Live: Weakening Cyclone Cook eyes up the south after blasting down the North Island's East Coast

Cyclone Cook has passed over the North Island with less intensity than expected, but it still left a trail of destruction, slips and flooding down the east coast. Today, the clean up begins - again.

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Beckenham residents check the Heathcote river levels during the Good Friday flooding in Christchurch.
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Beckenham residents check the Heathcote river levels during the Good Friday flooding in Christchurch.

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Auckland

Teen dead after house fire

Two months after being burned in a house fire on Lappington Rd, Otara, a young woman has died in Middlemore Hospital.

A cigarette ignited fumes causing an explosion after girls had been petrol sniffing.

ACT's candidate stands in home electorate

ACT party candidate for Helensville Alex Evans says housing and infrastructure are the big issues in the electorate.

Housing is on the top of ACTs Helensville candidate Alex Evans' mind this election.

Tui Glen Reserve to be transformed?

The Moths and Butterfly New Zealand Trust want to build a national butterfly centre in Tui Glen Reserve.

West Auckland could be the resting place of a national butterfly centre, after moth and butterfly experts floated the idea.

Synthetic cannabis warning

Ten deaths have been referred to the coroner to explore whether they were linked to sythetic cannabis.

Police say it's probably present in areas even where there haven't been arrests.

Wellington

Dodgy doc's five years in jail

Dr David Lim has been sentenced in Napier District Court for stupefying and indecently assaulting male patients.

David Lim was treating a dislocated  finger when the patient realised something was wrong.

Another Ngaio slip

Contractors work to clear the previous slip Ngaio Gorge Rd. A new slip has closed the road again.

A new slip has closed Ngaio Gorge Rd in Wellington, just a few days after it reopened.

Fighting to demolish GW flats

The flats were built in the 1950s, and are a rare example of high-rise social housing built under a National government.

Vice-chancellor to challenge court ruling on Wellington's "architectural faux pas".

Fashion Week's youngest designer

Jayda Fairweather-Ponga's design is a bodysuit with tulle skirt, inspired by a phoenix.

Eleven-year-old hopes her stint at Fashion Week is just the beginning.

Canterbury

Bus breakdown delays traffic

The bus is blocking both eastbound lanes on Riccarton Rd.

The bus blocked both eastbound lanes on Riccarton Rd.

$115k still missing 

Doug Roake was a security guard at Richie and Gemma McCaw's wedding in January 2017.

Doug Roake is locked up, but investigators are still looking for the $115,000 he stole.

Art bridge on hold

The art bridge was proposed for a stretch of the Avon River between Manchester St and Colombo St.

First it was to be an art bridge, then it was just a bridge, now it could be scrapped.

Murder charge dropped

Jason Karl Blackler in an earlier appearance at the Dunedin District Court.

The Crown has dropped a murder charge against Dunedin painter Jason Blackler.

Waikato

Calls to rein in sexist jibes

'It's just got to stop,' Councillor Angela O'Leary says of sexist comments and jokes which go too far.

Councillor calls on mayor to clamp down on boys' club atmosphere.

Baby's dad sentenced

Shane Christopher Neil pictured with his co-offenders Donna Parangi, left, and Lacey-Marie Te Whetu at an earlier ...

Shane Christopher Neil's appearance brings the saga of baby Isaiah, who died in a hot car, to its conclusion.

Divers search in Tongariro

Two men ditched their car at Tree Trunk Gorge Rd, off the Desert Rd, and ran into the bush after a police chase on Saturday.

Divers join sixth day of searching for two men who ran into the bush off Desert Road.

Two bodies found

James David Fleet, 25, (pictured) and his uncle Raymond Joseph Fleet, 51, were last seen by their families on August 7.

Two bodies found in Mamaku Forest are believed to be Raymond and James Fleet.

Taranaki

Strongest possible side

Sean Wainui has been named to start at centre for Taranaki against Waikato.

Taranaki rugby coach Colin Cooper has wasted no time in putting out his best available line-up.

Punch up in drive-thru

An assault victim got more than he bargained for when he went for a burger fix after a night out drinking in New ...

A night out drinking left a victim with a bloody nose, after a drive-thru lane assault.

Hits cyclists, buys her new bike

Crash victim Brenda Crummey came face to face with the man who caused the accident at a restorative justice meeting.

He forked out $3400 to buy a new bike for a cyclist he knocked over and now he's paying for driving lessons to make amends.

'Hilarious and heart warming' video

Peter Hudson and David Halls of 1980s New Zealand cooking comedy show Hudson and Halls.

REVIEW: Hudson & Halls Live! has all the flamboyance, volatile bickering and chaotic cooking of the original 1980s TV show.

Manawatu

Animals, explosions and erosion

Jonah Ackerman, 12 and Max Miller, 12, from Ashhurst school check out some of the exhibits at the Manawatu Science and ...

Clever kids have been hard at work with wacky and wonderful science and technology projects.

DHB muzzles members

DHB deputy chairman Brendan Duffy says the code of conduct is not about punishment.

Elected DHB board members must now let the board's chairwoman know before speaking to the media.

State highway reopens

A truck has blocked State Highway 57 between Shannon and Tokomaru.

A truck jack-knifed in Horowhenua, blocking part of the road, but the scene's now clear.

Whatever the weather

The realities of owning a horse in winter.

Carly Thomas reverts to ranting in this week's offering on country living.

Nelson

Bond joins Bennett in NZ team

Kiwi rowing hero Hamish Bond has been named in the New Zealand road cycling team to contest the world champs.

Olympic rowing star named alongside Nelson cyclist in NZ cycling world champ team.

Building is booming

Building is booming in Nelson, with an all time high of building consents being issued since 2008.

Major construction boom means builders are having to turn away work.

Water turns brown in Atawhai

Esther Sassenburg had brown water coming out of her tap in Atawhai.

Atawhai residents had a nasty surprise when they ran their taps this morning.

Tasman swim spots 'among best'

Trevor Lewis 

Seth Hope on holiday from Cambridge leaps from the rocks in to a swimming hole in the Lee River.

Trevor ...

Region rated second in NZ for swimmable rivers and waterways.

Marlborough

'Zero room for error'

The Spring Creek roundabout has taken shape this week, with traffic taking to the $4.3 million intersection.

Tight turn sends truckies around the bend on multimillion-dollar roundabout.

House fire

Seddon Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to the fire about 10pm on Thursday.

Seasonal workers run back into their burning home to retrieve passports and luggage.

Blackmailer to stay in prison

Joanne Lee Kerr admitted blackmail, wilful damage and intimidation at the Blenheim District Court. (File photo)

After blackmailing a man with false rape claims, woman appeals her prison sentence.

Log hauler crash death

A Department of Conservation walking track at Blowhard Ridge.

The worker was operating a log hauler when it came off the road in Wairau Valley.

South Canterbury

'Stolen' toilet found nearby video

17082017  News JOHN BISSET/STUFF. TeMoana Gorge. Toilet that was missing has been located in the river bed

E-loo-sive public toilet found - 100 metres from where it was supposed to be.

Clean air cash unspent

Homeowners can upgrade their woodburners with the Hot Swap loan scheme, and those who qualify for the Rates Rebate ...

Timaru election candidate says ECan must spend clean air fund cash.

Rape charge dismissed

Ashburton man Angus Mackenzie had a charge of rape dismissed at the Timaru District Court due to a lack of evidence to ...

Ashburton man on trial in Timaru for rape has charge against him dismissed.

'Hidden' homelessness up

Timaru Salvation Army corps officer Lieutenant Jacob Howan says more than 30 people with housing issues have presented ...

Not many people are officially homeless Timaru but some families have nowhere to call their own.

Southland

Award-winning dog

Dog handler John Taylor with his border collie Rusty, after winning the 2017 Dave Galloway Innovation Award for bio ...

The velvetleaf-detecting dog, Rusty, is making waves again, this time winning an award for his sniffing skills.

Minister responds

Associate Finance Minister Amy Adams has indicated she will meet with former Community Trust of Southland trustees who ...

"I will respond about arrangements for a meeting shortly." Minister Amy Adams.

More opposition to plans

Staff and governance from the organisations leasing 10 Deveron St, Graham Fletcher, Lois Conway, Candace Bangura and ...

Youth services provider Number 10 and the Invercargill Secondary Schools Network Trust do not want to relocate.

Big electorate challenge 

Hamish Walker at the National Party meeting  in Winton, where he was named the Clutha-Southland MP candidate to replace ...

New National candidate Hamish Walker takes on big electorate challenge.

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