ACT wants three-strike burglary policy

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ACT talks tough on crime, pushing for the "three strikes" policy used for violent crime to be adopted for burglary convictions.

Man shot at Makara Beach

Makara shooting

Two people are in police custody after a man was shot on a beach near Wellington early this morning.

Families trapped in storm-hit valleys

Motueka floods

Several families in the hills west of the Motueka Valley are still stranded, days after being cut off by storms and flooding.

Kayaker rescued from rough seas

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Kayaker rescued after getting into difficulty 4km off North Canterbury coast.

Stuck bus caused major SH1 delays

Stuck bus

A stuck charter bus caused major traffic jams on SH1 at Paekakariki Hill Rd today.

Gisborne man shot dead named


Man who was killed early yesterday in Gisborne identified as police make an arrest.

Fine weather through Anzac Day

kids weather

Following wild and stormy weekend, we're finally rewarded with some sun - but for how long?

London success takes teen model by surprise

Hannah Moulden

Seventeen-year-old Hamilton model places second in London competition.

Girl flown to hospital after wasp sting

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

A 10-year-old girl has been flown to hospital after a wasp sting sent her into anaphylactic shock.

Tasmanian devils settle into Auckland zoo

Tasmanian devil

An Aussie furball with a devilish reputation is spinning up a storm at Auckland Zoo.

Kids hurt in Easter egg scramble

egg strap

A mass Easter egg scramble for kids in South Auckland turned into a stampede.

Woman killed in Riverhead crash


Motorist dies in crash northwest of Auckland, bringing Easter road toll to four.

Christchurch home 'fills like sink'

Rose and Stephen Lennon

Stephen and Rose Lennon ran out of time before being flooded for the seventh time.

Helicopters to help restore power on West Coast

Destroyed Blaketown power line

Choppers dropping crews in hard-to-access West Coast areas, where 500 still without power.

Killer denied parole

Renee Kara O'Brien at the time of sentencing in the New Plymouth court for the murder of Kenneth Pigott.

A teenager who was 14 when she bashed a truck driver to death has been denied parole.

Long queues for legal highs

legal highs PN

Many were apparently desperate for their legal high fix after shop was closed for public holiday.

Storms fail to dampen excitement for airshow crowds

'We've had an absolute stunning result'


The 2014 Warbirds over Wanaka International Airshow has been hailed as one the most successful in the show's history.

Mobil in port oil spill inquiry

Diesel spill, fuel spill

Mobil's response to a Lyttelton Harbour fuel spill is being investigated.

Churches' fate still bound by red tape


More than 100 Canterbury churches were out of action for a fourth Easter.

Sophisticated fraudster's appeal thrown out

NZ money, cash

A fraudster, dubbed a "master manipulator" has had her final attempt at dodging justice thrown out.

Probe into chopper damage

BayTrust Rescue Helicopter

A rescue helicopter's crash landing has left a big gap to cover in the Rotorua area, forcing choppers from other regions to pick up the slack.

Waikato drunk-driver stats down by a third

Drink driving breath testing

Police are catching fewer and fewer drunk or drugged drivers on New Zealand's roads.

Cunliffe goes to Samoan Easter service

David Cunliffe

Labour leader David Cunliffe attended a Samoan church service last night, as the party ramps up its efforts to woo the Pasifika vote.

Haka to get legal protection under new law

Sevens haka

Companies looking to hijack the Ka Mate haka may run foul of the law.

Predator fear after Rape Alley attacks

Terrace fears

Victoria University students frightened after attempted sexual assaults on dimly lit staircase.

Call for noisier electric cars

Nissan's Autonomous Drive Leaf electric vehicle under going a test drive.

Safety campaigners are calling for all electric cars to mimic the sound of a petrol engine.

Ngati Toa battle ends with $70m settlement

Treaty of Waitangi

Ngati Toa's treaty settlement gives the iwi $70 million and the right to buy landmark properties.

Shearer slates soaring power prices

electricity 300

Power prices are soaring "out of control", with some companies hiking prices up 9 per cent.

ACC forces paraplegic to return mismailed records


A paraplegic says he had to drive for hours so ACC documents sent to him in error could be destroyed.

Foreign language teaching archaic: academic

Peter Coats and Michelle Kong

New Zealanders are dropping well below global levels of bilingualism, an academic warns.

Crash-and-run suspect arrested at hospital

Hospital corridor, generic

A suspected drink-driver was arrested at a hospital where he was visiting a mate injured in a crash he allegedly caused only hours earlier.

Gisborne shooting victim dies


Police have launched a homicide investigation following the death of a 39-year-old man who was shot in Gisborne early on Sunday morning.

Missing cyclist found


A cyclist who went missing between Wairoa and Gisborne has been found safe and well.

Fruit fly restrictions lifted

Queensland fruit fly

There have been no further fruit fly discoveries in the Whangarei area.

Massive slip at Macraes Mine

Macraes Goldmine

New Zealand's largest gold mine has been shut down after heavy rain caused a massive slip.

Australia looks to NZ for disability reform ideas


Australian minister wants a "good look" at NZ-inspired ideas for reforming disability pensions.

Police hunt Wellington sex assailant


There are fears a sexual offender is targeting women in Wellington following two violent attacks.

Thousands still without power

West Coast Cyclone Ita

Hot water and power remain out to some Auckland and West Coast homes after Thursday's storm.

Candidates chase Polynesian votes

labour hopeful jerome mika

Candidates are trying to engage Polynesian voters in an attempt to win three crucial South Auckland seats.

Crash victim a 'caring' war veteran

alan hammond

A pedestrian hit by a car was a loving family man who played the Last Post on Anzac Day for 15 years.

Anzac bugle earned its bum notes

Ken Davie

When the bugle sounds at Auckland's domain this Anzac Day it will sound strained and sometimes flat.

NZ Anglicans deny huge Fiji land sale

Natoavatu strap

NZ Anglicans deny selling land parcel in Fiji to help people of Kiribati escape global warming.

Poof! Bar's name changed in a pop

Ponsonby bar Poof! has agreed to change its name

An Auckland gay bar attempted wordplay - but some called its name a "kick in the face".

Second lot of buses burned in arson

bus burning

Suspicious fire destroys three buses at a Wellington depot, just months after a similar attack.

Christchurch tickets scoop Easter lottery

Lotto ticket

Five Lotto tickets bought in Christchurch have won major prizes in last night's draw. 

Victim's family back cut jail term


A drink driver who caused the death of an Auckland mother has had his prison sentence halved on appeal.

Spoiling for a fight

Retired Supreme Court Judge Bill Wilson

Top judge Bill Wilson quit after misconduct allegations.He tells Steve Kilgallon how he rebuilt his life.

Speed turns wet blanket to petrolhead

Greg Murphy

What's it like to race a V8 supercar? Shabnam Dastgheib joins Greg Murphy to find out.

Easter bunny has dietitians hopping mad

Easter egg

Dietitians warn that bigger is not better when it comes to Easter chocolate.

Motorsport legend clips pilot's wings

Warbirds over Wanaka 2014

A motorsport legend went nose to tail with world aerobatic champion at the Warbirds over Wanaka airshow.
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