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Pups and prisoners' special bond


A trip to prison may end up being the best thing for dogs staying at the Bay of Islands SPCA.

School kitchen idea kickstarted

Bronca Fox

Park Estate School is in need of a new kitchen and a breakfast programme founder is determined to get them one.

Abuse claims rubbish, says foster dad

Child abuse, sexual abuse, paedophile

Man accused of beating and neglecting foster children describes allegations as "absolute rubbish".

National war museum possible by 2020: report


A permanent national war museum in Wellington could open by 2020, a feasibility study says.

Truckies worried by cycle space plan


A proposed law change that could see drivers fined for not giving cyclists up to 1.5 metres of space has truck drivers worried.

Hospital patient takes peek at info of others


Breach of privacy by an emergency department patient is referred to police.

Scorpion tale stings MPI agents


Traveller says a scorpion was scuttling around airport arrivals lounge after inspector failed to find it.

Watchdog warns of 'Grants Department' scam

NZ money, cash

A scam in which people are told they are entitled to a tax refund from a fictitious government agency is doing the rounds in Wellington.

Underage drinkers still getting booze

alcohol generic

More liquor off-licences are caught selling to underage buyers in central Auckland than any other part of NZ.

Data suggests Labour out till 2020

beehive parliament

Labour could be out of power until 2020, based on analysis of average voting patterns over nearly 100 years.

McCully scolds 'impotent' Security Council over Syria

Conflict in Syria and Iraq highlights the failure of UN Security Council, foreign minister says.

Turia's 'beaten wives' slur rejected by Labour's Davis

Kelvin Davis

Labour MP Kelvin Davis slams comments from Tariana Turia, who likened Maori who voted Labour to beaten wives.

Moveable feast for leadership

Tracy Watkins

OPINION: Labour has finally got something right after the extraordinary events of recent days.

Cunliffe's wife in Twitter potshots

David Cunliffe and Karen Price

David Cunliffe's wife is behind a Twitter account that anonymously took aim at his rivals and critics.

Mice-fattened trout await anglers


Never mind the mouse plague, the trout are set to be monstrous this season.

Southward selling six unrestored cars

Southward cars

Six century-old cars, including one that raced in early New Zealand competitions, are being sold.

Tackling skills grab vandals

rugby league generic

The quick actions of a Taranaki rugby player has helped stop two late-night vandals in their tracks.

Wait for ambulance under investigation

St John's Ambulance

An elderly man who fell ill in a New Plymouth cafe was forced to wait 45 minutes for an ambulance.

No advance in lake rape case

Sad woman, depressed, grieving

A man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl at knifepoint in broad daylight remains at large.

Blaze leaves family with nothing

Kerey Wihapi fire

A family have been left with nothing after a fast-burning fire engulfed their home and possibly claimed the life of their pet.

Lawyers quitting legal aid

law, economy, fraud court

Some Timaru lawyers are turning their backs on legal aid work, mainly because of the low pay and constant changes.

Principal off duty but lends a hand

Neil Fraser

Neil Fraser's commitment to the school he led for 25 years has cost him the tips of two fingers after a freak wood-splitting accident a day after his retirement.

Ex-wife turns down $1.6m then loses review


An aggrieved ex-wife who launched a civil suit alleging negligence by a law firm lost an opportunity to pocket $1.6m.

Lines coup spares city's ratepayers


Otago residents will be propping up the Invercargill City Council if a multimillion-dollar deal goes ahead this month.

Principal's sacking 'justified'

Marlene Campbell

The former Salford School principal may challenge an ERAy decision that found she was not unjustifiably fired.

South Korean free trade agreement 'close'

South Korea’s ambassador to New Zealand has ramped up expectation that a free trade agreement is imminent.

Lawyer's ID still secret


Lawyer facing drugs charges loses court bid to keep identity secret but name suppression remains.

Penguin takes tentative steps

Reluctant penguin

This little penguin seemed to get cold feet when it had the chance to return to the big blue ocean.

'Hero' stops dog mauling owner

Dog involved in attack on Hamilton woman.

Witness describes heroic actions of stranger who beat dog to stop "horrific" attack on owner.

Early taste of summer down south

Southland Times photo

Invercargill and Alexandra tied for towns with the hottest temperature in NZ at 21.1 degrees today.

'Armed maniac' jailed for fraud

John Fagan

Man who once introduced himself to Sir Paul Holmes as an "armed maniac" is jailed for millions of dollars worth of fraud.

Dramatic rescue of trapped teen

Coastal resuce

A surf lifesaver leapt out of a helicopter, was scooped up by a rescue boat and swam through rough seas to save a trapped surfer.

Driver critical after serious three-car crash


A 19-year-old man has been flown to hospital after two cars "sandwich" a third in crash which closes SH1 in Waikuku.

Police seeking driver who picked up shaken teen


Police want to speak to man who gave "uncomfortable" hitch-hiker a lift on the West Coast.

Support for university's porn ban

Online porn

University of Otago 'inundated' with support for internet porn rules as student body sidesteps issue for now.

Dunne duped into serial killer retweet

Peter Dunne's tweet of Harold Shipman

Govt minister Peter Dunne pranked into retweeting a photo - but it wasn't who he thought it was.

EQC accused of 'unacceptable bullying'

Cameron and Suzanne Kelly

Family battling EQC initially claimed $1m for $300k house after not knowing their "entitlements".

Huge variety in Niwa photo awards

Niwa photo competition 2014

From stunning scenery to rare wildlife, the annual Niwa staff photo contest impresses.

Paper delivery contractor attacked


A newspaper delivery contractor in Marton has been assaulted and has had his vehicle stolen.

Man dies after petrol dousing


A man who soaked himself in petrol and set fire to himself in Tauranga has died in hospital.

Tourist killed, two injured in Canterbury crash

sh79 crash

Woman dies after head-on smash on a notorious bend despite desperate attempts at CPR.

'Miracle' visit saves grandfather's life

northland wood

A chance family visit is credited with saving the life of a man trapped under timber for over 18 hours.

'Armed' man spotted in South Auckland

Auckland police

Man armed with a pole sparks police search in Manurewa after reports of a gun.

Transient thieves target elderly

Pair target rest homes and elderly, stealing thousands of dollars in a burglary spree.

Oil drill protest convenes at Sky City

Greenpeace protest

Protesters, including Lucy Lawless, have marched against deep sea oil drilling in Auckland.

Canterbury professor lands new DOC role

Ken Hughey

Lincoln University professor seconded to Department of Conservation as chief science adviser.

Parker, King to lead Labour for now

STANDING IN: David Parker.

Labour has a new leader - David Parker - but it's just for the next few weeks. | Trading blows | Opinion

Leadership battle may blind Labour


OPINION: Whoever wins the battle over the Labour leadership may already have lost the war.

Beehive Live: It's war

David Cunliffe

A bloody war is breaking out between Labour's former leader David Cunliffe and contender Grant Robertson.

Turia 'beaten wives' speech angers

Tariana Turia

Tariana Turia raises ire for speech which likened Maori who voted Labour to "beaten wives" going back to husbands.
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