Help message written in snow video

The warden's hut at Lake Mackenzie on the Routeburn Track.

17 min ago  Desperate Czech woman made signs in the snow during a month trapped alone in remote Routeburn Track hut after partner fell to his death.

Prince's drug on rise in NZ

Prince died after overdosing on fentanyl, a drug 50 times more potent than heroin.

4 min ago  The drug that killed pop star Prince is being prescribed to the Kiwi elderly in record numbers.

Bringing Daniel home video

Daniel Chorley, 29, has been diagnosed with peripheral T-cell lymphoma.

5:22 PM  Young Kiwi scientist in Germany thought he'd pulled a tendon. Now he has an aggressive form of cancer.

Porn problem for council

The domain name is perilously close to that of PornHub.

5:21 PM  One wrong move getting to this council's website and you'll end up somewhere rather different.

'It happened in a split second'

Richard Keremeta died in the waters of Raglan harbour on February 8 this year.

4:49 PM  Richard Keremeta barely broke the surface of the water when he was struck in the head by a fellow jumper.

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Police station closed at weekends

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Ministry of moments video

Reverend Daniel Sitaram, a chaplain at Waikato Hospital, said people often question their faith in times of anguish.

Hospitals are a hub of science and medicine, so what place does spirituality have on a ward?

Council 'withheld' water information

One of Havelock North's town water supply bores at the centre of the water contamination gastro crisis.

Regional council says Hawke's Bay gastro outbreak may be linked to district council's water bores.

Fatal fire a 'bloody tragedy' video

Flames from the fire could be seen from some distance away. The fire was too intense for fire crews to enter the house.

Flames were so intense, firefighters couldn't get into house where a woman died.

Overhaul unitary plan: ex committee chair

Tony Holman QSO

One top priority is drastically modifying the heavy-handed Unitary Plan imposed on Aucklanders: part of a series of local election opinion pieces.

Trading dignity for votes

Prime Minister John Key has washed his hands of The Rock radio station's soap "joke".

OPINION: There is a clear warning to the prime minister following his role in a bad taste "joke".

Driving home the issues video

Marlborough Taxis co-owner Jim Watson outside the ASB Theatre Marlborough.

During a taxi tour of Blenheim, a veteran driver gives his views on the issues facing Marlborough.

Darcie's brave cancer journey

Darcie Willis was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma in February, undergoing six months of intensive chemotherapy. This ...

Four-year-old Darcie Willis has been watching the seasons pass, hoping time would bring an all-clear on her cancer diagnosis.

Police seek TAB counter jumper

Police are looking for an offender who jumped over the counter of the Te Awamutu TAB with a wooden tomahawk.

Police are searching for a man who jumped a counter with a small tomahawk at Te Awamutu's TAB on Wednesday night.

Alexandra shows Prime Minister rural heart of New Zealand

Alexandra Kindergarten children Rocky Lemuelu, 4, Fletcher Cordery, 4 and Finn Anderson, 4, got to play in the sandpit ...

 

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crime

Police seek TAB counter jumper

Police are looking for an offender who jumped over the counter of the Te Awamutu TAB with a wooden tomahawk.

5:10 PM  Police are searching for a man who jumped a counter with a small tomahawk at Te Awamutu's TAB on Wednesday night.

Dog attack 'matter of time'

4:55 PM  Hundreds of stitches required after dog tears flesh from man's legs.

A one-man crime wave

Man shot by his business associate

politics

National bill 'waste of time'

Labour chief whip Chris Hipkins says National is stacking the Members' Bill ballot with minor changes to block more ...

Labour says latest MPs bill stacks the "biscuit tin" ballot and prevents more other laws being debated.

Parliament's smokefree move

Speaker David Carter has announced that the forecourt and lawn on Parliament grounds are now smokefree, although smoking ...

Smoking stubbed out around the front of Parliament - but a wider ban is ruled out.

Tua wants Easter trading KO video

David Tua says Easter Sunday should be a chance to "unwind and reflect".

Easter Sunday is a chance to "unwind and reflect", not hit the shops, the Tuaman says.

Brownlee's US-China 'tensions'

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says relationships with the US and China "not mutually exclusive"

The last 15 years has seen the international strategic environment become uncertain and unstable.

education

Reading a sport at Wellesley

Harry Hampton, Archie Chandler, Tom Adams and William Chandler all enjoy reading.

Four boys from Wellesley College are top of the world in literature

Teen shows garment in Fashion Week

Mirene Castlefort individually cut and sewed every patch in this jacket.

At 15, Mirene Castlefort will have her design modelled on a national stage.

Parent attacks Rathkeale response

A former teacher now under investigation used to work at Rathkeale College.

"They've handled this very poorly ... I'm furious," says father as teacher is investigated.

Uni fee up $100-plus

29042015 University of Waikato. Generic. Turtle Lake. Students Study Hamilton.
Library, L block, K block, shops and Oranga.

The University of Waikato has decided its fee increase for 2017.

health

Darcie's brave cancer journey

Darcie Willis was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma in February, undergoing six months of intensive chemotherapy. This ...

Four-year-old Darcie Willis has been watching the seasons pass, hoping time would bring an all-clear on her cancer diagnosis.

World first NZ cancer vaccine

A new colorectal cancer "therapeutic" vaccine from the University of Otago will hopefully begin clinical trials in the ...

University of Otago scientists design colorectal cancer vaccine that aims to "re-educate" our immune system.

Capri Hospital to close its doors

Capri Hospital in Auckland's Mt Wellington is shutting its doors.

A rehab and mental health hospital in Auckland will shut after 17 years of service.

Anti-fat campaign hits skids

The Government has cut ties with an anti-obesity provider in Christchurch after it failed to deliver on its contract.

The Ministry of Health is cutting ties with a Christchurch trust given $1.1m of taxpayers' money to run an anti-obesity programme.

women of influence

Women of Influence: The finalists

The winners of the 2015 Women of Influence awards.

​The finalists for the Women of Influence awards for 2016 have been announced.

Quiz: Women of Influence 2016

190912 News photo: Supplied/Matamata Chronicle. Kate Sheppard.

How much do you know about the history of women in this country?

Women of Influence: Pip Greenwood

Russell McVeagh partner Pip Greenwood says although there's a long way to go, it's exciting times ahead for women in ...

2015 finalist, Pip Greenwood, is a passionate advocate for workplace/boardroom diversity and equality.

Why should women be recognised? video

Karyn Thompson, Narelle Ngaluafe (for Parris Goebel), Vicky Robertson, Linda Jenkinson, Victoria Spackman, Joan Withers, ...

While more women are taking up leadership roles, there is still a long way for equality to be achieved in NZ.

farming

Flow of illegal water use stemmed

Environment Canterbury's plan to publish non-compliant water users on its website has led to a rush to adhere.

Threat to publicise farmers illegally taking millions of litres of water pays off for regional council.

Farmers promised a 50c boost

Farmers would welcome the news of a higher price but would be cautious to see what is to come, said Waikato Federated ...

An extra $1 billion will be pumped into NZ's economy if Fonterra sticks to its higher forecast payout.

Late spring for farmers video

Sow sweet pea seeds direct in April for beautiful fragrance and colour in late spring

The winter has been warm, but it's not over yet - the coldest weather normally hits in the next few weeks.

Sticky war over trademark

Manuka honey, popular with celebrities, is a good earner for New Zealand.

Manuka honey, is it Kiwi or Australian, or maybe a little bit of both?

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