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'Help our daughter'

The parents of a mentally ill woman are upset she was allowed to go outside and put herself in danger, given her long history of self harm and suicide attempts.

Parents say ill daughter was allowed to roam free despite history of self harm and suicide attempts.

Duck hunters injured

Duck shooting season got off to a bad start this year.

Poor behaviour from some duck shooters mars opening weekend for many.

Giant pig traps woman

A pet kunekune pig, weighing about 150kg, kept a woman trapped in her car.

A hungry 150kg pig trapped a woman in her car near Dunedin as it searched for food.

MP's premature league celebrations

Damien O'Connor: 'Go the Kiwis.'

Damien O'Connor was blissfully unaware the cracking game on the telly was a replay.

Mei Fan trial delayed

Mei Fan on her birthday just days before she was found dead in her Wellington home.

The trial over Mei Fan's 2013 death in Miramar has been delayed, probably until 2016.

Jury selection underway in Chen case

Yun Qing Liu (pictured at an earlier court appearance) is on trial for the murder of his wife Cissy Chen.

The murder trial for the partner of Auckland woman Cissy Chen will begin in earnest on Wednesday.

Power pole collision traps man

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A man was trapped in his ute after striking a power pole and knocking out power in parts of Hamilton.

Body in car a mystery video

Nelson firefighters wait to assist police in their investigation of a fatal car crash on State Highway 6 near the summit of the Whangamoa Saddle.  The car caught fire and is 30 metres down a bank.

Discovery of dead body in burnt out car near Nelson 'unexplained', say police.

Suicide helpline loses contract bid

Lifeline is the organisation which pushed Blues coach and All Black great Sir John Kirwan’s campaign to raise awareness of depression.

Lifeline has told staff they may face redundancy following an unsuccessful bid for a new government contract.

The South Island from the sky stuff nation video

A scene captured by Jun Yamog on a recent South Island holiday.

Jun Yamog shares a drone video taken while on holiday in the South Island.

PM's promise to Northland

Prime Minister John Key

In his first visit to Northland since National's embarrassing by-election defeat, Prime Minister John Key vows to win the region back.

Police search dog still missing

The Tararua Ranges where police search dog Thames remains missing.

Missing police dog Thames did not seek food at huts in the Tararua Ranges overnight as was hoped.

PM: Cabinet minister won't step down over brother

John Key said the minister had notified the Prime Minister’s office about the situation as soon as they were made aware of the issue.

A Cabinet minister whose brother is facing indecency charges will not step down, Prime Minister John Key says.

Why I choose not to wear a hijab

Donna Miles-Mojab threw her hijab into a rubbish bin.

OPINION: The Islamic veil "has became the universal symbol of oppression and backwardness," says a former Iranian now living in Christchurch.

Man charged over alleged stabbing

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Tauranga police have charged a 32-year-old man with wounding after the alleged stabbing of a 41-year-old.

Big Mac bug find leaves woman stressed

Annah Sophia Stevenson, with son Luca, 3, chewed on a cockroach after taking a bite from her Big Mac.

Woman who found cockroach in Big Mac hits back at allegations that she planted the insect.

Why I choose to wear a hijab

Nada Tawfeek says the hijab is "a weapon against my own vanity".

OPINION: Nada Tawfeek says she wears a hijab as a shield against constant "sexualisation of women's outer beauty".

Key: Ponytail pull not sexist

Key described the hair-pulling as just "horsing around", as he had a "fun relationship" with staff at Rosie cafe near his home in Parnell, Auckland.

PM admits he misread the situation when he pulled a waitress' ponytail, but denies it was a sexist act, saying he "could have" done it to a man.

Schools eager to share expertise

Lynfield College principal Steve Bovaird says setting the achievement challenge is the next step for the community of schools.

Lynfield schools are the latest to sign up to the second round of Communities of Schools.

Teen injured in horse riding accident

Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter.

A teenager was airlifted to hospital after falling from a horse while riding near the Urewera National Park.

Another fine autumn day on the way

It'll be another nice autumn day in Auckland, as well as many other parts of the country.

Another nice autumn day is on the way for most of the country after a pleasant weekend, but the threat of big winds and heavy rain lurk on the horizon.

Police seize 'king-pin' assets

Cannabis recovered during one of the biggest drug busts in Marlborough in the past decade.

Police have seized boats, properties and a ute owned by an alleged drug king-pin.

Sister-in-law gives gift of life video

Pam Banks, left, is acting as a surrogate for sister-in-law Natasha Banks who is unable to have children following a cancer diagnosis.

Blenheim woman becomes a 'very special auntie' as the surrogate mother of her sister-in-law's baby.

Wanted: Male primary school teachers

Arakura School's male teachers. From left, reliever Diego Serpa, teacher Al Ingham, reading recovery teacher Mark Lye and principal Mark Kibblewhite.

Where have all the good men (in teaching) gone?

Emergency calls unanswered

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A surge in 111 calls meant some calls were cut off unanswered at the weekend.

Citizenship for sale?

The Productivity Commission is investigating a price-based immigration system that would use entry fees as the primary determinant for who gains entry to Australia.

Buying the right to immigrate to Australia is one proposal considered by Aussie government think-tank.

SPCA donation is the cat's whiskers

One of the many Wellington kittens, pictured with SPCA volunteer Kirsty Grant, that could benefit from a $400,000 bequest.

A cat lover has left her $400,000 fortune to kittens in need at the Wellington SPCA.

Lundy convictions cost almost $6m

Taxpayers have spent almost $6m putting double-murderer Mark Lundy behind bars twice.

Taxpayers have spent nearly $6m putting double-murderer Mark Lundy behind bars twice.

New housing project

298 Youth Health director Sue Bagshaw has plans to build a $10m youth hub including transitional housing.

A proposed youth housing project will not turn into a "ghetto of naughty kids'.

Dog invades rugby pitch to catch rabbit

The canine pitch invader with its rabbity prize is grabbed by Coastal's Thomas Watt.

What do you get when you put a rabbit in front of a dog at the rugby? Answer: A pitch invader at the Okato Domain.

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