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No sign of missing tradie

MYSTERY: Cossey disappeared without trace.

First six hours of extensive police search for rebuild worker who disappeared two weeks ago have been uneventful.

Crash ignites fire

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A man is dead after a van and motorcycle crash in the Bay of Plenty, igniting a fire.

Man cut from crash

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Driver in serious condition after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into parked car in Timaru.

Chemical pourer punished

Man who poured hazardous chemical on clothing rack sentenced to community work.

Urewera raids: Breaking the news

Dominion Post editor Tim Pankhurst found himself on trial for publishing police evidence used to justify the Urewera raids.

The Urewera raids remain one of the most controversial events of recent New Zealand history.

Finding out how children think when using iPads

Maria and Finnian are deep in concentration at Leamington School, where University of Waikato researcher Dr Garry Falloon is looking into how kids are thinking when they use iPads for learning.

A research project into how children think when they use iPads has been given a funding boost.

Man dies during dive

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Experienced Christchurch diver in his 50s died after crayfish expedition went wrong in Akaroa.

Hit-and-run arrest made

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A man has been arrested over a hit-and-run on a Hawkes Bay police officer.

Tourist unharmed in car flip

UPENDED: The tourist flipped their vehicle after crashing into a car parked outside the local butchery in a 50kmh zone.

French tourist escapes with minor injuries after flipping rental car on its roof in Akaroa.

Mt Cook a 'burial site'

ASCENT: A climber on the East Ridge route on Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Despite claiming its 234th life this week, reaching the summit, for some, outweighs the risks.

Burglars hit Manawatu schools

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Play equipment and electronic goods have been taken in spate of burglaries at Manawatu schools.

Bids for road called

Nelson MP Nick Smith said the Government was fulfilling the promise it made to Nelson voters when it said it would pursue the major roading project.

Southern Link arterial route takes "significant step" forward with the NZTA calling for design tenders.

DHB rejects joint venture

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Plans for a joint chief executive for the MidCentral and Whanganui district health boards has been scrapped.

Bullying charges laid

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Bullying allegations have been laid against a prominent Massey University academic.

Actors sought for cricket opener

CASTING CALL: Jonathan Alver is searching for 13 male and 13 female actors - from 13 countries.

Want to appear in Christchurch's opening ceremony for the Cricket World Cup? Those scared of heights need not apply.

Brash seeks inquiry into Ellis case

APPEAL: Peter Ellis, who was convicted of child abuse but has always protested his innocence.

Former National leader Don Brash writes to Justice Minister asking for independent review into man convicted of child abuse.

A healthy future

The future of Palmerston North's historic Hoffman Kiln is a step closer to being secured, as part of plans for a health centre to be built on the site.

Memorial finalists in pictures gallery

A meadow with a rounded entranceway and a single tree in the centre in a bowl-like sculpture displaying victims' names.

Mixed response as six designs being considered to commemorate Christchurch's February 2011 quake are revealed.

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas ...

Labour leader Andrew Little.

For three days Labour leader Andrew Little shut himself in a room and set about writing a personal message in 450 different Christmas cards.

Rape appeal fails

Opportunity knocks, sometimes, in Under the Hammer.

A man has failed in his attempt to overturn his convictions and sentence for rape, sexual violation and indecent acts with his de facto stepdaughter.

Judge scathing of teens

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A judge has slated the state of youth culture at the sentencing of a teenager accused of videoing an intimate sexual moment.

Traps, 1080, 'vital to save kiwi'

WAR ON PESTS: Conservation Minister Maggie Barry supports trapping and poisoning pests as essential tools to save the kiwi.

Trapping and killing pests in your own back yard is "just what you have to do", Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

Limited space for Christmas cheer video

Tight conditions: Phil Thompson is about to spend his fourth Christmas in a caravan.

Christmas morning in a caravan is nothing new for Phil Thompson and Debra Savage.

Police hunt men after assault

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Police are searching for three men who attacked and robbed a teenager, leaving him with head injuries.

Prisoner flees from hospital

ESCAPED: Wipei Awatere

Prisoner escapes from custody of two Corrections officers while in hospital.

On struggle street

Racheal Gates is one of many residents living in the Marchwiel area who is struggling to make ends meet. She is pictured with her cat, Fluffy.

The high level of poverty in some streets in the Marchwiel area was highlighted last week in a social justice report commissioned by Anglican Care.

Firefighter flamin' lucky

HAPPINESS IS: Firefighter Troy Mahupuku, who was burned in the Racetech fire last year, with his fiancee Jessica Paine and 10-month-old baby Alaska at their Wainuiomata home

After being brought to his knees "like a condemned man" by a fire that could have killed him, Troy Mahupuku is fighting back.

The death of whaling

ALL THAT BLUBBER: Whalers at the Perano whaling station in Tory Channel, in the Marlborough Sounds, discuss a whale brought in for processing.

In 1964, the last whale was harpooned off the Kaikoura coast.

Dog-bite victim's smile 'a sneer'

RIPPED LIP: Injuries sustained by Linda Harrison-Pugh after the attack.

A woman has been found guilty after her dog attacked a friendly admirer, ripping off her lower lip, leaving her smile looking like a "sneer".

Cop hurt in hit and run

WANTED: Robbie Richards.

Police are looking for a Napier Black Power member after a hit-and-run saw a police officer taken to hospital.

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