Fraud accused doc: Pray yourself better

A patient is angry over the advice and medication she was given by a doctor accused of fraud.

More obese teens should be given stomach stapling surgery - surgeon

Weight-loss surgery is being denied to the growing population of obese teenagers, a surgeon says.

Hutt River residents in shock over plan to take homes for stopbank

Residents and businesses have mixed feelings about flood protection plan to buy up their properties.

Queenstown car crash claims 74-year-old female driver

A woman is dead after a car crash near Queenstown.

Soft drink industry says parents - not its products - to blame for kids' cavities

The soft drink industry says the blame for toddlers' rotting teeth rests squarely on parents' shoulders.

Tot's miracle recovery from near drowning in trap

Doctors were unsure if three-year-old Hunter McGillivray would survive a near drowning in an effluent trap.

Inquiry into how remand prisoner had weapon when he appeared in court

How did remand prisoner have weapon when he appeared in Wellington court?

Summit wraps up New Zealand's presidency of the United Nations Security Council

It's a wrap - after a month in the hot seat, New Zealand finishes up its presidency of the UN Security Council.

Steven Joyce to attend yet another fashion show - this time in Vietnam

Steven Joyce will return to the catwalk next week when he attends a fashion show in Vietnam.

Missing bikers survive freezing night near Mosgiel

Police are searching for two men who failed to return from Berwick Forest, near Dunedin.

ECan meets river campaigners over chemical concerns

Senior ECan members have met South Canterbury river campaigners about their claims of chemical contamination in Lake Opuha.

He's 70, but Winston Peters has no plans to retire

He's well past retirement age but the NZ First leader is already planning to run for office again in 2017.

Karangahake crash victim was a Pukekohe father-of-two

Pukekohe father-of-two Steven Perry was the victim of a serious smash near Karangahake Gorge on Thursday.

Wreckage dredges up psychological pain for victims' families

“It makes their loss real, which is both a comfort and a trauma.”

Through the eyes of a blind person

Almost 170,000 Kiwis have some form of vision loss. All of them see the world differently.

Fisherman praises rescue helicopter after breaking leg at sea

Scott Wallis broke his leg at sea and the skipper put out a mayday call. Then the vessel started sinking.

Good-sort giving food parcels to families in need remains a mystery

A mysterious good-sort has been delivering food parcels to families needing a bit of help.

Paula Bennett rejects that she knew about 'lab rat' child abuse study

Paula Bennett's office rejects suggestions the former social development minister knew about study.

Sydney Boden struggles to walk but she can ski

When she was only a few months old Sydney Boden's parents were told she might never be able to walk. At two-and-a-half, she has mastered that and now started skiing.

Confusion around parole for alleged killer of Kiwi tourist Warriena Wright

Australian man accused of killing NZer Warriena Wright could face conflicting bail conditions when he is released from prison.

Living in a wasteland - Christchurch's red-zone stayers

Alec and Helen Durie live on a street with no name, and they are the last remaining residents.

Phoenix 'confident' of no danger to consumers over soft drinks recall

Soft drinks company believes it has pinpointed all affected batches.

Man critical after being run over by tractor

A man run over by a tractor at a farm north of Auckland is in a critical condition.

Posing the question - can Helen Clark lead the United Nations?

OPINION: Helen Clark is living the life of a New York native - could she also be in line for the UN's top job?

Heroic surfer says he was just 'doing what any human would do'

Dave Haskell is "no bloody skipper", but he paddled out to a boat and worked out the controls to get to one of two men overboard.

Wellington meth ring boss Kevin Chea jailed for 17 years

Jail term of 17 years imposed on the head of a Wellington meth ring.

Maori broadcaster Anzac Pikia farewelled

As the nation reaches the end of the week set aside to celebrate te reo Maori, whanau and friends of Anzac Pikia were left to mourn the death of one of its greatest young proponents.

Former Hamilton police car turned into drug lab

A former police car sold a fortnight ago has turned up at the station once again, with a possible meth lab inside. 

New Zealand police to routinely carry Tasers

New Zealand police will now routinely carry Tasers, it has been announced.

Auckland councillors must accept a 2.3 per cent pay rise

Auckland's elected officials must accept a 2.3 per cent pay rise whether they like it or not.

Help needed to identify face-tattooed man in South Auckland indecent assault

Police in South Auckland need help identifying a man involved in an indecent assault.

Dr Lambie sets sights on Miss World

Deborah Lambie graduates as a doctor on the day she leaves to represent New Zealand in Miss World.

Footage of 'frightening' Auckland liquor store robbery released

The "frightening" aggravated robbery of a Glenfield liquor store has been captured on CCTV.

Suspected drink-driver's close call with Auckland harbour

A couple had a close call when their car rolled down a bank, nearly flipping onto the beach.

NZ First president Anne Martin won't seek re-election

Long-time NZ First stalwart and party president Anne Martin cites age as her motive for not seeking re-election.

Tauranga tumuaki unfairly dismissed from kura

But there were faults on both sides at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Otepou.

Police seek mystery men in relation to Brett Fraser death

Police investigating an unsolved killing hope $50,000 could help people "rethink their loyalites".

Man loses appeal over threat with Molotov cocktail

He thought his sentencing judge burnt him by sending him to jail, but his appeal judge decided otherwise.

Kiwi MH370 authors say find backs theory

The Waikato authors of a book theorising MH370's pilot crashed the plane say wreckage proves they may be right.

Givealittle page creator backs decision to refund Leon Jayet-Cole donors

Givealittle page creator backs decision to refund people who donated for Leon Jayet-Cole's funeral.

Trades Hall bombing followed years of political violence - 150 years of news

New Zealand lost more than a man's life when a bomb exploded in central Wellington in 1984.

Fishing trip ends in mayday call

A fishing trip took a dramatic turn when a leak and a broken leg resulted in a mayday call. 

Christchurch girl struck by rare, incurable disease

"There's no spark there. That's really hard to see," says mum of girl suffering from rare, incurable disease.

Nasa joins Rocket Lab team to launch first New Zealand satellite into orbit

Nasa will help a New Zealand company in its mission to launch a rocket into space. 

Search for bikers missing in Dunedin forest overnight

The search is on for two Dunedin bikers, missing in a forest in freezing conditions overnight.

SFO $30 million gaming charges, four plead not guilty

Four men have pleaded not guilty to allegations of $30 million in gaming fraud.

Labour accused of plagiarism over flagship work document

Labour faces accusations it copied passages in its flagship "Future of Work" document from the Economist.

Five crews battle Whakatane house fire

Twenty firefighters and five crews spent the morning battling a house fire in Whakatane.

Taumarunui crash victim dies in hospital

The 34-year-old woman injured in a crash in King Country last week has died in hospital.

New Zealand Security Council presidency about small victories

OPINION: OPINION: New Zealand dreamed big when it set its sights on a seat at the Security Council, but now it's there it knows to take its victories where it can
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