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Police officer attacked in Hamilton while making arrest

A police officer has been attacked and injured while making an arrest in Hamilton.

Dog abuse cases rising in Canterbury

SPCA inspectors horrified by a jump in dog welfare complaints, including cases where dogs starved to death.

'Live sex show' at Christchurch concert causes outrage

Band's "live sex show" on stage causes outrage among concertgoers.

Witness who swept crash debris sought

A good samaritan who swept up debris following a fatal Dunedin car crash is urged to contact police.

Murdered Hamilton man was a convicted paedophile

A man murdered in a public toilet had spent time in prison for sexually abusing boys.

Chimp ear op leaves Wellington Zoo vets hopeful

Wellington Zoo's Cara the chimp is recovering after an ear operation to save her hearing.

Four new flags - and four million opinions

OPINION: If social media is any guide, the old and familiar wins hands down. Key won't be too worried about that.

Sexual allegations involving Opotiki College students investigated

Police are working with Bay of Plenty college students and their families.

Final four flag designs revealed

Prime Minister John Key has picked his favourites of the final four flag designs.

On ya bike? Bicycle injuries top list for NZ Post work accidents

NZ Post employees fall victim to their bikes more than they do to dogs when it comes to work-related incidents. 

Student stood down for two days for upskirt photo of teacher

A student who took an upskirt picture of his female teacher has returned to school.

Ashburton marks one year since Work and Income shootings

Ashburton marks a year to the day since two women were killed in the Work and Income shootings.

Thousands of mysterious balls swamp Invercargill's Oreti Beach

Alien eggs? Tumble seaweed? An art installation?

Mum caught drink-driving with four children in the car enters no plea in court

A drunk mother who allegedly blasted through a checkpoint with four children in the car has her first day in court.

Blood on walls of stab victim's house

Police could see blood on the walls of Bimla Wati's home before they even entered the house, a court has heard. 

Wife who may have tended husband's dead body for weeks told police all was OK

Police and Housing NZ each visited Porirua flat after complaints over smell, but did not enter.

Panel get two out of four flags right according to survey

The flag consideration panel have got it right for two out of the four flag alternatives according to a recent survey.

Chat recap: Prime Minister John Key answers your flag questions

A new flag yes, but a new national anthem might be more than the Prime Minister can handle.

What Twitter said about the final four New Zealand flag options

How #hypnoflag hijacked the internet's reaction to the flag shortlist.

The four flag contenders

Three ferns and a koru are the options for a change of flag in New Zealand.

Laser-kiwi artist uninspired by flag designs

Can anything really compare to green laser beams though?

Two remanded on robbery charges at two Christchurch dairies

Man and woman remanded in custody on charges of robbing dairies in Christchurch at gunpoint.

Barbie shoes and Lego: more dangerous than you might think

Barbie shoes and Lego can be more dangerous than you might think.

Police station shooting accused appears in court

The man who allegedly shot at two police stations has pleaded not guilty.

Mike Yardley: Final four flags a flop

OPINION: The two black and white finalists scream “corporate logo”. They’re dogs.

Queens Wharf lighthouse sculpture gets green light from Auckland Council

The lighthouse sculpture will be a scaled-down state house filled with chandeliers in a Matariki formation.

Home invaders assault Matamata man during break in

Man assaulted by intruders who broke into home in Matamata.

Burglars flee with bucketload of cigarettes from rural Canterbury store

Burglars use crowbar to prize open cabinet to grab a bucketload of cigarettes.

Redcliffs School closure decision delayed

Education Minister Hekia Parata won't decide on Redcliffs School closure until term 4.

The best flag designs that didn't make the cut

An alternative shortlist for a new flag.

Multiple firearms seized during Samuel Culling homicide investigation

Police find multiple guns in homicide investigation, but are still looking for the location where victim was shot.

Alert level reached for winter flu

Influenza has killed at least two New Zealanders this year as the virus hit alert levels.

Lawyer pleads guilty to drugs charges

An Auckland lawyer has pleaded guilty to three charges of possession of methamphetamine. 

Greenstone Group wins tender for Tauranga tertiary campus

The $88.8m project will bring four providers together.

New agency to unlock potential of $1b worth of Auckland Council land

A new agency to turn under-used Auckland land into housing has opened its doors.

RECAP: Final four NZ flag designs unveiled

And then there were four. The new flag designs to be pitted against the country's current flag have been revealed.

Sir Edmund Hillary's daughter applauds 'beautiful' new NZ banknotes

Sir Ed's daughter has a big thumbs up to the clearer picture of her father on the new $5 note.

Arrest after gunpoint robbery at Christchurch dairy

Alleged armed robber arrested in Christchurch after fleeing with cigarettes and cash.

'Blatant' men shove liquor store worker before fleeing with whisky

A liquor store worker was shoved in as three men walked out with bottles of spirits.

Western North Island flood recovery gets another $2.6m boost from the Government

More government money pours into Manawatu, Whanganui and Taranaki to help those worst affected by June's flooding.

Man stabbed in the neck with a knife in Christchurch

A man was dragged from a house bus and stabbed several times in the head and neck in a possible case of mistaken identity.

Man goes without teeth after disputing dentist's demands

A dispute over a dentist bill left a Nelson man with no bottom teeth.

Homeless man admits Hamilton toilet murder

Homeless man admits to killing Jaques Donker in Hamilton toilet block.

Labour MPs go against leader on charter school

Two Labour Party MPs attended a fundraiser held by a trust that runs a charter school.

Drink-driving teacher Tutoatasi Faiva struck off after lying about conviction

Man with multiple convictions finally banned from teaching.

Premature lamb happy in nappies

Little Mister Sunshine didn't get off to the best start in life, but the tiny lamb has fallen into the lap of luxury.

Wet wild weather leaves widespread flooding in Auckland, Waikato

Flooding from storm moving across NZ closes roads in Waikato and Auckland.

Queensland police search bush for missing Kiwi Linda Sidon's body

Son of a Queensland Kiwi last seen six years ago now a person of interest in mother's murder probe.

Delving in Kiwi DNA for obesity causes

Just why are New Zealanders so fat? It may be our genes.

Customary claim to whitebait won't restrict access for everyone else

South Taranaki hapu are trying to advance a claim to have customary rights to whitebait officially recognised by the Crown.
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