Live: Mt Albert by-election

The Mt Albert by-election has been more low-key, due to the absence of National, leaving the left to fight it out in a ...

1 min ago  Labour's Jacinda Ardern is odds-on favourite to win, but will expected low turnout throw any curve balls? 

Pay off for prisoners 

ACT leader David Seymour has unveiled a new corrections policy at his party's conference - to teach prisoners how to ...

Learn to read or drive in prison? Earn up to six weeks off a sentence, says ACT.

20 rafters go overboard

The raft was made up of a trampoline, a basketball hoop and an awning.

5:29 PM  The group's raft consisted of a trampoline and a basketball hoop, with a number of smaller rafts attached.

A mum's worst fears video

Crystal Gillies says her instincts told her something was wrong with baby daughter River.

Crystal Gillies knew something was wrong with her baby girl but had to fight for a diagnosis.

Fire 'metres from homes'

Elmwood Ave resident Reg Tasker helped extinguish a scrub fire just metres from his home.

6:18 PM  Neighbours used garden hoses to put out latest suspicious Blenheim fire.

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Gearing up for 21st Boss gig

Bruce Springsteen fan Campbell Dick soaks up the magic at Qudos Bank Arena, in Sydney, on February 9.

This might be his 21st Springsteen gig, but it's not like he wears a white T-shirt, jeans and a bandana.

Doucas honoured by SPCA

The SPCA's Fever Hospital in Mt Victoria has been renamed to honour the late Margaret Doucas.

 Animal activist honoured with renaming of SPCA hospital in her name.

Piggery burns to the ground video

The blaze caused alarm among some unaware locals.

Pig pen that starred in Mike King's animal welfare expose has gone up in flames, alarming neighbours.

'Rubberneckers not welcome' video

Although there have been no "issues to speak of", non-residents have been told to stay away.

Port Hills cordons have been relaxed but council says that's just for residents – not the curious.

'Pricey' entry fees disappoint

Triathletes cycle during the last World Masters Games.

After practising his shot put for months, retiree pulls out of 'pricey' World Masters Games.

Scam artist empties motel room

The couple's car was parked outside their Angelsea Motel room all day.

A "slick as anything" thief duped staff with a tall story. Then set about robbing everything inside a couple's room.

Diver missing in Sounds

The Marlborough Coastguard is responding to reports of a missing diver in the Marlborough Sounds.

A person diving off a boat in calm conditions in the Marlborough Sounds has disappeared.

Meatstock vs vegan protesters

The Starfish Bobby Calf Project has held multiple peaceful protests during its three-year existence.

A vegan animal rights group will be picketing at the meat and music festival.

Is ACT going soft on crime?

ACT leader David Seymour softer on crime? Only on the first two strikes. But his policy to give incentives for low-risk ...

OPINION: ACT needs airtime, and it's resulting in a case of severe political creativeness.

Pride on parade

More than 50 floats will roll down Ponsonby Rd during the Auckland Pride Parade.

Glitter and stilettos will be in abundance as Auckland's LGBTQIA communities take to the streets.

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crime

Is ACT going soft on crime?

ACT leader David Seymour softer on crime? Only on the first two strikes. But his policy to give incentives for low-risk ...

OPINION: ACT needs airtime, and it's resulting in a case of severe political creativeness.

Stabbed in neck after burnouts

A late-night burnout causes a confrontation and a neck wound.

Calves shot dead on farm

Serious assault in Auckland

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Wellington quake cordon shrinks

The Reading car park demolition, viewed from Tory St and Wakefield St in Wellington.

Safety cordon took a bite out of business, but new hope dawns as cordon rolled back.

Battling mother nature on a bike

Marlborough cyclists Leatham Landon-Lane, left, Callum Saunders and Nick Blakiston endured a weather bomb during their ...

The optimism evaporated as they neared the Maungatapu Saddle and the clouds opened up again.

Quake shakes Soviet liner video

The bridge of the Mikhail Lermontov.

The top three levels of a sunken Soviet ship were sliced off by the Kaikoura quake.

Shaky capital: 100 days on gallery video

The demolition of the condemned Reading Cinema carpark in Wellington's central city is "around three-quarters complete" ...

One hundred days after the Kaikoura quake, about 200 people are unable to return to their Wellington homes.

politics

Is ACT going soft on crime?

ACT leader David Seymour softer on crime? Only on the first two strikes. But his policy to give incentives for low-risk ...

OPINION: ACT needs airtime, and it's resulting in a case of severe political creativeness.

Council manager investigated

Westland District Council assets manager Vivek Goel.

A member of the Westland District Council's executive team is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office.

PN's man in Parliament

Iain Lees-Galloway, with wife Claire, when he won the Palmerston North seat in 2014.

Iain-Lees Galloway still remembers the moment he told his National-voting mother he had joined Labour.

Council chief executive to go

Westland Council chief executive Tanya Winter's five-year contract expires in September.

The Westland District Council hasn't renewed its chief executive's contract, instead choosing to advertise the role.

education

What happened to our schools?

Waikuku School has fallen into disrepair since its closure in 2014. It is yet to proceed beyond the initial stages of ...

Schools derelict, demolished or waiting for answers years after closure.

Wanaka Primary School classrooms project confirmed

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says negotiations to purchase land for Wanaka's new primary school are under way.

Ministry of Education officials are negotiating to purchase land in Wanaka for a new primary school to open in 2020-2021.

Hearing students love sign language video

Freyberg High School NCEA sign language learners Ranae Savill, left, and Kirsty Lauridsen, practising a conversation in ...

These pupils have no hearing problems, but are relishing the chance to learn sign language.

Bus driver's plea to parents

Sam Adams, a retired school bus driver, says parents need to meet their children on the same side of the road as ...

If you want to reduce school bus accidents, parents should meet their children on the side of the road they exit the bus on.

health

Parking crisis at Christchurch Hospital

Colin Black wants a better solution for parking at Christchurch Hospital but in the meantime is using the park and ride ...

When will the hospital parking nightmare end?

Shift from illness to wellness

Physios involved in the Pinc & Steel walk up Mt Vic on Sunday, February 26. From left, Chris Marshall, Emma Mark, Andrea ...

Get some fresh air and exercise, all while helping ensure cancer patients can access physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Organ donation rates in the dozens

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Organ donor's father pleads for higher donation rates as statistics paint a stark picture.

Hospice surprise $1.35m buyer

Britannia House trust chair Stephen Fitzjohn is delighted that it as been purchased by Te Omanga Hospice for $1.35 ...

Te Omanga Hospice purchases former Petone rest home.

women of influence

Women of Influence winners video

WOI

Founder of Organic Initiative Helen Robinson took out the supreme Women of Influence title.

Recap: Women of Influence

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The fourth annual Women of Influence awards kick off at SkyCity.

Women of Influence highlights

Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand country head Kirsten Patterson spoke about purpose and leadership.

The theme of the morning was turning ideas into action.

Quiz: Women of Influence 2016

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How much do you know about the history of women in this country?

farming

Jury out on fewer farmer deaths

Worksafe programme manager agriculture Al McCone.

The new health and safety laws for farms are a year old and is it a coincidence that farmer deaths are down?

Surge in orders for calf pens

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L-R: A bobby calf stands in a paddock on Hazelhurst Line near Whakarongo.

Orders are pouring in for bobby calf holding pens as the deadline to meet new regulations approaches.

Rampant rates anger farmers

There was a 77 per cent rates hike across local government  from 2016-2016, according to Federated Farmers.

The demand for farmers to cough up on rates seems unstoppable.

Farmer's grass bonanza dream

Banks Peninsula farmer Tim Wilson loves his approach to farming.

Tim Wilson loves holistic farming - and it's helping keep his wallet full, too.

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