Pregnant woman strangled, bit

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

2:47 PM  Judge says cricketer's heavily pregnant partner "must have been terrified" during his prolonged, drunken attack.

Uniforms by identity

Beckenham School in Christchurch is among schools where pupils are able to pick and choose what uniform they want, ...

1:53 PM  Trousers, skirts, kilts, culottes or shorts: it should be the student's choice regardless of gender, says teachers' union.

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.

Child killer sent back to jail

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

Man who murdered an 11-year-old boy had run away after cutting off his electronic bracelet.

Bungling robber slips video

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

2:10 PM  Could this man be one of New Zealand's most hopeless robbers? The security footage speaks for itself.

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Buy now, pay later

Trade Me's new Afterpay system will allow buyers to pay for items in fortnightly instalments.

Trade Me will introduce the feature later this year.

Former Taranaki man missing

Andrew Clement, far right and pcitured with his brothers Barry, Ken and Robert, has been missing for more than a week in ...

Andrew Clement was last seen on Sunday May 21.

Myrtle rust disaster looms

Pohutukawa trees are one species potentially affected by myrtle rust.

DOC collecting seeds of pohutukawa and manuka in case of catastrophic myrtle rust outbreak.

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 ...

A 15-year-old girl's boyfriend tried to lock her in a bedroom to keep her safe during a party, but she was later allegedly raped by two men. 

New culvert for New Lynn

Drone footage showed the extent of scouring in the New Lynn town centre following March's flooding.

Auckland Council has decided to put in an additional culvert in New Lynn to increase stormwater capacity.

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.

Police defend violent arrest video

Police have defended the actions of their officers.

Police faced online condemnation over this video, but they say they were arresting an armed robber who held up a pregnant shopkeeper.

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."

Maori remains return home

A powhiri for the 2005 return of toi moko - Maori heads - at Te Papa (File photo).

After being stolen for overseas audiences, 59 Maori and Moriori remains have come home.

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.

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crime

Robbery witnesses sought

An armed robber took money and cigarettes from the Super Liquor on Heaphy Terrace on Friday, May 26.

Police have released images of an armed liquor store robber and are asking for witnesses to come forward.

6 pub hold-ups alleged

Man who allegedly shot mum and daughter in Canterbury now charged with six pub gunpoint robberies.

Teen charged after fatal crash

Fake lawyer takes thousands

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

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."

NZ spy watchdog's Trump worries

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

NZ intelligence agencies must beware of getting "drawn into unlawful activity", our spy watchdog says.

education

Manurewa schools among most overcrowded

A Ministry of Education report reveals 214 schools around the country are considered over capacity, while 488 are at ...

Manurewa schools make up for a large chunk of the "over capacity" schools in Auckland.

Kings of their castle

Last king standing saw Rapaura pupils, from left, Lexie Yockney, Will Matheson, Gus Wickham, Maz Inwood, Walter Wickham, ...

A few right moves, and a group of Marlborough pupils are crowned kings of the regional chess circuit.

Teens to send balloon to space

Year 13 students Callum Smyth and Ben Lewens say they hope their project will inspire other students.

Their inspiration? A love of space, science and a desire to prove students can do anything.

Transgender research gets funding

Jaimie Veale researches transgender health in the psychology department at the University of Waikato.

Overseas research has uncovered notable health inequalities for transgender people, but little research has been conducted in New Zealand.

health

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.

Transgender research gets funding

Jaimie Veale researches transgender health in the psychology department at the University of Waikato.

Overseas research has uncovered notable health inequalities for transgender people, but little research has been conducted in New Zealand.

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.

Health system 'promoting disability'

Barry Adams, 35, needs surgery for a prolapsed disc in his spine.

Barry Adams needs back surgery, but won't get it unless he cannot work or walk.

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

    $130K fine after ferry crash

    The Kea ferry collided with Victoria Wharf in Devonport in 2015.

    Fullers ordered to pay out after collision that injured at least 19 passengers.

    Inspiring people to take pride video

    The tags have been covered up and will be removed by the centre's management.

    The Clendon Pride Project hopes to stamp out vandalism, rubbish and anti-social behaviour.

    DJ jazzes up basketball

    More teenagers got involved in school sport last year thanks to an innovative student-led project.

    An award-winning project found multiple ways, including a DJ, to lure teens to play sport.

    New culvert for New Lynn

    Drone footage showed the extent of scouring in the New Lynn town centre following March's flooding.

    Auckland Council has decided to put in an additional culvert in New Lynn to increase stormwater capacity.

    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.

    Maori remains return home

    A powhiri for the 2005 return of toi moko - Maori heads - at Te Papa (File photo).

    After being stolen for overseas audiences, 59 remains have come home.

    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 ...

    Belmont commuter wants dangerous section of SH2 added to proposed cycle/walkway.

    Canterbury

    Why Sheeran snubbed ChCh

    Ed Sheeran will not go to Wellington or Christchurch.

    The risk of bad weather made playing in the city an issue, Ed Sheeran's promoter says.

    6 pub hold-ups alleged

    Armed police swooped on a property in Rakaia Huts near Southbridge after a shooting near Rolleston last month.

    Man who allegedly shot mum, daughter now charged with six pub gunpoint robberies.

    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 ...

    A 15-year-old girl's boyfriend tried to lock her in a bedroom to keep her safe during a party, but she was later allegedly raped by two men. 

    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.'

    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.

    Cops hunt robber

    An armed robber took money and cigarettes from the Super Liquor on Heaphy Terrace on Friday, May 26.

    Police have released images of an armed liquor store robber and are asking for witnesses to come forward.

    This village is Godzone

    Maungakawa residents Pat and Marie Coles have watched their village grow, but say the sense of community remains.

    Residents of this Waikato village are pretty sure they are the definition of the good life.

    The day Gatland beat the Lions

    British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland once scored against them... while playing for Waikato in 1993.

    Amid the sweat-soaked Waikato jerseys was a mood of pure ecstasty. Gatland had scored.

    Taranaki

    Taranaki nursery to reopen after rust scare

    Taranaki plant nursery Big Jim's has been cleared to reopen, two weeks after after myrtle rust was detected on plants.

    Positive myrtle rust findings grow as nurseries reopen

    A dog to the rescue 

    Firefighters were still damping down hotspots on Monday morning  following a blaze at this Awatuna house around 3am.

    "He was woken by his dog. He heard glass breaking and got out."

    This ain't no dumping ground

    Hospice Shop volunteers Stuart and David are disappointed at the number of rubbish donations left at the shop.

    Taranaki Hospice is imploring people to please stop using its back door step as a personal dumping ground.

    A fungal threat 

    Myrtle rust is a fungal disease that is found on plants such as pohutukawa and manuka. It has been found in 12 areas in ...

    OPINION: It's all about the birds and the bees really.

    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.

    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 as solar flare creates strong reaction.

    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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