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Free skiing for snow bunnies

28082016 Newsphoto. SIMON MAUDE / FAIRFAX NZ. Ski instructor with pupils, Waterfall T Bar, Whakapapa Skifield. Mt ...

Mt Ruapehu is offering free skiing after great snow conditions has allowed them to stay open for longer.

Filipo lawyer defends discharge

Losi Filipo was 17 and with an older brother in central Wellington when the violence occurred last year.

Sentencing judge made a "considered, correct and compassionate decision", appeal hearing told.

'They have misused their powers'

Police officers conduct breath testing at a checkpoint.

Police have admitted a breath-testing checkpoint was used to target people who had attended an pro-euthanasia meeting.

Car rolls near Blenheim

Blenheim police were called after a car was found lying on its roof.

Police do not know what happened to abandoned car, found lying on its roof.

'Crazy' driving put lives at risk

He passed two trucks, an unmarked cop car and narrowly missed colliding head-on with a car coming the other way.

Fears funding proposal could cause pain

Labour MP Chris Hipkins, with teachers and supporters.

Upper Hutt teachers were protesting a change in fundingĀ 

Just how did Beth die?

Beth Winfield will be remembered as a loved daughter, sister and aunt who loved to have a laugh.

Beth Christina Winfield was playing with her dogs on edge of Waikato River when something went wrong.

Man admits causing wife's death

Mike Standish-White and wife Patricia Standish-White plunged nearly 300 metres down the side of a track in Omarama in ...

Man, 90, pleads guilty to causing wife's death after 4WD plunged 300m off a mountain track.

Is ADHD a hidden superpower?

Chris McKinney is the managing director of Technical Futures and has ADD.

An Auckland managing director has ADHD, but has used it to thrive and grow in business.

Serco-run prison among NZ's worst

Serco's South Auckland Correctional Facility in Wiri has come towards the bottom of Corrections' most recent prison rankings.

Corrections says Wiri prison run by private operator among bottom five in NZ.

Gash announced as deputy mayor

Jeff Gash is the new deputy mayor of the South Waikato.

New South Waikato mayor appoints her deputy with full backing of the council.

Woman's dying wishes are coming true

Several local businesses made Faye Clark's wish come true.

A Hamilton woman's wish to visit Taumarunui's Forgotten Highway came true with the help of locals.

Missing tyre reveals drink driver


After watching Bathurst he headed home, with only three tyres.

Where's the jury?

The trial of the five accused of murdering Craig Rippon, pictured, was unable to start because part of the jury panel ...

Murder trial put on hold after not enough people show up to take part in the jury panel.

Centenary spans generations

Ringahora Johnston,84, joins the youngest student Aaliyah Thorpe in cutting the centennial cake.

A century of teaching children at Ngapuke School was celebrated with a reunion.

Killer clowns and toupee wigs video

Check out these top five outfits for Halloween this year.

Blood donors needed to keep service

Councillor Adie Doyle encourages everyone over the age of 16-years-old to donate blood.

A shortage of donors has put Taumarunui under review on whether the NZ Blood Service will continue to visit.

National appointment for principal

Turaki Primary School's principal Riki Sheterline is the new vice president of NZEI.

Principal of Turaki School, Rikki Sheterline has been appointed vice president of the New Zealand Education Institute.

Graffiti spree 'to look cool'

The Marlborough District Council spent $1490 cleaning and repainting this Welcome to Blenheim sign in Grovetown.

Tagging "snake gang", "West Side" and other illegible words racks up hefty cleaning bill.

Treatment injury bill breaks $100m

ACC accepted more than 33,000 treatment injury claims from 2011 to 2015.

You're expecting to get better when you get medical care, but for many people it can get a lot worse.

Two arrested in Dunedin video

Armed police arrest two after swooping on a vehicle in Dunedin's Moray Pl.

A dozen armed police swooped on a vehicle in a ''fluid situation'' in Dunedin's CBD.

Bobby calf prosecutions possible

Federated Farmers dairy industry group chairman Andrew Hoggard says some of the practices in the latest footage are ...

Farmers and animal welfare activists remain at loggerheads after latest accusations of bobby calf abuse.

'Mini-tornado' hits New Plymouth video

The glass windows at the front of Curves Gym were smashed by a small tornado in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Early morning twister lifts roofs, wrecks garage doors and smashes windows.

Bridging the generation gap

Rosalie Reed and Indigo Todd have formed a tight bond thanks to the Grandfriends programme.

A rest home and a kindergarten in Taupo have joined forces to enhance the lives of young and old.

Judge slams 'suicidal' driving

Judge Geoff Rea said Braiden Palmer's driving was the worst he had heard in his 20 years as a judge.

Judge labels driving by a boy racer who reached 195kmh the worst he'd seen in 20 years.

'Sickening' neglect but no jail

Colin McConachy outside the Marton Courthouse after an earlier appearance.

A farmer left 3630 animals to suffer in one of NZ's worst cruelty cases but he avoids prison.

Fraud accused misses flight home

Christopher Heaps' business Kiwi Bullion is being investigated by police.

Gold trader was booked to fly from Vietnam to Auckland on Wednesday, but never got on the plane.

Clown startles late-night cyclist

Pennywise, the creepy clown from Stephen King's It. The "creepy clown'' craze that started in the US has made it to Wanaka.

Axe-wielding clown leaping out from behind a tree to startle a teen biker has police fuming.

Kathmandu store ram-raided video

A security guard stands watch at Christchurch's new Kathmandu store on Madras St.

A vehicle has smashed through front doors of a Christchurch Kathmandu.

'Disproportionate, unjustified'

The IPCA found both Taser uses on a mentally ill man during his arrest breached police policy.

Police watchdog slams police tasering of a mentally ill man lying on the ground twice.

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