Young mum dies in crash

It is understood Emily Hurley, 20, was the driver of a car carrying three others, including her partner, when it collided head-on with another car.

Tributes have started to flow for a young mum who lost her life in an early morning crash near Whanganui.

Severe thunderstorm warning off

A few of the forecast thunderstorms could become severe, with localised rainfall rates of 25 to 40mm an hour.

9:58 PM  Heavy showers and thunderstorms hit North Island but warning of severe storms called off.

Large house fire in Auckland

Firefighters battles a blaze at a derelict property in Auckland.

Huge blaze at derelict house in Flat Bush sparks high number of 111 calls.

Abduction case car appeal

Anyone with information on the Maxima is urged to contact the Palmerston North Police Station on (06) 351 3600.

Police appeal for sightings of late model Nissan Maxima after girl abducted in Palmerston North on Friday.

Hitch-hiker's gear stolen video

Jan-Paul Fajta of Germany was robbed of all his belongings when he hitched a ride from Timaru to Oamaru.

A German hitch-hiker who had his belongings stolen no longer believes NZ is a safe country.

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Celebrity rider suffers head injury

The Wilson sisters (from left) Amanda, Vicki and Kelly headlined the Riding With The Stars event in Hamilton.

Top Kiwi horse rider suffers a concussion and memory loss after falling from her horse during rehearsal.

Severe thunderstorm warning off

A few of the forecast thunderstorms could become severe, with localised rainfall rates of 25 to 40mm an hour.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms hit North Island but warning of severe storms called off.

Council charged over teen's death

Jane Lee Devonshire, 19, died after a rubbish truck plunged down a bank in the Auckland suburb of Birkenhead.

Charge laid against Auckland Council after Jane Devonshire was killed when a rubbish truck plunged down a bank.

Three win Lotto

The winning tickets were sold at Countdown Botany in Auckland, Patumahoe Four Square in Patumahoe and Hornby Mall Lotto in Christchurch, Lotto NZ says.

Buy Lotto in Botany Auckland, Patumahoe or Hornby in Christchurch? You could be in the money.

Three saved after boat capsizes

Coastguard helped tow a capsized boat back to shore at Raglan.

Rescue operation launched after a boat up-turned attempting to cross the Raglan bar.

Tourists stopped, keys taken

The tourists were "pushed" off the road by another motorist at roadworks near Klondyke Corner, a Tasman Police District Command Centre spokeswoman said.

Tourists stranded after being "pushed" off road by motorist who took their keys, police say.

Large house fire in Auckland

Firefighters battles a blaze at a derelict property in Auckland.

Huge blaze at derelict house in Flat Bush sparks high number of 111 calls.

Gruelling Portage Crossing a success video

The Portage crossing celebrates an ancient Waka passage between the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours.

High spirits, rather than high seas, dominated Saturday's demanding Portage Crossing in Auckland.

'I know we can do this' video

Duane Major is one of the men behind crowd funding effort to buy a NZ beach in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Final push as campaign to buy Abel Tasman beach reaches $2 million.

Young mum dies in crash

It is understood Emily Hurley, 20, was the driver of a car carrying three others, including her partner, when it collided head-on with another car.

Tributes have started to flow for a young mum who lost her life in an early morning crash near Whanganui.

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crime

Night prowler caught

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man who admitted committing "numerous" burglaries in the Selwyn and North Canterbury areas.

Man admits multiple burglaries around Canterbury after being caught red-handed.

'A bloody tragic thing'

Neighbours describe hearing commotion before a man was found dead in Christchurch.

'She was just laying there'

Fraud accused was a 'bully'

politics

Why Key could pull off a 4th term

The election looks likely to be held against the backdrop of a largely benign economy.

OPINION: Unless the economy takes a sour turn, the Key government may well remain an impenetrable fortress.

Bridges stalls electric car policy

Transport minister Simon Bridges poses for a photo at the opening of the Vector electric charging station in Auckland on Friday.

When will the transport minister make his announcement on electric vehicles?

Obama's 'real friendship' with Key video

Mates. John Key and Barack Obama.

The US President wants to pay New Zealand a visit - it's just a case of sorting his schedule.

Deportees costing $1000 each

Corrections Minister Judith Collins said PARS has already helped more than 100 deportees to settle into New Zealand.

Costs for deportee support services are ongoing, as Government gives another $100k.

education

New schools signal learning shift

Plans for the new modern learning hub to be built at Rangiora Borough School.

Work to transform four Waimakariri schools into modern learning environments to go ahead.

Surfing Iran and Papua New Guinea

Easkey Britton was reportedly the first woman to surf in Iran.

An Irish surfer has shared her passion with women in Iran and Papua New Guinea.

NZQA reviewing typing rule

Declan Callaghan, left, and sister Mirren are happy NZQA is reviewing the rule that blocked their writer Matt Macfarlane, centre, from typing their assessments.

Special-needs students will be able to request their writers to type their assignments.

Schools under pressure

Cashmere High school principal Mark Wilson says his school is facing unprecedented demand for enrolments.

Christchurch's state high schools are seeing "unprecedented" demand for places as families move into the city for jobs.

health

Mother and daughter battle together

Christchurch woman Natasha Woolfe, 34, was told she has terminal cancer in the same year she learned her daughter, Jorja Pender,14, had a rare auto-immune condition.

Christchurch mother told of terminal cancer while daughter diagnosed with rare disease.

Farmer helpline needed

Last year Sir John Kirwan spoke to Manawatu farmers about coping with stress and depression.

Farmers need access to a 24/7 helpline for mental health support.

City closer to being smokefree

Smokefree advocate Richard Foster, from Melbourne, talks to interested groups about how smokefree spaces are benefiting Melbourne. From left; Kerry Hocquard, Sally Darragh, Julie Beckett and Richard Foster.

Outdoor dinning areas are soon becoming smokefree in Palmerston North.

Farmers egged on to suicide

Waikato herd manager Gina Greenwood says farmers are not responsible for the bobby calf deaths which have attracted the ire of animal welfare activists.

Attacks on dairy farmers from animal rights advocates are escalating, supporters say.

women of influence

Being a woman in a man's world video

Joan Withers had little time to contemplate her award as Westpac Women of Influence supreme winner, going straight into a Mighty River Power shareholder's meeting the next day.

Girls in low-decile schools lack the role models to inspire them to success, says the award-winning business leader.

2015 winners

Winners of the Women of Influence awards 2015.

Businesswoman Joan Withers is named the supreme winner at this year's Women of Influence awards.

Why women start business

Sarah Lin not only helps businesses with their 3D printing needs but she also volunteers for an organisation that helps children in need of prosthetic hands through 3D printing.

Sarah Lin wanted freedom and flexibility when she started her 3D printing company.

Women of Influence finalists: Board and management

Barbara Kendall  volunteers on 13 different executive boards, commissions and working groups nationally and globally for sport representing athletes, woman, New Zealand and Oceania.

The finalists for the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in the Board and Management category.

farming

Herd the one about the sheep? video

A new perspective on sheep farming.

Drone footage of Hawke's Bay sheep being herded has attracted global attention.

Flashpoint over poachers

Blenheim police Sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Fed-up farmers are losing patience with trespassing hunters.

Top shearers meet Welshmen 

Dion King, one of New Zealand's shearers facing Wales.  He is shearing as part of a during a competition.

Rangitikei will host the third test between New Zealand shearers and Wales.

Show hens some love

Animal welfare activists in 2014 protest against the farming of colony-caged eggs

Animal rights group SAFE wants Countdown supermarkets to sell only free-range or barn-raised eggs.

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