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Man approached young children

Police are searching for a man who approached a young girl with her siblings in Hamilton late at night.

Police are searching for a man who approached three children in Hamilton.

Marathon fuelled by fish, chips and pure guts

Angie Kanara and Eric Tonkin show off their medals

It's likely that only one runner stopped for fish and chips halfway through the 52nd Rotorua Marathon.

Burglars escape after pursuit crash

Police recovered items stolen from the liquor store from the crashed car.

Two carloads of offenders hunted after Auckland liquor store burglary sparked a police chase that ended with a smash.

Mum had 'infectious laugh'

Queenie 'Selena' Thompson was found dead in a house at Ongaroto Marae village.

Four children including six-year-old twins will grow up with no mother after she was found dead.

School dealer denied parole

Kevan Beria Greer's crimes involve paying money or giving drugs to high school girls in exchange for exposing themselves

Strip-for-drugs cannabis dealer Kevan Beria Greer wanted to return home to his wife.

'Unexplained death'

Police have cordoned off the area around the home where the body was found.

Police have opened an investigation after a body was found at a Rotorua home.

Tourists robbed of memories

Thomas Lagreve, 31, and Vincent Baud, 33, travelling in Argentina.

Frenchmen's open letter begs Bethells Beach thieves to return world-trip souvenirs.

Taser, pepper spray used in Hamilton

When the taser failed to work, police turned to pepper spray.

A man assaulted a police officer because his car was getting impounded.

3.6 quake rumbles Christchurch

There were 345 "felt" reports of an earthquake centred in Christchurch on Tuesday evening.

The 17km-deep earthquake was classed as "light" but was apparently felt stronger, with 345 reports submitted.

Refugee quota could be lifted

The Prime Minister has strongly hinted that New Zealand quota increase its annual refugee quota.

PM John Key drops major hint that New Zealand may accept greater numbers of refugees.

New teachers struggle for jobs

Beginner teachers aren't getting the support and mentoring they need get full certification, the NZEI says.

Primary teachers' union blames lack of workforce planning, and an oversupply of new graduates.

Boy talked down from school roof

Katrina Lee, principal at Riverslea School, said the six-year-old beat on her office window with a stick.

Six-year-old pupil was "running around" for 45 minutes before police stepped in.

Council employee retires after 55 years

Joycelyn and her husband Warren Pulley.

West Coast woman Joycelyn Pulley is retiring after more than 55 years in the same job at the Grey District Council. 

School teachers not 'social workers'

Principal of Linwood Avenue School Gerard Direen.

Christchurch students with complex behavioural and mental health problems are increasingly relying on school teachers for support post-quake.

Helicopter wreckage combed for clues

A Civil Aviation Authority spokesman said the Robinson R22 helicopter had collided with the Lindis Pass terrain on its ...

The wreckage of a fatal helicopter crash near the the Lindis Pass has been airlifted off the mountain.

Roofing contractors started high school fire

The fire at Westland High School on February 8.

An investigation has revealed the cause of a high school fire was accidental. 

Police have got the moves video

New Zealand police take part in the #runningmanchallenge with some flash moves.

New Zealand police lay down a #runningmanchallenge to cross-Tasman counterparts.

Aussies admit passport problems

Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport staff told a Kiwi family problems with the new NZ passports were common.

Australia's border authority is investigating after some Kiwi travellers said passport scanners were a fiasco.

School suppression case heard in court

Invercargill District Court building on Don street, Invercargill.

A school's bid to keep its name suppressed has been heard in the High Court at Invercargill.

NZ rejects prisoner transfers

New Zealand lawyer Craig Tuck tries out a courtroom cell in Bali, where he was defending de Malmanche last year.

Kiwis to remain in harsh foreign jails as Government says bringing them home would be too expensive.

Mum jailed for $186,000 fraud

A South Canterbury mother has been jailed for stealing more than $186,000 on company cards.

A South Canterbury woman stole $186,000 from her boss, and took some of it as he watched obliviously.

'I woke up with a dead body beside me'

The house in Achilles Ave in Whangamata, where the victim was found.

"Body. Dead. Here. Now," he said. It was 1.30am when Anthony Ballantyne made a distraught call to 111.

Less freedom for freedom campers

The Point at Ngaruawahia has a small space where self-contained campers could stay under the proposed Waikato District ...

Waikato District Council realized their rules banning freedom camping in the district were inconsistent with government legislation, so now they are introducing a bylaw for the district.

'Informed debate about cannabis' video

Droplets of oil form on the surface of a cannabis plant in a state-owned agricultural farm in Rovigo, about 60 km from ...

New Zealand needs an in-depth public debate separating the recreational use of cannabis from its potential medicinal use, psychiatrists say.

'Terrible' rental experience

Napier woman Estelle Pemberton spent years in a damp, mouldy and unhealthy Auckland rental home before moving away to ...

Mouldy clothes, damp bed sheets and electric blanket in flames all part of woman's "depressing" experience.

Barry 'not going to TVNZ'

Hilary Barry has told her old bosses that she has not had any talks with rival TVNZ.

MediaWorks CEO Mark Weldon says Hilary Barry is not switching to rival broadcaster.

$6m farm sale review

Land Information Minister Louise Upston has received an apology from department boss Peter Mersi.

Spotlight goes on the OIO's processes around 'good character' tests, says department boss.

Broad daylight bike theft

Casually walking off with the bike, the thief had no idea he had been caught.

He took the bike from a Parnell car port but he didn't notice the security cameras.

Monitoring vineyard sprays costly

Grape growing is a low-risk industry in terms of spray drift, a New Zealand Winegrowers manager says.

Efforts to track vineyard spray drift are still in the pipeline nine years after a report highlighted gaps in the data.

Mum-of-four killed in crash

Tessa Tui Conrad, 47, died after colliding with a car on Friday.

Tessa Conrad rode her motorcycle into town to have lunch with her husband. She never made it home.

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