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Morrinsville mum fights back

Natalee Lawson has gone from fighting in the boxing ring to fighting for her life.

Four arrested after $12m meth bust at Auckland airport

Tourists charged with bringing $12 million of meth into Auckland Airport.

Narrow escape for Timaru driver stuck in sand as tide rolls in

It was almost a case of a chilly dip for a driver and his vehicle, after it became stuck on a Timaru beach on Monday morning.

South Auckland murder accused keeps name suppression

Man charged with stabbing an international student gets more time to tell his family of charges.

'Chequebook justice' for former Pike River boss - lawyer

Two women whose relatives were killed in the Pike River Mine disaster are arguing their case in the High Court at Wellington.

Best snow photos from our readers

Snow blanketed much of the nation on Monday, falling from the deep south to as far north as Napier. Roads were closed, power was cut - and many photos were taken.

Physio reprimanded after having sex with his patient

Physiotherapist ordered to have ethical retraining after night of pizza, movies and sex.

Lecretia Seales' case for doctor-assisted death begins in Wellington

Assisted dying ruling would allow terminally ill lawyer to live longer, court is told.

Convicted murderer Michael Umanui Werahiko's appeals thrown out

The man charged with murdering journalist Derek Round has had his appeals against the conviction and length of sentence dismissed.

Dunedin student bars Boogie Nites and Capone close

Students' Association blames tighter alcohol rules for closure of student haunts Boogie Nites and Capone.

Three overdue hunters found

Three people reported overdue from a weekend hunting trip have been found "safe and well".

Injured American hunter rescued on the West Coast

An injured hunter had to wait overnight for rescue in a remote West Coast valley.

Diver fails to surface in Marlborough Sounds

A diver has failed to surface in the Marlborough Sounds, police say.

Woman's body recovered from Rangitata Beach

The partner of the woman who died at Rangitata River near Ashburton is heartbroken.

New Plymouth District Council animal control team trial body cameras

Death threats have lead to New Plymouth animal control officers trialling body mounted cameras.

Video: Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says sorry to the east

MP Poto Williams says Government and city council need to work harder in eastern Christchurch.

Snowy blast: What you need to know

As the weather improves and overnight snow recedes more roads are opening, but restrictions remain on some highways.
 
ROADS
 
  • Akaroa Summit Road - Le Bons Bay to Long Bay Road/Cabstand - open, caution required
  • Western Valley Rd - Little River to Port Levy - snow and ice - open to 4wd with chains
  • Kinloch Rd/Bossu Road - snow and ice - open to 4wd with chains 
  • Southern Bays Roads - Magnet Bay to Lands End Road - snow and ice - open to 4wd with chains
  • SH87 from Kyeburn to Outram is still closed
  • SH85 Alexandra to Ranfurly - road now open - restrictions lifted but drive to conditions
  • SH 8 Lindis Pass - road is now open - motorists still advised to carry chains
  • SH 8 Burkes Pass to Twizel - restrictions lifted - caution still required
  • SH7 Hanmer turnoff to Springs Junction (Lewis Pass) - chains essential, closed to towing vehicles
  • SH73 Arthurs Pass to Otira - restrictions lifted - drive with care still
  • SH1 Dunedin northern motorway - caution
  • SH85 Kyeburn to Palmerston - caution
  • SH75 from Little River to Barrys Bay - caution
  • SH6 from Cromwell to Frankton - caution, chains no longer required
  • SH93 from Clinton to Mataura - caution
  • SH8 from Raes Junction to Alexandra - caution
  • SH 73 Arthurs Pass to Otira - restrictions lifted
  • SH94 Mossburn to Te Anau - caution
  • SH8 Burkes Pass to Twizel - caution
  • SH90 Raes Junction to Mcnab - caution
  • SH 94 Mossburn to Te Anau - chains must be carried from Gorge Hill to Centre Hill
 
SCHOOLS
  • Dunedin primary and intermediate schools start delayed to 10am
  • East Otago High School closed
  • Bayfield High School start 10am
  • Logan Park High School start 10am
  • Queenstown and Wanaka schools closed
  • Cromwell College closed
  • Cromwell Primary School, Cromwell closed
  • Onslow College in Wellington closed due to fluctuating power
  • Northern Southland College, Lumsden, and Mossburn schools closed.
  • Kereru School, Hawke's Bay closed
  • Heriot, Tapanui, Waikoikoi, Waikaia, Clinton, and Clutha Valley primary schools, as well as Kidsway Early Learning Centre and Blue Mountain College start 10am.
 
FORECAST
  • MetService says the risk of further heavy snow has now passed for Fiordland, Southland and Otago. Snow showers are expected to continue during Monday
  • For Banks Peninsula, heavy snow is likely during today above 300 metres

Passports for adults to be valid for 10 years

Passports will be valid for 10 years from the end of this year and cost $180, Peter Dunne has confirmed.

More chilly nights ahead after snow dump: MetService

More bitterly cold nights are on the way, following a wintry blast that spread snow as far as Napier.

ACT rejects National MP Maurice Williamson

ACT closes the door on a potential defection from National MP Maurice Williamson.

Assault trial aborted, restart ordered

A trial alleging assaults by a 60-year-old woman on two boys and an elderly man has been aborted.

Seal on Auckland road caught with DIY contraption

DIY seal catcher used to corral a seal that waddled onto a South Auckland road.

Seal 'on the loose' in Lower Hutt

Lower Hutt's young seal pup is better behaved than one causing commotion up north.

Blessing for children's graves brings closure after vandalism

Children's graves desecrated in a vandalism attack have been restored and blessed in a special ceremony.

Government departments have a laugh on social media

The world of law enforcement and government departments can be a solemn one, thankfully not all employees take the job too seriously.

West Coast car crash victim named

Police have named the man who died after a head on collision on the West Coast.

Campaign to stop animal test requirement

The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society launches campaign to ban testing on rabbits' eyes.

Body of John Smith, Wellington man missing for decades, found in bush

John Smith's family finally have closure, with his remains identified 29 years after he went missing.

Paedophile Allen Malsen pleads guilty to sixth breach

Child sex offender accepts he is facing another jail sentence after admitted a sixth breach of a supervision order.

Lightning strikes cut power to Dunedin homes

A "massive boom" shook the Whittaker family's home, when lightning struck a transformer metres from their home.

Final flyover for Iroquois on farewell tour

Wellington was the last stop in a farewell tour for the air force's Iroquois helicopter fleet.

Global climate change stories network joined by Stuff.co.nz

Stuff has joined 24 other media organisations from around the world in a network sharing climate change stories.

Southern skifields get up to 60cm snow

Southern Lakes skifields are reporting variable dumps of between 30cm-60cm across their mountains.

Lake Wakatipu search called off

Police will not resume a search of Lake Wakatipu after a mystery message launched a water search.

Boy taken to hospital after throwing objects from school roof

A special needs boy has been taken to hospital after climbing onto a roof and throwing objects.

Aurora College fight captured on video disturbs parents

A video posted online has left Aurora College parents worried for their children’s safety.

Monopoly champs decide 'best of best' in New Zealand

Hamilton man Daven Yu has won the national Monopoly championship, beating 23 others.

Relationships Aotearoa closing would be just the start, warns sector

The funding crisis facing Relationships Aotearoa could be the start of a "challenging time".

Shallow earthquake northwest of Wanaka

A 3.5-magnitude earthquake just 5km deep has shaken an isolated area 50km northwest of Wanaka.

Competitive eating: Kiwi model Nela Zisser eats Chihuahua-sized burrito in under 5 mins

She wants to break stereotypes by becoming a competitive eating champion, one giant burrito at a time.

Drug mule to undergo rehabilitation before sentencing

A drug mule who concealed $18,200 worth of drugs inside her has been released on bail to undergo drug rehabilitation.

Christchurch's $53 million bus interchange opens

New $53 million bus interchange provides welcome relief from waiting in the cold for commuters.

NZ could not ban woman returning from Syria - John Key

Legislation would not allow woman to be stripped of citizenship, says John Key.

Wellington police fight uphill battle against fake IDs

New technology is making it "virtually impossible" to tell genuine drivers licences and ID card from forged ones.

Trailer rolls on Waikato highway

A truck trailer that has tipped over has blocked a lane of State Highway 1.

Malaysian diplomatic employee Rizalman moves closer to trial on sex charge

A Malaysian diplomatic employee who returned to NZ to face a sex charge will have a pre-trial hearing in August.

Best snow photos: Polar blast hits New Zealand

Parts of the country are shivering after a polar blast swept up the nation, leaving a blanket of snow. 

Royal flush on pimped-out portaloo

The world's most luxurious portaloo, with its own butler, TV and PlayStation made a brief stop in Nelson last week.

Temperatures plummet, power cut in Wellington

Power was cut to 34,000 northern Wellington homes on Monday morning as snow fell around the region.

Missing tramper found in Tongariro National Park

Police have found the 61-year-old tramper who went missing in the Tongariro National Park.