'I just wanted to be heard'

Faraniko Francis Pei stands in the dock at an earlier court appearance.

Man who shot at cops wanted to draw attention to mistreatment of patients at Palmerston North Hospital.

Fire destroys Christchurch flat

No one was inside the house when firefighters arrived.

2 min ago  Firefighters work to stop house fire spreading to other homes, while police close road.

Getaway car breaks down

A 26-year-old female passenger was arrested and charged with burglary and unlawfully taking a vehicle.

0 min ago  Attempts to flee a service station in Huntly were thwarted when a stolen getaway car came to an abrupt stop.

Pig hunt turns to toilet brawl

Blair Wickens, who is accused of assaulting a pig hunter in a pub bathroom.

18 min ago  Brawl breaks out in hotel toilet after pig hunt winners were allegedly attacked by "jealous" rivals.

Tenants win against landlord video

A Queenstown couple, which was intimidated and threatened by the landlord, won the court case.

He tried to kick them out with 24 hours notice. They filmed it, took him to the Tenancy Tribunal – and won.

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NZ's building boom

Steven Joyce and Nick Smith introduce the latest National Construction Pipeline Report at Three Kings Quarry.

NZ will need 50,000 more tradespeople in under five years to do the amount of work expected.

'Smoke and mirrors' over surgery data

Canterbury Charity Hospital founder Phil Bagshaw believes the Government is skewing its unmet need figures.

Government data showing only 4 per cent of Cantabrians missing out on surgery 'complete fudge', Canterbury Charity Hospital founder says.  

St John increases ambulance charges due to $7.5m deficit

Part charges for St John Ambulance will increase to $98 from August.

Ambulance charges will be nearly $100 as the organisation looks to reverse back-to-back deficits.

Killer refused parole

Brayden Windley, who was involved in the killing of Michael Valentine, has been declined parole for the second time.

One of the killers of Michael Valentine, who bled to death on his front lawn after being stabbed, has been declined parole.

Tipsy mum drove with kids in car

The woman was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for six months.

An Invercargill mum who drove intoxicated with three children has sought help from Alcoholics Anonymous.

Fixing our murder law stuff nation

The 17-year prison sentences for the manslaughter of Moko Rangitoheriri drew a public outcry as some thought the two ...

OPINION: This is why we need "degrees" of murder and corporate manslaughter charges.

Swing reviewed after malfunction

A person was left suspended 160m above the Nevis River after an equipment malfunction.

Queenstown adventure-seeker was left hanging 160m in the air after an equipment malfunction.

Calendar Girls coming down

260716 NEWS Photo: Joseph Johnson
The old Calendar Girls building in Hereford Street with a big mural now under ...

Chch strip club gets demolished to make way for residential development.

Maia Health raises $2.2m

Michael Flatman, chief executive of the Maia Health Foundation.

Plans for an expanded hospital rooftop helipad closer after $2.2m pledged for new Christchurch health charity.

Parents happy with home fixup

Jaymie Tihore with children Connor Rei,1, Ioane Ephraim, also 1, and Ngakau Lei, 3.

Family happier after raising awareness of housing issues, but MP warns more trouble is looming.

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crime

Rape complainant: I was relenting, I was not consenting

Northern Districts cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn leaves the Hamilton District Court following an earlier appearance.

Alleged victim adamant 'social pressures' were not reason sex took place.

Charity victim of stealing spree

Huge trove of stolen tradies' tools uncovered during Wellington drugs arrest.

Passenger threw bottles at car

Rapist still deemed 'high risk'

politics

Need surgery? Where's home?

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the "National Patient Flow" project, to record those turned away from seeing a ...

The Government's latest figures provide detailed picture of who's missing out on surgery and why.

Maurice Williamson bowing out

National MP Maurice Williamson has announced his retirement from politics at the next election.

From big gay rainbows, to leaky homes success and a major breach of the Cabinet Manual, MP bows out.

Labour leader gets wobbles video

Labour leader Andrew Little got a surprise when his chair let him down.

Andrew Little's TV seat gets the wobbles - and not for the first time.

Labour focus on career advice

Every school will have highly trained, skilled careers advice staff under a Labour Government, says Andrew Little.

A Labour Government would spend $30 million to "professionalise careers advice'' in schools.

education

Students cash in on op shop idea video

Volunteer Jess Burgiss-Smith is among the students at Awatapu College who have snapped up a bargain from their school op ...

A new in-house op shop at Awatapu College offers students bargains and a 'money-go-round' that benefits them too.

Labour focus on school career advice

Every school will have highly trained, skilled careers advice staff under a Labour Government, says Andrew Little.

A Labour Government would spend $30 million to "professionalise careers advice'' in schools.

Messam turns mummy

Kids wrapped up Chiefs flanker Liam Messam in a bandaging challenge designed to test their first aid skills. Pictured ...

He was covered in bandages by kids learning about first aid.

Plans show new look Western Springs College

An artist's impression of the $79 million Western Springs College rebuild.

The 2016 school summer holidays will mark big changes at Western Springs College.

health

Maia Health raises $2.2m

Michael Flatman, chief executive of the Maia Health Foundation.

Plans for an expanded hospital rooftop helipad closer after $2.2m pledged for new Christchurch health charity.

Parents happy with home fixup

Jaymie Tihore with children Connor Rei,1, Ioane Ephraim, also 1, and Ngakau Lei, 3.

Family happier after raising awareness of housing issues, but MP warns more trouble is looming.

Too flash for council staff?

Hutt City Council's Laings Rd administration building after the $22m rebuild.

They've been injuring themselves in bizarre ways since moving into Lower Hutt's upgraded HQ.

Runner defying doc's orders

Mary Varnham and Roger Robinson have both taken different approaches to their physical activity, post-surgery.

The founder of Wellington's 'tin knee club' believes having your knee replaced should not slow you down.

women of influence

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?

Women of Influence: Pip Greenwood

Russell McVeagh partner Pip Greenwood says although there's a long way to go, it's exciting times ahead for women in ...

2015 finalist, Pip Greenwood, is a passionate advocate for workplace/boardroom diversity and equality.

Why should women be recognised? video

Karyn Thompson, Narelle Ngaluafe (for Parris Goebel), Vicky Robertson, Linda Jenkinson, Victoria Spackman, Joan Withers, ...

While more women are taking up leadership roles, there is still a long way for equality to be achieved in NZ.

Women of Influence: Jen Crawford

Jen Crawford, a partner at national law firm, Anderson Lloyd, was a finalist in the Arts & Culture category of Women of ...

Jen Crawford is committed to the rebuild of Christchurch, with governance experience in this area. 

farming

Fruit to the fore

Chinese consumers have shown an increased liking for kiwifruit, to judge by the latest trade figures.

A lift in the value of fruit exports has helped offset falling dairy receipts over the past year.

Kiwi DNA in farmer's blood

Wairau Valley farmer Brian Powell used his knowledge to write a history of the area he grew up in.

Marlborough farmer Brian Powell spent a lifetime helping people.

Nervous for Silver Fern Farms

A shareholder asks Silver Fern Farms chairman Rob Hewett a question at last year's meeting that approved the deal with ...

A stand-alone Silver Fern Farms remains just one bad year away from a financial disaster, writes Keith Woodford.

Bobby calf safeguards in force

Bobby calves destined for sale or slaughter must be at least four days old before they can be taken off farm.

Farmers and transporters will have to follow a new set of rules for transporting bobby calves by August 1.

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