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Garner: Do you worry about crime?

A new crime survey this week suggests assaults, robberies and burglaries are trending down.

So if crime is dropping how much safer do you really feel?

Battlelines drawn on Iraq trip

Prime Minister John Key was heavily guarded during a top secret visit to Kiwi troops at Camp Taji this week.

John Key's secret visit to Iraq has drawn fire from Labour.

Hazardous spill at police yard

Fire services are attending the scene of a spill in an Auckland police yard.

Fire have been called out to a spill in a police yard in Auckland.

Woman dies in horse riding accident

One woman is dead after a horse riding accident in Levin.

Levin woman dead after falling from horse.

Man critical after taking N-bomb

Police seized this sheet of "N-Bomb," or NBOMe, psychedelic drug tabs imported by a Wellington university student off a Silk Road like website.

A man is in a critical condition in Christchurch Hospital after taking the synthetic drug "N-bomb".

New leads in Alex's murder case video

A framed photo of Alex Fisher, 10, set out ahead of a family media standup at the Horowhenua District Council in Levin.

Police get new clues from body of Alex Fisher, as family give tribute to their 10-year-old boy.

Independent investigators to examine zoo

Hamilton Zoo curator Samantha Kudeweh was killed in a tiger attack at the zoo on September 20.

Hamilton City Council has launched an independent review into Hamilton Zoo - the fifth investigation launched since the death of curator Sam Kudeweh.

Body discovered in Hamilton

Police cordoned off several properties and a public walkway on Lake Crescent for most of Friday.

Mystery surrounds the discovery of a body behind homes in a Hamilton street.

Animal rescuer injured in fire released from hospital

Brent Baguley surveys the damage to his Saddle Hill home, south of Dunedin, after fires hit the area.

A woman who saved pets from a home threatened by fire has been released from Dunedin Hospital.

Masyn's ears are alive video

Masyn Johnston-Weir, 18 months, and his brother Jacob Birch, 5, playing together on Friday.

Since having his cochlear implants switched on, Masyn Johnston-Weir has found a new love for the sound of music.

Is this art?

The quake-damaged version of Newbery's 'A Happy Encounter' Lladro, missing the horse rider, sat on the counsel's bench during the court hearing. It is valued at $18,375.

A Christchurch businessman has failed to prove his quake-damaged artworks . . . were not art.

Husband 'stolen' by CBD crash

Michael Burnby, right, who died  in a car accident in the Christchurch CBD, with husband Tony Tucker.

Friends are remembering a "beautiful man" and praying for his "most adored" husband after the couple were hit by a wrong-way driver.

Foxton Beach boat launched on air bags

The boat is lowered into the water.

The 170 tonne boat at Foxton Beach has been launched by using air bags to roll it in the water.

More than 300 EQC staff leave in a year

EQC has lost more than 300 staff in the last 11 months.

More than 300 Earthquake Commission staff have left the organisation in a year.

Alex's investigators hold 'cards close'

The search for Levin 10-year-old Alex Fisher ended in tragedy when a body was found near the Waitarere forest.

Ex-cop recalls the sorrow of investigating a child's death.

Final five flags in the flesh

Real-life versions of the five alternative flags will begin to pop up around the country from now onwards.

Wellington's Civic Square will host the five alternative flag designs from Monday.

Crime to watch US TV?

The Government has yet to spell out whether some internet TV viewing will face sanctions under the TPPA.

Will it become a crime to get around the block on overseas online TV services like US Netflix?

Water 'worse than a third world country'

Peter Huria holds up a bottle of water that was filled from the tap at his brother Dave Huria's, middle, house in Hokio Beach, with Paul Huria at the Muaupoko expedited hearing in Levin.

Hokio Beach residents have told the Waitangi Tribunal that their water is "putrid".

Kiwi waving when shocked

Christchurch man Fergus Chetwin-Kelly, 20, is fighting for his life in Romania after touching a live wire.

A simple wave led to an electric shock that left a Kiwi tourist in a coma in a Romanian hospital.

New Australian PM to visit

Malcolm Turnbull will make his first official overseas visit as Australian Prime Minister to New Zealand next week.

New Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will make his first visit to New Zealand next week. 

Quake preparedness crucial - survivor

Ann Bodkin and her husband Graham Richardson holidaying on the Gold Coast.

Ann Bodkin credits being prepared for her survival in the Canterbury earthquakes.

Timaru's baby elephant seal dies

The elephant seal pup born three weeks ago at Caroline Bay is dead.

The elephant seal pup born on Timaru's Caroline Bay beach has died.

Shopkeeper 'tormented' by teens

CCTV footage shows a group of teens looting a shop after harassing the owner.

Shopkeeper "traumatised" after being set upon by a group of youngsters.

TPPA drug rules concern

Fears that the release of generic medicines could be tied up by legal injunctions need to be addressed by the Government, Labour says.

Concerns about generic medicines undercut "red herrings" about TPPA benefits, Labour says.

Dead cow rotting in water supply

Dwayne and Hedley Edwards are fed up with the lack of help from local councils to remove a rotting cow carcass from their water supply.

A cow carcass was left to rot and seep into the main water supply of a Waikato school.

Townies say mow, farmers say grow

Select Lawn Mowing contractor Renjith Rajagopal is in the midst of a busy spring.

Lawnmowing contractors are rushed off their feet but on the farm they need the grass.

School holiday mania video

Parents and children meet the end of school holidays with mixed emotions.

Kids love school holidays but the break inspires varying degrees of dread in overrun parents.

Students drift back after online threat

The University of Otago was quiet on Wednesday after an online threat warning students to stay away.

Students are returning to campuses after anonymous threats directed at three universities.

Search for a missing boy

Forensic teams search the area where Alex Fisher's body was found on Waitarere beach.

The search for Alex Fisher.

HIV vaccine breakthrough

Scientists began work on the AIDS vaccine nearly two decades ago.

A promising HIV/AIDS vaccine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is moving into the critical human testing stage.

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