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Body that of Hayden Cossey

Body found in Port Hills is that of rebuild worker missing for more than a fortnight.

Head girl's death stuns Cromwell

A Central Otago community is in shock after the death of one of its high-achieving head students.

Man dead after 21st party in South Auckland

Man charged after "trivial" fight at 21st party left another man dead.

Selwyn diver was 'bigger than life' character

Man who died when a crayfish dive went wrong was "careful and methodical" diver.

Influencing politics from the outside

OPINION: 2014 brought out the worst, rather than the best in our politicians. So, instead, here are seven individuals that shaped politics from outside the Beehive.

Waiuku gets lucky with Lotto

Only 9,000 people live there and last night two of them scored big on Lotto.

Prison officer suspended over Phillip Smith escape

Corrections officer suspended over murderer Phillip Smith's escape to Brazil - the second staff member in two days.

Suspicious bottle at Fairfield shops cleared

Package found at Hamilton shops has been cleared after an assessment by bomb squad.

Microlight crashes into trees in Papakaio

Pilot in hospital with serious injuries after his microlight smashed into trees in North Otago, landing on a live electric fence.

Driver dies after Timaru crash

Police have named the 26-year-old who died after his car crashed in Timaru yesterday.

Driver fell asleep before car flipped

Car flips and smashes into parked cars near Christchurch Airport this morning.

Christchurch house fire investigated

Cannabis growing operation discovered after a house fire in Christchurch this morning.

Holiday traffic hell: how to avoid it

It's every driver's own personal hell - stuck in a summer traffic jam that snakes back for kilometres as icecreams melt and tempers fray.

Tourist dies in Tongariro National Park

A tourist has died while descending Mt Ngauruhoe in the Tongariro National Park.

Police resume search for missing fisherman

A man is missing presumed drowned after a fishing expedition went horribly wrong.

Should govt pay for fat drug?

An Auckland GP is calling for a class C drug to be publicly funded to treat obesity.

Bitter split plays out in court

PR boss Sarah Sparks has won a court ruling preventing the sale of millions of dollars of property she and her ex-husband own together.

Laws around dead teen's sperm use

A brave and inspiring Auckland teenager may be able to father a child - even though he died 11 years ago.

National MP Mike Sabin in police assault inquiry

Police have been investigating an assault complaint against government MP Mike Sabin.

Christmas office party ends in nasty broken arm

Liam Hart's Christmas party started with a friendly arm wrestle but ended with a nasty broken arm.

Golfers raise alarm over fisherman in trouble

A fisherman has gone missing at a river mouth near Nelson this afternoon. 

Search for missing Christchurch tradie fruitless

The mystery of rebuild worker who disappeared after leaving work is no closer to being solved.

Tiny town wins big at Lotto

A township of just 9000 people has taken out two first division Lotto prizes tonight.

Hunter airlifted to hospital

A 67-year-old hunter has been airlifted to hospital from the area around Lake Tarawera in the Bay of Plenty this afternoon.

Christmas present burglary foiled

An alleged burglar made just one mistake when he stole all of an Auckland family's presents.

Top aviator and Warbirds founder Trevor Bland dies

The founding president of the NZ Warbirds Association has died, aged 78.

Fatal Bay of Plenty crash ignites

A man is dead after a van and motorcycle crash in the Bay of Plenty, igniting a fire.

Man critical after being cut from car in crash

Driver in serious condition after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into parked car in Timaru.

Hazardous chemical pourer gets community work

Man who poured hazardous chemical on clothing rack sentenced to community work.

The Urewera raids: Breaking the story

The Urewera raids remain one of the most controversial events of recent New Zealand history.

Finding out how children think when using iPads

A research project into how children think when they use iPads has been given a funding boost.

Christchurch man dies during crayfish dive

Experienced Christchurch diver in his 50s died after crayfish expedition went wrong in Akaroa.

Man arrested for Hawke's Bay hit-and-run

A man has been arrested over a hit-and-run on a Hawkes Bay police officer.

Tourist flips vehicle after hitting parked car

French tourist escapes with minor injuries after flipping rental car on its roof in Akaroa.

Mt Cook: Does reaching summit outweigh risks?

Despite claiming its 234th life this week, reaching the summit, for some, outweighs the risks.

Bids for Southern Link first step called

Southern Link arterial route takes "significant step" forward with the NZTA calling for design tenders.

MidCentral DHB rejects proposal for joint CEO

Plans for a joint chief executive for the MidCentral and Whanganui district health boards has been scrapped.

Staff lay Massey bullying charges

Bullying allegations have been laid against a prominent Massey University academic.

Actors sought for Cricket World Cup opener

Want to appear in Christchurch's opening ceremony for the Cricket World Cup? Those scared of heights need not apply.

Peter Ellis inquiry bid led by Don Brash

Former National leader Don Brash writes to Justice Minister asking for independent review into man convicted of child abuse.

Historic kiln to be part of Manawatu health plan

The future of Palmerston North's historic Hoffman Kiln is a step closer to being secured, as part of plans for a health centre to be built on the site.

Christchurch quake memorial plans revealed

Mixed response as six designs being considered to commemorate Christchurch's February 2011 quake are revealed.

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry. . .

For three days Labour leader Andrew Little shut himself in a room and set about writing a personal message in 450 different Christmas cards.

Stepfather's rape appeal fails

A man has failed in his attempt to overturn his convictions and sentence for rape, sexual violation and indecent acts with his de facto stepdaughter.

Sex trial judge is scathing of teens

A judge has slated the state of youth culture at the sentencing of a teenager accused of videoing an intimate sexual moment.

Owner has investor backing to get Kiwi Regional Airlines launched

The former Kiwi Air owner pushing to get a new airline in the sky says he has all the money needed to get underway.

Three-year ban imposed on meth-addicted jockey

Former champion jockey Lisa Cropp could spend up to three years after admitting her addiction to methamphetamine.

Aggrieved workers lay wage complaints

Agriculture, forestry and fishing bosses are big offenders when it comes to ripping off workers.

Limited space for Christmas cheer

Christmas morning in a caravan is nothing new for Phil Thompson and Debra Savage.

Police seek three men after assault

Police are searching for three men who attacked and robbed a teenager, leaving him with head injuries.
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