Five sharks off Kapiti Coast video

Sharks have been spotted off the Kapiti Coast.

Police are warning people in the area to stay out of the water.

Man pinned under truck

Westpac Helicopter transported the man to hospital.

A man is in critical condition after being pinned under the tire of a 15-tonne truck.

Joyce responds to protesters video

Steven Joyce says that trade access is hugely important for a small country like New Zealand.

OPINION: I'd like to set the record straight on a few matters.

Kiwi found dead in Cambodia

The deceased Kiwi man was found in a Cambodian resort four days ago.

A 72-year-old man was found dead of a suspected heart attack in a Cambodian resort.

Fault delays Auckland trains

A signal fault near Britomart caused delays across the Auckland train network.

Aucklanders faced delays to train services on Wednesday due to a track fault near Britomart.

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Police launch homicide inquiry

The Armed Offenders Squad was called after a man was found dead north of Whangarei.

The Armed Offenders Squad was called after a man's body was found north of Whangarei.

Would you date this man?

Christchurch man Stuart Spencer says he put the ad on TradeMe after a friend suggested it as a way to meet a date for Valentine's Day.

Stuart Spencer has a creative solution for getting a date on Valentine's Day.

$7.1m Tauranga Lotto win

$7.1m has been won in Wednesday night's powerball draw.

It's the third time Powerball has been struck so far this year.

School beach day brings in $2500 for cause

Cashmere High's student council counting the money the school raised for Awaroa Inlet.

A Christchurch school is helping Kiwis buy back Awaroa Inlet.

Big delays after serious crash

Traffic backed up after a crash on SH1 at Pukerua Bay.

Crash at Pukerua Bay leaves commuter traffic backed up bumper-to-bumper.

What the cabbie sees video

New Plymouth's Energy City Cabs operations manager Josh Reeves says the company is set to start filming their second season of Through the Eyes of a Cabbie.

Ever wanted to know what taxi drivers have to put up with? Well, this firm has you sorted.

Retired teachers plugging skill shortage

Secondary Principals' Association president Sandy Pasley is concerned about specialist skill shortages in teaching.

Maths and science teachers are being pulled out of retirement as schools experience ''critical'' staff shortages.

'We've got 12 kids coming, honest'

The 26-bunk Waitawheta Hut.

Group of trampers exploit loophole that allows infants to stay for free in DOC huts - by making up 12 of them.

Chinese firm buys Waitaki 'castle'

A Chinese company has bought Campbell Park Estate in the Waitaki Valley.

An affiliate company of NZHouseChina has purchased Campbell Park Estate, located in the Waitaki Valley near Oamaru.

New Zealand soldiers Korea-bound

Major General Tim Gall, Commander of joint forces, NZDF.

Kiwi soldiers are Korea-bound for exercises with Republic's troops and US marines.

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crime

Police slammed for inaction on burglaries

Police commissioner Mike Bush said police are focusing on doing more to solve burglaries.

Number of burglaries solved drops below 10 per cent in some parts of NZ.

Accused allegedly told police victim was a 'smart arse'

A man accused of attempted murder told police the victim was a "smart arse," a court has been told.

Women brawl in driveway

Visa fraud accused revealed

politics

New MP delivers maiden speech

Maureen Pugh describes herself as a fifth generation West Coaster bought up in Cobden.

As Parliament's newest MP, Maureen Pugh also has an unusual claim to fame

Bridges of national significance

Rachel Trimble, who is also Minister Simon Bridges' sister with her fiance National MP Simon O'Connor.

National MP Simon O'Connor left the priesthood for politics and now he's marrying a Cabinet Minister's sister.

Police slammed for inaction 

Police commissioner Mike Bush said police are focusing on doing more to solve burglaries.

Number of burglaries solved drops below 10 per cent in some parts of NZ.

Calls for big cigarette tax hike

There is very "strong scientific ground" for the government to increase taxes on tobacco to cut smoking rates, according to a public health expert.

Raising tobacco taxes by up to 50 per cent could be key to helping NZ reach smoke-free target.

education

Student mastering One Direction

One Direction performing in Auckland on October 12, 2013.

A scholarship to research One Direction - welcome to Millie Lovelock's world.

Mould and cold hit student health

A mouldy bathroom in a student flat in central Wellington. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association president Jonathan Gee says the room is typical of student flats in the city.

Students tell MPs of "toxic" effect of poor housing on their well-being and academic performance.

Inclusion centre helping boys

Guidance counsellor Jonathan Loan with inclusion centre co-ordinator and facilitator Sandi Charles.

The centre used to be a toilet block, and was converted by staff members, with local businesses donating time and materials.

New experience for French students

Marama Davis with French students Caroline President and Mathilde Calloch, both 16, as they wait to be welcomed onto the Bluff marae.

School life's a bit different in France compared to New Zealand.

health

Fat, and in denial

A problem of perception: Kiwis don't think they are as fat as they really are.

Kiwis are deluded about how overweight we really are, study finds.

Hamilton GP who admitted misconduct named

A Hamilton GP who admitted inappropriately prescribing drugs has been named by the New Zealand Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

The Waikato doctor admitted professional misconduct after prescribing high doses of addictive drugs to patients with drug dependency problems.

Mould and cold hit student health

A mouldy bathroom in a student flat in central Wellington. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association president Jonathan Gee says the room is typical of student flats in the city.

Students tell MPs of "toxic" effect of poor housing on their well-being and academic performance.

Doctors to text smokers

Wendy Moody of New Plymouth believed smokers receiving text messages from their doctors wasn't likely to make anyone decide to quit.

Would texts from your doctor help you quit smoking?

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

Age no barrier for Southern Man

Southern man competitor Karl Barkley.

Karl Barkley is 25 years older than some of the other contestants in the Southern Man competition.

Harvester reduces accidents

Kelly Logging's ClimbMAX tree harvestor in action in Marlborough.

A new machine is revolutionising tree harvesting and gaining North American interest.

No live sheep to Mexico

Scenes like this last year as 45,000 ewe hoggets were loaded on trucks after they arrived in Mexico will not re-occur this season.

Controversial shipment of live NZ sheep to Mexico won't be repeated this year but not because of welfare concerns.

No fine for cows in lake

Fish and Game posted this photograph on Twitter of cattle getting "free access" to Canterbury's Lake Taylor.

Warning only for high-profile owners of cattle seen in lake after ECan finds "a few cow pats on the shore".

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