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Hamilton CBD heating up

An artist's drawing of the apartment complex being constructed on Hamilton's Anglesea Street.

Inner city living is about to drop in Hamilton.

Driver dies after car hits post

The Police Serious Crash Unit is investigating after one person died when a car veered off the road and into a post near ...

A person has died in a one-vehicle crash near Whangarei overnight.

Student loan debtors bankrupt

NZ Union of Students' Associations president Linsey Higgins, left, says graduates abroad are struggling with ...

"Traitors" claim as Kiwis overseas declare themselves bankrupt due to mounting debt.

Meth house contents exposed

Household items contaminated with P were left on the front lawn of a Housing New Zealand property in Wainuiomata.

Residents claim children played in contaminated household items dumped on lawn.

Storm strikes Otago

Metservice rain radar for Friday September 30 at 8:51pm.

Parts of State Highway 8 are underwater as a thunderstorm batters Otago.

Ill-tree-ted trees split street

Raewyn Rogers and Eileen Flannery from the South Taranaki District's Parks for Pleasure team rescue some of the young  ...

Trees in a small coastal street were chopped down, replanted, chopped down again. What's going on?

$1m for beachside bungalow

10 Beach St, Island Bay, which recently sold for $965,000 at auction - $315,000 above its Rateable Value (RV).

Modest 3-bed home in Wellington's Island Bay sparks bidding war at auction.

Colin Craig's life lesson

Rachel MacGregor and Colin Craig; the relationship between the politician and his former aide was laid bare in ...

Colin Craig lost a lot more than $1.27 million in the Jordan Williams defamation case.

Cat's horrific slug gun injuries video

Whiskas eats his first meal after his jaw was shattered by a slug gun pellet.

Graphic image: Bored schoolkids may have been responsible for attack that shattered pet's jaw.

Why honour flawed heroes stuff nation

William Massey was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1912 to 1925.

OPINION: We can't move forward as a nation by spitting on the legacy of those, however imperfect, who helped to build it.

Racist NZ policy to protect 'lost tribes of Israel'

The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser is claimed to include evidence for Anglo-Saxon descent from the lost tribes of Israel.

A desire to protect the racial purity of the "lost tribes of Israel" is claimed to be behind the "white supremacist" stance of William Massey.

Crash causes detours

A car crash has brought power lines down in Ngahinapouri.

A crash has forced detours on State Highway 39 in the Waikato.

Massey racism debate rages

A portrait of William Ferguson Massey, hanging at the Manawatu university campus.

Heated debate erupts at university, in light of white-supremacist comments by the historic PM it's named for.

Colin Craig trial in a nutshell video

Colin Craig and Rachel MacGregor, his former press secretary.

The Colin Craig defamation trial was about sex, lies and poetry.

Capital's next big cycling stoush

Electric bikes are now permitted in parts of Wellington's popular Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park.Wellington

Wellington's cycling battleground has shifted from Island Bay to the bush.

Police nab jewellery robbers

Counties Manukau police are still investigating the death of a Tribesmen prospect months ago.

A member of the public stepped in to help police catch alleged robbers.

Fibre causes sentencing hiccup

The Department of Corrections says it's equipment can't be used over the fibre network if cellular coverage isn't available

An Invercargill man may be given a harsher sentence because electronic monitoring equipment does not work on fibre connections.

1080 poison recovered but mystery remains

Greg Lind, Department of Conservation Te Anau operations manager.

"Whether its been done from a helicopter or been placed out there, at the moment we don't know enough to be certain."

How vulnerable is NZ's grid?

A storm in South Australia caused a state-wide blackout and New South Wales could be next in line.

The whole of South Australia was without power on Wednesday. What are the odds of a similar outage in NZ?

Pounamu 'will find its way home'

Many carved toki, by Brian and Hene Hill, were taken in a smash and grab at Artel Gallery in Waikanae on February 25.

"Pounamu does that - it always comes home," says owner of burgled art gallery.

Abandoned oil well uncovered

Found on Seaview Rd in New Plymouth the well was discovered during redevelopment.

Taranaki has an estimated 140 abandoned oil wells out of a total 359 nationwide.

$70k signs 'unreadable'

The New Plymouth District Council says they have received feedback on the signs because they are hard to read.

People are saying they don't do what a sign should - direct you where you need to go.

Structural engineer shortage video

Invercargill structural engineer Graeme Coles, Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie and Earthquake Commission minister Gerry ...

Invercargill's structural engineers are in for a busy time, with commercial buildings required to be assessed for earthquake risk.

Fines for illegal fishing

Two men have been prosecuted by the Ministry for Primary Industries as part of its Operation Dragon investigation for ...

Black market fishing sting nets fisheries officers $20,000 win.

'Mosque groper' guilty

The Palmerston North courthouse.

Jury finds a man indecently assaulted three boys in North Island mosques.

'Scary' online schools plan

Education Minister Hekia Parata announced COOLs (community of online learning) in August - two months after warnings ...

Concern that online schools could be "parking spaces" for students already at risk of failing.

Surviving addiction: 'this disease has hurt my kids'

It takes a lot of courage for a parent to admit they are damaging their children, says Graeme Watson of the Familial Trust.

Two men talk about surviving addiction to help others.

Tourist honeymooner killed in crash

The man killed in a single-vehicle crash near Martinborough was on his honeymoon.

He checked into a motel with his new wife. Hours later he was found dead in his rental car.

Diagnostic system to improve in Qtown

09092015 News. Photo: John Edens/FAIRFAX NZ. Lakes District Hospital in Frankton, Queenstown.

Diagnostic tools of Lakes District Hospital will be improved with a CT scanner.

Paragliding pilot still in Queenstown hospital

The passenger of a crashed paragliding tandem was released from Queesntown Lakes Hospital while the pilot kept for more ...

Pilot of the crashed paraglider still hospitalised, passenger released.

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