Trapped for 2 hours, 'no big deal'

Passengers are being assessed by ambulance staff after being trapped on Christchurch's gondola for almost two hours.

Up to 30 passengers were left hanging mid air in Christchurch's gondola cable cars.

Cruise ship 'hit rocks'

The Azamara Quest berthed at Waitohi Wharf, in Picton, on the day the incident in Tory Channel took place.

Investigations reveal damage to the liner Azamara Quest and paint on a rock it is alleged to have hit.

Masala owners' assets frozen

A Masala restaurant in Birkenhead, part of an Auckland chain of Indian restaurants. The High Court has ordered a freeze on the assets of the family group that own the chain.

Restaurant staff revealed they were paid as little as $2.64 an hour, and worked up to 11 hours a day.

Tragic start to long weekend

Four people have been killed, and more injured on New ZEaland roads in the past 24 hours.

String of fatal and serious crashes on the roads over Waitangi Weekend called "sad and frustrating."

David Seymour's big year

ACT leader David Seymour says he has no regrets on giving up a Cabinet post: Once you're in Cabinet "you've kinda got to all stick together".

A cause, a new love interest - and a new column. 2016 is shaping up as David Seymour's big year.

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Trapped for 2 hours, 'no big deal'

Passengers are being assessed by ambulance staff after being trapped on Christchurch's gondola for almost two hours.

Passenger trapped in swaying gondola slams company's "no big deal" response.

Reports of person swept into river

Searchers are trying to work out if a person has been swept into the Waikato River in Taupo.

Search launched amid fears a person has been swept down the Waikato River.

Elderly woman assaulted

An elderly woman has been critically injured after being punched as she pursued an alleged thief.

An elderly woman has been critically injured after being punched as she pursued an alleged thief.

Kiwi uni student assists Interpol

More than a third of computers connected to the internet in 2015 were attacked at least once, says a cyber security student.

An international policing organisation is getting a little bit of help from the Waikato.

David Seymour's big year

ACT leader David Seymour says he has no regrets on giving up a Cabinet post: Once you're in Cabinet "you've kinda got to all stick together".

A cause, a new love interest - and a new column. 2016 is shaping up as David Seymour's big year.

Tragic start to long weekend

Four people have been killed, and more injured on New ZEaland roads in the past 24 hours.

String of fatal and serious crashes on the roads over Waitangi Weekend called "sad and frustrating."

Baby born on side of state highway video

Aurora Tarewa Corbett was born on the side of SH1, just south of Cambridge, weighing seven pounds.

Couple head to midwife as fast as they can but baby too quick for everyone.

Father blames school for losing his child video

Daniel Pillai: "I put my foot down. I yelled until they called the police."

A parent wants action after his daughter escaped from school, but the principal says "schools aren't cages".

Arrest after manhunt

30-year-old Patrick Dixon has been arrested following a shooting incident in Manurewa early on Wednesday morning.

Patrick Dixon, sought after a police car was shot at in Auckland, has been arrested in Cambridge.

Masala restaurant owners' assets frozen

A Masala restaurant in Birkenhead, part of an Auckland chain of Indian restaurants. The High Court has ordered a freeze on the assets of the family group that own the chain.

Restaurant staff revealed they were paid as little as $2.64 an hour, and worked up to 11 hours a day.

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crime

Man hurt in Auckland Domain video

Part of the domain remains blocked to traffic.

A man in his 40s suffered head injuries in an attack in one of Auckland's biggest parks.

Mallard supporting illegal racer's court case

MP Trevor Mallard asked court to allow a man caught at 210kmh to escape conviction for lying to police.

Axe attacker to be released

Hoax highlights threat

politics

Anti-TPPA hikoi at Waitangi video

The Waitangi Day dawn service was a peaceful affair compared to some of the drama on Friday.

Clear skies greeted the thousands of people who gathered at Waitangi

Southland marks Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day celebrations at O Te Ika Rama marae on the outskirts of Gore on Saturday morning. Pictured are the Connorton family. From left, Dylan, 13, Travis, 9, Elsie, 5, Neve, 11 and Layla, 8. Back row: parents Ian and Clare.

First Waitangi Day commemorations at O Te Ika Rama marae outside of Gore.

Years of political projectiles  video

Throwing mud at politicians isn't new - especially during Waitangi Day celebrations. Then National leader Don Brash targeted by protesters in 2004.

There's just something magic in throwing things at politicians.

MPs learn to like social media

Labour leader Andrew Little's new student loan policy, announced last week to kick off the political year, made a big splash on social media.

OPINION: Politicians have to embrace new ways to get through to younger voters.

education

House demos 'roadblock' removed

Homes perched on the cliff edge above Redcliffs School will be demolished next week.

Redcliffs School supporters closer to proving school's safety as demolition starts on houses perched on cliff above.

Teachers choose to unschool

Talia Burton-Walker has decided to unschool her children. She and daughter India Walker, 2, do some painting.

"In terms of education school is a relatively new thing; 200 years ago children learned by being at home, they learned by cooking and gardening and being part of a community."

Former SGHS student to Germany

Former Southland Girls' High School student Anna McDonald is going to Germany for the World Business Dialogue.

Anna McDonald is going to the World Business Dialogue next month.

Devices essential for modern learning

The excitement is finally released as year 4 pupils at Hay Park School open their new Chromebooks.

Costs are weighed up as devices in schools are adding extra strain on finances for parents, while the technology is preparing children for the future.

health

'Common sense and a condom' video

Kiwis travelling overseas have been warned to take care not to become infected with the Zika virus.

That's the Zika health advice from NZ officials to travelling Kiwis.

Hospital revamp delay 'risking lives'

An artist's impression of proposed Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre. The start of construction for the project has been delayed by six months.

Delays to revamp of Greymouth's hospital will put patients and staff at risk, West Coast senior doctors say.

Southland MS sufferers given new hope

Patricia Soper has MS but doesn't let it restrict her.

Southland MS patient welcomes new drugs to help others

When the medicine runs out gallery

At least 10 drugs, some of them used by tens of thousands of patients, are currently in short supply in New Zealand, the Pharmacy Guild says.

Medicine shortages are constant and pharmacists say they're getting worse.

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

More pain for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers may lose $1.50 for each kilo of production capacity they have over the next two seasons.

Bank cuts price forecast for this season and next.

Duck eggs hatch into business video

What started out with three ducks has hatched into a growing business from Dawn Bendall as the benefits of duck eggs continue to amaze her.

Are duck eggs the next super-food? Dawn and Glen Bendall think so.

Organic farm returns to rise?

Taranaki organic dairy farmers Stephen and Janet Fleming say the new payment system should encourage more farmers into organics.

Fonterra has offered to pay organic farmers at either market rates or a fixed price.

Marauding pigs let loose

Steve Knudsen's suspicions that pigs are being released for hunting on his Hunua Ranges doorstep hardened when he trapped this blue ear-tagged pig.

Pigs being raised and released for sport are costing one farmer thousands of dollars a year.

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