Pilot killed in glider crash

The pilot made radio contact at 2.06pm on Saturday and was last seen flying north of Omarama at 3.45pm.

The pilot of a glider which went missing in North Otago did not survive when it crashed.

Featherston family terrorised

Hoani Wiremu Korewha, 15, was killed in a crash in Masterton's main street last Sunday.

Youth mobs continue to torment the family of a girl they blame for the deaths of two teenage boys.

'Kids were screaming'

It was a fun adventure for Smith siblings Lotte, 7, Madi, 8, and Finn, 4, on the Christchurch Gondola, until just minutes later the carriage stopped and they spent almost the next two hours screaming and crying in fear.

A mother stuck in a hot, swinging gondola with her traumatised children is angry it was brushed off as "no big deal".

Beach donations hit $1.1m mark video

Pledges have reached $1.1 million to buy an Abel Tasman beach. If the $2m target is reached, the successful buyers will be gift it back to New Zealand.

Kiwis behind crowd-funding efforts to buy an Abel Tasman beach confident of hitting their target this week.

Arrests after Auckland assault

Police at the scene of the assault at The Bottle-O Glenfield, on Auckland's North Shore, on Saturday night.

Two arrests follow assault on a woman, 61, as she chased an alleged shop lifter from an Auckland liquor store.

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Two arrested in connection with scam

An elderly victim of a scam reads through the list of withdrawals against her card.

Police have arrested two people who allegedly scammed elderly people in Christchurch.

One dead in Hawke's Bay crash

A serious crash in Hawke's Bay has closed a section of State Highway 5.

Foreign nationals were involved in two serious crashes over the weekend, with one crash claiming the life of a motorcylist.

Family mourns father killed in crash

Auckland man Graham Hare was one of two people who died after a head-on car crash on Horotiu Rd, Te Kowhai.

Five killed on our roads over the weekend.

Pilot killed in glider crash

The Canterbury Gliding Club's flagship glider, a Janus C, flying along the Craigieburn Range.

The pilot of a glider which went missing in North Otago did not survive when it crashed.

Featherston family terrorised

Hoani Wiremu Korewha, 15, was killed in a crash in Masterton's main street last Sunday.

Youth mobs continue to torment the family of a girl they blame for the deaths of two teenage boys.

Beach campaign passes $1.1m mark video

Pledges have reached $1.1 million to buy an Abel Tasman beach. If the $2m target is reached, the successful buyers will be gift it back to New Zealand.

Kiwis behind crowd-funding efforts to buy an Abel Tasman beach confident of hitting their target this week.

Plans to bring back 'glory days'

Jason Macklow.

A push to rejuvenate Hamilton's downtown have been bolstered by plans to renovate one of the main street's grand old ladies.

'Kids were screaming' in gondola

It was a fun adventure for Smith siblings Lotte, 7, Madi, 8, and Finn, 4, on the Christchurch Gondola, until just minutes later the carriage stopped and they spent almost the next two hours screaming and crying in fear.

A mother stuck in a hot, swinging gondola with her traumatised children is angry it was brushed off as "no big deal".

Healthcare reciprocity - that was the agreement.

New Zealanders and Australians wanting to spend more than six months in the United Kingdom on their OE will soon have to pay a health charge worth hundreds of dollars.

OPINION: Should New Zealand reciprocate new rules in the UK to apply a health surcharge on UK migrants?

Rocket-star teen gains national title

Scott Yearbry and Kent Hawkins of St Peter's School, wait excitedly to launch their rocket.

Where do you find rockets, explosions and grown men? At National Rocket Day.

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crime

Police pay informants how much?

Secretly trading inside information on the inner-workings of the criminal world is a dangerous job. Police pay cash for informants' tips.

Informant payments: the transactions so 'hush-hush' police don't want to talk about them.

Two assaults in Dunedin

Police are investigating two separate assaults on women in Dunedin within 30 hours.

Support shown for disclosure scheme

Arrests following Auckland assault

politics

Labour tells Govt 'buy this beach'

Awaroa Inlet is for sale. And YOU could help buy it. But Labour Kiwis have done enough, and the Government should stump up with the rest

Labour is calling on the Government to stump up the remaining $1 million to purchase Awaroa Beach. 

NZ condemns NK launch

A flying object soars into the air above North Korean territory as seen from the Chinese border city of Dandong, in this photo taken by Kyodo February 7, 2016. North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it has said is a satellite, South Korea's defense ministry said, in defiance of United Nations sanctions barring it from using ballistic missile technology.

New Zealand has condemned a suspected long-range missile test by North Korea, calling the action "irresponsible".

Spy review likely to increase power

The Waihopai spy station near Blenheim.

OPINION: Will an upcoming spy review balance greater spying power with better transparency?

David Seymour's big year

ACT leader David Seymour says he has no regrets on giving up a Cabinet post: Once you're in Cabinet "you've kinda got to all stick together".

A cause, a new love interest - and a new column. 2016 is shaping up as David Seymour's big year.

education

Kiwi black hole expert wins big

Nasa scientists catch black hole swallowing star - and burping a bit back out.

His work on black holes has earned a scientist from a small Otago town a share of $1 million.

Wanaka school to make bullying history

Brett Murray, of Sydney, is bringing his Make Bullying History workshop to Mt Aspiring College in Wanaka on February 18.

Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust funds free community workshop.

Kiwi uni student assists Interpol

More than a third of computers connected to the internet in 2015 were attacked at least once, says a cyber security student.

An international policing organisation is getting a little bit of help from the Waikato.

House demos 'roadblock' removed

Homes perched on the cliff edge above Redcliffs School will be demolished next week.

Redcliffs School supporters closer to proving school's safety as demolition starts on houses perched on cliff above.

health

Increased St John levies an added stress

South Island St John general manager David Thomas.

Increased regional levies are adding stress to already under-resourced St John ambulance stations and area committees.

Keeping us safe from Zika mozzies

Health protection officer Bruce Waddleton takes a sample of water from a test site while checking for mosquito larve at Lyttelton, near Christchurch.

Public health officers and bio-security staff on alert for disease-carrying mozzies to keep NZ Zika-free.

Australia steps up Zika testing

An aedes aegypti mosquito. The insects have been blamed for the spread of Zika.

Two new cases of the illness have been reported in Queensland, authorities say.

NZ woman's Zika nightmare

Jen Byrn, a young New Zealander, is waiting to hear if she has contracted the Zika virus.

A last minute holiday to a Pacific Island has left a young NZ girl fearing for her childbearing future.

women of influence

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.

farming

Canterbury's worst stock-wading offenders

Cattle grazing on the shore of Lake Ellesmere, as seen from the Little River Rail Trail.

Criticism mounts about stock in waterways as figures show some farms received complaints about it repeatedly.

More pain for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers may lose $1.50 for each kilo of production capacity they have over the next two seasons.

Bank cuts price forecast for this season and next.

Duck eggs hatch into business video

What started out with three ducks has hatched into a growing business from Dawn Bendall as the benefits of duck eggs continue to amaze her.

Are duck eggs the next super-food? Dawn and Glen Bendall think so.

Organic farm returns to rise?

Taranaki organic dairy farmers Stephen and Janet Fleming say the new payment system should encourage more farmers into organics.

Fonterra has offered to pay organic farmers at either market rates or a fixed price.

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