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What's the long weekend weather like?

Temperatures dropped well below zero in South Canterbury overnight, but a fine, if cool day, is on the way.

A chilly night should be followed by a pleasant day in most places but the outlook for the long weekend is less settled.

Two crashes at notorious intersection

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A car and truck have crashed, and a car has hit a power pole at an intersection near Christchurch.

Measles scare at SkyCity hotel

A person infected with measles stayed at Auckland's SkyCity Hotel on May 22-24.

A case of measles identified in Manawatu has been traced back to Auckland's SkyCity hotel and there are fears other guests may have been infected.

Color dies in Caitlin's arms

Caitlin Blake has farewelled her miniature horse, Color.

The tiny horse that stole the hearts of the nation has died in the arms of its best friend.

Bars to fight booze crackdown

Pubs and bars in Christchurch are facing tougher restrictions on their opening hours.

Christchurch Bars will appeal a tough new alcohol policy that will force most of them to close at 1am.

KiwiSaver enrolment for all?

Finance Minister Bill English says the Government will consider mass enrolment of workers in KiwiSaver now it doesn't have to pay them all a $1000 joining incentive.

After scrapping the $1000 KiwiSaver kickstart payment, Government is considering enrolling all workers. 

Woman escapes burning flat

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Smoke alarms allowed a woman valuable seconds to flee her burning home.

Car hits cyclist in Wigram

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A cyclist has been hit by a car in Christchurch on a busy commuter route.

'They are a nice family' video

Police investigate in Papanui after a boy suffered critical head injuries.

Shocked neighbours watch as a critically hurt autistic child is put into ambulance with an oxygen mask on his face.

Police find elderly man

The 77-year-old man went missing in Auckland's North Shore around 5pm

Police have found an elderly man who went missing from an Auckland rest home.

Fanfare takes shape

The fanfare sculpture at the Main North Rd/State Highway 1 off-ramp intersection is starting to take shape.

One of the biggest public sculptures in New Zealand is starting to take shape on the edge of Christchurch.

TDHB wants fluoride back

Taranaki District health Board says fluoride in the water is safe and is effective in helping prevent tooth decay.

Community water fluoridation is safe, effective and affordable, according to the Taranaki District Health Board.

Bashed for a packet of smokes video

Linda McElwee, 63, of Porirua.

Linda McElwee played possum to survive a brutal attack in her own home - all for cigarettes and an iPad.

Nicholas praises police recruits

Class patron Louise Nicholas with Constable Jess Moorby at the graduation ceremony in Porirua on Thursday.

The anti-rape activist never dreamed she would be patron of a class of new police officers.

Flag debate will heat up - PM video

One of the designs submitted to the NZ flag referendum. Designed by David Astil from Waikato

PM John Key is unfazed by a lack of interest in the flag debate after forcing it on to the political agenda with a $26 million road show and referendum.

Sex education guidelines updated

It's not just about condoms - schools are being encouraged to look at consent in coercion in their sexuality education programmes.

Schools have been advised to address issues of consent and coercion in their sexuality lessons.

Fewer motorists caught drink-driving

Lower drink-driving limits have changed motorists' behaviour, and resulted in less spending at bars and restaurants.

New, lower alcohol limit seems to be working - and bars don't like it.

Alleged slasher a former mental patient

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A man accused of slashing a stranger's face with a knife had previously been committed.

Hamilton tyre debacle "bad all round"

About 7000 tyres have been moved from Hamilton to farmland west of Kinloch, only two kilometers from the Lake Taupo shoreline.

Hamilton mayor Julie Hardaker has backed her staff's handling of the tyre saga.

Blenheim's welcome signs a bunch of ... grapes

The Marlborough Chamber of Commerce has come up with concept designs for new signage as drivers enter Blenheim. What do you think of their proposal?

Blenheim's bad signage does nothing to entice travellers into the town centre, says the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce.

Police seek information on dead man

The Rotorua man found dead in a stream can now be named. He was Richard Hoani Herekiuha, 43.

Police need help in piecing together deceased man's movements prior to his death.

Asset sales fund falls short

Labour MP Grant Robertson.

Government faces $424m gap for spending promises from asset sales cash, Labour says.

Caution over Gypsy Day

More cows and traffic on the roads this Queens Birthday Monday.

Hamilton Monopoly champ passes Go

Daven Yu is NZ Monopoly champion and will compete in Macau at the World Champs.

When Hamilton's Daven Yu plays Monopoly he likes to imagine the green house pieces as parts of a dragon.

Man allegedly surfed on taxi video

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A man who calls himself "danger" has gone on trial for allegedly surfing on a taxi over Auckland's Harbour Bridge. 

Elderly man found lying on floor

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An elderly man is recovering in hospital after spending possibly as long as a week lying injured on his kitchen floor.

MPs get lower pay rise

MPs are set to receive pay rises, but much smaller ones than were proposed in February.

MPs have delivered themselves a pay cut of sorts, trimming back pay increases that sparked a law change.

Booze crackdown in Christchurch

Pubs and bars in Christchurch are facing tougher restrictions on their opening hours.

Most bars will close by 1pm and supermarkets banned from selling alcohol after 9pm under proposed bylaws.

Spray can fumes fill train

Passengers struggled to breathe after an Auckland train was spraypainted on Wednesday evening.

A passenger struggled to breathe due to fumes following a graffiti attack on an Auckland train.

Fewer kids at Auckland kindies

Auckland Kindergarten Association is running Discover Your Local Kindergarten Week in a bid to combat declining enrolment numbers by raising awareness of the early childhood education service.

Auckland kindergartens face decline in enrolments due to lack of awareness in migrant population.

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