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Replay: Video chat with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

Prime Minister John Key joined us for a video live chat this morning - and he took your questions.

St John response times questioned after man waits for an hour with broken leg

Emma's brother lay screaming in pain for more than an hour while waiting for an ambulance.

'Serious incident' involving a train Ashburton

Police are responding to a "serious incident" involving a train in Ashburton.

Trolley bus wires down on Lambton Quay as traffic grinds to a halt in Wellington

Live trolley bus wires left in a tangle on Lambton Quay.

Petone bank robbery suspect on the run

Police release CCTV image of Lower Hutt bank robber.

Has Winston Peters scuppered David Carter's chances of London High Commissioner post?

Will David Carter be the next High Commissioner to London? Possibly not, if Winston Peters can help it.

Sales soar at Patea as buyers find cheap houses and seaside lifestyle

One Auckland man took a leap of faith, and he loves where he's landed. Where else can you buy a house for under $90,000 by the sea?

Family's home goes up in flames in South Waikato

Five fire trucks were called to the Tokoroa house that went up in flames on Tuesday night.

Unexplained death in Rotorua under investigation

Police have opened an investigation after a body was found at a Rotorua home.

Will you still see me, will you still screen me, after I'm 69

For three high-profile women taking a petition to Parliament the cause was close to their hearts.

Fog cancels and delays flights at Auckland Airport

Some flights in and out of Auckland Airport have been delayed and cancelled.

Driver flips car onto roof in Christchurch

Driver escapes injury after crashing into traffic island and flipping their car in Christchurch.

Three dogs hospitalise elderly woman in Christchurch in latest attack

The woman was attacked by three registered dogs, who have now been seized by council.

Hot weather continues with highs hitting mid-20s

Fog, humid nights and temperatures in the mid-20s - it's shaping up to be a strange week.

Feilding man too drunk to realise assault victim was his friend

Wayde Clarke was too drunk to recognise that the person he was punching in the back of the head was his friend.

Waipa pensioners baulk at another rent increase

Pensioners can not bare another rent increase imposed by the Waipa District Council.

Northland road closed after logging truck rolled

Man escapes with minor injuries after truck rolls on Northland road.

Police concerned about man who approached young girl on Hamilton street

Police are searching for a man over a conversation he had with three children on a Hamilton street.

Tough break makes for a marathon effort

It's likely that only one runner stopped for fish and chips halfway through the 52nd Rotorua Marathon.

Auckland liquor store burglars hunted after police chase ends in crash

Two carloads of offenders hunted after Auckland liquor store burglary sparked a police chase that ended with a smash.

Man assaults police officer in Hamilton after car chase

A man assaulted a police officer because his car was getting impounded.

Magnitude 3.6 shallow earthquake rumbles Christchurch

The 17km-deep earthquake was classed as "light" but was apparently felt stronger, with 345 reports submitted.

New Zealand Prime Minister hints refugee quota could be lifted

PM John Key drops major hint that New Zealand may accept greater numbers of refugees.

Retiring after more than 55 years in the same job

West Coast woman Joycelyn Pulley is retiring after more than 55 years in the same job at the Grey District Council. 

Helicopter wreckage removed from crash site

The wreckage of a fatal helicopter crash near the the Lindis Pass has been airlifted off the mountain.

Westland High School fire started by roofing contractors

An investigation has revealed the cause of a high school fire was accidental. 

New Zealand police drop boss dance moves in new video - and challenge the Aussies

New Zealand police lay down a #runningmanchallenge to cross-Tasman counterparts.

Australian authorities knew of Kiwi passport glitches for months

Australia's border authority is investigating after some Kiwi travellers said passport scanners were a fiasco.

No plans to bring Kiwis home from harsh foreign jails

Kiwis to remain in harsh foreign jails as Government says bringing them home would be too expensive.

Waikato District Council taking submissions for freedom camping bylaw

Waikato District Council realized their rules banning freedom camping in the district were inconsistent with government legislation, so now they are introducing a bylaw for the district.

New Zealand needs a clear and informed debate about cannabis, psychiatrists say

New Zealand needs an in-depth public debate separating the recreational use of cannabis from its potential medicinal use, psychiatrists say.

Rental woes in 'damp, mouldy' property lead to backing for heating standards

Mouldy clothes, damp bed sheets and electric blanket in flames all part of woman's "depressing" experience.

MediaWorks CEO Mark Weldon: Hilary Barry not going to TVNZ

MediaWorks CEO Mark Weldon says Hilary Barry is not switching to rival broadcaster.

Marlborough District Council moves to monitor vineyard spray drift

Efforts to track vineyard spray drift are still in the pipeline nine years after a report highlighted gaps in the data.

Mother-of-four Tessa Tui Conrad killed in motorcycle crash

Tessa Conrad rode her motorcycle into town to have lunch with her husband. She never made it home.

McCready wants Asian supermarkets to join WINZ payment card scheme

Hamilton supermarkets urged to be part of discount card scheme.

Relief as Wairarapa runaways found safe and well after bikes spotted near bridge

A runaway brother and sister missing since Sunday night have been found near a bridge.

A stocky man is wanted after an aggravated robbery in Petone on Tuesday

Police are investigating a robbery of a bank in Lower Hutt at lunchtime on Tuesday.

Prime Minister John Key told Revenue Minister his lawyer would be in contact

But former Revenue Minister Todd McClay can't recall whether he was told.

More victims of Taranaki serial sex predator are out there: Police

Victims coming forward shined a light on a predator, but there are further dark corners.

From France to New Zealand, with love

The story of a Waiouru woman's quest of remembrance for a relative who died in World War I has reached all the way to France.

New CEO for Buller

Buller District Council has appointed Andy Gowland-Douglas as its new chief executive. 

Invercargill teen accused of manslaughter appears in court

A teenager charged with the manslaughter of Matthew Coley in Invercargill will appear before the court again in July.

Teens charged over Tinder stabbing appear in court

Two youths appear in court over an alleged Tinder-related stabbing.

Massey creates comprehensive oil spill wildlife response programme

"The faster we can get to animals and get them into care, the more likely they will survive after being oiled."

Diesel spill at Auckland naval base

Diesel spill at Devonport Naval Base not as serious as first thought.

Wairau Valley man Kieran Venning refuses to make way for new home owner

Plans to transfer property bought to make way for the Wairau Valley hydroelectric scheme have hit a road block, with one man refusing to leave his home.

Fatal Hamilton Icepak explosion site for sale a new start for Tamahere residents

Resident haunted by fatal coolstore fire in 2008 pleased the site may become residential property.

The 66-year-old mystery of an Englishman and his 'secret family' in Upper Hutt

British daughter suspects her dad kept a lifelong secret about his time in Upper Hutt.
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