'Never seen such bad driving'

Witness Tom, who did not want his surname used, said he had never seen such bad driving.

8:47 AM  A drink driver swerved along Christchurch roads before hitting a power pole and fleeing – to a party two streets away.

ACC: A vision betrayed

Sir Geoffrey Palmer

OPINION: The lamentable performance of ACC is a wake-up call about what we value, says Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

One dead in Canterbury crash

Police are on their way to a fatal crash in North Canterbury, where a car hit a tree.

6 min ago  A young man is dead after the car he was driving hit a tree in North Canterbury.

Fraudster doctored CV

Fraudster Joanne Harrison's travel expenses have been made public, as have her CVs.

Leave town and change your name: More detail of Joanne Harrison's $725k fraud emerges.

Black ice, scattered fog

On Tuesday morning, NZ Transport Agency was warning of black ice on State Highway 8 from Milton to Raes Junction, SH87 ...

Drivers in Otago are being urged to take care because of a risk of black ice.

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Kmart goes live online

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Kmart New Zealand's online store has gone live just days before its newest store opens in Petone.

Fraudulent beggar returns

Hawke's Bay beggar Frank Lovich was on Napier's Emerson Street this week.

'The system's failed me big time' says beggar convicted of fraud

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SOS Hydration is told it has to seriously increase its sugar content for its product to be a hydration drink. 

Not guilty plea for man accused of Rotorua mugging

George Raymond Harris has pleaded guilty to abandoning a child.

Car theft baby bandit enters not guilty plea to mugging charge.

Fidget to focus

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Are you clicking your pen or chewing gum as you read this?

Praise the paua pearl video

Pearl inserts are used to grow the stones.

Paua farmers on the edge of the Marlborough Sounds say their love of the marine mollusc borders on worship.

Parents support new Wanaka school announcement

Zeph, Isabella, Georgina and Zach Wadsworth, of Albert Town.

Wanaka parents hope a new primary school will offer academic choices for their children.

AOS at Wairarapa home

The armed offenders squad was called to a Wairarapa home (File photo).

AOS was called to a young man threatening a person with a gun, which may not have ever existed.

Unexplained death at hospital

Shaun Gray died in ward 21, the mental health unit at Palmerston North Hospital, in 2014.

"This man was in their arms looking for support and he ended up dead."

Budget baubles ignore pressing issues

Finance Minister Steven Joyce speaks to media after the 2017 budget presentation at Parliament on May 25, 2017 in Wellington.

OPINION: Budget was little more than a reiteration of the same old "immigrants + tourists + cows = prosperity" mantra of the Key/English era.

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Robber's 'slasher-like' weapon

Footage from the robbery of a Liquorland store in Palmerston North.

Police release CCTV showing the thieves, who hit a shop attendant with the tool in a Palmerson North robbery.

Hospital drug thief suspended

A health professional is suspended for nine months after stealing dangerous sedative.

Man's mysterious disappearance

Uncle denies sexual abuse

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Budget opens taps for capital

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$6m to protect water supply may be first of several post-quake funding packages.

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.

politics

Budget baubles ignore pressing issues

Finance Minister Steven Joyce speaks to media after the 2017 budget presentation at Parliament on May 25, 2017 in Wellington.

OPINION: Budget was little more than a reiteration of the same old "immigrants + tourists + cows = prosperity" mantra of the Key/English era.

Budget opens taps for capital

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$6m to protect water supply may be first of several post-quake funding packages.

Barclay says he will not let centre close

Lumsden Maternity's contract with the Southern District Health Board expires on July 31.

Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay says he will not let the Lumsden Maternity Centre close.

US calls on Kiwi troops video

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Kiwi troops' increased presence in Afghanistan to be decided by PM in coming weeks.

education

Sweet treats for community

Some of the sweet treats Candice Forster-Heke is turning out with the Barb's Baking group.

Home-baked sweet treats are helping youth help others in need.

Principal leaves heavy-hearted

Russell Brooke is leaving Long Bay College after 13 years at the school, nine as principal.

Russell Brooke says being a principal has made him feel humble and emotionally rich.

School walk in the park

The walking school bus mascot was a hit at Milford School.

Pupils walk their teachers to school at one Auckland school battling congestion issues.

The write stuff

Bohally Intermediate School year 7 pupils have donated school supplies for children in Vanuatu. Oasis Family Church ...

Blenheim pupils help children in Vanuatu with vital school supplies.

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Unexplained death at hospital

Shaun Gray died in ward 21, the mental health unit at Palmerston North Hospital, in 2014.

"This man was in their arms looking for support and he ended up dead."

Hospital drug thief suspended

The potentially fatal drug was stolen form a secure area of Wairarapa Hospital in Masterton.

A health professional is suspended for nine months after stealing dangerous sedative.

Barclay says he will not let centre close

Lumsden Maternity's contract with the Southern District Health Board expires on July 31.

Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay says he will not let the Lumsden Maternity Centre close.

Midwives settle pay equity fight

Midwife Violet Clapham, left, with new mother Jennifer Orange and her 3-week-old son, Theo Orange.

Midwives withdraw pay equity court action after Government promises 6 per cent pay increase and negotiating powers.

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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

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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

Synlait ups forecast

The final milk price for the 2016 -2017 season will be announced in late September

Canterbury dairy company will also buy an Auckland canning operation able to make infant formula.

Taranaki worst hit by rust

Myrtle rust has been detected on an established pohutukawa hedge in Taranaki

Myrtle rust continues to spread but mostly in Taranaki. Twenty-five sites now affected.

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.

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    Auckland

    Women's chorus overcomes setbacks

    Kerikeri's Bella a Cappella.

    Kerikeri women's chorus Bella a Cappella was awarded their third national gold medal for their performance in Dunedin.

    Council WDC has its say on window washing issues

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    Whangarei District Council will put in a submission the Parliamentary Select Committee considering the Land Transport Amendment Bill.

    More Banks shops could shut

    Talks are continuing about which businesses might close, receivers say.

    Two Shoe Connections have already closed and more could follow.

    Author finds her voice

    Helen Tau'au Filisi is holding an art exhibition and releasing a new children's book as part of Samoan language week.

    A passionate writer and artist, it took some years before Helen Tau'au Filisi first published a book, now she's releasing her fifth children's book.

    Wellington

    Election 'delaying Basin plans'

    Wellingtonians have been waiting years for a solution to the rush hour traffic that clogs up the Basin Reserve ...

    Councillor claims Government is playing politics with Wellington's transport system.

    More plans for Eva St

    Student housing in the Eva and Leeds Street Laneway could be refurbished for another restaurant to be added to the urban hub.

    Wellington's most hipster laneway could see more redevelopment in two buildings that house students.

    Fraudulent beggar returns

    Hawke's Bay beggar Frank Lovich was on Napier's Emerson Street this week.

    'The system's failed me big time' says beggar convicted of fraud

    Crash victim named

    Glennard Hirini Gotty died in Hawke's Bay Hospital after Sunday evening's crash in Waipawa. (File photo)

    Hastings man Glennard Hirini Gotty's car crashed into a fence in Waipawa.

    Canterbury

    Brownlee's funding freeze

    St Asaph St is set to be altered again to reinstate car parks, while Armagh and Colombo streets will get a re-think.

    Ex-rebuild minister suspended Accessible City funding amid discontent over road changes.

    One dead in crash

    Police are on their way to a fatal crash in North Canterbury, where a car hit a tree.

    A person is dead after a car hit a tree near Rangiora, in North Canterbury, this morning.

    'Never seen such bad driving'

    Witness Tom, who did not want his surname used, said he had never seen such bad driving.

    Drink driver swerved across road, hit a power pole then fled – to a party two streets away.

    House burns, collapses

    Firefighters extinguishing the blaze.

    Paraplegic homeowner heard crackling in the roof, fled historic home with nurse's help. 

    Waikato

    Cricketer chokes pregnant partner

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

    Judge says she "must have been terrified".

    Stuck car hit by train

    A car got stuck on train tracks in Hamilton, no one was injured. (FILE PHOTO)

    A driver and passenger managed to escape their station wagon, stuck on the tracks, before a train smashed into it.

    Hospital staff show strain

    Heavy workloads and staff turnover are putting Waikato Hospital's emergency department under pressure.

    Waikato Hospital's emergency department is bracing for a challenging winter.

    Rust could kill generation of trees

    Pohutukawa trees are one species potentially affected by myrtle rust.

    DOC so worried about a catastrophic outbreak, they're flying to remote areas to collect seeds.

    Taranaki

    Big Jims to reopen

    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

    Mum to many video

    Cherie Bidois was killed in a car crash near Gore almost a fortnight ago.

    Cherie Bidois was the type of person who would give to others, no matter what.

    Library goes all in on 3D video

    Nanette Cook, HaweraPlus library officer, with two black unicorns printed on the library's new 3D printer.

    Books are old school. Now a library ain't nothing till it's got a 3D printer.

    Psychic versus skeptic

    Sensing Murder psychic Sue Nicholson in action.

    He's as skeptical as they come so why did this cop sign up for Sensing Murder? One psychic wants to know.

    Manawatu

    Robber's 'slasher-like' weapon

    Footage from the robbery of a Liquorland store in Palmerston North.

    Police release CCTV showing the thieves, who hit a shop attendant  in a Palmerson North robbery.

    Unexplained death

    Shaun Gray died in ward 21, the mental health unit at Palmerston North Hospital, in 2014.

    "This man was in their arms looking for support and he ended up dead."

    Retail receivership angst

    Shoe Connection's Plaza  outlet is facing an uncertain future as its parent company goes into receivership.

    PK Furniture and Shoe Connection will stay open for now.

    Council quits legal action

    The Palmerston North City Council has stopped legal action to get liquidators removed from administering a property company.

    Palmerston North City Council satisfied that liquidators of a property development company are above board.

    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.

    Nelson still top

    Housing construction has helped fuel Nelson's run at the top of an economic scoreboard.

    Nelson stays New Zealand's top-performing region in an economic scoreboard.

    '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 Coastal Highway crash.

    Testing times

    Barry Rowe, left, and Aaron Mytton of Nelson-based Urban Search and Rescue team, NZRT-2 with "victim" Shane Sowerby ...

    A crack team of emergency first responders put their skills to the test during a training session at Seifried Estate Winery.

    Marlborough

    Pelorus perfection

    Debra and Michael Brennan moved to Pelorus after seeking an alternative to city life.

    Exhausted by city life, Debra and Michael Brennan sought a change...and boy did they find it.

    Praise the paua pearl video

    Pearl inserts are used to grow the stones.

    Paua farmers on the edge of the Marlborough Sounds say their love of the marine mollusc borders on worship.

    Meth accused back in court

    Four men facing meth-dealing charges are back at the Blenheim District Court.

    Four men were charged after police raided six properties earlier this month.

    Uncle denies sexual abuse

    The man and his nephew will both give evidence at the Blenheim District Court this week. (File photo)

    The nephew told his parents about the alleged abuse years ago, but they did not believe him, jury hears.

    South Canterbury

    Seeking right woman for the job

    The rights say one actor must be white, one must be black and the third must be Asian

    Timaru show could be abandoned unless actor found for very specific role.

    Rubbish fire suspicious

    A fire at the back of the Sanford factory is being treated as susp

     A fire near Timaru's port is being treated as suspicious

    Protection help sought

    Urban designer Nigel Gilkison made a submission on behalf of the Timaru Civic Trust. The trust bought the 1871 Landing ...

    "The onus is put on the owners... essentially they get no compensation for having to do that."

    Dollar-a-stay plan for Mackenzie

    Tourists at Lake Pukaki, Aoraki (Mount Cook) near Twizel.

    New scheme to encourage visitors to donate to Mackenzie fund.

    Southland

    Bluff oyster numbers decline

    Bluff Oyster Festival Chairman John Edminstin in front of the crowd at the Bluff Oyster Festival.

    The results of a recent NIWA survey has shown replenishment rates in the Foveaux strait Oyster fishery have lowered since 2012.

    Aurora on show

    Te Anau resident Chris Watson captured this stunning panorama from the Ivon Wilson Park on the outskirts of the town.

    Photographers were out in force on Sunday capturing the dazzling Southern Lights.

    Barclay supporting centre

    Lumsden Maternity's contract with the Southern District Health Board expires on July 31.

    Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay says he will not let the Lumsden Maternity Centre close.

    Sea lions could scupper fishery

    A juvenile sea lion in Port Pegasus in January 2016. In New Zealand sea lions are ranked as "nationally critical" on the ...

    Would a new aquaculture project on Stewart Island affect the sea lion colony?

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