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Man dies after fuel tank explodes in Waikato

Man dies from burns following a fuel tank explosion in Waikato.

Inattention and road design linked to horror crash near Oamaru

Police blame inattention for Otago crash that killed motorcyclist Craig Alan Chambers, 39.

Teenager dies in motorbike crash on mother's wedding day

Mother learns son George Kitto, 18, killed in a motorbike crash an hour after he left wedding.

Victim welcomes military attache's guilty plea to indecent assault charge

Wellington woman happy there won't be a trial as former attache admits indecent assault.

Firefighters work to extinguish a Marlborough forest fire in the Waikakaho Valley

About 40 firefighters are working to bring the fire under full control at the Waikakaho Valley.

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae undergoes heart surgery

Sir Jerry Mateparae is recovering in hospital after heart surgery.

Lyree Sayers on trial for killing Pam McGarva in a failed suicide attempt

Crown says woman was trying to kill herself. Instead, another person died.

Kiwi pair tackling world's highest summits

Two Kiwis are about to take on the world's highest summits to raise awareness for male mental illness.

Attitude Awards honour Kiwis living extraordinarily despite disability

Kiwis living extraordinary lives despite their disabilities to be honoured.

Dwelling consents at 11-year high, but not high enough in Auckland, economists warn

They're at their highest since 2004, but economists warn more are needed to address Auckland shortages.

Bobby calf abuse footage investigated by NZ ministry

Footage of abuse of newborn male calves is being investigated by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Labour leader Andrew Little dumps Nanaia Mahuta, David Cunliffe in reshuffle

Rising star Jacinda Ardern moves up the ranks in Labour reshuffle.

Andrew Little's canny reshuffle rewards effort, softens blow for losers

OPINION: Labour's cabinet reshuffle points to the faces of party's future.

Pregnant woman rammed by car in Hamilton

A pregnant woman suffered a broken leg after a car crashed into a crowd.

Man who turned child's brain turned into 'watery mush' denied parole

A man who lashed out at a toddler, causing half his brain to die, continues to deny involvement.

Takeaways murder trial: 'She's framing me'

A man accused of killing his lover's husband says he's being framed by the woman he was having an affair with.

Children help with Massey University tui research

School children are investigating if there's a difference between country and city tui songs.

Rain predicted for Auckland's Jonah Lomu remembrance service

Thousands predicted to descend on Eden Park though rain coats may be in order.

ACC pay out after Judge rules schizophrenia caused by head injury

Man can claim ACC for schizophrenia, decades after suffering a head trauma that caused it.

$63m college site-sharing plan 'a wonderful opportunity' for Marlborough

Investing $63 million in a co-located site for Marlborough Boys' and Girls' Colleges has met with a positive response.

Sex offender Ronald van der Plaat to be released next year

Man who kept daughter as sex slave will be released next year.

Are 'clown' cats the answer to keeping Wellington's birdlife safe?

Colourful cat collars are being trialled in Wellington to help protect native birds.

Auckland trains running again after breakdown

Trains are running again after breakdown threatened to disrupt Jonah Lomu's memorial service.

Palmerston North solo mum-of-six graduates with doctorate

A solo-mum's journey: "It's about role-modelling for your children."

Fluoride fears discussed at Nelson meeting

Nelson residents gathered at a community meeting to discuss proposed plans for water fluoridation.

Fear of amputation forces Tokoroa pensioner to question Waikato DHB

A Tokoroa pensioner is living in fear of having his foot amputated because of podiatry funding shortages.

Missing Mt Cook climber Stephen Dowall: Family start grieving process as search called off

The parents of missing Mt Cook climber Stephen Dowall are coming to terms with the reality that their son will not be coming home.

Controversial scientist Richard Dawkins to return to capital

Evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins will speak at Wellington's NZ Festival.

One motorcylist dead after crash near Oamaru

A motorcyclist is dead after a crash involving three other cars near Oamaru.

Showers for upper North Island, everyone else should be dry

Northern areas could have some showers, but the rest of the country fine.

Staff shocked at gun point robbery in Ngaruawahia

A gun-wielding thief demanded cash from a store worker manning a Waikato Pricecutter.

Jewel in Waipa School's crown never expected to be there

Joss Annandale disliked school as a child, but ended up working for one thirty years ago and never left.

Women injured after falling from spooked horses

Pair hospitalised after horses spook and buck them off.

Christmas tree lights up Hamilton's Garden Place

The country's largest Christmas tree has been lit up in Hamilton's centre.

Finding baby Nemo's parents: The investigation continues in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Journalists from 3D Investigates go to Thailand in search of baby Nemo's biological parents.

Kiwi couple raising someone else's baby after embryo swap at hospital

Senior Thai official promises to investigate Kiwi couple's embryo swap at hospital.

Youth sets fire to three ATMs in Whanganui

Young man arrested after admitting setting fire to ATMs in Whanganui shopping centre.

Christchurch claimant says ACC system a 'money game'

An injured Christchurch man says cuts to his ACC payments may force him to sell his home.

'Well dressed burglar' with receding hairline captured

The dapper man appeared as a customer before turning up later to allegedly steal from shops.

Witnesses sought to fatal Waianakarua crash

One person was killed in a crash involving multiple vehicles on State Highway One in Otago on Sunday.

Brave two-year-old Vita Ede's beanies raise thousands for charity

The girl whose name means 'life' has helped raised thousands.

Duncan Garner, we're MAD for Peace, not PC Gone Mad

Duncan Garner is wrong in calling my work PC Gone Mad and irrelevant, says Race Relations Commissioner.

Canterbury man's throat cut by bullhorn

Man's throat cut by bullhorn lucky it missed vital blood vessels, paramedics say.

Three flown to hospital after van trapped under tree near Arthur's Pass

Three women flown to hospital after a tree fell on their van near Arthur's Pass.

Andrew Little to unveil Labour's shadow Cabinet

Labour leader Andrew Little is signalling some big movers in his front bench reshuffle to be revealed Monday.

Seagull sparks new blaze in Marlborough

Wayward seagull hit a powerline, causing sparks and setting fire to native bush.

Two earthquakes shake Southland

Southland rocked by 4.3 and 3.9 magnitude earthquakes on Sunday evening.

Trans-Tasman roll call - the best and worst of the 2015 political year

You'll never guess who knocked John Key off his perch in trans-Tasman's best and worst list.

Prime Minister John Key defends 'green' credentials ahead of major summit

John Key says the payoffs from NZ being a world leader on climate change aren't big enough - but we are doing our bit.

Suspicious house fire in Turangi

The house was destroyed but no-one was inside.
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