The Kim Dotcom saga explained

Kim Dotcom grew into a larger-than-life figure through his courtroom battles, and his political and business endeavours.

From wanted man to household name, these are the twists and turns of Kim Dotcom's legal fight.

Shearer breaks world record video

Timekeeper Darin Forde encourages Invercargill shearer Leon Samuels to a ewe shearing record of 605 sheep in 8 hours, at ...

9:59 PM  In a mere eight hours, Invercargill shearer Leon Samuels sheared 605 ewes - breaking the world record.

Bank card stolen from Starship

This woman is believed to be one of four people linked to a stolen bank card that was taken from the victim at Starship ...

9:11 PM  The card was taken from a person at Starship hospital and used at various stores.

Sentenced for threatening texts

The Blenheim District Court.

9:25 PM  Man told ex-partner "It's the people around you who I will go after".

Saving a million-dollar forest

Community environmental volunteer group, Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves, is campaigning for Wellington City Council to ...

Wellington ratepayers are considering buying a million-dollar forest to save it from the clutch of developers.

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Askin 'a helluva chap' video

Steve Askin was an accomplished and careful helicopter pilot.

 The funeral of helicopter pilot and SAS soldier Steve Askin was full of sadness and laughter.

Dalziel: 'I am taking responsibility'

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel at a meeting for residents affected by the Port Hills fires on Saturday.

Christchurch mayor takes responsibility for communication problems during the Port Hills fire.

Burnt feet after BBQ incident

The child was burnt in an incident involving a BBQ.

A 5-year-old child has been taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

Stockcar crashes in Wainui

Tire markes show where the group were doing burnouts.

A quiet suburb is worried about a local group racing in the streets and crashing a stockcar through a fence.

Still time to hit the beach

Bailey Van de Coolwijk, 17, from Wellington backflips into the water.

Wellington's weather gods save the best till last as the final week of summer arrives.

Paua ban extended

Coastal uplift has caused a loss of habitat for juvenile paua.

Emergency closure of Kaikoura's paua fishery pushed out by nine months to help quake-battered stocks.

Fatal crash in Whakatane

The road has been closed while the scene is cleared.

The road has been closed while the scene is cleared.

Affair details revealed

Margaret Kronfeld, photographed in Dunedin in 2016.

A Dunedin woman was subjected to abusive emails, texts and calls, allegedly from her husband's former lover.

Court rules against Dotcom

Kim Dotcom has been battling extradition through the courts.

The High Court has ruled against Kim Dotcom - and the case is set to head back to court.

'Scariest 15 minutes ever'

A motorist reported the driver of this campervan to police.

A campervan on the wrong side of the road in the Manawatu Gorge left those in the trailing car "terrified".

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crime

Affair details revealed

Margaret Kronfeld, photographed in Dunedin in 2016.

A Dunedin woman was subjected to abusive emails, texts and calls, allegedly from her husband's former lover.

'OMG, my car! What happened?'

He tried to pretend his car was stolen, but his acting wouldn't have fooled "the most inexperienced police officer".

WWII vet didn't want Bitcoins

Fewer child sex offenders in Waikato

nz earthquake

Quake-affected building shut

Wellington office building 80 The Terrace is owned by Mt Everest Properties.

More disruption in Wellington CDB, as NZ Fire Service HQ shut after engineers say building needs engineering work.

St James to close for a year

The yellow stickered St James Theatre on Courtenay Place will close for earthquake strengthening in 2018.

National ballet will need a new home while Wellington's 105-year-old theatre is quake-strengthened.

Bank closure 'disaster'

ANZ Molesworth Street, Wellington has been closed since the November earthquake.

ANZ Molesworth Street closure is "disappointing" for an area in need of recovery.

27,000 claims from quake

Thousands of houses were damaged in the November 14 earthquake, including Tony Guthrie's home in Kaikoura.

Over 18,000 claims for building damage and nearly 3000 for building and contents.

politics

Mum sues over son's death

Lyn Copland at Wellington's High Court. She is taking legal action against Capital & Coast DHB, for failing to prevent ...

Lyn Copland can't get her boy back, but she's determined to expose the mental health system's flaws.

English reticent, but deals a must

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Bill English, Minister of Finance for the NZ National Govt

OPINION: Do the maths: National can't afford not to strike deals with its support partners.

Maori Party paves way for Hone

Mana leader Hone Harawira aligned with Kim Dotcom's Internet Party in 2014 and didn't make it back into Parliament.

A Maori-Mana Party deal clears the way for Hone Harawira's political return - and puts Labour in the crosshairs.

PM slams Super boss's super funds video

NZ Super Fund chief executive Adrian Orr has been tipped as the next Reserve Bank Governor.

Bill English says heads could roll after NZ's highest-paid public servant received 36 per cent pay rise despite his objection.

education

Students may miss out on support

Education Minister Hekia Parata says there is no reason schools can not use their funding for more support staff, but ...

Support staff could face job or hour cuts if their funding remains frozen, a South Canterbury principals spokeswoman says.

Fix failing schools

Systems that incentivise improved performance from students and their teachers could help some of New Zealand's ...

Paying teachers for their students' success and scaling back regulation could help turn around failing schools, says think tank.

College introduces Day Zero

Te Kauwhata College principal Deborah Hohneck is looking forward to seeing her students flourish under the Day Zero concept.

Te Kauwhata College has introduced 'Day Zero' every Wednesday where the students' regular weekly timetable is dropped.

A pineapple a day

Alkatraz Nuku, 9, munches into a piece of pineapple as part of the Fruit in Schools programme at Marfell School.

Every morning, hundreds of students around Taranaki dig into a helping of fruit as part of a nation wide project to encourage healthy eating.

health

Traffic delays expected

Traffic contingency planning for this week's major events may make access to Christchurch Hospital difficult. Canterbury ...

Major events being held in Christchurch this week may make access to the city's main hospital challenging.

Mum sues over son's death

Lyn Copland at Wellington's High Court. She is taking legal action against Capital & Coast DHB, for failing to prevent ...

Lyn Copland can't get her boy back, but she's determined to expose the mental health system's flaws.

Should Pharmac fund tampons?

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Woman hygiene protection, close-up.menstruation calendar with cotton tampons

Govt agency to consider chipping in for sanitary items, such as tampons and pads.

Support for sanitary subsidy

New Plymouth Foodbank manager Mike Merrick fully supports the move by Pharmac to consider subsiding sanitary products.

"You can't be a woman and get by without those products."

women of influence

Women of Influence winners video

WOI

Founder of Organic Initiative Helen Robinson took out the supreme Women of Influence title.

Recap: Women of Influence

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The fourth annual Women of Influence awards kick off at SkyCity.

Women of Influence highlights

Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand country head Kirsten Patterson spoke about purpose and leadership.

The theme of the morning was turning ideas into action.

Quiz: Women of Influence 2016

190912 News photo: Supplied/Matamata Chronicle. Kate Sheppard.

How much do you know about the history of women in this country?

farming

Paua ban extended

Coastal uplift has caused a loss of habitat for juvenile paua.

Emergency closure of Kaikoura's paua fishery pushed out by nine months to help quake-battered stocks.

Shareholders choose takeover

Shareholders ope for Chinese takeover of Blue Sky Meats in Southland.

A Chinese takeover of Southland processor Blue Sky Meats has been given shareholder approval.

Gun taken for farmer's safety

The November quake split land in half, like this farm in Kekerengu.

Police confiscate gun as fragile drought and quake-hit farmers hit breaking point.

Agria shareholders up in arms

New Zealand agricultural services company PGG Wrightson, majority controlled by Agria Corp, is involved in livestock ...

Chinese majority owner of PGG Wrightson in strife with shareholders.

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