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Link road for valley

WRONG DIRECTION: Stephen Mulholland, whose Takapu Valley farm would be split in two by the proposed link road, says it would be more expensive, less efficient and require the demolition of more homes than the New Zealand Transport Agency has claimed.

The Petone-Grenada highway appears destined to run through Takapu Valley as well.

What about Kiwis drivers?

MAKING HEADLINES: Dangerous driving by tourists has been a hot topic in New Zealand lately.

OPINION: Let's look hard at ourselves before we start pointing our nasty little fingers at a group who are a much smaller part of the problem.

PM: Kiwi drivers just as bad video

DON'T DO IT: Prime Minister John Key, seen trying out an electric car in 2011 at the Nelson Environment Centre, says key-snatching is not advisable and notes Kiwi drivers aren't perfect either.

John Key says more New Zealanders drive on the wrong side of the road than foreigners do - and advises Kiwis to cut out the key confiscation.

Evoque loses its lid gallery

SHELTER ME: Land Rover has revealed it will produce a convertible version of its Evoque SUV.

Land Rover has lopped the roof off its Evoque SUV.

Bentley's EXP 10 concept coupe gallery

ARISTOCRATIC HOONING: The twin-turbo V8 will belt out 372kw.

Bentley may add fifth model to its lineup - the EXP 10.

Topless toys parked up

ROOFLESS PEOPLE: Convertibles are dying - Renault's Megane CC may be ready for retirement soon.

Showy convertibles seemingly have no place in these austere times.

World’s hottest hatch to get hotter

OUTRAGEOUS FOUR TUNE: The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG is set to receive more power.

Mercedes-Benz' A45 AMG is a scary-quick hatchback - but set to more raucous still.

Petrol prices rise again

Allegation: Petrol price gouging in rural areas.

Motorists will pay another 2 cents a litre a week after National MPs voted against a probe into fuel prices.

Thief as thick as his brick video

Ireland's Dumbest Criminal. Brick rebounds off car window and smashes the criminals face and knocks him out cold. The car owner returns seconds later to have him arrested.

Want to break into a car by throwing a brick through a window? Well knock yourself out. This guy did.

'March madness' on Auckland's roads

CLOGGED: Heavy traffic this morning on the northwestern motorway.

If Aucklanders think the traffic has got worse in the last couple of weeks, they're right.

SsangYong Tivoli to shake up segment

SsangYong Tivoli: A good first car under Mahindra control, it should do well on most markets.

The international launch of SsangYong's all-new B-segment Tivoli SUV could prove to be the tipping point for the brand which once marketed weird-looking vehicles.

Triple treat for BMW trio

BMW i8.

BMW's first three-cylinder engine since 1980s is twice the size and has a wider range of applications.

The secrets of Top Gear revealed

Mutual loathing: James May (right) says the edginess between the three Top Gear hosts is genuine and the key to the show's success.

James May admits the show has gone too far at times and says "mutual loathing" is the key to success.

Miss Ferguson ready to roll video

Graham Murrell of Whitianga will drive his vintage Ferguson tractor to Bluff.

Former dairy farmer all set to tackle a 1700km trip through the country on vintage Massey Ferguson tractor.

Boy racer invasion riles residents gallery video

Boy racers and spectators amass on the Pickering Rd roundabout in Tamahere and in other areas south-east of Hamilton.

Organised through social media, hundreds of car enthusiasts are making life hell for some Waikato residents.

Waikato drivers wait weeks to sit tests

ROADIE: Did you pass your licence the first time?

Book early if you want to sit a driving test - Waikato people are waiting a month to prove their skills.

20,000 Aucklanders fail driving test

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Taranaki and Auckland drivers struggle to pass restricted licence test while Otago-Southland drivers find success.

Aston Martin unveils its ultimate track-only supercar

Aston Martin has unveiled the Vulcan - its ultimate track car.

Track-only supercar offers Le Mans-bred performance.

Fiordland's dangerous highway

NO PASSING: A Brazilian driver was fined after passing vehicles on solid yellow no-passing lines on State Highway 94 between Te Anau and Milford Sound.

Drivers from at least eight countries were caught breaking the law in Fiordland in just three hours yesterday.

Kiwi drivers to blame?

Emergency services personnel work at a crash on State Highway 1, south of Timaru where a car and truck collided.

New data on foreign drivers actually paints poor picture of Kiwi drivers, says Marlborough policeman.

Christchurch driving tests 'too tough'

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Martin Cairns, a 22-year-old university student who has failed his restricted driving test five times. He says licence tests are too strict, and his many failures have cost him a lot of money.

Young Christchurch drivers sit licence test out of town because of "fussy" testing.

S.Island roads deadly

TOURIST DIES: Taiwanese tourist Fu-Hwa Ju, 66, died after the car he was in collided with another in Templeton last week.

Foreign drivers have been responsible for one in every 12 fatal crashes in the South Island this decade.

No more money video

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Motorists urged not to take keys off dangerous drivers as government promises to fast-track road improvements.

Rumble strips, barriers needed

Leeston woman Stephanie Ellis, 54, died when a German national allegedly ran a stop sign near Springston.

Better roads are needed to cut crashes involving overseas drivers, say campaigners.

Possums used in protest

NAILED: A possum carcass is nailed to a road sign in Matakohe.

Dead possums nailed on road safety signs near Northland bridges is no prank, residents say.

Head-on crash torment

Maria Tairawhiti suffered chest injuries and a broken leg and ankle when French tourist Stephane Yoan Mazerat drover into her car near Awakino in January.

As a car on the wrong side of the road came towards her, Maria Tairawhiti was terrified for the safety of her children sitting behind her.

BMW's topless 2s

Muscular car: The 2-series cabriolet's widest point is at the rear wheel arches, which are well-filled and surrounded by pleasing curves.

It's a case of ragtops to riches for BMW, as it adds the 2-series to its list of soft options.

'It has got to stop'

LUCKY: Dieter and Val Geitlinger escaped injury but their bus was damaged when a tourist driver ran a stop sign.

Tourists and locals lucky to escape serious injury after two crashes involving foreign drivers yesterday.

Dob in dodgy drivers by dashcam video

DASHCAM: Police are urging drivers to hand over their dashcam footage of dodgy drivers after a spate of complaints.

Dashcam footage of dodgy drivers is ‘‘gold’’ amid a spike in the number of driving-related complaints, police say.

The world's fastest car stops

No time to waste: Bugatti is planning a faster, even more powerful version of its venerable Veyron.

Final model rolls off the production line with a 431kmh bang, but a replacement is on the way

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