Pregnant woman strangled, bit

Northern Districts and Auckland representative cricketer Cody Andrews was sentenced in Hamilton District Court on Monday.

Judge says cricketer's heavily pregnant partner "must have been terrified" during his prolonged, drunken attack.

Pedestrian in serious condition

Traffic has been redirected into Hauraki side streets after a pedestrian was hit by a car on the corner of Lake Rd and ...

5:16 PM  A male has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after being hit by a car on Auckland's North Shore.

Links between burglaries

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

4:47 PM  Police are investigating whether three ram raid burglaries in Christchurch in the last month are linked.

Cyclists lucky to be alive

An artist's impression of what the section of the proposed cycle/walking trail between Wellington and Melling might look ...

4:52 PM  A commuter wants a dangerous section of State Highway 2 added to the proposed cycle/walkway between Wellington City and Melling.

Mothers and babies at risk

Midwives say mothers and babies are being put at risk by unsafe staffing levels in hospitals around the country.

4:28 PM  Midwives are ringing alarm bells about "unsafe staffing levels" at maternity services around the country.

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US calls on Kiwi troops video

Prime Minister Bill English is still waiting for advice on the situation in Afghanistan before making a decision whether ...

Kiwi troops' increased presence in Afghanistan to be decided by PM in coming weeks.

Uncle denies sexual abuse

The man and his nephew will both give evidence at the Blenheim District Court this week. (File photo)

The nephew told his parents about the alleged abuse years ago, but they did not believe him, jury hears.

Unexplained death at hospital

Palmerston North Hospital management is accused of not being upfront about an unexplained death on its grounds.

"This man was in their arms looking for support and he ended up dead."

Midwives settle pay equity fight

Midwife Violet Clapham, left, with new mother Jennifer Orange and her 3-week-old son, Theo Orange.

Midwives withdraw pay equity court action after Government promises 6 per cent pay increase and negotiating powers.

Man's mysterious disappearance

Michael Craig McGrath went missing on Sunday, May 21.

Michael McGrath kept below the radar until he went missing about a week ago.

Ex city councillor calls for investigation

Invercargill city councillor Lindsay Abbott.

"You need your wits about you, especially when it's a big decision like that, and you shouldn't be drinking."

Field narrows in vandal hunt

Groundskeeper Chris Murphy and Pleasant Point cricket club captain Cameron Lundie at the scene of the vandalism that ...

Police are investigating "three persons of interest" after vandalism at South Canterbury sports grounds.

Army band reserve bound for Belgium

Tim Cook is a real estate agent with Harcourts in Palmerston North. He is one of three army buglers bound for Belgium to ...

Playing the Last Post isn't an easy job, but someone has to do it.

Hospital staff show strain

Heavy workloads and staff turnover are putting Waikato Hospital's emergency department under pressure.

Waikato Hospital's emergency department is bracing for a challenging winter.

Indian couple's fears come true

The couple arrived in New Zealand in September 2015, but now face deportation.

An Indian couple who fled their homeland, after marrying against family wishes, have given up their immigration fight.

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crime

Teen charged after fatal crash

A roadside memorial to Blenheim teenager Lara Glover near Spring Creek, north of Blenheim.

5:25 PM  Sixteen-year-old Lara Glover died in a car that was carrying eight teens when it crashed.

Meth accused back in court

Four men were charged after police raided six properties earlier this month.

Bungling robber slips, drops spoils video

Men accused of raping girl at party

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

NZ First candidate for Clutha-Southland

Mark Patterson has been named the New Zealand First candidate for the Clutha-Southland electorate.

The NZ First candidate for Clutha-Southland is Lawrence sheep farmer, Mark Patterson.

Webb laments Green candidacy

Labour Christchurch Central candidate Duncan Webb: 'It would have made this race a lot easier if the Greens hadn't stood.'

'It would have made this race a lot easier if the Greens hadn't stood.'

Euthanasia expert tours NZ

Professor Jan Bernheim was invited from Belgium to New Zealand by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.

Professor Jan Bernheim believes we should allow people to end their own lives, like his home country Belgium.

Students want GST removed from sanitary products

Rebecca Jacobs and Melanie Wilcock hope to receive 100,000 signatures.

"It is ridiculous to continue taxing sanitary products as luxury items."

education

Principal leaves heavy-hearted

Russell Brooke is leaving Long Bay College after 13 years at the school, nine as principal.

Russell Brooke says being a principal has made him feel humble and emotionally rich.

School walk in the park

The walking school bus mascot was a hit at Milford School.

Pupils walk their teachers to school at one Auckland school battling congestion issues.

The write stuff

Bohally Intermediate School year 7 pupils have donated school supplies for children in Vanuatu. Oasis Family Church ...

Blenheim pupils help children in Vanuatu with vital school supplies.

Chamber music contest heats up

James Hargest College student Cameron Hartley, 17, front right, with his fellow band members from The Striking Vikings, ...

A James Hargest College student is one of eight nationwide to enter an original piece in this years Chamber Music Contest.

health

No new cases of measles

Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, sore red eyes and a blotchy red rash which starts on the face ...

Disease appears not to be spreading in Wellington thanks to vaccine, health officials say.

Planned shake-up to maternity services

Waikato DHB community and clinical support executive director Mark Spittal.

Maternity services in South Waikato and King Country are earmarked for an overhaul.

Kids smiling at 'water-only' policy

Yendarra School students, from left, Mykyll Davis, 10, Adi Iketau, 10, Tamanu Dargaville, 9, only fill up on water at school.

"They can't believe there are kids their age drinking fizzy drinks."

Euthanasia expert tours NZ

Professor Jan Bernheim was invited from Belgium to New Zealand by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.

Professor Jan Bernheim believes we should allow people to end their own lives, like his home country Belgium.

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

Deer industry bucks up

Deer velvet sales were slow at the beginning of the 2016-17 season, but have since picked up.

Venison prices are up and the industry is diversifying.

First of the spring lambs

Lambs born in May  on a farm near Awahuri.

New lambs are racing around paddocks near Palmerston North and it is still officially autumn.

Feathers fly over vegan's idea

Roasted free range chicken is tasty and juicy.

ANALYSIS: An American animal rights activist doesn't want us to go the whole hog in turning vegan - just quit chicken.

Fewer farm safety breaches

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Number of farmers facing prosecution by WorkSafe NZ is falling.

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    Auckland

    Pedestrian in serious condition

    Traffic has been redirected into Hauraki side streets after a pedestrian was hit by a car on the corner of Lake Rd and ...

    A male has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after being hit by a car on Auckland's North Shore.

    Principal leaves heavy-hearted

    Russell Brooke is leaving Long Bay College after 13 years at the school, nine as principal.

    Russell Brooke says being a principal has made him feel humble and emotionally rich.

    Youth theatre presents Oliver!

    The National Youth Theatre Company's Alice Hanson and Hamish Mouat.

    A cast of 225 youth will bring Oliver! to the Aotea Centre in Auckland next week.

    School walk in the park

    The walking school bus mascot was a hit at Milford School.

    Pupils walk their teachers to school at one Auckland school battling congestion issues.

    Wellington

    Why Sheeran snubbed Welly

    Ed Sheeran: won't be going to Wellington or Christchurch.

    Concert promoter blames the lack of a suitable venue in the capital.

    Retirement concerns

    Some of the Karori Community are hoping to create a health hub on the campus, but fear they may not have the opportunity.

    Residents worried Karori could become "God's waiting room" if uni campus becomes a rest home.

    Death after Hawke's Bay crash

    A man has died in Hawke's Bay Hospital after a Sunday evening crash in Waipawa. (File photo)

    Driver dies after car crashes into fence on Waipawa road.

    Porirua - a doggie destination?

    Porirua has a dog population of nine dogs for every 100 people.

    Resident calls for dedicated dog park that could be "a jewel in city's crown".

    Canterbury

    Man's mysterious disappearance

    Michael Craig McGrath went missing on Sunday evening.

    Michael McGrath kept below the radar until he went missing about a week ago.

    Rape alleged at party

    Two men are trial in the Christchurch District Court for alleging raping a 15-year-old girl who was too drunk to consent ...

    Boyfriend tried to keep teen safe during party, but she was allegedly raped by pair.

    Indian couple's fears come true

    The couple arrived in New Zealand in September 2015, but now face deportation.

    Couple who fled homeland, after marrying against family wishes, give up immigration fight.

    'Decision will not come early'

    Bishop Victoria Matthews announced earlier this month that the Anglican synod would vote on the future of the Christ ...

    Decision on Christ Church Cathedral will be made in September, regardless of whether the Govt comes up with a better deal, bishop says.

    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.

    War on myrtle rust video

    Pohutukawa trees are one species potentially affected by myrtle rust.

    DOC staff so worried about a catastrophic myrtle rust outbreak, they're flying to remote areas to collect seeds.

    Cricketer strangles pregnant partner

    Northern Districts and Auckland representative cricketer Cody Andrews was sentenced in Hamilton District Court on Monday.

    Judge says cricketer's heavily pregnant partner "must have been terrified".

    Maternity service shake-up

    Waikato DHB community and clinical support executive director Mark Spittal.

    Maternity services in South Waikato and King Country are earmarked for an overhaul.

    Taranaki

    Library goes all in on 3D video

    Nanette Cook, HaweraPlus library officer, with two black unicorns printed on the library's new 3D printer.

    Books are old school. Now a library ain't nothing till it's got a 3D printer.

    Psychic versus skeptic

    Sensing Murder psychic Sue Nicholson in action.

    He's as skeptical as they come so why did this cop sign up for Sensing Murder? One psychic wants to know.

    Road threat to kokako being managed

    Volunteers carry the kokako into the Pirininihi Forest after an eighteen-year absence.

    At risk kokako have returned to Taranaki after a twelve year absence.

    A safe $20,000

    The Stratford TSB Pool Complex 's budget took a tumble with the $20,000 of unplanned upgrades.

    It doesn't matter there's never been an accident, incident or near-miss, it still needs $20,000 of safety upgrades.

    Manawatu

    SPCA Volunteer of the Year

    Yvette Craven, with her cat Molly acquired from SPCA about 10 years ago, has been selected as the SPCA Purina Volunteer ...

    A Palmerston North woman has been named as the country's leading SPCA volunteer.

    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.

    Nelson

    Waimea dam plan 'head and shoulders' above other options

    John Hutton says he believes the proposed dam is the best water augmentation option he has seen.

    The proposed dam ticks all the boxes at a relatively good cost, says interim project director John Hutton.

    '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.

    School's race 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.

    Cheapskates owners roll on

    Chris Kirby of Cheapskates is handing over the reins of his Nelson streetwear store he has run for the last 20 years.

    New owners, new location, but a Nelson retailer says the time is right to roll out the door.

    Marlborough

    Teen charged after fatal crash

    A roadside memorial to Blenheim teenager Lara Glover near Spring Creek, north of Blenheim.

    Sixteen-year-old Lara Glover died in a car that was carrying eight teens when it crashed.

    Like father, like son

    Rob Horsenail with son Charlie, 3, wearing a uniform made out of one of his dad's old, sooty outfits from the front line.

    Dressed in dad's dirty uniform, Charlie already knows what he wants to be.

    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.

    South Canterbury

    Seeking right woman for the job

    We want you... South Canterbury Drama League member Chris Thomas is looking for an Asian woman to play a role in the ...

    Timaru show could be abandoned unless actor found for very specific role.

    Timaru killer re-jailed

    Leif Wulff died from stab wounds on the beach at Timaru's Caroline Bay, pictured, in 1991. (FILE PHOTO)

    Caroline Bay killer Robin Pitney re-jailed for cutting off electronic bracelet.

    Former director to pay $456k

    Daniel O'Neill with one of his company's diggers, which was vandalised back in  2008.

    Former Timaru company director criticised for how he ran the now liquidated firm.

    Tributes to 'life-affirming' woman

    Fijian citizen Melaia Vakalala, who was given permission to stay in New Zealand on humanitarian grounds two years ago, ...

    A Timaru woman  welcoemd to New Zealand on humanitarian grounds has died.

    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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