Two dead in crash

Two people are dead after a head-on crash near Whanganui.

10:09 AM  The drivers of two vehicles are dead after an apparent head-on crash near Whanganui.

'Hurry up, he's dying'

A section of riverbank near Richardson Tce, Woolston, remained cordoned off on Saturday morning.

10:21 AM  A man has been charged with the murder of 41-year-old Simon Prue following an altercation in Christchurch.

'We were trying to kick him' video

Shekinah Relies-Skipper was pulled into a car in Burns Ave, Palmerston North, on Friday morning.

"He just walked around me and grabbed her and chucked her in the car," girls say of sister's abduction.

Guilty of attempted murder

Head injury victim Kahu Vincent during his time at Wakari Hospital, Dunedin.

Ahu Taylor intended to kill Kahu Vincent when he attacked him in Wanaka last year, a jury has found.

We did it! $2m raised

New Zealand has opened its wallets and donated over $2 million to the #buythisbeachNZ campaign.

Keep donating, #buythisbeachNZ campaign co-organiser says.

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'The kids could be dead' video

Cath Kirk with part of a oak tree that crashed on to her families Palm Ave, Stoke property crushing a garage, car and children's play equipment.

A Nelson family woke up to find a tree had crushed their garage, landing centimetres from their sleeping children.

'Hurry up, he's dying'

A section of riverbank near Richardson Tce, Woolston, remained cordoned off on Saturday morning.

A man has been charged with the murder of 41-year-old Simon Prue following an altercation in Christchurch.

Woman's body recovered

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Death of woman near Sumner Beach not suspicious, police say.

Two dead after crash near Whanganui

Two people are dead after a head-on crash near Whanganui.

The drivers of two vehicles are dead after an apparent head-on crash near Whanganui.

Hitch-hiker's gear stolen video

Jan-Paul Fajta of Germany was robbed of all his belongings when he hitched a ride from Timaru to Oamaru.

A German hitch-hiker who had his belongings stolen no longer believes New Zealand is a safe country.

Catholic bishop Barry Jones dies

Christchurch Catholic bishop Barry Jones died at 3.30am on Saturday.

The Catholic bishop of Christchurch, Barry Jones, has died surrounded by family.

Suspicious Christchurch death

A section of riverbank near Richardson Tce, Woolston, remained cordoned off on Saturday morning.

A person was heard saying "hurry up, he's dying" at the scene of a suspicious death at a Woolston riverbank.

English flexes shearing muscle

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill English shearing sheep at Southern Field Days 2016.

There are some skills you just never lose.

Why Key could pull off a 4th term

The election looks likely to be held against the backdrop of a largely benign economy.

OPINION: Unless the economy takes a sour turn, the Key government may well remain an impenetrable fortress.

Bridge jump: Brave or stupid? video

The video footage shows the whole process of the death-defying leap.

WARNING: Don't watch this if you have a fear of heights.

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crime

Fraud accused was a 'bully'

A couple are on trial for allegedly defrauding a publicly listed company of $2.3 million.

A former Mighty River Power engineer was bad at keeping to budget and was a "bully", court told.

Fuel theft 'could have claimed lives'

The theft of helicopter fuel in Fiordland put pilot and passengers at "substantial risk", police say.

Tourists' luggage stolen from Mt Albert

Police seek missing teen

politics

Bridges stalls electric car policy

Transport minister Simon Bridges poses for a photo at the opening of the Vector electric charging station in Auckland on Friday.

When will the transport minister make his announcement on electric vehicles?

Obama's 'real friendship' with Key video

Mates. John Key and Barack Obama.

The US President wants to pay New Zealand a visit - it's just a case of sorting his schedule.

Deportees costing $1000 each

Corrections Minister Judith Collins said PARS has already helped more than 100 deportees to settle into New Zealand.

Costs for deportee support services are ongoing, as Government gives another $100k.

No govt funding for beach

Government minister Paula Bennett says there are no plans to kick in money to a beach crowdfunding campaign.

"It's not our intentions at this stage to put money in," Paula Bennett says.

education

Surfing Iran and Papua New Guinea

Easkey Britton was reportedly the first woman to surf in Iran.

An Irish surfer has shared her passion with women in Iran and Papua New Guinea.

NZQA reviewing typing rule

Declan Callaghan, left, and sister Mirren are happy NZQA is reviewing the rule that blocked their writer Matt Macfarlane, centre, from typing their assessments.

Special-needs students will be able to request their writers to type their assignments.

Schools under pressure

Cashmere High school principal Mark Wilson says his school is facing unprecedented demand for enrolments.

Christchurch's state high schools are seeing "unprecedented" demand for places as families move into the city for jobs.

Rawhiti School becomes one video

Education Minister Hekia Parata celebrates the opening of the new Rawhiti School along with Stella Rihari-Baker, 13, and Petra Brinkerhoff, 5, the school's oldest and youngest pupils.

A Christchurch merger school that has been operating from two sites has celebrated its first birthday on its new grounds.

health

Farmer helpline needed

Last year Sir John Kirwan spoke to Manawatu farmers about coping with stress and depression.

Farmers need access to a 24/7 helpline for mental health support.

City closer to being smokefree

Smokefree advocate Richard Foster, from Melbourne, talks to interested groups about how smokefree spaces are benefiting Melbourne. From left; Kerry Hocquard, Sally Darragh, Julie Beckett and Richard Foster.

Outdoor dinning areas are soon becoming smokefree in Palmerston North.

Farmers egged on to suicide

Waikato herd manager Gina Greenwood says farmers are not responsible for the bobby calf deaths which have attracted the ire of animal welfare activists.

Attacks on dairy farmers from animal rights advocates are escalating, supporters say.

Where do you get your water?

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board health protection officer David Speedy is encouraging people to check trucks used to carry water are registered with public health if they buy tankered drinking water.

Marlborough residents with empty water tanks should check companies trucking in water are meeting public health standards.

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

Herd the one about the sheep? video

A new perspective on sheep farming.

Drone footage of Hawke's Bay sheep being herded has attracted global attention.

Flashpoint over poachers

Blenheim police Sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Fed-up farmers are losing patience with trespassing hunters.

Top shearers meet Welshmen 

Dion King, one of New Zealand's shearers facing Wales.  He is shearing as part of a during a competition.

Rangitikei will host the third test between New Zealand shearers and Wales.

Show hens some love

Animal welfare activists in 2014 protest against the farming of colony-caged eggs

Animal rights group SAFE wants Countdown supermarkets to sell only free-range or barn-raised eggs.

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