NZ rivers under threat

Swimming at the Oroua river in Awahuri in Manawatu.

11:53 AM  Three quarters of NZ's native freshwater fish species are threatened by the state of our water, Government report says.

Stormy weather on horizon

On Friday, the front will move up the South Island bringing heavy rain to the west and scattered falls to the east. ...

Here comes the winter - severe gales and heavy rain are on the way for many.

Bikers' fatal collision

Traffic was backed up near the scene of the fatal crash north of Tokoroa.

8 min ago  Two motorbike riders who died in a crash collided with each other head-on, police say.

'A role-model family' video

Verity and Ben McLean.

Verity McLean was a "happy mum". Now she's dead and her husband accused of killing her. What happened?

Trailer load of chips crashes

State Highway 27 is under Stop-go after a truck and trailer crashed.

11:28 AM  A refrigerator truck full of frozen chips has overturned blocking part of a Waikato highway.

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The fight for the 'wilderness'

An artistic impression of development at Okura. With light green stripes to be housing and surrounding darker greens to ...

Residents of a coastal village, where 750 houses are proposed, are up for a fight.

Mayor challenges Government

Horowhenua councillor Ross Campbell is accused by other councilors of breaching the code of conduct.

Horowhenua mayor Michael Feyen doesn't trust his deputy mayor, but can't get rid of him.

Black Cap pleads guilty

Cricketer Doug Bracewell has pleaded guilty to driving with breath alcohol more than three-time the legal limit. (File photo)

Doug Bracewell admits to drink driving, saying he "stuffed up and made an extremely bad call".

Burnoff billows over horizon

Smoke drifts across the Wairau Valley from a forestry burnoff.

Huge clouds of smoke are from a farmer's burnoff, rural fire says.

Classic American Packards motoring Wanaka's way

A Wanaka-domiciled 1932 Packard Twin Six Sports Phaeton will be among 50 Packards at next year's Warbirds Over Wanaka.

You can't just buy any old Packard and apply to be a member of the club.

Convicted fraudster shows up

Ann-Marie Kathrine Smith admitted two charges of obtaining money by deception, totalling $3495, in the Christchurch ...

Convicted fraudster makes appearance at Christchurch court office a day after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Gorge closure costs mount video

Saddle Rd is being upgraded to make it a quicker and safer alternative route to the Manawatu Gorge.

Engineers are assessing a large slip in the Manawatu Gorge to see when it is safe to start clearing.

Blaze guts Porirua home

The house is well involved just after 9am on Thursday.

Nobody injured but property destroyed in huge fire.

Fight for job security

Support workers gathered on the streets of New Plymouth for a one-hour organised strike to call for better job security ...

Disability support workers protest slow progress on new collective agreement, fearing job loss and increasing risks.

One dead after police chase

The crash scene on Thursday morning.

A car seen doing a burnout fled from police. Minutes later a person was dead.

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crime

Raffle ticket ruse

The group have approached residents in Chartwell, Queenwood, Rototuna and northern suburbs of Hamilton.

10:20 AM  The group is going door to door selling raffle tickets for a school trip, but local schools have no trips planned.

Gang trust to win charity case

Deregistered charity looks set to win appeal, despite links to notorious gang.

Policer officer on murder charge

Police injuries going down

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A hull lot of history

Maritime archeologist Kurt Bennett will create a 3D image of the Edwin Fox's mid-section.

One of the world's oldest ships is to travel overseas once again but this time without getting wet.

'The supreme sacrifice'

Australian Army veteran Betty Binnie gets her two remounted medals pinned to her chest by RAAF Squadron Leader Marcus Watson.

Rocked to the core in recent years by earthquakes, the people of Ward stand strong to remember the fallen this Anzac day.

Nokia House: in or out?

Nokia House on Manners St was one of the buildings deemed to need more checks after the Kaikoura earthquake.

Tenants, engineers and landlords have "differences in opinion" over occupancy of high-rise office building post quake.

Borer, leaks plague capital homes

An investigation of Wellington's housing stock has found earthquake concerns in 60 per cent of 100 inspected homes.

Infestations and poor weather proofing raise earthquake concerns in inquiry into city housing stock.

politics

The true cost of NZ water

Councils are under pressure to reclaim some of the water permits they handed out decades ago. Pictured is Coes Ford on ...

The Government says nobody owns the water, but that hasn't stopped people making a fortune selling it.

Migration debate triggers a logic bypass

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse imposed a "remuneration test" as a proxy for skills.

OPINION: Recent boom in work and student visas suggests room for cuts.

A Kiwi immigration vocabulary

Winston Peters likes to describe immigrants an inundation instead of people.

We compare the phrases with the reality - complete with dog-whistle ratings.

Flavell and Harawira at odds

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says Hone Harawira's criticisms of Maori land reforms aren't credible ...

The biggest Maori land reform in decades is set to pass but Maori leaders are divided on the benefits.

education

Teacher slapped student's face

The teacher lashed out after her 11-year-old grandson giggled as she talked about a parent's funeral service.

The teacher lashed out after her 11-year-old grandson giggled as she talked about a parent's funeral service.

Full-to-bursting relief

Witherlea School pupils, from left, Aimee Stewart, 7, Sylvie Crowe, 10, Emma Straker, 7, Grace Straker, 10, and Jess ...

The Ministry of Education, in its "weird and wonderful ways", foots the bill for new classrooms in Blenheim.

Final farewell for 102-year rural legacy

The ministry of education will assess whether the site is still required for an educational purpose.

A zero enrollment has closed Ngamatea School after 102-years of teaching Waimarino's rural children.

Navy strengthens ties to town

Every year the New Zealand Navy plays a large role in Napier's Art Deco Weekend festivities after leading the recovery ...

The role of the navy in the recovery work in two of New Zealand's largest earthquakes have deepened naval ties in the towns.

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Fight for job security

Support workers gathered on the streets of New Plymouth for a one-hour organised strike to call for better job security ...

Disability support workers protest slow progress on new collective agreement, fearing job loss and increasing risks.

Confessions of an alco-pop girl

RTD-swilling women under 24 are emerging as New Zealand's worst problem drinkers - and I'm not surprised, Anna Loren writes.

OPINION: I got drunk for the first time when I was 13. It was fun, until it wasn't.

One in four Kiwis infected each year

The community being prepared for flu season is "very important", says Taranaki DHB CEO Rosemary Clements.

"Influenza can affect anyone no matter how fit, active and healthy they may be."

CDHB committee member quits

Cheryl Macaulay has quit from her role on the CDHB's facilities committee.

The managing director of a property firm that leases a building to the CDHB has quit her role on the board's facilities committee.

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Women of Influence: Enter now

2016 Women of Influence supreme winner Helen Robinson accepts her award from 2015 supreme winner Joan Withers.

Entries and nominations for the 2017 Women of Influence Awards open from April 11 to May 28.

About the awards

The New Zealand Women of Influence programme recognises and celebrates women from all walks of life.

Thanks to our partners

the 2016 Women of Influence winners.

Meet the organisations that make the awards possible.

Meet our alumni

Dame Therese Walsh helped deliver a flawless Rugby World Cup 2011.

Meet our alumni of amazing winners and finalists from 2013 - 2016.

farming

A food and wine match

BV Gourmet second chef Chris Pearce makes pickled beetroot for harvest meals.

It's been a challenging harvest, not just for the vineyard workers, but for those who feed them. If you call 25,000 meals challenging.

Unsold bales fill up woolsheds

Wool bales are sitting around unsold across the country.

Farmers hold onto their wool in hopes a low market will rebound after Chinese interest cools.

50 years of farming revolution

Of the transforming factors of Canterbury agriculture, irrigation is way out in front.

Keith Woodford reflects on half a century of farming change in Canterbury and expects to see more.

Battle of the brothers

Brothers Tom, Fergus and Sam Lourie, Takapau, getting in a bit of fencing practice in the lead up to the TeenAg national ...

Three Central Hawke's Bay brothers have qualified for the TeenAg national final.

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    Auckland

    The fight for the 'wilderness'

    An artistic impression of development at Okura. With light green stripes to be housing and surrounding darker greens to ...

    Residents of a coastal village, where 750 houses are proposed, are up for a fight.

    Comedian follows in Clarke's footsteps

    Comedian Rhys Mathewson says he has learned to "harness" the anxieties of being a comedian.

    At just 26 it's still early days for comedian Rhys Mathewson.

    Volunteers squat to protest rent

    Volunteers out front of the old Devonport council building they are squatting in, from left: Rebecca McMillan, Michael ...

    “We took the bull by the horns” - volunteers squatting in Auckland Council building to provide World Masters Games information centre.

    Hobsonville's new $300m development

    Impression of the extrerior of Hobson Quarter housing.

    The first of 39 new homes for the developing area are scheduled for completion by 2018.

    Wellington

    Blaze guts Porirua home

    The house is well involved just after 9am on Thursday.

    Nobody injured but property destroyed in huge fire.

    Black Cap pleads guilty

    Cricketer Doug Bracewell has pleaded guilty to driving with breath alcohol more than three-time the legal limit. (File photo)

    Doug Bracewell admits to drink driving, saying he "stuffed up and made an extremely bad call".

    Call to ban restraints 

    The plight of Ashley Peacock has shone a spotlight on seclusion practices in recent years.

    Review into jails, police and healthcare says seclusion and restraints are used too often.

    Uber driver in the firing line

    Uber

    He risked a storm to help two Americans. Now, the Uber driver who took them on a $1033 trip is under investigation.

    Canterbury

    What makes a great cafe? video

    Offering something different can be a cafe's saviour, but there is a risk in becoming gimmicky.

    Coffee connoisseurs share their secrets to surviving the fiercely competitive bean scene.

    NZ rivers under threat

    Swimming at the Oroua river in Awahuri in Manawatu.

    Most of NZ's native freshwater fish species are threatened by the state of our water, Government report says.

    Quake-damaged school to move

    Banks Avenue School former principal Murray Edlin inspects one of the cracks on the school's grounds after the 2011 ...

    Banks Avenue Primary School will be rebuilt on the nearby Shirley Boys' High site.

    Car rolls in central Christchurch

    A car rolled on Salisbury St, near the intersection with Durham St in Christchurch, early Thursday.

    A driver had to be cut from their vehicle after crashing and rolling on a central city street.

    Waikato

    Seeking closure after Tangiwai

    Beryl Donovan holds a photo of her parents, Lance and Dorothy Redman, on their wedding day in 1943, before Lance died in ...

    Their father gave his life to save others at Tangiwai - NZ's worst ever rail disaster.

    Riders hit head-on

    Traffic was backed up near the scene of the fatal crash north of Tokoroa.

    Two motorcyclists who died in a crash with a tanker north of Tokoroa did not know each other.

    Body found on beach

    Police officers scour Papamoa beach where a man's body washed up on Thursday morning.

    The body of a 60-year-old local man has been found on Papamoa beach in Tauranga.

    Life in a car with 11 pets

    Shirley McMillan holds Cosima and Huia beside husband Selwyn, with Kandee, in the car that has become their home.

    The couple are "desperate" after being kicked out by their landlord. But the animals keep them going.

    Taranaki

    Being seen brings sweet rewards

    Pam Rumble received a chocolate bar for wearing her bright jacket while riding along New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway ...

    "People have got to be seen, if we can't be seen that's when bad things happen."

    Support workers strike

    Support workers gathered on the streets of New Plymouth for a one-hour organised strike to call for better job security ...

    Disability support workers protest slow progress on new collective agreement, fearing job loss and increasing risks.

    Do you get a flu shot?

    The community being prepared for flu season is "very important", says Taranaki DHB CEO Rosemary Clements.

    "Influenza can affect anyone no matter how fit, active and healthy they may be."

    Peeking Panda, hidden flavour

    New Asian inspired Oakura restaurant Peeking Panda will open its doors to the public next week. Left to right, Kohin ...

    It's small, it's cute and it packs a lot of taste. It's Peeking Panda.

    Manawatu

    Author on a mission

    Glyn Harper reads his WWI children's book Jim's Letters to a class at Tiritea School.

    Whether it's military histories for adults or children, Glyn Harper is prolific.

    Deputy mayor row

    Horowhenua councillor Ross Campbell is accused by other councilors of breaching the code of conduct.

    Horowhenua mayor Michael Feyen wants to change his deputy but can't.

    Manawatu Gorge costs mount video

    Saddle Rd is being upgraded to make it a quicker and safer alternative route to the Manawatu Gorge.

    Engineers are assessing the large slip in the Gorge to see when it's safe to start clearing.

    Tangiwai tragedy heroes

    Beryl Donovan holds a photo of her parents, Lance and Dorothy Redman, on their wedding day in 1943, before Lance died in ...

    Their father gave his life to save others at Tangiwai - NZ's worst ever rail disaster.

    Nelson

    Aurora lights up Lake Rotoiti

    The aurora at Lake Rotoiti on April 23, captured by Nelson photographer Terry Urban.

    A strong geomagnetic storm caused a rare Aurora Australis to be visible at Lake Rotoiti.

    Hone sleeping ban plan

    Protests such as this in the Nelson CBD will soon be subject to a permit process under a new council bylaw.

    A proposed new bylaw out for public consultation bans sleeping in the CBD and requires permits for protests.

    Shorter ferry link gets town's tick

    The entrance to Port Motueka would be transformed if the proposed inter-island Midwest Ferries link goes ahead.

    Around 45 jobs would be created in Motueka if an inter-island link with Whanganui goes ahead.

    Driving down electric avenue

    Darryl Naidoo proudly showed his electric Tesla Model S during the Nelson stop of the Leading the Charge Electric ...

     Motoring's electric future was rolled out at Nelson's 1903 Square on Wednesday.

    Marlborough

    One month, 25,000 meals

    BV Gourmet second chef Chris Pearce makes pickled beetroot for harvest meals.

    It's been a challenging harvest, not just for the vineyard workers, but for those who feed them. 

    Pokie scheme 'netted $1m a year'

    Michael Joseph O'Brien was allegedly at the centre of a pokie machine grants scam.

    Crown alleges true control was concealed to deceive gambling authorities.

    Property hunters turn to 'P houses'

    This one-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Blenheim is going under the hammer with methamphetamine contamination.

    As this "cosy" meth-ridden Blenheim flat shows, people know a bargain when they see one.

    Sky-high simulation video

    Inside the cockpit of the RNZAF Hercules C-130 during Exercise Skytrain in Marlborough.

    Aerial drops, night operations, low-level flying: welcome to RNZAF's Exercise Skytrain.

    South Canterbury

    Super friendly clash for Timaru

    Crusaders supporter Toby Carpenter (left) and Highlanders supporter Olly George both think their team will win the Super ...

    Crusaders and Highlanders fans are in for a treat when the two sides clash in Timaru in July.

    Park extension mulled

    DOC is looking to expand the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park boundaries to include Godley and Tasman braided riverbeds.

    Discussions underway to expand Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park boundary.

    Westpac admits ATM issues

    The Westpac ATM, the ony one in Fairlie, which has broken down again this week.

    Westpac admits service in Fairlie not up to scratch following complaints over ATM.

    Drama community to air concerns

    The South Canterbury Drama League are hosting a public meeting to ask Timaru District councillors to explain their ...

    Drama community calls meeting with council to discuss concerns over theatre.

    Southland

    'A role-model family' video

    Verity and Ben McLean.

    Verity McLean was a "happy mum". Now she's dead and her husband accused of killing her. What happened?

    Cop's murder charge

    Constable Ben McLean has been a officer in Invercargill since 2007.

    Officer charged with murder handed himself in at the police station 40 minutes after the deadly shooting.

    Support from riding centre

    Julia Latham with her horses, Gracie, left, and Maxi.

    Training courses on riding and caring for horses are helping children at risk in Southland.

    From financial survival to growth

    Rugby Southland general manager Andrew Moreton.

    Rugby Southland announces big 2016 financial surplus and finally has cash reserves in the bank.

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