Five sharks off Kapiti Coast

Sharks have been spotted off the Kapiti Coast.

16 min ago  Police are warning people in the area to stay out of the water.

Gambler stole to gamble again

The man said he would repay the money.

Christchurch bar manager stole from workplace to win back money at the casino, but lost that too.

Kayakers stuck in mud

The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter winches two kayakers stuck in the mud to safety.

3:58 PM  Kayaking pair winched from mud in the Waitemata Harbour after their boat got stuck.

$2.5m stairway raises questions

Peter Hughes justified the spending by saying he was not legally allowed to "move money out of [one] bucket and into other buckets of money".

3:03 PM  Ministry boss says he couldn't spend funds that had been allocated to a $19.5m office revamp on teachers.

Lovers get life sentence

Amandeep Kaur (L) and Gurjinder Singh (R) were sentenced at the High Court at Auckland on Wednesday.

After their affair was exposed, two lovers nearly decapitated the woman's husband.

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Wanted man appears in court

Ihaka Paul, 26, who grew up in Wairoa, was arrested after being surrounded inside a house in Carroll St, Frasertown.

Ihaka Paul has appeared in court on a raft of charges after Tuesday's armed standoff.

Tourism blamed for impact on environment

Cattle seen in Canterbury's Lake Taylor has prompted debate on stock in waterways.

Impacts on the environment are not limited to farming, with tourism playing a part too.

Wanaka board members take stand on cycling

The "design standard'' for bike racks in Wanaka is a wooden post with rings. The Wanaka Community Board is investigating whether this is the best design.

Cycling issues mount for Wanaka community.

Five sharks off Kapiti Coast

Sharks have been spotted off the Kapiti Coast.

Police are warning people in the area to stay out of the water.

Inclusion centre helping boys

Guidance counsellor Jonathan Loan with inclusion centre co-ordinator and facilitator Sandi Charles.

The centre used to be a toilet block, and was converted by staff members, with local businesses donating time and materials.

Airbags deployed in drink-driving crash

A 30-year-old French woman who crashed a car and carried on driving with the airbags deployed, while over four times the legal drink-drive limit, has been sentenced.

Woman hits a fence, her airbags deploy and tyre goes flat but she keeps driving home.

Driver 'freely admitted he was hammered'

Three men have appeared in the Queenstown District Court on charges relating to separate police pursuits.

A Timaru builder has received his eight drink-driving conviction after an incident where he led police on a short pursuit in Queenstown and side-swiped a police car.

Kayakers stuck in mud

The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter winches two kayakers stuck in the mud to safety.

Kayaking pair were winched from mud after their boat got stuck.

Crane demand outstrips supply

Crane operators are gearing up as the Auckland building boom shows no signs of slowing.

Operators are frantically searching for equipment and staff as the Auckland building boom gathers pace.

Visa fraud accused named

Lorraine Anne Jayme, 35, of Te Aroha, had suppression lifted today.

The name of the woman charged with conducting a massive visa scam can be revealed.

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Wanted man appears in court

Ihaka Paul, 26, who grew up in Wairoa, was arrested after being surrounded inside a house in Carroll St, Frasertown.

3:37 PM  Ihaka Paul has appeared in court on a raft of charges after Tuesday's armed standoff.

Baby murderer appeals sentence

3:07 PM  A man jailed for murdering his infant son is seeking a reduction of his minimum non-parole period.

No change to car pursuits policy

'I just want to get out of here'

politics

Calls for big cigarette tax hike

There is very "strong scientific ground" for the government to increase taxes on tobacco to cut smoking rates, according to a public health expert.

Raising tobacco taxes by up to 50 per cent could be key to helping NZ reach smoke-free target.

Health budget formula revised

Taranaki DHB may get a smaller share of national health funding after changes were made in the formula that allocates the funding.

Funding to rise for 7 DHBs, and dip for 4 others, after changes to health budget's allocation formula.

Agency sues over 'fake' invoices

Labour's Phil Twyford says Housing NZ's woes are a symptom of the Government's privatisation programme.

Sub-contractor alleged to have invoiced Housing NZ for maintenance work that was never carried out.

Ten things to watch out for

The Government will face fresh protests over the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade deal.

OPINION: PM's opening statement to Parliament may have fallen flat but there'll still be plenty of fireworks in 2016.

education

New experience for French students

Marama Davis with French students Caroline President and Mathilde Calloch, both 16, as they wait to be welcomed onto the Bluff marae.

School life's a bit different in France compared to New Zealand.

New principals take reins video

New Hauroko Valley Primary School principal Glenn Puna.

Hauroko Valley Primary School's Glenn Puna one of several new principals at Southland schools.

Scots College's secret tunnels

Old boys, dignitaries and current pupils and staff at the Scots College centenary chapel service. The flag being raised is the centenary flag that will fly for all 2016.

As the private boys' school celebrates its centenary, stories of 1920s crowdfunding and secret tunnels are revealed.

Who says libraries are dead?

Tony Calder, visiting from Wanaka, using the free wi-fi at the Marlborough District Library.

More than 26,000 people visited the libraries in Blenheim and Picton in December.

health

Health budget formula revised

Taranaki DHB may get a smaller share of national health funding after changes were made in the formula that allocates the funding.

Funding to rise for 7 DHBs, and dip for 4 others including Auckland, after changes to health budget's allocation formula.

Does suffering humble us? stuff nation

When we suffer we are better able to distinguish between luxuries and necessities, says Michael.

OPINION: No-one wants to suffer, and no-one wants to see a loved one suffer, but does suffering serve a purpose, asks Michael Alexander.

Calls for big cigarette tax hike

There is very "strong scientific ground" for the government to increase taxes on tobacco to cut smoking rates, according to a public health expert.

Raising tobacco taxes by up to 50 per cent could be key to helping NZ reach smoke-free target.

Have a heart this February

Despite having a heart condition Sela Alo doesn't let it stop him from playing with his three children Kyan, Josh and Kaitlyn.

Flava FM breakfast host is getting behind this month's Heart Foundation appeal, knowing all too well the effects of heart disease.

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

Age no barrier for Southern Man

Southern man competitor Karl Barkley.

Karl Barkley is 25 years older than some of the other contestants in the Southern Man competition.

Harvester reduces accidents

Kelly Logging's ClimbMAX tree harvestor in action in Marlborough.

A new machine is revolutionising tree harvesting and gaining North American interest.

No live sheep to Mexico

Scenes like this last year as 45,000 ewe hoggets were loaded on trucks after they arrived in Mexico will not re-occur this season.

Controversial shipment of live NZ sheep to Mexico won't be repeated this year but not because of welfare concerns.

No fine for cows in lake

Fish and Game posted this photograph on Twitter of cattle getting "free access" to Canterbury's Lake Taylor.

Warning only for high-profile owners of cattle seen in lake after ECan finds "a few cow pats on the shore".

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