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Digging out smouldering tree roots on the Port Hills during the Christchurch fires.

Firefighters are confident that the Port Hills fire has been brought under control.

Jackson vs election agency

Willie Jackson will stand for Labour at this year's election.

OPINION: It's a voting crisis and Electoral Commission is to blame, Labour candidate Willie Jackson writes.

Quake relief's $8m shortfall

A $3.7m Kaikoura earthquake relief package for psycho-social support was a fraction of the amount asked for by the ...

Package to support those hit by Kaikoura earthquake is inadequate to support their mental distress, psychotherapist says.

Cleaning up in the Port Hills video

Cory Beynon with his son Levi, 11, residents of Hoon Hay Valley Rd in Christchurch, return to their home for a limited ...

Out went the fresh food, rotten after days with no fridge or freezer. Then the smoke-contaminated packets in the pantry.

English up, National down

Prime Minister Bill English's figures are looking good.

New PM Bill English picks up where John Key left off - but NZ First could hold the balance of power.

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Kebai Liu found dead

The body of Wellington woman Kebai Liu, 76, has been located by police after an exhaustive two-day search.

Police have confirmed a body found in a bush is that of a missing elderly Wellington woman.

One dead after car rolled

A teenager is dead after an SUV rolled near Blenheim.

Four people were in the car when it rolled on State Highway 1 near Blenheim, one has been killed.

At loggerheads over Cathedral

The Christ Church Cathedral sits decaying just days before the sixth anniversary of the February 2011 earthquake.

Anglican Church and the government can't agree if an offer has been made to help restore quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral.

One dead in SH3 crash video

Traffic is banked up for kilometres after a serious accident blocked the main road north of Awakino in Taranaki.

Traffic backing up, road could be closed for four hours after second crash in a weekend on same section of SH3.

Trade 'threatens our bio-security'

Spider expert Cor Vink was alerted to a grey huntsman spider found in Lululemon in Christchurch.

Huntsman spider which hitchhiked from Australia in imported goods raises concerns over NZ's bio-security systems.

Man rescued from bridge in flood

Heavy rain battered the Bay of Plenty town of Kawerau over the weekend, resulting in severe flooding.

Heavy rain in Kawerau over the weekend left a man clinging to a bridge in floodwaters, frantically phoning for help.

Warriors wow in rare outing

A Warriors fan laps up the side's strong performance against the Gold Coast Titans in Palmerston North.

They came, they won, and left league fans delighted.

Shaken, now turned to ash video

Residents of Hoon Hay Valley Rd Alistair Edwards and Daisy Hopkins lost their home to the recent Christchurch fires.

Alistair Edwards' belongings were insured. His 120-year-old Christchurch house was not.

Son's last moments 'haunt me'

Diane Prue will always treasure the last photo ever taken of her son, who died a week after this was taken on Waitangi ...

On a warm holiday weekend, Simon Prue sang to his friends. A week later, he died on the banks of the Heathcote River.

Big bill for riverbank and flood defence repairs

Frequent flooding has turned the Kebbells Bend Trail beside the Waikanae River from a pleasant gravel pathway to a ...

GWRC faces a sizeable bill to repair riverbanks and flood defences damaged by all the unseasonal flooding.

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Son's last moments 'haunt me'

Diane Prue will always treasure the last photo ever taken of her son, who died a week after this was taken on Waitangi ...

On a warm holiday weekend, Simon Prue sang to his friends. A week later, he died on the banks of the Heathcote River.

Cop assaulted, man Tasered

The four tried to steal alcohol, but the shop owner slowed them down long enough for the police to arrive.

Rototuna shop raided

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Quake-affected building shut

Wellington office building 80 The Terrace is owned by Mt Everest Properties.

More disruption in Wellington CDB, as NZ Fire Service HQ shut after engineers say building needs engineering work.

St James to close for a year

The yellow stickered St James Theatre on Courtenay Place will close for earthquake strengthening in 2018.

National ballet will need a new home while Wellington's 105-year-old theatre is quake-strengthened.

Bank closure 'disaster'

ANZ Molesworth Street, Wellington has been closed since the November earthquake.

ANZ Molesworth Street closure is "disappointing" for an area in need of recovery.

27,000 claims from quake

Thousands of houses were damaged in the November 14 earthquake, including Tony Guthrie's home in Kaikoura.

Over 18,000 claims for building damage and nearly 3000 for building and contents.

politics

Dinner date diplomacy

It's the annual trans-Tasman dinner date.  Prime Minister Bill English and wife Mary take a water taxi with Australian ...

Malcolm Turnbull and John Key got on like a house on fire. The Bill English relationship might need work.

O'Connor: No 'right-wing fascist'

Labour candidate Greg O'Connor: Not a "Kiwi Putin intent on world (or even Ohariu) domination."

Labour candidate and former Police Association head supports legalising medicinal cannabis; says he's no "Kiwi Putin".

Multi cultural version of Treaty

Ian Cormack, Cecilia Titulaer and Shirley Cormack helped translate the Treaty of Waitangi into 30 different languages.

Treaty of Waitangi in 30 languages.

Money 'wasted' on oil firms

Green Party MP Gareth Hughes wants the Government to start spending money on "supporting clean energy".

Greens say the Government is" throwing money down black holes" trying to attract big oil companies.

education

Orientation week kicks off

Kiwipaarie Jain, 6, tries her hand at mixing a chemical science experiment at one of the display stalls.

The fun and hijinks of orientation week has begun in Palmerston North.

NZ's school testing 'obsession'

Morgan says New Zealand is "obsessed" with school assessments.

Gareth Morgan's political party pledges to delay National Standards at primary school and slash NCEA at college.

Open-plan learning

Principal Phillipa Grey and board of trustees chairman John Clark with pupils at Spring Creek School.

Rural school gets first major upgrade in 35 years, with classrooms designed to suit the children.

Unique school for dyslexic children

Toby van Rensburg says words are not so daunting now he is a student at Summit Point School.

A pioneering school provides sanctuary for children who learn differently.

health

Baby rice shortage worries parents

A shortage of baby rice has seen Nikki Morris looking for alternatives for her 10-month-old daughter Jaime.

"There's no other competition and it's the parents and the babies that go without," says mum Nikki Morris.

Tinder-type app for breastmilk

Lola Peters, 5 months, old drinking donor milk.

Technology allows mums to share breast milk, but the trading comes with a warning.

$10K cancer meds lost in mail

Malcolm Hume's immune system was severely compromised after his medication didn't turn up at his house.

NZ Post apologises after a cancer patient's life-saving medication went missing.

E.coli found in Hawke's Bay water

Residents of the seaside town of Waimarama have been advised to boil their drinking water until further notice.

Residents in the Hawke's Bay town of Waimarama have been told to boil their water, after low levels of E.coli were detected.

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Women of Influence winners video

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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

190912 News photo: Supplied/Matamata Chronicle. Kate Sheppard.

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

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Gun taken for farmer's safety

Farmers are battling with the emotional fallout from November's earthquake and rural support workers suggest they open ...

Police confiscate gun as fragile drought and quake-hit farmers hit breaking point.

War on rustlers to go high-tech

Stock theft is estimated to cost Kiwi farmers about $120 million a year.

A new animal tracking system could be a valuable weapon in war on stock theft.

Billboard storm in a C-cup

Designer Direct's infamous billboard has been sold. Designer Direct owner Michael Adams hands over to new owner Tim Harris.

Too saucy for some residents, a former councillor purchased the Bull's billboard.

Anti-farming slurs hurt

Keep positive, is Rick Powdrell's message to farmers hurt by slurs.

Ouch. Some of those anti-farming pokes are painful.

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