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Toddler hero reunited with Auckland pensioner he saved

Two-year-old Branson has been reunited with the elderly man he helped save at the beach.

Restored Queen Mary trailer holds memories of war

As the battle for the sky raged over northeast England, down below, children watched as planes crashed and buildings crumbled.

Family accept hunter may not come home

A search is on for a hunter missing near Albury in South Canterbury.

George Bridgewater is a Poppy Day ambassador

Olympic medallist not sure if he had the would have had the guts his great granddad showed.

Pediatrician stresses need for whooping cough vaccinations

He says it's frustrating to hear people say they've done "careful research" and decided not to vaccinate.

Taupo woman Katrina Drummond to be farewelled

Friends and family will say their goodbyes to murder victim Katrina Rose Drummond on Wednesday.

Missing man found in scrub after crash between Napier and Taupo

A 23-year-old driver missing from his crashed car has been discovered in nearby scrub.

Board backtracks on zero-hour contracts

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has rejected claims by Labour health spokesperson Annette King that board workers are being employed on zero-hour contracts.

Jubilation as son walks free after father's death

Cries of jubilation rang out when a young man was discharged without conviction following the death of his father.

Are you living next to a brothel?

Marlborough residents could be living next door to a brothel without knowing it.

Gloriavale wants private road

The Gloriavale Christian Community wants to limit public access on the road up to its West Coast property.

Anzac warning on Wellington traffic: expect 'biggest disruption ever'

This weekend's Anzac ceremonies "could be the biggest disruption to public transport ever".

Coroner's probe: Why did Dunedin father Edward Livingstone kill his children?

A father who killed his kids was 'friendly and smiling', hiding homicidal thoughts from his psychiatrist.

Coromandel group's roadside fundraising on 100kmh road branded 'highway robbery'

Woman who ran into "gold coin donation" fundraiser says she is still shaking with anger about it.

Accountants Barrie Skinner and David Rowley appeal fraud convictions

Wellington accountants serving the longest jail terms for NZ tax case appeal.

Car crashes into Auckland house following police chase

A stolen car crashed into a house in Auckland on Monday night, in one of three police chases that ended in arrests in the region.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd angry over solo flop

Embattled AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd made a call to an associate asking him to "take out" a former security guard turned personal assistant.

Interest groups want a say on Lecretia Seales assisted dying claim

Lecretia Seales is dying, and doesn't have time for delays in her legal case.

Human remains found on Farewell Spit

Human remains found on Farewell Spit in Golden Bay have been sent for DNA testing.

Tramper crawls seven hours with dislocated shoulder before rescue

Man with dislocated shoulder crawls for seven hours to reach hut after a fall on solo tramp.

'I think he's killed the kids,' screamed Dunedin mum as she fled armed ex

A terrified mum fled her home to escape her armed ex, only to hear two shots as he killed their children.

Two pedestrians hit by vehicles in Bay of Plenty

Elderly man killed and 30-year-old woman in serious condition after being hit by vehicles in separate incidents.

Controversial fundraising defended by organiser

The organiser of a controversial fundraiser has defended stopping people in the middle of the road to ask for cash.

Restoration work begins on historic Coromandel wharf

A project that will see one of the oldest working stone wharves in the Southern Hemisphere upgraded is underway.

New Zealand troops depart for Iraq

New Zealand troops bound for Iraq have left on the first leg of their deployment.

WWI memorial forest honours Kiwi sacrifice

Trees to be planted at Thames-Coromandel District Council's WWI memorial forest to mark 100th anniversary of Gallipoli landings.

Cambridge man hospitalised after factory fall

A Cambridge man remains in hospital after sustaining head injuries from a fall at a factory and a woman is transported to Waikato Hospital after injuring her knee

War memorial's 'Australian' heart is made in India

Sandstone columns meant to represent Australia's "Red Centre" were quarried near Agra.

Autistic Auckland man ends sentence but still cannot go free

Autistic man kept in compulsory care for a decade has sentence extended with no end in sight.

Anzac Day services around the Waikato

Anzac Day services around the Waikato region commemorating 100 years since Gallipoli.

Rare sea creature likely reclaimed by ocean

A rare three-metre long oarfish that washed ashore last week has disappeared.

Free GP visits don't cover all children - Greens

Not all children will receive free GP visits as promised by the Government, according to documents revealed by the Greens.

Chemical leak at Christchurch KiwiRail yard

Firefighters worked overnight to contain a chemical leak at a Christchurch container terminal. 

Call for Government to lift refugee quota

Government urged to do more to support millions of refugees fleeing their homes around the world.

Digital court system E-Bench's failure leads to near $7 million write-off

It was meant to save 93,000 work-hours a year. Instead it cost $6.8m to taxpayers, with nothing to show.

Medic who saved Charles Upham's arm to be remembered at Gallipoli

The Nazis wanted to amputate Charles Upham's arm but a Kiwi medic stopped them, using maggots to treat the war hero's shrapnel-shredded limb.

The dangers of deep sea oil drilling: NZ’s shocking safety record revealed

An Official Information Act request has revealed a series of serious incidents on deep sea oil drilling ships in New Zealand waters.

Heroes recognised for 'surreal' river rescue

Bravery awards have been given to farmer and policeman who saved a woman from certain death in a raging river.

Matthew Stevens murder accused in Wellington court

All three people charged with murdering Matthew Stevens have now pleaded not guilty.

Drift-trike ride down Baldwin St, the world's steepest street

Trio of drift-trikers survives ride down Dunedin's Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street. 

Woman looks to reunite old photos with owner

A TradeMe buy landed Net Warren with more than just a wardrobe, there was a bag of memories in there as well.

Depot once again named Auckland's top restaurant

Celebrity chef Al Brown's Skycity eatery has again been crowned Auckland's top restaurant at the Metro Restaurant of the Year awards.

North Island motorbike thefts investigated

Police want the public to keep an eye out for motorbikes sold in suspicious circumstances following multiple motorcycle thefts.

Piglet killed after being hit by car

A little piggy may have wished he stayed home after being hit by a car. 

Hutt Hospital food fails its own health guidelines

Hutt Hospital's cafeteria has been given a fail grade from a cross-DHB review into hospital food with its wide range of fatty and sugar-laden offerings.

Shopping trucks are 'temptation on wheels'

Door-to-door truck shops are a "temptation on wheels" for poor and vulnerable people.

Police investigation after teen's death

Police are investigating the 2012 death of a boy after routine appendix surgery at Grey Base Hospital.

Capuchin monkey born at Brooklands zoo

Mum Dixie is very protective of Brooklands Zoo's new baby capuchin monkey.

Tourist Janice Povey walks to get help after Hanmer Springs hit-and-run

Woman, 63, was in "excruciating" pain from fractured wrist during the 1km walk.

Wartime letter from King rediscovered in Taranaki

A personal WWI letter written by a British monarch has been found in an old long box.
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