Sleepyhead fire injures eight

Emergency services are in attendance at the scene and there are a number of people affected by smoke inhalation

16 min ago  Eight people taken to hospital after fire at the Sleepyhead bed factory.

Four hurt in school bus crash

The bus had 14 children on it when it hit the power pole.

10:20 AM  Four children suffered minor injuries after a bus with 14 pupils on board hit a power pole.

Guilty of raping 65-year-old

As he was led from the court, Niko called out "sorry".

6 min ago  Peter Niko named as the man who raped a 65-year-old woman in her home in June.

'Sick' attack on dairy owner video

Police described the man's attack on a dairy owner as "sickening".

19 min ago  A man who brutally beat a dairy owner as he lay on the floor is believed to be responsible for a spree of aggravated robberies.

Custody sought of son in 'filth'

Bedroom floors were smeared with human and dog faeces at a filthy rental home in Richmond, near Nelson. Child, Youth and ...

9:49 AM  The father of a boy who lived in a filthy Richmond home says he won't let his son live like that again.

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Consultant ripped off foreign workers

Craig Lawrence Dunn, 40, has admitted 20 charges of obtaining money by deception and dishonestly using documents. He ...

Recruitment consultant admits ripping off mostly foreign workers and gambling away the money.

The power of Poi E

Patea butcher Grant Hurley stumped up some cash which helped make the recording of Poi E possible.

The hit single song that helped save a town

New theatre gets tick

Hamilton City Council have accepted the Momentum Waikato proposal for a new performing arts theatre in Hamilton.

Council have voted in favour of Momentum Waikato's proposal to build a new performing arts theatre.

Rudd UN bid's govt impasse

Australian government ministers are conflicted about backing Kevin Rudd, while Labor and the Greens say he is the man ...

Australian ministers pass decision over backing Kevin Rudd's bid for top UN job to their PM.

Mine workers in shock video

A worker at Waihi's Correnso underground mine died after his loader rolled in the mine.

Shock in tightknit Waihi mine community after worker dies when the 50-tonne machine he was driving tipped and fell.

Assault puts man in hospital

Queenstown police are investigating an assault that happened in the town centre early Friday.

A man has been hospitalised after an early morning assault in Queenstown.

Gastro bug hits hospital

People have been asked to stay away from Grey Base Hospital's Morice Ward following a gastro bug outbreak.

Patients are in isolation after a gastroenteritis infection hit the West Coast's Grey Base Hospital.

Dismal end to week's weather

It's another chilly day down south. Here, fresh snow covers the mountains of the Benmore and Ohau ranges.

The top of the North Island is on a severe storm watch, while snow warnings are issued for the south.

'Embrace every moment'

Caleb Skene has lived with New Zealand's most common genetic disorder all his life but doesn't let it stop him living ...

Caleb Skene was told he would be dead by 18. Now 19, he's proving doubters wrong.

Chinese dominate visa category

Visa stamps

Immigration NZ says new visa scheme will attract talent from 'across the world'.

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crime

Norrie St shooting probe focus on car

Police are calling for sightings of this car in relation to an attempted murder.

Hamilton Police are asking for sightings of a silver/grey car in relation to an attempted murder.

Rape-accused cricketer 'apologised'

Northern Districts player Scott Kuggeleijn tells court: "She seemed to be enjoying it."

Tobacconist robbed at knifepoint

Armed man robs dairy

politics

PM seeks passport assurances

His Majesty King Tupou VI ordered a Royal Commission into the Tongan passport scandal.

Claims passports for cash are still being issued by Tonga.

Is the TPP really dead?

US President Barack Obama is confident his administration will be able to win approval from Congress for the TPP trade ...

ANALYSIS: Is TPP dead in the water, or is there life in the old girl yet?

22 paid to leave Auckland

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett said the policy was not "about the numbers".

Less than two dozen people take up $5k Government offer to be paid to relocate from Auckland - but minister still pleased.

Pora going to court over compo video

Teina Pora accepted $2.5m for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.

Teina Pora's told his legal team to go to court over his $2.5m payout for wrongful conviction.

education

Does uni pay off?

Graduates should earn more and find it easier to get jobs over their working lives.

Students told to do the sums on what they will get in return for their tertiary fees.

Ditch 'stranger danger', say cops

Police say the term "stranger danger" should be dumped, and a better understanding of risks discussed.

Term is outdated, police adviser says. In fact, most abusers are known to their victims.

Fruit in Schools gobbled up

Awapuni School 5-year-olds, from left, Tylla Chalmers, Keeanah Suico, and Pio Mavaega, love their daily dose of vitamins ...

There's more fresh produce in schools than ever before through the extended Fruit in Schools programme. 

HPV vaccine funding boost

The changes to vaccination funding will benefit more people, decrease costs and also increase the accessibility of the ...

Gardasil vaccine for boys and chickenpox vaccine funding among changes.

health

'Embrace every moment'

Caleb Skene has lived with New Zealand's most common genetic disorder all his life but doesn't let it stop him living ...

Caleb Skene was told he would be dead by 18. Now 19, he's proving doubters wrong.

Contractor's weekly trips to after-hours

Marlborough labour contractors have welcomed plans for a new GP practice in Blenheim.

Vineyard workers are regularly using the after-hours clinic because they cannot get an appointment with a GP, a contractor says.

Hoping for paralysis cure

Jack Johnston and Nick Mannix hang out at Burwood Hospital in 2015.

 An accident left him paralysed, but Nick Mannix believes one day there will be a cure - and he's backed by Richie McCaw, Toni Street and Kylie Bax.

Fruit in Schools gobbled up

Awapuni School 5-year-olds, from left, Tylla Chalmers, Keeanah Suico, and Pio Mavaega, love their daily dose of vitamins ...

There's more fresh produce in schools than ever before through the extended Fruit in Schools programme. 

women of influence

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?

Women of Influence: Pip Greenwood

Russell McVeagh partner Pip Greenwood says although there's a long way to go, it's exciting times ahead for women in ...

2015 finalist, Pip Greenwood, is a passionate advocate for workplace/boardroom diversity and equality.

Why should women be recognised? video

Karyn Thompson, Narelle Ngaluafe (for Parris Goebel), Vicky Robertson, Linda Jenkinson, Victoria Spackman, Joan Withers, ...

While more women are taking up leadership roles, there is still a long way for equality to be achieved in NZ.

Women of Influence: Jen Crawford

Jen Crawford, a partner at national law firm, Anderson Lloyd, was a finalist in the Arts & Culture category of Women of ...

Jen Crawford is committed to the rebuild of Christchurch, with governance experience in this area. 

farming

Farmers step up river clean-up

Heriot School pupils and parents riparian planting a tributary of the upper Pomahaka River where a rare native Pomahaka ...

Farmers' clean-up efforts are being rewarded in a river once considered Otago's most polluted.

First woman dairy CEO

New Westland Milk Products CEO Toni Brendish.

Australian Toni Brendish has been appointed as the CEO of Westland Milk Products - a first for a woman in New Zealand.

Open Country payout pressure

Open Country is closely watching exchange rates and international milk production.

 Open Country Dairy holds payout forecast but not optimistic on outlook for milk prices.

60 jobs promised for Southland

The eastern Southland town of Gore is a farming stronghold and the region's second largest centre of population with ...

Chinese state-owned company will be majority owner of a $200m infant formula processing plant.

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