'We are overwhelmed by kindness'

A forensic tent at the Otepuni Ave address where Tuesday night's shooting took place.

6:52 PM  The "shocked" families of shooting victims Verity McLean and Garry Duggan say they are "trying to cope as best we can".

When prison isn't working

Jason Goldsworthy has had 491 convictions in the past 25 years. (File photo)

After nearly 500 convictions, he arrived at court expecting his 20th stint in jail. But the judge had other plans.

Clapped when jailed for years

The 46-year-old man has been jailed for sexually violating, raping and assaulting his former partner while they ...

A man grinned and clapped after being jailed for 16 years for raping and assaulting his former partner.

Stop migrant 'flood'? Rubbish

John Edens, Stuff journalist and ''migrant''.

5:45 PM  OPINION: I couldn't disagree more with the idea that NZ lets in too many migrants.

Shark attack victim 'calm' video

A French tourist arrives at Dunedin Hospital by helicopter after a shark attack in Curio Bay.

6:30 PM  French woman kept her cool as her friends dragged her out of the water, despite a "pretty good gash" on her leg.

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Southern DHB propose axing 23 jobs

Southern DHB chief executive Chris Fleming.

"There will be some people very positive about what we're proposing, and there will be some negativity."

A slushy success

There's been plenty of water on the ice rink's surface.

Water on Palmerston North's ice rink doesn't put off thousands of skaters.

Pokie gambling deceit 'unproved'

Mike O'Brien pleaded not guilty to five charges.

Crown's claims of deception fall at several hurdles, says defence lawyer.

Fatal motorcycle crash near Napier

Police believe the man's motorcycle left the road and hit a fence. (File photo.)

A man has died in a motorcycle crash on State Highway 5 near Napier.

Transmission Gully sneak peek video

Otaki MP Nathan Guy and Transport Minister Simon Bridges were confident the motorway would be completed on time.

After two million man hours, the motorway north of Wellington still isn't halfway built.

Twin fires shock town

The backyard of Corrinne Oliver's home in Mauriceville. In the foreground is her daughter Chance's Yamaha motorbike.

Good neighbour tried to help a stranger. It cost her her home.

Car chase in Dunedin

The chase did not last long, as the fleeing vehicle slowed due to a mechanical failure.

Police arrested three people after a car chase in Dunedin was halted by mechanical failure.

'Swimmability' only part of story video

Freshwater quality debates largely focus on swimming, not what lives there 24/7.

ANALYSIS: The longfin eel, whitebait and lamprey. All are threatened, and it is our fault.

What record migration means for NZ

As Auckland's population booms, the problem of congestion worsens.

Traffic jams, crowded classrooms and a housing crisis. It's all because of immigration, right?

Police 'brutality' claim

Police have confirmed "a range of tactical options" were used in the arrest of Albert Edmonds in Porirua earlier this ...

Video has emerged of police using pepper spray and a dog to arrest Porirua man.

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Police 'brutality' claim

Police have confirmed "a range of tactical options" were used in the arrest of Albert Edmonds in Porirua earlier this ...

6:34 PM  Video has emerged of police using pepper spray and a dog to arrest Porirua man.

No bail for accused

6:20 PM  Tenapi Crean has yet to plead to a raft of charges, including possessing a sawn-off shotgun.

No bail for alleged axe attacker

Two injured in Auckland stabbing

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Funding for highway fix

A slip over State Highway 1 following the November 14 earthquake.

Quake-damaged highway between Picton and Christchurch to get $812m Budget boost, government confirms.

A hull lot of history

Maritime archeologist Kurt Bennett will create a 3D image of the Edwin Fox's mid-section.

One of the world's oldest ships is to travel overseas once again but this time without getting wet.

'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.

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What record migration means for NZ

As Auckland's population booms, the problem of congestion worsens.

Traffic jams, crowded classrooms and a housing crisis. It's all because of immigration, right?

Fair pay further from reach

Education support workers in early childhood education could have a claim that they are underpaid because their ...

NZEI union says the new Pay Equity Bill will make it harder, not easier, to reduce the gender pay gap.

PM: Winston 'attention-seeking'

Prime Minister Bill English says it will be up to voters to decide which parties have to work together after the election.

PM refuses to call Winston Peters a racist for saying reporters were "Asian immigrants" writing "propaganda".

SH1 wins Budget boost

Finance Minister Steven Joyce has delivered a pre-Budget teaser to a Wellington business audience.

The Government promises to pump $11 billion into new infrastructure spending in the next four years.

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Share and share alike

Making use of the Redwoodtown School playground in the holidays are, from left, Cameron Park, 7, Ethan Mills, 7 and ...

School playgrounds in Marlborough could get massive increase in funding, on one condition.

Student 'stripped of innocence'

Wayne Frewen has been deregistered as a teacher after pursuing an inappropriate relationship with one of his students.

A deputy principal groomed a student then had a year-long relationship with her after she left high school.

'Mindless acts of damage' costly

A heat pump was pushed off the roof of Twizel Area School.

It could cost Twizel Area School thousands of dollars to repair damage after the school was vandalised.

Special units help teen mums excel

Petra Haliciopoulos-Fisher with husband Marcel Fisher and their two children, Kayden, 9, and Darcy, 15 months.

Young mothers in teen parent units more likely to gain NCEA, stay in school, study finds.

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Couples admitted together, stay together

Ann and Harry Smith do, quite literally, everything together. They were even admitted to Taranaki Base Hospital together ...

Married couple that do "everything together" share an ambulance ride to hospital.

Making our last memories

A  plaster cast of terminally ill cancer patient Al Ingram's hand clasping that of wife Heidi and children Maxine and ...

Organising your own funeral is "weird" says Al Ingram. But generous Kiwis have made this time easier.

Your mental health experience stuff nation

Have you ever been diagnosed with a mental illness? Share your story.

Have you ever been diagnosed with a mental illness? Share your story.

Women wanted for menopause study

Postgraduate students from left, Jenna Houston-Tupou, Joshua Wong and Mandy Lardenoye hope to present the results of the ...

A group of experts need volunteers for a study about the effects of exercise on menopause.

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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.

Entries and nominations for the 2017 Women of Influence Awards open from April 11 to May 28.

About the awards

The New Zealand Women of Influence programme recognises and celebrates women from all walks of life.

Thanks to our partners

the 2016 Women of Influence winners.

Meet the organisations that make the awards possible.

Meet our alumni

Dame Therese Walsh helped deliver a flawless Rugby World Cup 2011.

Meet our alumni of amazing winners and finalists from 2013 - 2016.

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Fisheries industries changes ahead

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy.

Changes underway in fisheries management should usher in improvements to the industry.

Pukekoes delay veggie harvest

Hangi food waiting to be placed in baskets for the harvest celebration of Massey University Maori Resource Studies.

Pukekos and weather delay harvest of Maori vegetables at Massey University.

Doubling up on quad bikes

Firth of Thames farmer Steve Knudsen developed the quad roll-over protective system (QUADROPS) after two scares.

Rule change acknowledges that passengers are carried on quads, but says the vehicles aren't designed for it.

$30m Maori kiwifruit venture

Te Tumu Paeroa Maori Trustee Jamie Tuuta addresses visitors to the Otuwhare Marae at the launch of the Omaio 39 ...

Land that was once called marginal and unproductive now holds the hopes of an entire region.

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    Auckland

    'Still numb and disbelieving'

    Massey High School supplied this picture of Keenan Matthes, who died after being hit by a train on April 20.

    School to hold celebration for star pupil tragically killed by a train while out running.

    Love letter to Papatoetoe stuff nation

    Little known fact - Auckland mayor Phil Goff bought his first home in Papatoetoe, in Wilmay Ave in the 1970s.

    A place where simply driving down its 'best street' just makes you feel happy.

    Two injured in Auckland stabbing

    St John Ambulance rushed the two injured people to Middlemore Hospital.

    Man seriously hurt and woman with moderate injuries following Papakura incident.

    Love letter to Onehunga

    Another day out fishing off the Old Mangere Bridge, another empty bucket.

    It helps to have a people-mover in Onehunga: the two-tone Toyota Ipsum (1995-2001 models only, please) is de rigueur.

    Wellington

    Return of the cluster flies

    Cluster fly larvae have had perfect conditions with the wet warm weather recently, and many people are finding the flies ...

    It sounds like a horror movie plot - swarms of cluster flies besieging North Island homes.

    Twin fires shock town

    The backyard of Corrinne Oliver's home in Mauriceville. In the foreground is her daughter Chance's Yamaha motorbike.

    Good neighbour tried to help a stranger. It cost her her home.

    Transmission Gully sneak peek video

    Otaki MP Nathan Guy and Transport Minister Simon Bridges were confident the motorway would be completed on time.

    After two million man hours, the highway north of Wellington still isn't halfway built.

    Quake repairs close capital hotel

    The Amora Hotel in  Wakefield St is to close for major renovation work.

    192-room Amora Hotel to close for up to a year, right before the Lions tour hits town.

    Canterbury

    Collapsed home survivor dies

    Margaret Edgar, who was pulled from the rubble of the historic Elms Homestead after the Kaikoura earthquake in November, ...

    Woman pulled from wreckage at Elms Homestead after Kaikoura quake has died.

    'Addicted' to crime

    Jason Goldsworthy has had 491 convictions in the past 25 years. (File photo)

    With nearly 500 convictions and 19 jail terms, prison "clearly isn't working". So the judge has other plans

    'Swimmability' only part of story video

    Freshwater quality debates largely focus on swimming, not what lives there 24/7.

    ANALYSIS: The longfin eel, whitebait and lamprey. All are threatened, and it is our fault.

    Chase trio nabbed after car failure

    The chase did not last long, as the fleeing vehicle slowed due to a mechanical failure.

    Trio arrested after brief car chase in Dunedin was halted by mechanical failure.

    Waikato

    Saving lives at 88 video

    Bill Goodwin on duty back in 2010 with Sam Cowley.

    Years ago they called the surf lifeguard Mr Goodie. But after 38 years on the beach, most just call him granddad.

    Riders hit head-on

    Traffic was backed up near the scene of the fatal crash north of Tokoroa.

    Two motorcyclists who died in a crash with a tanker north of Tokoroa did not know each other.

    Matariki-inspired waka sculpture

    Lighting and sound on the sculpture will change based on information from a network of sensors.

    An interactive steel structure is planned for Hamilton's Ferrybank precinct.

    Trailer load of chips crashes

    State Highway 27 is under Stop-go after a truck and trailer crashed.

    A refrigerator truck full of frozen chips has overturned blocking part of a Waikato highway.

    Taranaki

    Dman and Ironman

    Dinnie Moeahu aims to complete the Taupo Ironman on March 3,  2018.

    He may hate running, but that won't stop Dinnie Moeahu becoming an Ironman.

    Man, 72, offered child bribe for nude pics

    On Thursday, a Taranaki man was sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court for asking a 10-year-old girl to supply ...

    A 72-year-old man described his 10-year-old victim as "a sparkling lass".

    Admitted together, staying together

    Ann and Harry Smith do, quite literally, everything together. They were even admitted to Taranaki Base Hospital together ...

    Man and wife who do "everything together" share an ambulance ride to hospital.

    Drink driver injures woman

    A 20-year-old admitted to drinking before getting behind the wheel and causing an accident, which left a woman injured.

    Driver admits to drinking vodka and "Chinese" alcohol before crashing his car.

    Manawatu

    Off the top of my dome

    The aurora at Lake Rotoiti on April 23, captured by Nelson photographer Terry Urban.

    Celestial bodies will soon be visible from Palmerston North once more.

    Deputy mayor row

    Horowhenua councillor Ross Campbell is accused by other councilors of breaching the code of conduct.

    Horowhenua mayor Michael Feyen wants to change his deputy but can't.

    Saddle Rd truck fire

    Motorists should expect delays on Saddle Rd after a truck and trailer unit broke down.

    Driver escapes with minor injuries as break-down causes delays.

    Return of the cluster flies

    Cluster fly larvae have had perfect conditions with the wet warm weather recently, and many people are finding the flies ...

    It sounds like a horror movie plot - swarms of cluster flies besieging North Island homes.

    Nelson

    Soviet-era jet fighter up for sale

    Alan Caudwell with his Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros jet.

    Is there something missing in your life? Say a jet that is capable of getting up to 750kmh?

    Prison for $240k fraud

    Candice Preston and her husband Phillip Walker were found guilty of benefit fraud worth nearly $330,000.

    A couple stood in the dock together to be sentenced for "one of the highest ranking" NZ benefit frauds.

    Hone sleeping ban plan

    Protests such as this in the Nelson CBD will soon be subject to a permit process under a new council bylaw.

    A proposed new bylaw out for public consultation bans sleeping in the CBD and requires permits for protests.

    Aurora lights up Lake Rotoiti

    The red light featured is the top of the aurora. The further south, the more yellow it gets.

    A strong geomagnetic storm caused a rare Aurora Australis to be visible at Lake Rotoiti.

    Marlborough

    Property hunters turn to 'P houses'

    This one-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Blenheim is going under the hammer with methamphetamine contamination.

    As this "cosy" meth-ridden Blenheim flat shows, people know a bargain when they see one.

    Yealands opts for trial

    Peter Yealands won the Lincoln University Foundation's South Island Farmer of the Year in 2013. (File photo)

    One of NZ's leading wine producers denies allegations he illegally dumped a winemaking byproduct.

    Pokie scheme 'netted $1m a year'

    Michael Joseph O'Brien was allegedly at the centre of a pokie machine grants scam.

    Crown alleges true control was concealed to deceive gambling authorities.

    One month, 25,000 meals

    BV Gourmet second chef Chris Pearce makes pickled beetroot for harvest meals.

    It's been a challenging harvest, not just for the vineyard workers, but for those who feed them. 

    South Canterbury

    'Negotiate or face another strike'

    Support workers Nicola Johns and Debs Crowe gathered on Theodosia St, near The Bay Hill, to protest against stagnant pay ...

    Protesting support staff give employer two options - start bargaining, or face another strike.

    Westpac admits issues

    The Westpac ATM, the ony one in Fairlie, which has broken down again this week.

    Westpac admits service in Fairlie not up to scratch following complaints over ATM.

    SCDHB emergency plans tested

    SCDHB staff during the major incident program pictured were from left registered nurse Carla McFarlene and radiographer ...

    DHB staff put through paces in plane crash scenario involving large influx of patients.

    'Mindless acts of damage' costly

    A heat pump was pushed off the roof of Twizel Area School.

    Vandalism at Twizel Area School could cost thousands to repair.

    Southland

    'We have been overwhelmed by kindness'

    Ben and Verity McLean.

    The "shocked" families of shooting victims Verity McLean and Garry Duggan say they are "trying to cope as best we can".

    Deputy mayor resigns

    Cr Darren Ludlow.

    Darren Ludlow has resigned as deputy mayor of Invercargill.

    Shark attack video

    A French tourist arrives at Dunedin Hospital by helicopter after a shark attack in Curio Bay.

    A surfer has been attacked by a shark at a beach in the Catlins in Southland.

    'A role-model family' video

    Verity and Ben McLean.

    Verity McLean was a "happy mum". Now she's dead and her husband accused of killing her.

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