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Deadly Auckland, Waikato car crashes

A single-vehicle crash on a rural road in south Auckland has claimed one life.

Two people have been killed in separate car crashes in Auckland and Waikato.

Man dies after quad bike rolls

Quad bike, 4wd

Family are at the scene where a farm worker has died after rolling his quad bike into a ditch.

Rena cleanup worked well - scientists

The Rena soon after its grounding on Astrolable Reef.

The cleanup of the Rena wreck in the Bay of Plenty has cost hundreds of millions of dollars but long-term environmental damage is slight, scientists say.

Kids are big business gallery

Cameron Sigmund, 5, with a selection of collectables from the New World Little Shop promotion of 2014.

Is the little collectables craze harmless family fun, or ethically questionable marketing?

Resident in hospital after fire

Firefighters are at the scene of a house fire in Whanganui.

One person has been taken to hospital with smoke inhalation after a house fire.

Cycle lane retrial faces hurdles

NZTA will use high tech units on trial bikes to measure driver behaviour around cyclists.

As NZTA apologises for an ill-conceived cycle lane trial, they advise of a new one.

Elevator fall patient improves

A construction worker who fell down the lift shaft on a Countdown construction site is in hospital in a 'serious but stable' condition.

A construction worker who fell five storeys down an elevator shaft is now in a "serious but stable" condition

Gang bust-up in Ashburton park

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Police car signage.

Ten people have been arrested after gang members fought with baseball bats, an axe and sticks in a public park in Ashburton.

Woman punched by bedroom invader

A police dog trailed a man after a woman was punched in her bedroom early Friday morning.

A woman woke up to a horrific surprise in her bedroom at Paraparaumu Beach.

Driveway car wash ban

27082015. News. Ashten Macdonald/Fairfax. Basil Vangellekom is planning to ignore Porirua City Councils bylaw banning residents washing their cars on concrete.

Porirua council says cars must be washed only on grass. But what if you don't have any?

Start again with flag design

The flag consideration panel's longlist includes many designs that look like advertising logos, including one very similar to

OPINION: It's not too late to ditch the proposed flag designs and start again.

Many pregnant NZ women drink - study

1 in 10 women said they consumed alcohol throughout their pregnancy.

With 1 in 10 continuing to consume alcohol throughout pregnancy.

Dogs maul neighbours' cat

Invercargill man Mike Richards with a photo of the family cat Squirt, who was mauled to death by a neighbour's dogs on the front porch.

An Invercargill man may face charges after four of his dogs mauled a neighbours' cat to death as a family watched on in terror.

Mystery man tells court: I am just myself

A surreal exchange took place in court between a community magistrate and a man who refused to confirm his identity.

South Westland Area School damaged in blaze

South Westland Area School has been struck by a fire that damaged its senior classrooms.

A Hari Hari school left $60,000 out of pocket by Cyclone Ita damage has now been damaged by fire.

Crash victim 'gorgeous girl'

Rebecca Townshend was killed in a car accident in Mt Cook.

Young woman killed in a car crash near Mt Cook had "just started her life", sister says.

SkyCity prepares for last hurdle

Artist's impressions of the redesigned SkyCity International Convention Centre.

SkyCity's consent application to build the Auckland convention centre is heard today.

PM faces Dunedin protesters

Protesters gather outside Dunedin Public Art Gallery during a visit by Prime Minister John Key.

Protesters have interrupted Prime Minister John Key's visit to Dunedin.

Man killed in Oamaru industrial accident

A mechanic is dead after a workplace accident involving a truck in Oamaru.

A 58-year-old Oamaru mechanic dies after truck deck came down on him.

Thousands rejected for surgery assessment

Figures obtained by Labour show 29,000 Canterbury patients were refused a first specialist assessment for elective surgery under National.

More people refused surgery assessment in Canterbury than any other district health board.

Health and safety legislation passes

New health and safety legislation will not define cattle farms as high risk, despite many deaths on New Zealand farms.

Controversial health and safety legislation, which does does not classify farms as high risk, has passed in Parliament.

Church rejects Easter trading change video

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Selme's Road Garden Centre Nursery.

Catholic social justice agency is "appalled" by proposed changes to Easter Sunday trading restrictions.

Inquiry a welcome barometer

Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales died from cancer, shortly after hearing that a High Court bid to allow her doctor to help her die without criminal prosecution had failed.

OPINION: Terms of reference for a parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia conveys robust intent.

Harvester would not drop tree, jury told

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The tree harvesting attachment Paul Robert Burr was using when he cut down a tree that landed on one of its employees would never release a tree from its grasp.

'OMG he might die...I can't believe it'

Luke Tipene, 17, was a member of the New Zealand Under-16s league in 2013.

Teen on trial for the murder of Luke Tipene murder told a friend after the stabbing that he'd "messed up", court hears.

Parents 'robbed' of their job

Taranaki mother Hillary Kieft is seeking a change to the law that allows teenagers to have abortions without their parents' knowledge. Whanganui MP Chester Borrows presented the petition to Parliament.

A Taranaki mother who has endured years of sleepless nights fearing her teenage daughter was taking her own life is calling for abortion law changes.

Eleven more SHAs announced

The Avondale RSA, which was sold for $9m in April, is to be a Special Housing Area

This summer will be the busiest for earthworks Auckland has ever seen, Minister predicts.

Century-old Wellington depot to go

The Kilbirnie bus depots in Wellington, built more than 100 years ago, will be demolished.

Kilbirnie's century-old bus depot is going to be torn down.

Glitch robs disabled man of house

Donna Wanhalla and her disabled son, Sidney, 22, have been waiting for a house for five months after being bumped off Housing New Zealand's priority A waiting list by accident.

Disabled man and mum get house after two months in caravan and five months on HNZ waiting list.

'Secret courts' row rumbles on

Attorney-General Chris Finlayson says the Law Society was wrong and were commenting on an old version of the bill.

A row over secret courts rumbles on - with the Law Society refusing to back down on fears over new health and safety laws.

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