What's killing off the wildlife?

A creek near Rarangi, north of Blenheim, is full of dead eels.

A mystery toxin is being blamed for wiping out the fish and plants in a creek north of Blenheim.

Kids, pets locked in cars

AA rescued more than 1500 pets or kids locked in cars last year, with 210 rescues in December and January alone.

7:26 AM  Nearly 1500 emergency callouts to AA were made last year because a child or animal was locked in a car.

Police launch homicide inquiry

The Armed Offenders Squad was called after a man was found dead north of Whangarei.

The Armed Offenders Squad was called after a man's body was found north of Whangarei.

Five sharks off Kapiti Coast video

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Police are warning people in the area to stay out of the water.

Sunny with a chance of thunder

It's another beach day across much of the country.

7:11 AM  A few showers and even thunderstorms are possible, but mostly the summer sun keeps shining.

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Jake Bailey speaks of cancer battle video

Christchurch Boys' High School head boy Jake Bailey gave an emotional speech from a wheelchair at the school's end of year assembly.

Christchurch teenager Jake Bailey says his inspirational speech was "meant to be".

Fat and in denial

Research has shown Kiwi parents consider their normal-weight children underweight, and consider overweight children to be healthy.

We're not just fat, we're also dangerous deluded about it, a new study says.

Spike in kids, pets locked in cars

AA rescued more than 1500 pets or kids locked in cars last year, with 210 rescues in December and January alone.

Nearly 1500 emergency callouts to AA were made last year because a child or animal was locked in a car.

Sunny with a chance of thunder

It's another beach day across much of the country.

A few showers and even thunderstorms are possible, but mostly the summer sun keeps shining.

New freight hub for Waikato

Northgate managing director Graeme Lee and Waikato district mayor Allan Sanson said the freight hub will bring a raft of employment opportunities.

Ports of Auckland is moving ahead with plans to develop a Waikato freight hub.

Car hits building

A car smashed through the front of a south Auckland laundromat over night

Out-of-control car smashes into building and ends lodged in a south Auckland laundromat

Would you date this man?

Christchurch man Stuart Spencer says he put the ad on TradeMe after a friend suggested it as a way to meet a date for Valentine's Day.

Stuart Spencer has a creative solution for getting a date on Valentine's Day.

Waist trainers: investing in eating disorders

Kim Kardashian may have single-handedly ignited the waist training trend, with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney quickly getting in on the action.

OPINION: The stomach cinching contraption from a bygone era, the corset, has made a comeback.

Police launch homicide inquiry

The Armed Offenders Squad was called after a man was found dead north of Whangarei.

The Armed Offenders Squad was called after a man's body was found north of Whangarei.

$7.1m Tauranga Lotto win

$7.1m has been won in Wednesday night's powerball draw.

It's the third time Powerball has been struck so far this year.

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crime

Police slammed for inaction on burglaries

Police commissioner Mike Bush said police are focusing on doing more to solve burglaries.

Number of burglaries solved drops below 10 per cent in some parts of NZ.

Accused allegedly told police victim was a 'smart arse'

A man accused of attempted murder told police the victim was a "smart arse," a court has been told.

Women brawl in driveway

Visa fraud accused revealed

politics

New MP delivers maiden speech

Maureen Pugh describes herself as a fifth generation West Coaster bought up in Cobden.

As Parliament's newest MP, Maureen Pugh also has an unusual claim to fame

Joyce's response to protesters video

Steven Joyce says that trade access is hugely important for a small country like New Zealand.

OPINION: I've been listening to you over the past few years, months and weeks. So, I'd like to set the record straight on a few matters.

Keeping it in the National family

Rachel Trimble, who is also Minister Simon Bridges' sister, with her fiance National MP Simon O'Connor.

National MP Simon O'Connor left the priesthood for politics and now he's marrying a Cabinet Minister's sister.

Police slammed for inaction 

Police commissioner Mike Bush said police are focusing on doing more to solve burglaries.

Number of burglaries solved drops below 10 per cent in some parts of NZ.

education

Retired teachers plugging skill shortage

Secondary Principals' Association president Sandy Pasley is concerned about specialist skill shortages in teaching.

Maths and science teachers are being pulled out of retirement as schools experience ''critical'' staff shortages.

Chinese firm buys Waitaki 'castle'

A Chinese company has bought Campbell Park Estate in the Waitaki Valley.

An affiliate company of NZHouseChina has purchased Campbell Park Estate, located in the Waitaki Valley near Oamaru.

Student mastering One Direction

One Direction performing in Auckland on October 12, 2013.

A scholarship to research One Direction - welcome to Millie Lovelock's world.

Mould and cold hit student health

A mouldy bathroom in a student flat in central Wellington. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association president Jonathan Gee says the room is typical of student flats in the city.

Students tell MPs of "toxic" effect of poor housing on their well-being and academic performance.

health

Hamilton GP who admitted misconduct named

A Hamilton GP who admitted inappropriately prescribing drugs has been named by the New Zealand Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

The Waikato doctor admitted professional misconduct after prescribing high doses of addictive drugs to patients with drug dependency problems.

Mould and cold hit student health

A mouldy bathroom in a student flat in central Wellington. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association president Jonathan Gee says the room is typical of student flats in the city.

Students tell MPs of "toxic" effect of poor housing on their well-being and academic performance.

Doctors to text smokers

Wendy Moody of New Plymouth believed smokers receiving text messages from their doctors wasn't likely to make anyone decide to quit.

Would texts from your doctor help you quit smoking?

Health budget formula revised

Taranaki DHB may get a smaller share of national health funding after changes were made in the formula that allocates the funding.

Funding to rise for 7 DHBs, and dip for 4 others including Auckland, after changes to health budget's allocation formula.

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

Age no barrier for Southern Man

Southern man competitor Karl Barkley.

Karl Barkley is 25 years older than some of the other contestants in the Southern Man competition.

Harvester reduces accidents

Kelly Logging's ClimbMAX tree harvestor in action in Marlborough.

A new machine is revolutionising tree harvesting and gaining North American interest.

No live sheep to Mexico

Scenes like this last year as 45,000 ewe hoggets were loaded on trucks after they arrived in Mexico will not re-occur this season.

Controversial shipment of live NZ sheep to Mexico won't be repeated this year but not because of welfare concerns.

No fine for cows in lake

Fish and Game posted this photograph on Twitter of cattle getting "free access" to Canterbury's Lake Taylor.

Warning only for high-profile owners of cattle seen in lake after ECan finds "a few cow pats on the shore".

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