Crash victim in serious condition

SCENE OF THE CRASH: Kaikoura chief fire officer Ian Walker said both cars were write-offs.

A man in his early 20s remains in a serious condition in hospital after a crash near Kaikoura on Christmas Day.

Surfer dies near Auckland

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Man got into trouble while surfing on an Auckland west coast beach this afternoon.

Thrown from ute onto rocks

Hospital emergency wards can be an interesting place on Christmas Day.

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after being thrown from the back of a ute onto rocks in Raglan.

Head-on crash proves fatal

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One man is dead and another person is in a critical condition after a head-on collision on State Highway 2 in Bay of Plenty.

Kiwi on Thai drugs charge

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A New Zealander has reportedly been arrested on drugs charges in Thailand.

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Kiwi on drugs charge in Thailand

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A New Zealander reportedly arrested on drugs charges in Thailand is the third Kiwi to face drug allegations in Asian countries in recent weeks.

Stoush weapons found

A knuckleduster and knives were among weapons police retrieved from a vehicle after a verbal altercation at Pak 'n Save in Timaru.

Robbed during funeral

Vicious slurs ruin Christmas

politics

Reporter gets privacy apology

ANDREA VANCE: Parliamentary swipe card and phone records were accessed during the investigation.

Fairfax political reporter Andrea Vance has received an apology from Parliamentary Service over a breach of her privacy during an investigation into a leaked report.

Dotcom appeal dismissed

Supreme Court dismisses Kim Dotcom's appeal against decision that said the raids were legal.

Backing their man: Sharemilker Bas Nelis had the support of his farming colleagues when he was prosecuted.

NZ First attacks council

Party says Waikato Regional Council bureaucrats who prosecuted Bas Nelis should seek employment in North Korea.

education

Trip opens up mind, career path

OPENING HIS MIND: Originally from Timaru, Sam Brosnahan is studying in Shanghai, on a Prime Minister’s scholarship.

China is far more relevant to NZ than he imagined, Sam Brosnahan is learning.

Man's teaching passion

He once stacked knuckles at a freezing works, now he can't imagine working in anything but education.

40mls of alcohol-based hand sanitiser, the estimated amount a four-year-old drank before becoming grossly intoxicated.

Preschooler drunk on hand sanitiser

Ministry investigates how child got drunk at preschool and will warn early childhood centres about alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

health

Hand sanitiser warning

Woodhouse Early Learning Centre owner Jackie Woodward holds up hand sanitiser where it was located at the centre. Woodward believes the four-year-old climbed onto a bookshelf, reached up and drank it.

Ministry to issue nationwide warning about hand sanitiser in the wake of a 4-year-old girl becoming grossly intoxicated.

Toxic algae in Wairarapa waterway

Phormidium can kill animals, and in humans can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and skin irritations.

Maddox Parker, 1, who suffers from the rare and terminal Leigh's disease gets a cuddle from his mum Rebecca Parker at their Kihikihi home.

'He'll never walk, never talk'

One-year-old Maddox Parker has just reached a miracle milestone - his first birthday. 

farming

Fish farmers 'doing damage '

One of the Mackenzie Basin's salmon farms.

Mackenzie salmon farmers are discharging waste that can smother waterways, ECan says.

The milk doesn’t stop

It may be Christmas, but it was business as usual for the shift workers at Fonterra's Te Rapa factory.

Farmer Bas Nelis says the water in this gully is clean enough to drink, after his work replanting the banks.

Nats slated after farmer's fine

Pressure on National MPs to make changes to the RMA following prosecution of a Waikato farmer's company.