Raging fire takes toll

A fire broke out on Canterbury's Banks Peninsula, near Akaroa, about 9pm Wednesday.

5 min ago  A woman is in a serious condition after a vegetation fire south of Dunedin.

Army joins search for boy video

Alex has been missing since early on Tuesday, and police and Land Search and Rescue staff have been scouring a forest to try and find him. This photo of Alex was taken three weeks ago.

5 min ago  Military staff join search for missing 10-year-old Alexander Fisher, now entering its third day.

Girl airlifted to hospital

Ambulance transferred a 12-year-old girl onto the rescue helicopter at Mangakino.

6:44 AM  A 12-year-old girl is in a serious condition after being found unconscious.

Record sentence for abuser

Michael James Whitelock has been sentenced to four and a half years jail for animal cruelty offences.

Dairy worker handed what is believed to be NZ's longest-ever prison sentence for animal cruelty.

Cool change brings rain

After a lot of hot weather some rain is forecast - but not much.

8:18 AM  South Island gets reprieve from wild hot northwesters which caused havoc.

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'I didn't harm my son'

Dane Blake denies harming his son Leith Allen Hutchison who died earlier this year after suffering a serious head injury.

10 min ago  The father of a toddler who suffered a fatal head injury denies he harmed his son

Baby kidnapper pleads guilty

A man who helped kidnap a newborn from Middlemore Hospital will be sentenced next month.

Reported crime on the decline

Alleged sex offender denies charges


Key's Iraq visit full of drama

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key visited kiwi troops based at Camp Taji in Iraq who are part of a mission to train Iraqi troops. Key talks with Iragi troops and the New Zealand trainers.

7:26 AM  Sandstorms, lost passports and potential security leaks made for dramatic Iraqi visit for John Key.

Crime rates drop 30%

Crime has dropped 30 per cent but those at society's margins continue to suffer, new statistics show.

Prime Minister John Key speaks with Iraqi troops and their New Zealand trainers at Camp Taji, Iraq.

Key in secret Iraq visit video

Prime Minister John Key has just ended a drama filled trip to Iraq visiting Kiwi troops.


Call for investment in childcare

Quality should come before early childhood education participation numbers, the sector says.

The focus for early childhood education should be quality, not high participation, sector representatives say.

Sikh and you will find the holy land in Huntly

Welcome to the Sikh holy land: Huntly.

Massey University.

Threats disrupt three universities

Anonymous threats disrupted activities at three universities on Wednesday.


Sumner stays positive in cancer battle

Former All Whites captain Steve Sumner is calling on the discipline that marked his long football career in his battle with prostate cancer.

All Whites great Steve Sumner is remaining positive about his prostate cancer battle after specialists told him he has a 30 per cent chance of beating the deadly disease.

Drinks to have health rating

Non-alcoholic drinks in New Zealand will now carry a health rating - the latest triumph in the war on sugary drinks.

Former food service manager at North Shore Hospital Padmini Singh was rightly dismissed, an ERA decision says.

Hospital food safety manager rightly sacked

A food safety manager in an Auckland hospital who was fired after unsafe work practices was not unjustifiably dismissed as she claims.

Women of Influence

Women of Influence: The finalists video

Minister for Women, Louise Upston at the launch of Women of Influence 2015 at Westpac Bank in Wellington.

The finalists for the Women of Influence awards for 2015 have been announced. 

'Push out of your comfort zone'

Young corporate lawyer Althea Carbon is passionate about using digital innovation to help charities.

"I'd have every child in New Zealand growing up with the kind of opportunities I had, that would be brilliant," says Fran Wilde.

A very unplanned career

Former Wellington mayor and Labour MP Fran Wilde was the local and regional winner in 2013.


TPPA disappoints dairy sector

The TPPA has not delivered expected benefits to the dairy industry, but some hope farmers will still gain from the deal.

The TPPA has few obvious benefits for the dairy sector, commentators say.

'Time to have a breather' - Guys

The Feilding farm where Scott Guy was killed in 2010 is up for sale.

Michael James Whitelock has been sentenced to four and a half years jail for animal cruelty offences.

Jailed for abusing cows

A dairy worker has been handed what is believed to be NZ's longest prison sentence for animal cruelty.

Have I locked the door?

If you've ever left the house to think you haven't locked the door - you are not alone.


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