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Alcohol limits to be lowered

alcohol generic

Legislation to lower adult drink-driving limits from December 1 has passed its final reading in Parliament.

Ryall bows out after 24 years

Tony Ryall

Health Minister Tony Ryalls recalls career highlights as colleagues pay tribute to long-serving MP.

Devoy slams ACT for Maori attacks

Dame Susan Devoy

Race relations commissioner hits out at ACT attacks on Maori as "grotesque and inflammatory".

South Canterbury firefighters battle scrub fire


LATEST: Five tankers have been sent to the scene of a major scrub fire in South Canterbury.

Crewe murders: Police admit cartridge planted

Harvey and Jeannette Crewe

A review of the Jeanette and Harvey Crewe murder investigation offers titbits of information - but nothing to tell their daughter who killed them.

Labour pledges $2 rise in minimum wage to $16.25

Construction worker/ Hard hat

Labour would lift the minimum wage by $2 to $16.25 an hour in 2015, David Cunliffe says.

150kmh winds on way for Canterbury

Gale-force winds

Canterbury set for gusts of up to 150kmh while West Coast could expect small tornadoes.

From offended to offender in 1.5km

Arrest, arrested, handcuffs

Dunedin police nabbed an alcohol-driven scooter thief when he turned up at the city's police station. frustrates party leader

Satirical website refuses to say who is behind parody of Conservative leader Colin Craig.

First Kiwi killed in battle


A fit young labourer from the Nelson countryside had the unhappy distinction of being the first New Zealander to die in World War I, writes Bill O'Byrne.

Fairfield eco-centre gets boost

fairfield, eco centre

The bid for a sustainable education centre at Fairfield College has been aided by a $15,000 research grant.

Government has not asked CAA about random drug testing

Carterton balloon crash

Government has not asked CAA about random drug testing since Carterton balloon crash, inquest told.

Govt set to take over Novopay payroll system

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce

Government to take over school payroll after the company running it refused to pay more to fix it.

Greens' pledge for Maui's dolphins

maui dolphin

The Greens would ban set-net fishing, trawling and gas and oil exploration in reserves home to the Maui's dolphin.

Cocaine courier gets long jail term


A man involved in importing up to $3.5m worth of cocaine has been jailed for four years and seven months.

Could Ebola reach New Zealand?


The worst Ebola disease outbreak on record is unlikely to reach New Zealand from west Africa, authorities here say.

Jurors offered counselling after sex trial


Jurors have been offered counselling after an 'unpleasant and distressing" child sex trial.

Third stock crash sparks warning

St John's Ambulance

Another vehicle crash involving wandering stock prompts warning from police.

Family 'reeling' after expat killed in crash

John-Paul Nelson

Unaware mother in Northern Ireland sent son a Facebook message the day after he died in Canterbury crash.

Paedophile argues being named 'unfair'


Sex abuser argues that revisiting a court order made in 1995 is unfair. | 'He's just a mongrel'

Severe gales to strike south

Wind Wellington

Winds of up to 150kmh to whip Canterbury and Otago, while the capital braces for gales.

Taking tea with tigers


Tiger fans will have a rare chance to see the big cats up close during a special breakfast at Auckland Zoo.

Bigger wind turbine for Brooklyn

Brooklyn wind turbine

Wellington's well-known wind turbine will be replaced with larger one that will tower 77 metres into the sky.

Woman pleads guilty to murder, arson


A woman has pleaded guilty to murdering a man found dead in his burned-down South Auckland home.

Oamaru man faces historic abuse charges


A 55-year-old Oamaru man is facing 48 historic sexual abuse and assault charges.

Teacher censured over images

Rape Prevention

A teacher who sent photos of students to a paedophile friend has been deregistered.

Woman shamed in front of shoppers

Supermarket mistook mother for shoplifter

	 Tana Puru

Countdown staff offered an apology to a woman they mistook for a shoplifter at a Hamilton store.

Man walks free from flipped car


Man suffered "moderate injuries" after car lands on its roof in dramatic Little River crash.

The redneck race is on, says Maori Party

Te Ururoa Flavell

The smaller political parties are trying to "out-redneck" each other, Maori Party co-leader says.

Thames home invasion puzzle

	 Thames shooting

Police believe they are closing in on the offenders who held a three people at gunpoint.

Who fumbled the ball?

	 Julie hardakeR

Hamilton's mayor is unsure why an evening of glamour to celebrate the city's birthday failed to attract interest.

Oil exec junket needed: Govt

Simon Bridges

Government defends spending of taxpayer money to wine and dine oil executives during the Rugby World Cup in bid to attract business.

Discipline numbers for pupils improve


Fewer pupils are being sent out of school for bad behaviour.

Ball gets rolling on Transmission Gully

Transmission Gully

Work on the Transmission Gully motorway north of Wellington will start in a matter of months.

'Chewbacca' court defence fails


A New Plymouth jury did not believe a man who appeared to use the O J Simpson "Chewbacca defence".

Staff on front line at hospital's Te Puna Waiora

Taranaki Base Hospital

Staff are the victims of over half of assaults at Taranaki Base Hospital's mental health unit.

Work, wages revamp planned

David Cunliffe

Labour is planning a "fair workplace commission" to lift the lid on workers' pay and conditions.

Whanau links helping hospital

Linda Ratana

At the rugby, at church, or on Facebook Maori and Pacific Island patients cannot avoid reminders of their Hutt Hospital appointments.

Passer-by to theft victim's rescue

 Robert Lloyd

Robert Lloyd's a top cricketer, a good golfer, a cage fighter and now, says his proud family, he's a hero.

Quake Outcasts battle over zoning

red zone homes

The rights of vacant and uninsured red-zoned land owners are "well past infringed", a court has heard.

Chances of conviction higher in Canterbury


Cantabrians accused of crimes are more likely to be convicted in court than elsewhere in the country, statistics show.

Zone proposal 'reeks of snobbery'

Carmela Hughes and Ardit Hoxha

Fears for Auckland's Selwyn College if kids from lower socio-economic suburbs are excluded.

Women seek to unmask paedophile

Child abuse, sexual abuse, paedophile

Victims of a serial paedophile fighting to keep his name secret want people to know who he is.

Big flu toll at Hawera schools


Staff and students at two South Taranaki schools are "dropping like flies" after being hit by the flu.

Man accused of assaulting fiancee


A man charged with stomping on his fiancee's face has appeared in court.

Engineer for EQC to face hearing

Complaints EQC's top dog was 'rude, arrogant'

Graeme Robinson

Top engineer who trains EQC stafffaces disciplinary hearing after claims he based conclusions on biased thinking.

Christchurch housing 'human rights issue'


Human Rights Commission calls on Govt to sort out Christchurch's 'inadequate' housing.

115,000 Kiwis get slate wiped clean


At least 115,000 people have put their criminal past behind them under "clean slate" law.

Lawyer charged over drugs


A prominent lawyer has kept name suppression on drug charges until a further hearing takes place.

Two short-listed for $200m school jobs

School classroom

Education Ministry down to two private contenders in the race to build four schools for $200m before 2018.
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