Toddler reunited with mum

The child was found inside a stolen car which had been abandoned. (File photo)

9:10 PM  A car was stolen and then abandoned in Rotorua - hours later, a child was found inside.

Suicide prevention in a box

A care box is being developed to help people in times of high stress.

Massey student develops self-help care package she hopes will make a difference.

Motorcyclists killed in crash identified

State Highway 1 near Tokoroa was closed for more than six hours after the crash.

9:46 PM  The two men were driving along SH1 near Tokoroa when they died in a crash involving a truck.

'I must belong somewhere'

US Marines in Wellington in 1942 on a train to Paekakariki.

More than 70 years after her father left NZ, a Blenheim woman is still searching for him.

One dead in truck crash

A truck and trailer unit has crashed down a gully between Tauranga and Rotorua, carrying dangerous goods.

Dangerous chemicals spilled on road after fatal crash on SH36 in Bay of Plenty.

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The Manawatu Gorge is closed following a slip.

A slip has blocked both lanes of the Manawatu Gorge, closing it overnight.

Alleged Queenstown head stomper arrested

A man suffered a fractured skull when he was assaulted in Queenstown on Sunday night.

Man's head was stomped on several times in a serious assault on Sunday.

Mystery plane lands in capital

A jet with blocked details landed at Wellington Airport on Monday evening.

Gulfstream jet with blocked flight tracker credentials touches down in Wellington.

11 years' jail for Kiwi in Borneo

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Judge hands NZ citizen 11-years sentence for possession of methamphetamine.

Senior cop sex complaint

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Woman claims she was harassed and sexually assaulted over several years - and was nicknamed 'Spice'.

Public radio at its finest

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, one of three prime ministers featured so far on RNZ's The 9th Floor.

OPINION: RNZ mighht be too full of itself sometimes, but The 9th Floor is excellent.

Councillor under investigation

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Councillor accused of grabbing a senior manager's hips and 'pressing' himself against her.

Girl missing for three weeks

Tamia Apaapa was reported missing on March 27 and was last seen in school uniform.

Tamia Apaapa, missing since March, made contact with her family on Monday evening.

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Suspected brawl at Wainui shop

Reports of fighting in a shop on Wainuiomata's Queen St has prompted a police response. (FILE PHOTO)

Police respond to reports of a Wainuiomata shopkeeper being hit in the head.

Commemorative poppy taken

Poppy Places advocate distressed by vandalism on the eve of Anzac Day.

Gang members jailed

Man finally gets lawyer

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'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.

Borer, leaks plague capital homes

An investigation of Wellington's housing stock has found earthquake concerns in 60 per cent of 100 inspected homes.

Infestations and poor weather proofing raise earthquake concerns in inquiry into city housing stock.

Watertight by winter

Repairs have started on the stopbank behind Snowden Cr, Blenheim, which was at risk of breaching in a storm earlier in April.

Council to complete all high and medium priority repairs after stopbank scare.

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Waikato gains in reshuffle

Tim Macindoe has been in parliament for eight-and-a-half years. He was elected the Hamilton West MP in 2008 and is the ...

It is the first time Hamilton has had two ministers for the city, at any time, serving in the government.

Brownlee recalibrates for role

Gerry Brownlee is our new Foreign Affairs minister.

Brownlee switches from combative to diplomatic as he prepares for new role.

Brownlee's promotion the easy call video

Gerry Brownlee has been handed the foreign minister's job vacated by Murray McCully.

OPINION: The tougher and more "political" call in Monday's reshuffle was Nick Smith's demotion.

Heart of Darkness video

Red Cross nurse Gail Corbett photographed during a rescue from a bombed building.

Red Cross nurse Gail Corbett has spent seven years working in countries ravaged by war, drought and famine. Tired of being an observer, it was simply her time to help, she tells Bess Manson.

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Young Kiwis won't seek help

Youthline chief executive Stephen Bell.

Young people would rather consult the internet for answers to sex and mental health, than family, friends or support group.

$3.6m to save polytech

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith said he was committed to the future provision of ...

Government loan buys time for West Coast polytechnic under investigation.

Parents party at fundraiser for playground

A good time was had by all at Takapuna Primary School's FUNdraising party.

A fundraising party has helped slide some funds toward a new playground for Takapuna Primary School on Auckland's North Shore.

Waikato University gets United Nations backing

Chief Executive of Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, Jason Dawson, says it's important to assess the impact tourism has on the ...

This will be the first long-term study on the effects of tourism in New Zealand.

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Young Kiwis won't seek help

Youthline chief executive Stephen Bell.

Young people would rather consult the internet for answers to sex and mental health, than family, friends or support group.

Heart of Darkness video

Red Cross nurse Gail Corbett photographed during a rescue from a bombed building.

Red Cross nurse Gail Corbett has spent seven years working in countries ravaged by war, drought and famine. Tired of being an observer, it was simply her time to help, she tells Bess Manson.

Athletics helps Ollie battle arthritis

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Rare arthritis condition no barrier for young student winning track and field medals.

64 new hospital beds on hold

Construction of the acute services building at Christchurch Hospital is progressing but two 32 bed wards are being put ...

A new $445 million acute services hospital building in Christchurch will deliver an additional 92 hospital beds but 64 of those are "on hold" pending additional funding.

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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.

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Dairy farmers portrayed unfairly

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Beef and lamb help iron stores

Beef steak is a recommended source of iron.

World Iron Awareness Week is getting a big push from Beef + Lamb NZ marketing supremo Rod Slater.

Rural recycling on the rise

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Farmers are taking advantage of a free agri-chemical recycling scheme.

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    'We're just thrilled he's here'

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    Senior cop sex complaint

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    Girl missing for three weeks

    Tamia Apaapa was reported missing on March 27 and was last seen in school uniform.

    Tamia Apaapa, missing since March, made contact with her family on Monday evening.

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    David Dallas came home to write his latest album, Hood Country Club.

    David Dallas' new album is about finance companies and real estate prices. Why?

    Wellington

    Rare falcon shot dead

    Doc is outraged after a rare falcon was killed in Nikau Valley, Paraparaumu.

    DoC furious over killing of protected bird, which could lead to jail sentence or a $100k fine.

    Capital's mystery jet

    A jet with blocked details landed at Wellington Airport on Monday evening.

    Gulfstream jet with blocked flight tracker credentials touches down in Wellington.

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    Kapiti councillor David Scott accused of grabbing senior manager's hips and 'pressing' himself against her.

    Claim of brawl at club rugby game

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    Alleged thuggery mars J'ville v Stokes Valley match: "It was the worst s--t I've seen in my life."

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    Gerry Brownlee is our new Foreign Affairs minister.

    Brownlee switches from combative to diplomatic as he prepares for new role.

    Funeral home OKed

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    Residents are vowing to fight the decision to approve a Halswell "spiritual facility".

    Driver leapt to safety

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    A driver escaped unharmed after digger rolled off a rural Canterbury road.

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    City leaders and residents react to news Gerry Brownlee will no longer be the rebuild boss.

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    A special memorial will set the record straight about two railway workers who helped save 134 lives.

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    Matamata man Brian Duffell leaves the Hamilton District Court following an earlier appearance.

    Brian Duffell owns up after fleecing investors of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Punk show for Anzacs

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    Hamilton punks are banding together to raise beer money for RSA members this Anzac eve.

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    Chong coy on future

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    Murray Chong isn't too sure whether he's interested in standing for New Zealand First or not. 

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    Tim Bond has wanted to capture the Aurora Australis for years, finally succeeding Sunday night at Dawson Falls.

    A photographic dream has finally come true for Tim Bond.

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    Aimee Perrett completed an ironman race despite the effects of a rare disease.

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    Manfeild fights off two other venues to keep the New Zealand Grand Prix. 

    Slip closes Manawatu Gorge

    The Manawatu Gorge is closed following a slip.

    A slip has blocked both lanes of the Manawatu Gorge, closing it overnight.

    'We slept in an Agent Orange area'

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    A heart surgeon has been ordered to pay $165,000 for causing the deaths of two men in a horrific Nelson crash.

    'Loss of innocence'

    Crown prosecutor Jackson Webber said the man's offending amounted to a "gross breach of trust".

    A woman who was sexually violated as a teen confronted her abuser in court.

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    Kiwi war memorabilia locked in a UK university will be pursued by the government.

    Marlborough

    "I must belong somewhere"

    US Marines in Wellington in 1942 on a train to Paekakariki.

    Her birth certificate only revealed the name of her mother, not her father.

    Grape spill bill

    Zeolite, a multipurpose absorbent is spread over a grape spill at a roundabout in Blenheim.

    The bill for clearing the roads of spilled grapes in Marlborough's harvest has so far come in at $17,000.

    Funding gets green light

    With State Highway 1 closed, the alternative inland route through Lewis Pass is suffering increased wear and tear.

    Marlborough's transport committee has approved a request from NZTA to give them access to $15m upgrading the alternative route.

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    They call it collision architecture, an 1850s-style settler's hut wrapped into a new boutique winery.

    South Canterbury

    New book on war hero

    Tom O'Connor has published a book on Waimate war hero Eric Batchelor.

    The life of one of New Zealand's most decorated soldiers has been detailed in new book.

    Acid spill investigated

    Leaking acid prompted an emergency response at the Redruth Resource Recovery Centre on Monday.

    Investigation launched after acid leaks from containers at Redruth landfill site.

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    Timaru children have heard about the realities of war from South Canterbury veterans.

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    South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce president John Cannell says he has heard of some employers asking their employees ...

    Some employers ask staff to take Monday off making for another long weekend.

    Southland

    Five Eyes could be in Invercargill

    Passengers disembark the United States Of America aircraft at Invercargill airport.

    An unusual landing at Invercargill Airport has been said to be visitors for the Five Eyes intelligence network.

    New Zealand's most rural burglary?

    A brazen thief has stolen hundreds of dollars worth of home kill, dozens of cheese rolls, a Swanndri, and some gumboots ...

    It's enough to make any Southerner weep into their Speight's.

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    Southland Mayor Gary Tong.

    Talk of an alternative site for the Te Anau wastewater scheme remains on the council's mind, after its agreed alternative fell over.

    Milford Sound shift

    Community Trust of Southland chief executive officer John Prendergast.

    The Community Trust of Southland is investigating whether it might be able to bring Milford Sound under its wing.

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