Brethren charged for live stream

Bruce Hales, Sydney-based global leader of the Exclusive Brethren, pictured with his wife Jennifer.

5:00 AM  Thousands of Exclusive Brethren members were charged up to $850 to watch a live stream of their supreme leader.

Fake prince coming home

Morehu-Barlow.

5:00 AM  Conman Joel Morehu-Barlow could be released from prison in Australia any day, but will pay for his $16m fraud for life.

Cannabis battle looms

Schomburg suffers from chronic pain brought on by RSI and rheumatoid arthritis

5:00 AM  "I slept well, my level of pain was reduced, and I wasn't stoned."

'I didn't come away brainwashed'

The gala opening of the new Church of Scientology headquarters in Auckland.

Hundreds attend the Church of Scientology's Auckland opening.

Remembering Strongman

The scene at the entrance to the Strongman State Coal Mine, Greymouth, after the disastrous explosion in which nineteen ...

Terry Crowley, was 26 when the coal mine exploded 50 years ago killing 19 men.

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Person critically hurt in storm

Batten down the hatches, gale and heavy rain has brought down trees and power lines across the Auckland region as an ...

Multiple people have been injured after a tree crushed a car, as wild weather thumped Auckland.

Greens take lead with candidates

Auckland-based human rights laywer Golriz Ghahraman has announced she wants to enter Parliament with the Greens.

OPINION: It's early days in the battle to pick candidates for this year's election, but the Greens are stealing a march.

Ticketmaster Resale labelled greedy

Adele's tickets have been snapped up by fans and overseas ticketing sites alike.

Event promoters in New Zealand say ticket resale sites are deceiving the public to ensure they make huge profits.

Racist potting mix?

Yates has no plans to change the branding of its 'Black Magic' product range.

A Kiwi gardening company sells a "Black Magic" product, but insists it's not meant to be offensive.

'Did you just give me the finger?'

A friendly wave or an apologetic wave may be misconstrued - but some gestures require no translation.

OPINION: New Zealanders are shocking drivers. Trust me – I can tell you some stories. We already wave 'thank you' when someone lets us in; now we need a wave of apology.

Coming out gay at a rugby school gallery video

Rekah says St Cuthbert's College in Auckland must do more to show support for lesbian students.

Students brave homophobia: "I was probably 14 or 15, finding it hard to get out of bed. I think I knew that I was gay – it's a little complicated."

Memorial plaque for Czech tramper

Members of the Czech & Slovak Club Queenstown Inc. walked a part of the Routeburn track on Friday and Saturday to ...

"We reflected upon the fateful trip of Pavlina and Ondrej, trying to rationalise their thoughts and decisions."

NZ drivers told to shape up gallery video

Since moving from Germany to Auckland, Catrina Kuehler has learned a few driving tips from New Zealanders, and shared a ...

Kiwi drivers are notoriously bad, we're told – so we asked foreign-born NZers for five tips on how we can drive better.

'I blame Steph for the quake'

Nick and Steph Thompson of Kaikoura Four Square are pragmatic about the earthquake despite facing a 'torrid' 12 months ahead.

FOUR CORNERS: The morning of the Kaikoura earthquake, Steph Thompson opened her Four Square store in a dressing gown. And that's how her customers arrived, too.

Ben Harper's tattooist fights back video

Ben Harper gave a special shoutout to Toi at his December gig at Vector Arena.

"Bro, I've got Ben Harper here. He wants to come out and see if you can do some moko on him."

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crime

Wanted man arrested

Hawke's Bay police arrested Tamati on charges relating to an unlawful sexual connection.

The man wanted on unlawful sexual connection charges has been found in Hastings.

One hurt in police pursuit

A man suffered facial injuries after being flung from a car during a police pursuit.

'Raise speeding fines'

Public warned not to approach or assist man

nz earthquake

Capital's new quake laws

Possible new earthquake regulations could force some Wellington homeowners to fork out for having their chimney removed.

New regulations designed to shield Wellington from big earthquakes could cost homeowners.

Welly 2017: The big issues

Wellington City Councill’s resilience strategy is set to dominate the  capital's agenda and will see the implementation ...

Wellington has plenty on its plate in 2017 with the ongoing threat of 'the big one' looming large.

'They were just bereft of any emotion' video

NH90 helicopters arrive in Kaikoura on November 15 to evacuate those stranded.

Defence Force personnel reflect on their post-quake experiences.

Disaster planning begins with kids

Rita Assad, 8, from Sydney, learns about natural disasters at Te Papa's Awesome Forces exhibition. Rita was visiting Te ...

Teach a child how to behave in an earthquake, and they'll show their parents.

politics

No need to go overboard

David Slack: I see people blanketed up against the cold and sleeping on the hard footpath. I don't see a hustling ...

OPINION: Going off the rails is not usually a conscious choice.

'Rubbing their hands together' video

Lotto could soon offer "scratchies" online, but problem gambling services are worried.

Heavy criticism for Lotto's plans to sell scratchies online.

What did Donald say to Melania?

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend the Freedom Ball in honour of his inauguration in Washington.

A satirical look at the Trumps' waltzing whisperings.

Politics as usual on the home front

US President Donald Trump delivers his speech at the inauguration ceremonies as the 45th president of the United States.

OPINION: Ah, election year - but US events trump a genteel start at home.

education

Beset by Novopay crisis on first day

Outgoing PPTA president Angela Roberts leaves the role frustrated she didn't get to the bottom of workload issues for ...

Outgoing PPTA president Angela Roberts recalls dealing with the fallout of Novopay on her first day.

Labour lining up high-profile unionist?

For now, Angela Roberts is looking forward to returning to her job as an economics teacher at Stratford High School.

Andrew Little has turned his back on the New Plymouth electorate but another former union boss could fill the spot.

A Life Story - Bob Stothart

Bob Stothart, physical educator and conservationist.

Educator and conservationist Bob Stothart.

Students clamour for beds at Christchurch

Otautahi House, Ara Institute of Canterbury's new student accommodation, is already fully booked.

Christchurch polytechnic Ara can barely keep up with student accommodation demands in the central city.

health

'Rubbing their hands together' video

Lotto could soon offer "scratchies" online, but problem gambling services are worried.

Heavy criticism for Lotto's plans to sell scratchies online.

Schools warned about asthma spike

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is warning schools and parents to be wary of a spike in asthma cases as ...

With school holidays nearly over, a warning is being issued to prevent asthma hospitalisations.

Fight for cannabis-based medicine continues

Nelson public rights lawyer Sue Grey.

Leading government scientist agrees cannabis-based medicine should not be restricted.

'It can be easy as a GP to become locked into a death spiral'

The author, GP and poet Glenn Colquhoun.

Poverty in New Zealand is too easily dismissed by lounge-chair pundits. But, as GP and poet Glenn Colquhoun writes, it affects us all.

women of influence

Women of Influence winners video

WOI

Founder of Organic Initiative Helen Robinson took out the supreme Women of Influence title.

Recap: Women of Influence

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The fourth annual Women of Influence awards kick off at SkyCity.

Women of Influence highlights

Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand country head Kirsten Patterson spoke about purpose and leadership.

The theme of the morning was turning ideas into action.

Quiz: Women of Influence 2016

190912 News photo: Supplied/Matamata Chronicle. Kate Sheppard.

How much do you know about the history of women in this country?

farming

Oh no! We've fewer sheep

In 1982 there were over 70 million sheep.

Once, there were 22 sheep for every person in NZ. Now there are only 6 for each of us.

Fonterra: big cheese in Korea

Fonterra's South Island general manager Tim Keir and Clandeboye's site manager Steve Mcknight about to tuck into some ...

Koreans' taste for pizza is growing, to the benefit of Fonterra.

Prized heifer mooves on

Calf Gigi sold for a quarter of a million dollars.

Gigi the calf sells for more than a quarter of a million dollars, smashing Australasian record.

Shearing brings little income

Lambs being driven along the road on Weber Rd , east of Dannevirke.

Farmers are making little money from lambs' wool because of low prices.

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