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.

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

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Speed limits to reduce?

02062017 news photo: JARRED WILLIAMSON / FAIRFAX NZ. A tale of two speed limits. Police infringement says she exceeded ...

Feedback is being sought on a proposal to reduce speed limits in Kaukapakapa.

Auckland to celebrate the Cup

The Americas Cup is coming home to Auckland next week.

Aucklanders, mark your calendars: The America's Cup victory parade will be on July 6.

New town for New Lynn video

West Edge is a large-scale development project by Avanda Group, a Chinese-owned company.

A Chinese-owned company says billions will be spent on a housing project with thousands of much-needed homes - but residents worry about the infrastructure coping.

John Banks loses costs appeal

Former Auckland mayor John Banks was ordered to pay $2,500 in court costs.

The former Auckland mayor has failed in his latest bid to claw back $190,000.


Guinness toucans popular video

The Guinness toucan was introduced in 1935 on advertising for Irish beer giant Guinness & Co.

Four beer-bearing birds on the Molly Malone building are sought after by fans of the pub.

Street rapist jailed

Elijah James Coker during sentencing in the High Court at Christchurch.

Man who raped a drunk girl says life spiralled into drugs after Wellington dad was killed.

Council u-turn on turf fees

Wellington City Council has voted not to go ahead with a fee increase for its synthetic sports fields, such as Island ...

Good news for sports clubs as council puts a freeze on fees for capital's synthetic fields.

'League must be banned forever!'

Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson's silky skills are a welcome sight on most footy fields, with the possible exception of ...

Masterton is keen to lure the NZ Warriors to town, but an archaic rule may present a problem.


Trust in food ratings low

A review of Health Star Ratings shows consumer confidence is still low after two years.

A $2 million taxpayer-funded promotion has failed to raise consumer trust in a voluntary food rating system.

Child falls off cliff

A swing bridge across the West Matukituki River marks the start of the Rob Roy Glacier walk in the Mt Aspiring National Park.

A young boy has fallen off a cliff on the Rob Roy Glacier walking track, near Wanaka.

Car overturned in central Chch

Officers are attending a collision between two cars in Christchurch (file photo).

A car has rolled after a collision on a busy central Christchurch road.

Beautiful, but abandoned gallery video

This beautiful Colonial mansion in North Canterbury, built in 1885, has been abandoned by its UK owners whose dream fell ...

UK owners abandon North Canterbury colonial mansion after their dream falls through.


Sport mania smothers artists

Wellington writer/author Sarah Laing reckons there's a dark side to our love of sport.

Kiwis' obsession with sport suffocates our creative potential, Word Cafe artist says.

Sharing's selfish side

Te Awamutu couple Sarah and Shaun O'Dea built a sharing shed to bring their community together through the exchange of ...

Too much take spoils concept of shared space to swap produce and a good yarn.

Rail trail millions roll in

The Waikino Station Cafe is a popular stop on the Hauraki Rail Trail.

The Hauraki Rail Trail has brought an estimated $39m return to the region.

Hat found days before body

Lucas Cochrane went missing in September 2016.

Seven searches failed to turn up Lucas Cochrane's hat - a key clue - which had been put on a fence.


Jetstar reduces flights

Jetstar is reducing the number of flights in and out of New Plymouth over the next four months.

The weekly number flights will drop from 40 to 28.

Mistrial declared 

On Wednesday, Judge Chris Sygrove declared a mistrial and discharged the jury. The reasons for the mistrial have been ...

 A week and a half after a case involving three men started, it came to a sudden end.

Firm, but go easy on the swing


Superindendent Domenico Squatriti and committee member Craig Waite in a new ...

Enjoy a cold one after fighting to escape a firm and fluffy glass sand bunker

Woolshed burns down 

Fire crews were dampening down the scene after it burnt down overnight.

A woolshed has burnt down overnight at a rural property in South Taranaki.


Feltex factory now 'playground'

The old Feltex Carpet Factory site in Foxton.

Owner says site is new ownership group's "playground".

'I heard nothing'

Joseph Kurene in Palmerston North District Court is charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to injure.

He can't remember racial abuse being yelled from the car, from right next to him.

Glimpsing alcohol OK

Melody's New World's proposed alcohol display area passes the test.

Impulse booze buying not encouraged by shoppers catching a look at packaging.

Gang threats yelled in scuffle

Punters watch at race at a Gold Cup racing meet.

Greyhound breeder admits yelling gang threats after a ruckus at a mixed-code racing meet.


Bauer set for third Tour de France

Jack Bauer will be hoping for better fortunes in his third Tour de France start.

Takaka rider to start his third Tour de France among Kiwi quartet.

The case for the dam

Tim King says he feels almost an obligation to put the dam project before the public.

Deputy mayor Tim King says the Waimea Dam is vital for Tasman's future.

Seventy-five jobs 'in jeopardy' 

Waimea Nurseries director Bruno Simpson warns the company may have to move its operations to the North Island if it ...

Waimea Nurseries boss could move north if dam doesn't get built, taking 75 jobs with them.

Naval salute for Nelson's 'ice man'


Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin, left, appointed Ice pilot Andrew ...

One of the country's most respected ice pilots has received a major naval accolade.


Swimming deer stuns mussel farmer

Clearwater Mussels owner John Young spotted this deer taking a swim through one of his mussel farms, on the western side ...

Deer makes like a dolphin and takes a midwinter dip in the Marlborough Sounds.

Car crash on SH6

Fire and police attended a two-car crash on Wednesday about 7.30am.

A car is blocking the middle of a state highway after crashing into another car.

Church burglar steals children's money

Harvest Life Church elder John Etheredge outside the Nelson St church after it was burgled.

Burglar ransacks church, steals money raised by children for children.

Pools reopen

Four pools at the Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 aquatic centre have been chemically treated.

After three tests and a chemical treatment, the aquatic centre is back in action.

South Canterbury

Plenty of energy at Jump Jam

Libby Brown, 9, and the Barton Hippies showed off plenty off colour during their routine.

The Theatre Royal was alive with music on Wednesday at the 2017 Jump Jam Extravaganza.

Vets support proposals

Dr Dries Meyer at Vetlife Timaru with a stray cat, found injured.

Proposed changes to cat ownership bylaws supported by Timaru vets.

ECan rates rise 2.94 per cent

Federated Farmers South Canterbury chairman Mark Adams welcomes the addition of new ECan staff to educate farmers about ...

Biggest change in ECan's annual plan will be three education and compliance staff.

Devastation after sheep death

Celia Warren-Shrimpton in 2010 with Willow the labrador and Henrietta the little black lamb. The two pets became the ...

Timaru woman left heartbroken after her beloved pet sheep was mauled to death.


Steel netball fever builds video

Southern Steel captain Wendy Frew surrounded by Waverley Park Kindergarten kids, including son Archie, at their Steel ...

Stadium Southland boss Nigel Skelt has challenged the crowd to transfer the stadium into a sea of Steel colour.

One dead in crash video

State Highway 8 is closed until further notice.

At least one person has died and others are injured after a bus and 4WD collided in Central Otago.

Child falls off cliff near Wanaka

A swing bridge across the West Matukituki River marks the start of the Rob Roy Glacier walk in the Mt Aspiring National Park.

A young boy has fallen off a cliff on the Rob Roy Glacier walking track, near Wanaka.

Steel's dedicated fans video

Alva, 88, and Jack Faul, 92, are dedicated Southern Steel supporters and are excited about Wednesday night's grand final.

Are Jack Faul, 92, and his wife Alva, 88, the Southern Steel's most dedicated couple?

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