Rain, gales as cold snap nears

Fog begins to clear over Christchurch. Cantabrians can expect a drop in temperatures this weekend.

8:30 AM  Rain and gales on the way for some in the weekend - and snow could fall too.

Boy's car death manslaughter

Isaiah died at his grandparents home in Ruatoki, Bay of Plenty on November 2015 when he was left in a vehicle for ...

18 min ago  Eight-month-old Isaiah Neil was left by his parents in a car, in the hot sun for hours.

Have a drinking problem?

Do you forget what you did while you were drinking, or find it hard to stop once you've started? You might have a problem.

9:05 AM  Like to party, known to "have a few" - where's your drinking leading?

Shipley: We should pay more video

Jenny Shipley was New Zealand's first female prime minister, but there has been little assessment of her leadership.

8:00 AM  NZ's first woman PM says the country needs to take a "blowtorch" to middle class welfare.

'Overwhelmed by kindness'

Ben and Verity McLean.

The families of the victims are in shock, but say they're humbled by the outpouring of support and compassion.

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A slushy success video

There's been plenty of water on the ice rink's surface.

Water on Palmerston North's ice rink doesn't put off thousands of skaters.

Sneak peek at Transmission Gully video

The 27-kilometre, four-lane motorway will run inland between Wellington northern suburbs and Paekakariki on the Kapiti ...

After two million man hours, the motorway north of Wellington still isn't halfway built.

Balancing generosity and business

Joe's Garage general manager Candice Matthews.

One bad apple doesn't spoil the whole barrel, according to New Plymouth businesses that were scammed.

Morgan's cannabis plan gets blasted

Cannabis is the gateway for youth voting, claimed Gareth Morgan.

MPs turn weed killers in response to Gareth Morgan decriminalisation call.

Fatal collision with tractor

A man is dead following a motorcycle and tractor crash in Manawatu.

A man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a tractor in Manawatu.

Suspcious fire in Lower Hutt

Police and fire crews are at the scene of a shed fire in Lower Hutt this morning.

Police and fire officers are investigating a suspicious fire in the Lower Hutt suburb of Epuni.

Shark bit victim 3 times video

The French tourist arrives at Dunedin Hospital by helicopter after she was attacked by a shark while bodyboarding in ...

Half her legs were in the shark's mouth. But she remained calm as friends dragged her out of the water.

Share and share alike

Making use of the Redwoodtown School playground in the holidays are, from left, Cameron Park, 7, Ethan Mills, 7 and ...

School playgrounds in Marlborough could get massive increase in funding, on one condition.

Thieves target soldiers' graves

Raymond Bedford's family, daughter Judy Fleming, left, great grandson Josh Fleming, granddaughter Kathy Fleming and ...

More than a dozen plaques have been targeted for scrap.

Stop tenure review

Parts of the picturesque Irishman Creek in Mackenzie Basin are being placed into freehold.

OPINION: The best, easiest, and cheapest thing New Zealand could do for the land and water of the South Island is to stop high country tenure review.

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Thieves target soldiers' graves

Raymond Bedford's family, daughter Judy Fleming, left, great grandson Josh Fleming, granddaughter Kathy Fleming and ...

More than a dozen plaques have been targeted for scrap.

Probe into cop sex abuse claims

Criminal investigation into woman's claims she was sexually abused by a senior policeman.

Car chase in Dunedin

Bar owner punched

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Funding for highway fix

A slip over State Highway 1 following the November 14 earthquake.

Quake-damaged highway between Picton and Christchurch to get $812m Budget boost, government confirms.

A hull lot of history

Maritime archeologist Kurt Bennett will create a 3D image of the Edwin Fox's mid-section.

One of the world's oldest ships is to travel overseas once again but this time without getting wet.

'The supreme sacrifice'

Australian Army veteran Betty Binnie gets her two remounted medals pinned to her chest by RAAF Squadron Leader Marcus Watson.

Rocked to the core in recent years by earthquakes, the people of Ward stand strong to remember the fallen this Anzac day.

Nokia House: in or out?

Nokia House on Manners St was one of the buildings deemed to need more checks after the Kaikoura earthquake.

Tenants, engineers and landlords have "differences in opinion" over occupancy of high-rise office building post quake.

politics

Stop tenure review

Parts of the picturesque Irishman Creek in Mackenzie Basin are being placed into freehold.

OPINION: The best, easiest, and cheapest thing New Zealand could do for the land and water of the South Island is to stop high country tenure review.

What record migration means for NZ

As Auckland's population booms, the problem of congestion worsens.

Traffic jams, crowded classrooms and a housing crisis. It's all because of immigration, right?

Fair pay further from reach

Education support workers in early childhood education could have a claim that they are underpaid because their ...

NZEI union says the new Pay Equity Bill will make it harder, not easier, to reduce the gender pay gap.

PM: Winston 'attention-seeking'

Prime Minister Bill English says it will be up to voters to decide which parties have to work together after the election.

PM refuses to call Winston Peters a racist for saying reporters were "Asian immigrants" writing "propaganda".

education

Share and share alike

Making use of the Redwoodtown School playground in the holidays are, from left, Cameron Park, 7, Ethan Mills, 7 and ...

School playgrounds in Marlborough could get massive increase in funding, on one condition.

Student 'stripped of innocence'

Wayne Frewen has been deregistered as a teacher after pursuing an inappropriate relationship with one of his students.

A deputy principal groomed a student then had a year-long relationship with her after she left high school.

'Mindless acts of damage' costly

A heat pump was pushed off the roof of Twizel Area School.

It could cost Twizel Area School thousands of dollars to repair damage after the school was vandalised.

Special units help teen mums excel

Petra Haliciopoulos-Fisher with husband Marcel Fisher and their two children, Kayden, 9, and Darcy, 15 months.

Young mothers in teen parent units more likely to gain NCEA, stay in school, study finds.

health

Pacific youth suicide risk

A study of Pacific suicide deaths over a 17-year period found boys aged between 12 and 18 were most at risk.

Young Pacific people three times more likely to attempt suicide than European youth, study shows.

Minority depression 'missed'

Despite reporting higher levels of distress and depression than New Zealand Europeans, Asian immigrants often go ...

Maori, Pacific and Asian Kiwis are more at risk of mental illness, but diagnosed less often than Europeans, study finds.

Southern DHB propose axing 23 jobs

Southern DHB chief executive Chris Fleming.

"There will be some people very positive about what we're proposing, and there will be some negativity."

Couples admitted together, stay together

Ann and Harry Smith do, quite literally, everything together. They were even admitted to Taranaki Base Hospital together ...

Married couple that do "everything together" share an ambulance ride to hospital.

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Women of Influence: Enter now

2016 Women of Influence supreme winner Helen Robinson accepts her award from 2015 supreme winner Joan Withers.

Entries and nominations for the 2017 Women of Influence Awards open from April 11 to May 28.

About the awards

The New Zealand Women of Influence programme recognises and celebrates women from all walks of life.

Thanks to our partners

the 2016 Women of Influence winners.

Meet the organisations that make the awards possible.

Meet our alumni

Dame Therese Walsh helped deliver a flawless Rugby World Cup 2011.

Meet our alumni of amazing winners and finalists from 2013 - 2016.

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Fisheries industries changes ahead

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy.

Changes underway in fisheries management should usher in improvements to the industry.

Pukekoes delay veggie harvest

Hangi food waiting to be placed in baskets for the harvest celebration of Massey University Maori Resource Studies.

Pukekos and weather delay harvest of Maori vegetables at Massey University.

Doubling up on quad bikes

Firth of Thames farmer Steve Knudsen developed the quad roll-over protective system (QUADROPS) after two scares.

Rule change acknowledges that passengers are carried on quads, but says the vehicles aren't designed for it.

$30m Maori kiwifruit venture

Te Tumu Paeroa Maori Trustee Jamie Tuuta addresses visitors to the Otuwhare Marae at the launch of the Omaio 39 ...

Land that was once called marginal and unproductive now holds the hopes of an entire region.

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    Auckland

    High school sweethearts win dream wedding

    The couple married on April 20 at Matakana's Plume Restaurant.

    After suffering health issues Mark married Shani, his high school sweetheart, in a dream wedding.

    Swanky Shore mall lures designers

    The Milford Shopping Centre will have 20 new shops added and will be refurbished to feel light and open.

    Milford's boutique shopping mall on Auckland's North Shore aims to attract Kiwi fashion designers - and build luxury apartments upstairs.

    A man of steel (and iron)

    Glen O'Neill makes masterpieces from wrought iron and steel in his North Canterbury workshop.

    Pacific youth suicide risk

    A study of Pacific suicide deaths over a 17-year period found boys aged between 12 and 18 were most at risk.

    Young Pacific people three times more likely to attempt suicide than European youth, study shows.

    Wellington

    Transmission Gully sneak peek video

    The 27-kilometre, four-lane motorway will run inland between Wellington northern suburbs and Paekakariki on the Kapiti ...

    After two million man hours, the highway north of Wellington still isn't halfway built.

    Broadhurst quits rugby

    James Broadhurst made his test debut for the All Blacks in their 2015 Rugby Championship test against South Africa in ...

    One-test All Black hangs up boots after struggling to recover from concussion.

    Twin fires shock town

    The backyard of Corrinne Oliver's home in Mauriceville. In the foreground is her daughter Chance's Yamaha motorbike.

    Good neighbour tried to help a stranger after a fire. It cost her her home.

    Return of the cluster flies

    Cluster fly larvae have had perfect conditions with the wet warm weather recently, and many people are finding the flies ...

    It sounds like a horror movie plot - swarms of cluster flies besieging North Island homes.

    Canterbury

    CBD precincts rising

    The ANZ Centre offers shops, a cafe called Arbo and an espresso and wine bar, Arborista.

    Goodbye empty lots, derelict buildings and road cones - hello Melbourne-style vibe.

    Caged egg farm sold

    Over the years Mainland has been the target of animal rights activists for its caged birds.

    They sell a third of all eggs produced in NZ and they've sold up to the Aussies.

    Hospitality a 'ruthless' game

    Smash Palace owner Johnny Moore says it's not easy to start a hospitality business from scratch.

    OPINION: The best way to start a Christchurch bar or cafe is to buy someone's broken dreams.

    Shark bit tourist three times video

    The French tourist arrives at Dunedin Hospital by helicopter after she was attacked by a shark while bodyboarding in ...

    A shark had the legs of a bodyboarding tourist in its mouth during a surf spot attack.

    Waikato

    Thieves target soldiers' graves

    Raymond Bedford's family, daughter Judy Fleming, left, great grandson Josh Fleming, granddaughter Kathy Fleming and ...

    More than a dozen plaques have been targeted for scrap.

    Cyclist versus car

    The crash happened around 5pm.

    A cyclist is in a critical condition, following a crash in Morrinsville.

    Guilty plea over baby car death

    Isaiah died at his grandparents home in Ruatoki, Bay of Plenty on November 2015 when he was left in a vehicle for ...

    Eight-month-old Isaiah Neil was left by his parents in a car, in the hot sun for hours.

    Unrepentant over period drama

    Waikato Times columnist Tom O'Connor says he was once savaged by a woman on her period.

    Columnist says make your own sanitary items, internet says get real.

    Taranaki

    Passport missing after giveaway

    American Alice Glasser lost her passport when she gave away her backpack and other possessions on the side of New ...

    An act of kindness by American woman living in New Plymouth backfired when she left her passport in items she gave away.

    Bar owner punched

    A barman has allegedly been assaulted at New Plymouth's Treehouse Bar and Bistro.

    Police are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted a barman in New Plymouth.

    Dman and Ironman

    Dinnie Moeahu aims to complete the Taupo Ironman on March 3,  2018.

    He may hate running, but that won't stop Dinnie Moeahu becoming an Ironman.

    Fired after beating co-worker

    Tansley Ratapu lost his job and earned a criminal conviction when he appeared in the New Plymouth District Court after ...

    Petrol station worker saw red and lashed out after his workmate took too long with the tills.

    Manawatu

    Work begins on slip video

    Work began on the larger of the two slips in the Manawatu Gorge, on Thursday.

    Work has finally begun to clear the large slip blocking the Manawatu Gorge.

    Motorcyclist dies

    A man is dead following a motorcycle and tractor crash in Manawatu.

    A man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a tractor in Manawatu.

    Copycat inmates increase threats

    Manawatu Prison has been on the receiving end of 12 bomb threats in the past five years.

    Manawatu Prison received the highest amount of bomb threats out of any prison.

    A slushy success video

    There's been plenty of water on the ice rink's surface.

    Water on Palmerston North's ice rink doesn't put off thousands of skaters.

    Nelson

    Anna Coddington back in Nelson

    Anna Coddington

    Juggling a career and kids requires stamina and planning, says the Kiwi songstress.

    Ready, jet, go

    Alan Caudwell with his Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros jet.

    Is there something missing in your life? Say a jet capable of getting up to 750kmh?

    Teen tunes up vege-fuelled car video

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Nelson College student Neil MacMillan uses cooking oil from the ...

    Neil MacMillan was 10 when he came up with plans for a plant-powered car. Now it's a reality.

    Prison for $240k fraud

    Candice Preston and her husband Phillip Walker were found guilty of benefit fraud worth nearly $330,000.

    A Nelson couple have been sentenced for "one of the highest ranking" NZ benefit frauds.

    Marlborough

    Share and share alike

    Making use of the Redwoodtown School playground in the holidays are, from left, Cameron Park, 7, Ethan Mills, 7 and ...

    School playgrounds could get massive increase in funding, on one condition.

    Prison isn't working

    Jason Goldsworthy has had 491 convictions in the past 25 years. (File photo)

    After clocking up nearly 500 convictions, he arrived at court expecting his 20th stint in jail. But the judge had other plans.

    Sauvignon HQ opens

    Wine Marlborough staff, from left, Nicolette Prendergast, Marcus Pickens, Georgie Leach, and Harriet Wadworth in front ...

    Converted shipping container to act as hub in lead up to International Sauvignon Blanc Day.

    Netballers poised for lift off

    The all-conquering Harlequins Radich Law netball team celebrate following their 2016 premier final victory. With changes ...

    The winds of change have blown through Marlborough's premier netball scene.

    South Canterbury

    'Negotiate or face another strike'

    Support workers Nicola Johns and Debs Crowe gathered on Theodosia St, near The Bay Hill, to protest against stagnant pay ...

    Protesting support staff give employer two options - start bargaining, or face another strike.

    Westpac admits issues

    The Westpac ATM, the ony one in Fairlie, which has broken down again this week.

    Westpac admits service in Fairlie not up to scratch following complaints over ATM.

    SCDHB emergency plans tested

    SCDHB staff during the major incident program pictured were from left registered nurse Carla McFarlene and radiographer ...

    DHB staff put through paces in plane crash scenario involving large influx of patients.

    'Mindless acts of damage' costly

    A heat pump was pushed off the roof of Twizel Area School.

    Vandalism at Twizel Area School could cost thousands to repair.

    Southland

    Shark attack video

    The French tourist arrives at Dunedin Hospital by helicopter after she was attacked by a shark while bodyboarding in ...

    A surfer has been attacked by a shark at a beach in the Catlins in Southland.

    Struggle after shooting

    Ben and Verity McLean.

    Families say they're humbled by the outpouring of support and compassion.

    Deputy mayor resigns

    Cr Darren Ludlow.

    Darren Ludlow has resigned as deputy mayor of Invercargill.

    SDHB propose axing 23 jobs

    Southern DHB chief executive Chris Fleming.

    "There will be some people very positive about what we're proposing, and there will be some negativity."

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