change to win government in 2017.

Massey warns over meningococcal

Doctor

Massey University sends out all-campus alert after meningococcal disease confirmed on its Wellington campus.

Auckland ditches giant Santa Claus

Santa Claus outside Whitcoulls, Queen Street, Auckland

Santa Claus on Auckland's Queen St is being retired as costs of $180,000 considered too high.

Beehive Live: And now to work

beehive

The first of the Labour leadership primaries is under way. Join us for live coverage.

Armed suspect on the run after failed holdup

Khandallah cordon

One armed suspect is on the loose and another has been arrested after an attempted holdup in Wgtn.

Police say men were being good samaritans

Police

Men who it was believed tried to lure a young boy into their car were just trying to help, police say.

Kayaker rushed to hospital after capsizing

NZ Coastguard

Kayaker who capsized and spent an hour in the water rescued after he managed to phone for help.

Rescued climbers back on Mt Tasman

mt tasman

Climbers rescued from Mt Tasman in Aoraki/Mt Cook today return to mountain to retrieve their gear.

Turbo boost for Wellington trains

Wellington trains

Wellington's trains are being turbo charged, with an increased top speed of 110kmh.

Police shooting: Gunshots wake neighbours

cops shooting

Neighbours woken by shooting and dogs barking when police call-out escalated. | 'Arm all cops'

Sea Shepherd to confront illegal fishing

Sea Shepherd anti-whaling

A ship operated by radical environmental group Sea Shepherd arrives in Auckland tomorrow.

Wellington a city of big boozers

Beer pouring

Wellingtonians are among the worst drinkers in the country, with hundreds each year ending up in hospital.

Woman blamed $472k theft on quake trauma

Joanne Christine McGregor

Woman jailed for stealing from work blamed her offending on post-quake trauma - but a judge doesn't believe her.

Malaysian diplomat to face sex charge on Saturday

Malaysian diplomat accused of sex assault is expected to appear in court in capital this week.

Top award for bridge crash hero

Deane O'Connor

Cop who dived into river to pull a man to safety after crash honoured with highest award.

Missing man found near gully

Police

A 59-year-old man missing in the Coromandel Ranges since Monday has been found.

Severe thunderstorms for Waikato, Auckland

lightning

Severe thunderstorms are expected for parts of Auckland and the Waikato this afternoon.

Mobile library bus crash with car kills man

St John's Ambulance

One man is dead and another injured after a mobile library bus and a car crashed in Tauranga

Seventh West Auckland violent death since May

tapeST

Police say it is unclear what led to the death of a West Auckland man overnight.

Morgan says sorry after Wanaka burnoff

Sam Morgan

Trade Me founder Sam Morgan apologises after permitted fire chokes skies around Wanaka.

Mum claims BB gun gang mugged son

Paintball

Christchurch mum warns of group shooting people with paintball or BB guns after her son was targeted.

Beating was 'impulsive decision', court told

falcon walsh

Teen who boasted about beating a man beyond recognition says it was an "impulsive decision".

Driver sentenced after three-week coma

Judge, court, gavel, justice

Driver who killed motorist and spent three weeks in coma sentenced to four months' community detention.

Taxi-cam report 'did not breach standards'

Jenny McNee

A TV news report did not breach standards during a broadcast about Queenstown police officer Jenny McNee, the industry watchdog says.

Man tried to block police before drugs found

Police

Man with gang connections tried to stop police making bail check before he was found with methamphetamine.

Disabled man uses walking stick to drive

Auckland motorway.

Police spot disabled driver they'd stopped in Auckland using an unusual driving aid.

Ministry right to not name 'CTV-like' buildings

CTV building

Govt watchdog backs ministry decision to not publicly release list of potentially dangerous buildings.

Ejected Navy officer may face retrial

Kevin Keat

Commodore Kevin Keat, ejected from the Navy over an affair, could face a retrial of disciplinary charges.

Renewed call to arm all police after shooting

Police

Police Association President reiterates call to arm all cops after man fired on officers overnight.

Judith Collins relegated to lowly select committee

Judith Collins

Former ministers Judith Collins and Maurice Williamson have been relegated to lowly select committee roles.

Live chat: Labour leadership candidate David Parker

STANDING IN: David Parker.

Labour leadership hopeful David Parker came in for a live chat this afternoon. See what he had to say.

Man tried to pay for food with $20 photocopies

Glenn Stephen Bielawski

Man admits forgery after being caught trying to use homemade bank notes at supermarket.

Hawke's Bay man had 70,000 indecent images

Gavel

Hawke's Bay man sent to prison after secretly filming teenage girls showering.

Trio nabbed for monster paua haul

paua haul October 2014

A monster haul of paua has landed three men in deep water with the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Invercargill woman finds egg within egg

egg

When Invercargill woman Mary Wyering cracked open an egg, she got more than she bargained for.

Family loses second child in crash

Mereanna Tirri Dobson

Family farewells woman killed in car crash, four years after her brother died in a police chase.

Name suppression lifted in baby death case

Gavel

Auckland man accused of murdering a 5-month-old girl pleads not guilty.

Skateboarder airlifted to hospital

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Coromandel boy, 8, airlifted to hospital after falling off his skateboard and hitting his head.

Anger at appeal by 'remorseful' killer

Justice

"Remorseful people don't appeal... would have remained at the scene and tried to help Michael..."

Wellington drivers caught in more jams

Traffic light

Traffic congestion has hit a record high in Wellington, and there could be more pain to come as the region's motorway projects take shape.

Missing boy found

Police

A 9-year-old boy missing for seven hours in Upper Hutt has been found safe and well, police say.

JP ticked rest home resident's vote form

voting

A rest-home resident says a voting official cast a vote in her name, but against her wishes.

Study changes Maxine's life

Maxine Tupe

Maxine Tupe didn't know how to work a computer two years ago, now she's halfway through a bachelor degree.

Sports official wallet thief

credit

A sports administrator has been granted interim name suppression after admitting stealing a credit card and using it to buy alcohol.

Barmaid assaulted for refusing whisky shots

John Edward Edminstin

Bluff man John Edminstin admits assaulting a barmaid after she refused him whisky shots.

Today in Politics: October 22

Shane Jones

Another Parliament, another scrap between NZ First leader Winston Peters and National's Gerry Brownlee.

Officials 'remiss on falling fish numbers'

Snapper

Recreational fishermen say the number of fish in Hawke's Bay has plummeted.

Girl, 15, charged with liquor robbery

Court

A 15-year-old girl has been charged with the aggravated robbery of a Waikato liquor store.

Risky objects bypass Wellington Airport security

airport security

Passenger took box-cutter onto plane at Wgtn Airport, one of several NZ security lapses in the past two years. | Weird and scary