Dawn raid at gang pad

Police did a dawn raid at the Head Hunters headquarters on Vickerys Rd, Christchurch.

7:23 AM  Police have raided the Head Hunters' Christchurch gang pad, searching for drugs.

'Despicable' absinthe bender

A Christchurch man who drank a bottle of absinthe while on a stag-do in Queenstown before threatening several members of the public has been called "despicable" by a judge.

6:57 AM  Drunk and abusive, Shane Devanney was put in a cell. That's when it got really disgusting.

Baby found dead in pond

A baby has died after being found in a pond, north of Auckland.

A missing 1-year-old is dead after being found in a pond near the family home in Kumeu.

'Gutted' to sell $1.6m house

The house is one of a number of former RNZAF homes being done up and put on the market.

7:19 AM  Life drags Lorde's music video producer away from his record-priced Auckland bungalow.

It's going to be warm, muggy

Auckland will be warm but has a small risk of an afternoon thunderstorm..

5 min ago  There's a small chance of thunderstorms in the north, but summer rolls along with little drama.

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The Warehouse shoplifted

The Blenheim District Court.

Police are taking a hard stance on shoplifters targeting the Warehouse in Blenheim.

It's going to be warm and muggy

Auckland will be warm but has a small risk of an afternoon thunderstorm..

There's a small chance of thunderstorms in the north, but summer rolls along with little drama.

Courier van stolen from Cromwell

Police are on the hunt for a stolen courier van taken from Cromwell early Wednesday morning.

A NZ Courier Post van has been stolen from Cromwell, Central Otago early this morning.

Dawn raid at gang pad

Police did a dawn raid at the Head Hunters headquarters on Vickerys Rd, Christchurch.

Police have raided the Head Hunters' Christchurch gang pad, searching for drugs.

Celebrated sailor dies in glider crash

Murray John Philpott, 55, who is a celebrated Kiwi sailor, died in a glider crash near Twizel on Sunday.

Gliding crash victim Murray Philpott's son thought his father simply landed in a remote area. Then hope turned to despair.

SPCA needs your help

SPCA Waikato staff members Steph Hunt, left, and Debbie Kornman with puppy Luna and three-month-old kitten Maggie, who are both looking for new homes.

"We can't take any more animals than what we've got."

'Despicable' absinthe bender

A Christchurch man who drank a bottle of absinthe while on a stag-do in Queenstown before threatening several members of the public has been called "despicable" by a judge.

Drunk and abusive, Shane Devanney was put in a cell. That's when it got really disgusting.

'I'm not going to let this kill me'

Amber Arkell is only 26 and has breast cancer but she's not letting that get her down.

They were spooning when he felt the lump in his girlfriend's right breast.

Missing baby found dead in pond

A baby has died after being found in a pond, north of Auckland.

A missing 1-year-old is dead after being found in a pond near the family home in Kumeu.

Ten things to watch out for

The Government will face fresh protests over the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade deal.

OPINION: The prime minister's opening statement to Parliament may have fallen flat but there will still be plenty of fireworks in 2016.

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crime

Fugitive gives himself up

Ihaka Paul, 26, who grew up in Wairoa, was arrested after being surrounded inside a house in Carroll St, Frasertown.

Ihaka Paul has surrendered to police after being surrounded in a house in Frasertown.

Trial for attempted murder accused begins

Three men appear to be having a friendly laugh in a shop. Only two are able to walk out.

Driver six times over breath-alcohol limit

Tourist sentenced for causing crash

politics

Stairway raises questions 

Labour education spokesman Chris Hipkins says Ministry of Education spending on new office "over the top".

 The Ministry of Education has spent almost $20 million on a redesign of its new office block, including $2.5m on a 12 floor staircase named "the Stairway to Heaven".

Who owns NZ's shoreline? video

The beach for sale in Awaroa Inlet is surrounded by Abel Tasman National Park.

The Abel Tasman beach for sale may soon be given to the Crown - what are they missing?

PM reveals $17b hole in economy

Back to the grindstone - MPs return for the opening of Parliament.

But the PM says the Government is committed to tax cuts as hostilities resume at Parliament.

Turei returns with a surprise video

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei  will continue to learn te reo Maori.

Why the Green Party co-leader took sabbatical for four weeks.

education

Who says libraries are dead?

Tony Calder, visiting from Wanaka, using the free wi-fi at the Marlborough District Library.

More than 26,000 people visited the libraries in Blenheim and Picton in December.

Whanganui's 'h' debate gets schooled

Victorian government promises on Gonski school funding are not in the bag.

There is nothing that irks teachers more than bad spelling.

'I don't blame them'

An aerial view of the Washdyke Training Farm, which has been the subject of a student complaint.

Leaky buildings and no Wifi have been blamed for students allegedly dropping out of CPIT Aoraki courses.

Clinic uses exercise to manage health

Clinic client Andrew Malloch said it changed his outlook and joked that master's student Tanja Allen is a hard taskmaster.

'I can get out and mow the damn lawn and not feel stuffed at the end of it,' says a client.

health

Zika diagnosis in Canterbury

Piliniuote Fifita has recovered after contracting the Zika virus while on a family trip to Tonga.

The Zika virus was unwelcome holiday memento for Canterbury woman.

'I have the Zika virus'

Jen Byrn, a young New Zealander has tested positive for the Zika virus after a trip to Tonga where she was attacked by mosquitoes.

Kiwi teen with Zika virus: "I'm still a bit tired and my eyes still hurt a little bit but I'm fine.''

Clinic uses exercise to manage health

Clinic client Andrew Malloch said it changed his outlook and joked that master's student Tanja Allen is a hard taskmaster.

'I can get out and mow the damn lawn and not feel stuffed at the end of it,' says a client.

New mum fighting cancer a second time

Brooke Malyon, with fiance Chris Prenter, and their baby daughter Charlie at their home in Carterton.

A new Carterton mum is reluctantly putting motherhood on hold as she battles cancer for a second time.

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

Farmer happy with lamb prices

Waimatua farmer Roger Bell assesses his long grass which he thinks has contributed to his good lamb prices for the 2015/16 season.

You can almost hear Roger Bell's grass growing on his Waimatua sheep farm.

Can hobbits save farmers?

A van from Hobbiton parked near the set of The Hobbit on a farm at  Wharepapa in the South Waikato.

Never mind finding the one ring to rule them all, can hobbits compensate for lost milk income?

Field day's humble start video

Southern Field Days chairman Logan Evans, left,  and committee member Grant Dickson discuss plans for the field days on February 10-12 in Waimumu.

Once a humble event, Southern Field Days is now the second largest of its type in NZ.

Worst stock-wading offenders

Cattle grazing on the shore of Lake Ellesmere, as seen from the Little River Rail Trail.

Criticism mounts about stock in waterways, with some farms getting repeated complaints.

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