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Flooded homes in Edgecumbe in the Bay of Plenty.
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Flooded homes in Edgecumbe in the Bay of Plenty.

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Auckland

Gunman believed at large video

Armed police block road after two people shot dead in rural Whangarei

Police are hunting for a gunman after two people were feared shot dead and a third injured in Northland.

Planted medians raise frustration

Michael Dallas of Henderson Chiropractic Centre on Lincoln Rd believes the design of the road upgrade would be a total ...

Businesses on Lincoln Rd are concerned customers will have difficulty visiting them.

17 new trains for Auckland

The new electric trains will be in operation by 2019.

Auckland is getting 17 new electric trains to replace diesel fleet.

Trains to Huapai pledge

From left: NZ First's Helen Peterson, Green's Hayley Holt, Labour's Kurt Taogaga and National's Chris Penk are all ...

Candidates for Helensville promise to support the return of passenger trains to north-west Auckland.

Wellington

Pedestrian hit in Lower Hutt

Ambulances and police at the scene of an accident at a Lower Hutt roundabout.

Pedestrian in hospital after being hit by car near a busy Lower Hutt intersection.

NZ not ready for Asia

The survey has raised concerns school-leavers might be missing out on opportunities coming as New Zealand grows closer ...

Many senior high school students have poor knowledge of Asia. What about you? Try our quiz.

Warrant issued for Napier beggar

A warrant to arrest Frank Lovich was issued by Judge Geoff Rea on Wednesday.

Man with more than 300 convictions fails to show in court

Stats House 'unacceptable'

Statistics House on Wellington's waterfront was one of the worst hit buildings during the November 2016 earthquake.

Minister expresses his concerns about the 5-storey building on Wellington's waterfront, which remains closed.

Canterbury

Snow crack clears ski area

Avalanche work was carried out at Broken River ski area after a crack was discovered in the snow pack.

Skiers were taken off a Canterbury skifield after a 30-metre crack ripped across the snow.

Rain, snow warning

Surface flooding in Christchurch on Friday. MetService says Canterbury will get "persistent" rain on Thursday.

Snow could hamper travel on alpine passes as a front moves up South Island.

Car dealer's road rage

Christchurch car dealer Nigel Thompson motors admitted assaulting a man after a collision, but escaped conviction "by a ...

He got angry after a crash, punched a man who told him to calm down, but avoided conviction by citing his good works.

Killer denied parole after fight

Shay Barry Webster has been declined parole. He is serving jail time for the manslaughter of Terry Smith.

Ex-wife of man doused in petrol and set alight wants his attackers to serve every day of their "pathetic sentences".

Waikato

Driving eases family's struggle

Anita Annan, 4, suffers from a progressive illness affecting her nervous system.

When you're dealt a heart-breaking hand, sometimes little things make a big difference.

House bought unseen

Post-auction celebrations continued into the evening after Donald Gordon (right) sold his unfinished house to Raglan ...

Raglan man who bought another man's unfinished dream house before seeing it was "blown away" when he did.

Pig's life of 'misery' revealed video

SAFE has now launched a petition calling for the government to stop mother pigs being confined to cages.

Campaigners say footage shows crates are cruel, expert says they save piglets.

Jury out in neck slashing trial

A High Court jury are considering their verdicts in the trial of Sameh Khalil Salem Ali, 42, who has been charged with ...

Both sides in the case of Sameh Ali have delivered their final arguments.

Taranaki

Pine trees turning red

Pine trees affected with red needle cast which has been seen in Taranaki

It may look like they're dying but these pine trees are just sick.

The last four are the best four

The Crusaders know how to work collectively to shut down opposition.

Crusaders should meet the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby final.

To Nelson, direct

Originair will offer direct flights between New Plymouth and Nelson from late-September.

Nelson and New Plymouth are to have a direct air link.

Learning to poach properly

Sauce is drizzled over the pears.

Most can poach an egg but the method of cooking is not used well in the kitchen, a teacher says.

Manawatu

They're yelling timber

Reclaimed Timber Traders boss Robert Scott amid a vast array of wood.

Palmerston North's Reclaimed Timber Traders loses its lease.

Closure an opportunity

The Manawatu Gorge is closed indefinitely.

A "significantly more resilient route" is expected in the likelihood the gorge will never reopen.

The Catholic question

Tony Blair converted to Catholicism after his term as Britain's prime minister.

OPINION: Catholic leaders should nail their election colours to the mast.

Anzac wreaths cost police thousands

Police have traditionally laid wreaths at Anzac Day services, but they're cutting back on the practice in the Central ...

Taxpayers have forked out more than $30,000 for police to lay wreaths in the past three years.

Nelson

Ex junior All Black fulfills wish

Doug Murcott and Sally Tolliday on their wedding day at the Nelson Tasman Hospice.

Doug Murcott loses his fight with throat cancer just days after fulfilling his dying wish to marry his partner.

Anatomy of a shooting

Ford Hurinui who was shot by Police in Motueka on August 20, 2015.

Holding a shotgun and surrounded by police Ford Hurinui was "prepared to die".

Robbery suspect found

Victory Discount Dairy manager Darshini Chauhan's store was robbed at gunpoint earlier this month.

A fourth man has been arrested over the armed robbery of a dairy in Victory, near Nelson, earlier this month.

Truck rolls near St Arnaud

Police are attending to a crash near St Arnaud.

Bridge closed while crane retrieves truck on Picton to Christchurch highway.

Marlborough

Abseilers on a mesh mission

Abseilers working at the top of a bluff at Ohau Point, with a view down to the Pacific Ocean.

Ohau Point is the only place roading contractors can't reach, but abseilers with a head for heights are working to change that.

Truck rolls on SH63

Police are attending to a crash near St Arnaud.

The alternate highway claims another truck, but luckily nobody was hurt.

Cycle trail will happen - advocate

A cycleway will run along the edge of this damaged stretch of SH1, just south of Ohau Point, as part of $231 million of ...

Government chips in to build stretch around Ohau Point, deemed the most difficult section.

Time to fix 'scary' highway

The section of State Highway 6 from Okaramio to Havelock is the most dangerous stretch on the Blenheim to Nelson road, ...

The road from Blenheim to Nelson has claimed 12 lives in 10 years. Now it's a priority.

South Canterbury

Celtic set to be best

Celtic are shooting for their ninth consecutive title. (From left) Matt Fetu, captain Nick Strachan and Kali Latu have ...

Celtic Rugby Club's golden run in grand finals could see them stand alone.

Infected cows must go

Labour spokesman for Primary Industries Damien O'Connor is calling for all the cows on the property where Mycoplasma ...

The 150 stricken cattle on a South Canterbury farm should be put down, MP says.

Council hotly denies claims

A smoky chimney in Timaru.

ECan shoots down claim by former policeman it could be caught by peeping tom rule.

Disease reaches NZ

Cows on a South Canterbury farm have been found infected with the disease Mycoplasma bovis, the first time it has been ...

A highly contagious disease has infected a SC dairy herd in the first recorded case in NZ.

Southland

Resident wants to beautify wharf

Bluff resident Cherie Chapman stands near the closed Bluff Wharf which she wants to see it beautified and made open to ...

Bluff resident Cherie Chapman has put her case to the Bluff Community Board to restore the old Bluff wharf and return it to the public.

Let sleeping seals lie

The seal is believed to have travelled up the nearby Waiau river, and was found about 10kms from the sea.

DOC is asking the public to trust its judgement when it comes to dealing with wild animals.

MPI proposing changes

10082016. News.Kavinda Herath. Southland Times/FairfaxNZ-Uplift of oysters to tanker in  Big Glory Bay, Stewart Island today

MPI is hosting a public meeting about proposed changes to the aquaculture industry.

Coroner reminds hunters of gun safety after death

Cromwell man Garry Tall, 61, was killed in a hunting accident on the Old Woman Range in March 2016.

Cromwell man Garry Tall was an experienced hunter but on March 3, 2016, he died after shooting himself in the stomach after a hunt.

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