'He said it was sore'

Joshua O'Connell's summer ruined after a playground tumble revealed a more serious problem.

Withstanding pain that would 'topple an adult' no one realised boy had septic arthritis.

Judge's nudist pics posted

The Pineglades Naturist Club website boasts a range of activities from volleyball to swimming.

Full-frontal nude photographs of judge pulled from naturist club's website.

Underwear dash during fire video

Crombie Lockwood House on Dixon St, Wellington was evacuated after an early morning fire.

Residents fled a Wellington apartment fire clad in only their underwear and dressing gowns.

Young mum dies in crash

It is understood Emily Hurley, 20, was the driver of a car carrying three others, including her partner, when it collided head-on with another car.

Tributes have started to flow for a young mum who lost her life in an early morning crash near Whanganui.

Three win Lotto

The winning tickets were sold at Countdown Botany in Auckland, Patumahoe Four Square in Patumahoe and Hornby Mall Lotto in Christchurch, Lotto NZ says.

Buy Lotto in Botany Auckland, Patumahoe or Hornby in Christchurch? You could be in the money.

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Diver dies despite revival efforts

Akitio Beach, on the southeast coast of the North Island, pictured after flooding last October.

The diver was among a group of three people free-diving off a remote North Island beach.

LIVE: 5.7 quake hits Christchurch

In Ballantynes in the city centre, people dropped to the floor during what one witness described as a "rumbling, rolling quake".

Updates on the aftermath of the severe quake that shook Christchurch.

Man spends night clinging to floating petrol container

The Waihi Coastguard retrieved the boat which had capsized while trying to cross the Bowentown sand bar at 11pm at night.

Police say a man is lucky to be alive after spending a night in the sea after a boat capsized.

5.9 quake rocks Christchurch

A severe 5.9 earthquake has rocked Christchurch.

"Scruffy" man sought

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

A slim man in his 50s with grey hair and possible missing teeth is being sought in relation to an alleged abduction of girl, 5.

Video of teen's recovery goes viral gallery video

Olivia Odey,16, of Timaru, has finally recovered from a debilitating 14-month mystery illness.

A video compiled by a Timaru teenager, which tells her uplifting story of overcoming a mystery illness, has gone viral.

Fewer Kiwis doing Great Walks

Tramper Mark Wilson, left, of Auckland, and his namesake, Hump Ridge Track manager Mark Wilson, of Tuatapere.

Kiwis are becoming a minority in their own backyard, only making up a quarter of walkers on iconic tramps.

Anxiety is natural but kidnapping is rare

From the age of five years old, I would walk home from school, often by myself.

Kaimanawas star back in saddle

The Wilson sisters (from left) Amanda, Vicki and Kelly headlined the Riding With The Stars event in Hamilton.

A showjumping celebrity concussed after being knocked over by a horse.

Judge's nudist pics posted

Naturists enjoy a range of activities from volleyball to swimming.

Full-frontal nude photographs of judge pulled from naturist club's website.

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Abduction case car appeal

Anyone with information on the Maxima is urged to contact the Palmerston North Police Station on (06) 351 3600.

Police appeal for sightings of late model Nissan Maxima after girl abducted in Palmerston North on Friday.

Night prowler caught

Man admits multiple burglaries around Canterbury after being caught red-handed.

Financial nightmare of wrongful accusations

'A bloody tragic thing'


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.

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.


Reading Recovery 'outdated'

Carol Goldsmith, a literacy teacher at Sir Edmund Hillary School, with some of the students in the Quick60 programme.

A new reading programme for kids where they work in groups is being hailed as a success as pass rates soar.

Up to five students in a room

One of the bedrooms being advertised for rent by Jasu Bhana on Trade Me.

International students are bunking up to save on sky-high city rents.

New schools signal learning shift

Plans for the new modern learning hub to be built at Rangiora Borough School.

Work to transform four Waimakariri schools into modern learning environments to go ahead.

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.


Mother and daughter battle together

Christchurch woman Natasha Woolfe, 34, was told she has terminal cancer in the same year she learned her daughter, Jorja Pender,14, had a rare auto-immune condition.

Christchurch mother told of terminal cancer while daughter diagnosed with rare disease.

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.

80kg down, nothing to lose

Nat How is standing tall again after bariatric surgery that has seen him shed almost 80kg.

Surgery changed this 188kg man's life. But can you really fight obesity with a scalpel?

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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.


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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