Bungling robber slips video

The robber trips as he tries to leave the store with arms full of goodies.

9:15 AM  Could this man be one of New Zealand's most hopeless robbers? The security footage speaks for itself.

Fake lawyer takes thousands

A relationship split lead to a man shelling out thousands to a fake lawyer who promised to help him through the court ...

9:44 AM  He was in a messy breakup - then it got bad. His lawyer turned out to be a fake and a con artist.

'Russian roulette' highway video

Terry Trotman says the area is an accident waiting to happen.

Resident says "someone's going to get creamed" thanks to the blind corners and 70kmh speed limit of SH2.

Case 'doesn't fit pattern'

Michael Craig McGrath went missing on about May 22.

Builder Michael McGrath vanished a week ago. Police have appealed for sightings of his car.

The 'perfect' Aurora Australis video

The aurora lights the skies around the Church of the Epiphany, Gebbies Pass.

8:58 AM  Conditions "perfect" for viewing in the South Island as solar flare creates strong reaction.

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Kids on track for safe riding

Kaymon Wilcock, 12,  helps cut the ribbon as, from left, Catherine van der Gulik, 8,  Leighton Woledge, 5,  Trevor ...

The ribbon has been cut on a brand new learners bike track in Waiwhetu.

Man jailed for 'sadistic' abuse

Napier man Timothy Hebberley was found guilty of a raft of offences against his former girlfriend.

Serious offending included dislocating his girlfriend's limbs.

NZ spy watchdog's Trump worries

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn said US President Donald Trump's statements in support of ...

Concerns over NZ's intelligence relationship with US sees call for Kiwi spies to make sure they are not "somehow drawn into unlawful activity".

Ice, fog prompts warning

Ice on a windshield

Otago motorists should lower their speed and increase their following distance, police say.

School bus clampdown riles parents

Golden Bay student Billy Kyle, 16, will be affected by the bus company's decision to enforce Government rules.

A clamp-down on school bus rules means up to 120 Golden Bay students face a long walk to school.

Beached: Fishing boat runs aground

Fishing boat Kutere beached at Cobden, near Greymouth, on May 29.

Crew aboard the Kutere sent a mayday as it crossed the Greymouth Channel on Monday.

Bottle store ram raid

Thieves ram-raided a Henry's Liquor store in Yaldhurst Rd, Christchurch in the early hours of Monday.

Thieves reversed a car through Henry's in Christchurch, then made off in another vehicle with their loot.

Knife-toting teens rob store

Four bandana-wearing teens robbed Havelock North's Big Barrel liquor store at knife-point on Sunday.

Police hunting four teens after Havelock North liquor store robbed at knife-point.

Missing man located

Murray Wall has been located safe and well.

Missing Timaru man Murray Wall has been located safe and well, police say.

Party time for Rotorua Green candidate

Rotorua Green Party candidate Richard Gillies wants to see the number of people who vote increase in this year's election.

Rotorua will have its Green Party candidate since 2008 this election.

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crime

Police right to charge Emily's dad

A farm four-wheel-drive ute that became submerged in the Poerua River on the West Coast. Barry Petrie and 2-year-old ...

OPINION: As humans, as parents, we feel the father of a drowned 2-year-old should not be prosecuted. He's been through enough. But our instinct is wrong.

Fleeing driver hits man

A car was fleeing from police when it crashed, seriously injuring an innocent man.

Gran attacked in Porirua

Fired up over police bungle

nz earthquake

Quake stretched capital steel

36 Customhouse Quay had steel stretch during the Kaikoura quake.

Some tenants of a central Wellington building will not return to offices on Monday pending a closer look at an engineer's report.

Quake checks near midpoint

A shortage of tradespeople to carry out earthquake repairs is a concern in the Marlborough region. (file photo)

But settlements are lagging, while people affected worry about a shortage of tradies.

The church needs saving

The future of St Oswald's Anglican Church, near Wharanui, has yet to be decided.

The distinctive stonework church has been a lasting sight on the South Island's east coast. But it's in trouble.

Act of kindness raises $20k

Carol Reardon with t-shirt her family sent for her birthday.

An off the cuff quirky comment and simple act of kindness kick started a fundraising campaign raising more than $20,000.

politics

No guarantees for democracy

Gerald Ford didn't need any votes to become Unites States President.

OPINION: Some things are more important than the right to vote.

The Chinese market continues to serve up uncertainties

Siah Hwee Ang.

Adapting business models has never been more important.

'Single Child Tax' penalises families

Labour leader Andrew Little says the Government has overlooked a key group of New Zealanders in its budget package, and ...

Nasty fish-hook in Government package may leave 20,000 families with one child worse off.

Winston Peters' cathedral 'grandstanding' video

NZ First leader Winston Peters pledged to restore Christ Church Cathedral, saying the Government should pay "way more" ...

"He said exactly the same thing in 2014 and I haven't heard a dicky bird from him since," says Regeneration minister.

education

Changing model to suit needs

Seven of the nine principals in the Fiordland and Western Southland Community of Learning. From left, Fiordland College ...

Rural schools are not letting their students miss out because of distance or smaller staffing.

Preventing student loan trouble

Failing to make your student loan repayments while overseas can prove costly in the long run.

Student loans are interest-free if you live in NZ but that changes when you head overseas for more than six months.

Tensions high at Lit Quiz video

Kids Literature Quiz winners Wellesley College team members Jack Morrah, left, and Harry Hampton debate an answer.

Are you as well read as these 12 year olds? Take our quiz.

A lesson in giraffeanese video

Life Education educator - aka Harold the giraffe -  Kapa Te Aho teaching at Plimmerton School.

The children who excitedly file in to see Harold the Life Education giraffe are coming out with big life lessons.

health

13 Reasons still going strong

Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has the chief censor and mental health advocates concerned but teens love it.

Hype around controversial drama isn't letting up despite warnings from parents and mental health organisations.

Tough times for rural hospital

The cracks "are ever-widening" for Tararua's Community Hospital, a manager says.

Tararua's community hospital struggles to provide care after cuts, says manager.

Duo defy the odds

Vicki Walsh, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, finished the Manawatu Striders half marathon with the ...

She was told she wouldn't run again, but despite her cancer, she crossed the finish line.

Family Works under pressure

Counsellor Glenn Smith works with adults who have addiction problems. Smith thinks a three-month wait for family ...

With a three-month waiting list for Family Works' counselling service - the DHB plans to help the service address issues.

women of influence

Workplaces need greater diversity

Leadership NZ chief executive Sina Wendt-Moore said young women should be proactive in shaping their careers and use ...

Leadership NZ boss Sina Wendt-Moore calls for more diversity in leadership jobs.

Shaping the city she lives in

Rachel de Lambert of Boffa Miskell  has co-ordinated a number of urban revitalisation and design projects in Auckland, ...

Landscape architect and urban planner Rachel de Lambert

Wanted: female chief execs

Woman of Influence 2016 winner Helen Robinson said her mother is her biggest inspiration

Helen Robinson is calling for more women to take the helm.

Dressing women for success

Jo Prendergast has been a volunteer stylist at Dress For Success Christchurch since 2009.

It starts with a smart outfit, but ends with feeling empowered and having a job.

farming

Easy ride for sheep video

A sheep leaps over the mud after her first ride along a portable sheep conveyor belt at Te Wera on Friday.

A sheep-shape conveyor saves ewe time and stress.

When the fert hits the fan

The large fertiliser co-ops maintain they act in the interests of farmers and the industry.

A new fertiliser seller is disrupting the industry and offering a different model.

Paralysed after work accident

Kiranjit Singh and wife Beant. Kiranjit was left tetraplegic in a workplace accident after he was struck in the back of ...

Kiranjit Singh was always "hard-working and sporty". Now he's paralysed from the neck down. 

Council's 'Gypsy Day' u-turn

Cows are moved, near Rakaia.

It's deemed too offensive so a new name for Otago sharemilkers moving cows to farms is needed.

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    Auckland

    Students storm vice chancellor's office

    The group has been campaigning against the university's investment in fossil fuels for more than two years.

    A climate change group has taken over the office of Auckland University's Vice Chancellor.

    Fake lawyer takes thousands

    A relationship split lead to a man shelling out thousands to a fake lawyer who promised to help him through the court ...

    He was in a messy breakup - then it got bad. His lawyer turned out to be a fake and a con artist.

    A Papatoetoe High win crucial

    Southern Cross Campus hooker Sam Lauhingoa kicks on the sixth during his side's 20-all draw with St Paul's College last ...

    Papatoetoe High School face Aorere College in a decisive College Rugby League match in Papatoetoe on Wednesday.

    Mad Butcher: Happy weekend of sport

    Shaun Johnson and Kieran Foran of the Warriors celebrate during the round 12 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors ...

    OPINION: Talk about busy, I have been like a bee with bum full of honey.

    Wellington

    All you can carry

    28052017 News photo Monique Ford / FAIRFAX NZ
The Food Show Wellington @ Westpac Stadium 
beverage vendor business ...

    Some filled suitcases with goodies as roughly 14,000 whet their appetites at The Food Show.

    BYO meals to council

    Hutt City Councillor Campbell Barry reckons his colleagues should bring their own meals to meetings.

    A Lower Hutt councillor reckons he and his colleagues should ditch the catering and pack or buy their own lunches.

    Knife-toting teens rob store

    Four bandana-wearing teens robbed Havelock North's Big Barrel liquor store at knife-point on Sunday.

    Police hunting four teens after Havelock North liquor store robbed at knife-point.

    The 'Russian roulette' highway video

    Terry Trotman says the area is an accident waiting to happen.

    Resident says "someone's going to get creamed" thanks to blind corners and 70kmh speed limit.

    Canterbury

    Bungling robber slips, drops lot video

    The robber trips as he tries to leave the store with arms full of goodies.

    Could this be Christchurch's most hopeless robber? The security footage speaks for itself.

    Bottle store ram raid

    Thieves ram-raided a Henry's Liquor store in Yaldhurst Rd, Christchurch in the early hours of Monday.

    Thieves reversed a car through Henry's in Sockburn, then made off in another vehicle with their loot.

    'Sparkling light' killed

    Police divert traffic on the Coastal Highway after a fatal car crash.

    A young woman described as a "bright sparkling light" was killed in a Motueka crash. 

    The 'perfect' Aurora Australis video

    The aurora lights the skies around the Church of the Epiphany, Gebbies Pass.

    Conditions "perfect" for viewing in the South Island as solar flare creates strong reaction.

    Waikato

    Giant climb for her father

    Emily Webb is climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in September so has upped her training at Fastlane Fitness.

    Emily Webb will be crying happy tears when she conquers Mount Kilimanjaro.

    Tourists' $160m bill

    District health boards spent about $160 million treating patients ineligible for public healthcare between 2013 and 2016.

    Crook overseas visitors put the squeeze on health budgets. And a third of the bills are written off as bad debt.

    Jury faces a different challenge

    Kelly Jury has stepped up big in her third season with the Magic.

    Magic defender Kelly Jury usually has a height advantage - not this time.

    Earthworks start on city park

    Earthworks are happening as construction gets under way on the Victoria on the River project.

    Construction on a new Hamilton park by the river in the central city is well under way.

    Taranaki

    Taranaki play out goalless draw

    20052017 News Photo ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ.   Central league football, Team Taranaki  v Napier City Rovers at Yarrow ...

    Team Taranaki have ended their losing streak.

    BMX Club is top club

    The New Plymouth BX club has been named Club of the Year (2016) at the Cycling NZ Awards.
Front: Committee member Glen ...

    Taranaki BMX Club named Club of the Year at the Cycling NZ awards

    Trainer 'forced out'

    Lee Hurley says delays in processing his driver training service provider application by the New Zealand Transport ...

    "People who point out what's going wrong get crucified."

    Taranaki house fire

    Four fire crews battled the Taranaki blaze.

    The rural home was ablaze when fire crews arrived.

    Manawatu

    Duo defy the odds

    Vicki Walsh, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, finished the Manawatu Striders half marathon with the ...

    She was told she wouldn't run again, but despite her cancer, she crossed the finish line.

    Hospital struggles

    The cracks "are ever-widening" for Tararua's Community Hospital, a manager says.

    Tararua's community hospital struggles to provide care after cuts, says manager.

    Worthington wins marathon

    Brendon won the Manawatu Marathon by 11 minutes from his nearest rival.

    Brendon Worthington's training run took on a golden glow on Sunday.

    A place of inclusion

    Jonny Kan and Mitchell Pera concentrate on their artwork during a NOA session in the Te Manawa foyer.

    Te Manawa's NOA is a group set apart by its inclusiveness. Creativity flourishes there.

    Nelson

    School races against time

    Josephine, left, Maia and Stu Rankin read the adventure race map with friend Carol Hufflett, during Nelson Central ...

    The Central Challenge had families and groups searching high and low for clues in a fundraising event.

    'Sparkling light' killed

    Police divert traffic on the Coastal Highway after a fatal car crash.

    A young woman described as a "bright sparkling light" was killed in a crash on the Coastal Highway.

    Waimea Combined stun Nelson College

    Waimea Combined Schools celebrate their stunning UC Championship rugby win over Nelson College on Saturday.

    Waimea Combined score a stunning upset win over Nelson College.

    School bus clampdown riles parents

    Golden Bay student Billy Kyle, 16, will be affected by the bus company's decision to enforce Government rules.

    Enforcement of school bus rules means up to 120 Golden Bay students face a long walk or a bill.

    Marlborough

    Start spreading the news video

    Jodie and Jonny Keen are the owners of Marlborough's newest food truck, JJ's.

    Blenheim beats little town blues by taking bite out of Big Apple's cafe culture, with more food outlets per capita.

    'The scape goats'

    Workers Accommodation Marlborough owner Mandy Matthews in one of the residential properties she manages in Blenheim.

    Property manager says RSE workers live in four or five-bedroom houses, while MSD is looking for one-bedroom houses.

    Mental health trials underway

    Mental health patients are "pouring into" the emergency department at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim.

    Patients are 'pouring in' but new programmes could help ease the strain, health board says.

    Moving away from TV

    Broadband use jumps sharply at 3.30pm in Marlborough, as children come home from school. (File photo)

    Broadband use skyrockets in Marlborough on back of streaming and online gaming.

    South Canterbury

    The 'perfect' Aurora Australis video

    The aurora lights the skies around the Church of the Epiphany, Gebbies Pass.

    Conditions "perfect" for viewing in the South Island as solar flare creates strong reaction.

    Missing man located

    Murray Wall has been located safe and well.

    Missing Timaru man Murray Wall has been located safe and well, police say.

    'Deeply concerned'

    Ara Institute of Canterbury's Washdyke training farm.

    Polytechnic to meet with key stakeholders over "deep concerns".

    Family Works under pressure

    Counsellor Glenn Smith works with adults who have addiction problems. Smith thinks a three-month wait for family ...

    Three-month wait list for Family Works' counselling service prompts DHB assistance.

    Southland

    Stage two of cycle trail opened

    Three members of the Southland Community Trust were some of the first to experience the new section after the opening of ...

    The newest section of the Te Anau to Manapouri cycle trail is open for use, with people of all ages welcomed out for a spin.

    Steel break record 

    The Southern Steel squad after their victory over the Northern Stars.

    Southern Steel have broken a franchise record with their 82-58 win over the Northern Stars.

    Passion for singing video

    Max McCauley has entertained many thousands of country music fans.

    Country music singing has taken Max McCauley all over the New Zealand.

    Te Anau fights for maternity centre

    A large crowd of supporters turned out in Te Anau on Saturday afternoon to march.

    The Te Anau community bands together to fight for better rural maternity funding.

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