Fatal fire in Feilding

Flames from the fire could be seen from some distance away. The fire was too intense for fire crews to enter the house.

Flames were so intense, firefighters couldn't get into house where one person died.

Goldie sale trumps McCahon

CF Goldie's "In Doubt, An Arawa Chieftainess - Maramena Wiari".

11:21 PM  CF Goldie's "In Doubt" punched well above its weight at auction, as iconic Colin McCahon work failed to sell.

Gisborne's $1m Lotto win

Someone will be celebrating a big Lotto win in Gisborne on Wednesday night.

Someone in Gisborne will be raising a glass this evening after big Lotto win.

'Heartbreak' as home lost video

Heather Gregg's house bus is left uninhabitable after it caught fire in Foxton on Tuesday night.

A Foxton woman with terminal cancer is devastated after watching her home burn to the ground.

Apology for state care abuse

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley is "more than happy" to apologise to anyone who has suffered as a result of ...

Minister says she will apologise to anyone who suffered trauma as a result of being in state care.

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Journo on horse hit by car

Newshub journalist Karen Rutherford.

Newshub journalist thrown into car's windscreen, the impact breaking her leg and killing her horse.

Tramper missing presumed dead

The start of the Routeburn Track in Fiordland National Park.

One tramper has been rescued and another may be dead after falling down a slope on the Routeburn track.

Lincoln Uni considering private investment, asset sales to save money

Lincoln University needs to raise $7 million to meet financial standards.

The cash-strapped university needs to raise the millions of dollars it needs to balance its books.

Preaching policy at the pub

Wellington mayoral candidates Jo Coughlan, Justin Lester, Nicola Young and Nick Leggett push their case to voters on the ...

Wellington's mayoral contenders debate the big issues over a pint at the Backbencher.

Robbery at TAB

Police are investigating a robbery at a TAB in Te Awamutu.

Police are investigating an armed robbery of a TAB.

What Brits think of living in NZ

One of the major draw cards for many Brits looking to move to New Zealand is the scenery, like this spot in Milford Sound.

As more Britons look to move to New Zealand those here say: do it.

Teen killed in Hokitika crash 'an absolute trouper' video

Motorists are being diverted from State Highway 6 along Blue Spur after a cyclist died in a crash with a truck just ...

A teenage cyclist killed on the road on the West Coast has been described as a hard worker and great kid.

Crackdown call for drug-drivers

Krystal Bennett, who was killed by a drug-impaired driver in 2005.

Government's saliva test proposal 11 years too late for Krystal Bennett's parents.

Married to a mammal

Tony Ratcliffe, who owned Whirling Bros Circus and is known as the Elephant Man, is in New Plymouth to talk to the local ...

Tony Ratcliffe's relationship with Jumbo the African elephant lasted longer than any of his previous three marriages.

Seabed mining second crack

23112013.Photo: Mike Scott/Fairfax Media.  Yannie Petzold, of Ragaln, stands covered in molasses to symolise oil during ...

Millions of tonnes of ironsand could be stripped from the South Taranaki seabed if Trans Tasman Resources' bid to mine it is approved.

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crime

Crackdown call for drug-drivers

Krystal Bennett, who was killed by a drug-impaired driver in 2005.

Government's saliva test proposal 11 years too late for Krystal Bennett's parents.

Dancer's feet run over

Driver fractures schoolgirl's toe - and doesn't get out to check on her.

Child rape trial continues

Man in court after racking up taxi bills

politics

Plain cigarette packets step closer

NZ First MP Barbara Stewart said 12 weeks was not enough time for businesses to transition to plain packaging.

Plain packaging for cigarettes takes another step forward, despite suggestions it's being rushed.

Smith gaffe 'can't happen again'

Phillip John Smith's escape from New Zealand led to a damning report calling for an overhaul of information-sharing ...

Govt agencies to pool prisoner information after murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith escaped and fled overseas.

Doctor: 'Pain is subjective'

Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales died after a battle with cancer while trying to get the right to choose to die. Her ...

Doctor against voluntary euthanasia says most "change their minds" about ending their lives.

Teacher workforce ageing

Minister of Education Hekia Parata has acknowledged there's an ageing workforce, and is working on measures to mitigate it.

Teachers over 60 soaring, and the number of younger educators willing to step up is in decline.

education

Starter packs for iwi children

New entrants, from left, Lennox Skipper, 5, Sophie Mason, 5, and Dori Dehar, 5, receive their education starter packs ...

Free education packs cut the cost of child's first day at school.

Protestors rally against uni job losses video

Hundreds of protestors gathered at the Rally for Humanities at the University of Otago on Wednesday afternoon.

Hundreds gathered to voice their disapproval of job cuts at the University of Otago humanities division.

Concern as teaching workforce ages

Minister of Education Hekia Parata has acknowledged there's an ageing workforce, and is working on measures to mitigate it.

Teachers over 60 have more than doubled in the past 10 years, and the number of younger educators willing to step up is in decline.

Fears for kids over funding plan

Giovanni Tiso supports early intervention for children with learning disabilities, but says there's simply not enough ...

Father supports early intervention for kids with learning disabilities, but says not enough is being done.

health

Helen Kelly's Cuba cancer mission video

Helen Kelly in Cuba for medical treatment.

Terminally ill union leader heads to Havana for long-shot treatment.

Tim's pigs off to market?

Mayor Tim Shadbolt with his beloved Auckland Island pigs.

Pigs rescued by the mayor which could help save lives may soon be retired.

'Very unlikely' bug came from river

Hawke's Bay regional councillor Tom Belford took this photo last summer of cows standing in the Tukituki River near ...

Number of residents affected by outbreak has been updated to 4700 following latest phone survey

Greenpeace 'spam attack' slammed

Thousands of templated emails intended for Hawke's Bay regional councillors have also swamped anaesthetist Roger Scott's ...

An anaesthetist fears patient data may have been lost in a torrent of emails sent to his councillor wife.

women of influence

Women of Influence: The finalists

The winners of the 2015 Women of Influence awards.

‚ÄčThe finalists for the Women of Influence awards for 2016 have been announced.

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.

farming

For and against palm kernel

PKE is particularly valuable during North Island droughts.

OPINION: The dairy industry must think carefully about the consequences before moving against PKE.

Why tie a cow to a tractor?

Waikaka dairy farmer Richard Wards with the 'downer cow' in  hip clamps.

A cow was found chained to a tractor. What was going on?

Saving farmers millions

Andrew Cooke, Rezare Systems managing director, working with children as part of his leadership role with the Cambridge ...

The scientist running a software company that aims to solve farmers' data problems.

Foreign workers fill gaps

rmers plant rice seedlings in a paddy rice field in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

Japan is struggling to keep its farms running as farmers age and young people shun the work.

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