Gutted house in Waikato

House gutted by fire

An elderly lady was in tears this afternoon as her Hamilton house was gutted by fire.

Mum sentenced for drowning

Grandmother of drowned toddler says the convicted mother lives with "pain and hurt" every day.

Bain judge: Don't tweak system

The judge who presided over the David Bain retrial has retired with a parting warning not to tweak the legal system.

Driver injured in bank plunge

A driver suffered serious injuries after his car left the road and plunged about 40 metres down a bank near Parakino, north of Whanganui.

Pedestrian killed

Police name pedestrian struck and killed by a car near Palmerston North earlier today.

Scam targets Auckland immigrants

Money man, fraud Victims told they'll get a "good citizen tax refund" if they make a payment to an overseas bank account.

14-year-old boys flee in car

Two boys fled police in a stolen car, driving for about 30km before getting caught.

4-hour armed standoff

'Unexplained' death not suspicious

Banks: I will appeal

John Banks John Banks says he has "unimpeachable, watertight" evidence to exonerate him as he's sentenced over donations.

'Iconic slice of NZ' sold

The Chinese firm that bought the Crafar farms has signed a conditional deal for another large block.

Beehive Live: August 1

Party leaders give up alcohol

PM denies spyware use

John Key flatly denies suggestions NZ installed controversial spyware to collect data from the Southern Cross cable.

Forget sun, give me robot fun

Robots Most people visit Samoa for the sun and sand but Doug Bryan went there to show kids how to build robots.

Educated questions over changes

Principals still struggle to see how the new 'Investing in Educational Success' policy will work in schools.

Microchip plan on hold

Fairfield eco-centre gets boost

School's microchip 'reward' plan

School's hope to track pupils' good behaviour with microchip bracelets prompts concern from parents.

DHB cuts stressful

Hutt Hospital Cost-cutting at Hutt Valley District Health Board has left staff stressed and confused.

Life of the walking dead

Katy Stonyer always warns people about narcolepsy but they don't get it till they see her collapse.

Sick doctors taking bugs to work

Health insurance twist

Eye expert to train workers in Fiji

A Hamilton eye expert is heading to Fiji this month, but not to holiday at the beach.

Fonterra director retires

Jim van der Poel Jim van der Poel will leave the dairy co-operative's board in November, after 12 years of service.

Kelp is on the way

Farmer and entrepreneur Roger Beattie has a new eco-farming idea for kelp seaweed.

US beef numbers crunched

GMO ban boosts Tasmania

How much are our bees worth?

Bees are worth $5.1 billion to the New Zealand economy each year, but all is not well with them.

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The lower drink-driving limits from December are:

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