'Impossible to say' if predator-free 2050 is realistic, experts say

'Impossible to say' if the government's new target is realistic or not, experts say.

Police cars involved in 1000 crashes per year; repair bill $11m since 2011

Repairs to police cars cost $2.2m per year, but police maintain they have "generally excellent safety record".

Wellington bar says sorry over sexual harassment complaint

A Wellington bar has issued an apology over its handling of two sexual harassment complaints.

Fluoride could become DHB election issue

Providing health care to an aging population and fluoride are likely to be issues in the upcoming Taranaki DHB elections.

Swamp kauri case continues in Auckland High Court

Lawyers say systemic failings mean the MPI is allowing excavated ancient timber- disguised as finished products - be exported.

Police turned up at kidnapped Kiwi athlete Jason Lee's building

An investigation has begun after police who allegedly kidnapped an NZ athlete turned up at his apartment.

Upper Hutt volunteers carry on looking for Mary

Upper Hutt's community response to finding Mary Berrington is continuing.

Maori needed at top levels of Corrections to reduce reoffending

An adviser to the the Department of Corrections says Maori aren't present in decision-making roles.

Sarah Jane Arrow may face prison for drink-driving then hitting pedestrians in Redcliffs

Sarah Jane Arrow, 45, was four times over limit when she hit a pedestrian onto rocks. Now she faces a possible jail term.

Parts of coastal hazards report deemed 'misleading'

Parts of controversial report on coastal flooding and erosion labelled "misleading" and "not fit for purpose" by expert panel.

One of the world's largest boombox collections goes to auction in Dunedin

A Dunedin man's collection of more than 400 working boomboxes is up for auction.

Security breach at Auckland Airport

Passenger went the wrong way through an exit gate, sparking closures at domestic terminal.

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Tenants win $620 after Queenstown landlord behaved 'very poorly'

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

Turangi's tenth house fire in ten months

Turangi's volunteer firefighters are struggling to keep up after a spate of fires in the town.

School in lock down as armed police seek man with weapon in Queenstown suburb

Armed police have been spotted near Queenstown with roads blocked in the area.

Hamilton drink drive blitz nabs dozens of motorists

One 18 year old on a learner licence with a car load of people tried to claim he was his shorter brother when found drunk behind the wheel.

Marlborough man charged with dangerous littering

Throwing glass bottles at a car's windscreen is a "foolish" way to react if you think you're being tailgated.

Near misses prompt patient identification policy at Nelson Marlborough DHB

Patient called up to ask about the delay in their treatment - and found out they were off the wait list as hospital thought they were dead.

Oamaru man sent to prison for indecently assaulting a 13-year-old girl

An Oamaru man has been sent to prison for indecently assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

'Divorce' possible in family of business magnate Hugh Green

Hugh Green left a fortune of hundreds of millions and his family cannot agree who should control the trusts in charge of the business.

Every student to get a 'personalised career plan' under a Labour Government

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

One of Michael Valentine's killers, Brayden Windley, refused parole

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

Avalanche warning issued after guides get lucky in Queenstown back country

A warning is in place after back country adventurer triggered an avalanche on Monday.

Temperature records broken as tropical winds streamed over the country

Call this winter? It feels more like November thanks to winds from the tropics.

Approval for controversial Wanaka Watersports Facility

War continues over Wanaka's proposed watersports facility.

Police seek help to locate wanted man Eugene Nicholas

Eugene Te Matau Nicholas could be in Tauranga, Tokoroa or areas of the South Waikato.

Stolen tradie tools treasure trove discovered in Wellington

Drug bust sniffed out big stolen tool trove as well.

Call for more awareness by three generations of West Coasters affected by suicide

Every time Darlene Henham's son said "goodnight" she was afraid she would never see him again.

Marlborough drink-driver takes responsibility for Havelock crash

But at $25 a week it will take him more than five years to clear the bill for damaged car.

The regions where you're most likely to miss out on surgery

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

Auckland cops swap four wheels for two

Some Auckland cops have ditched their police cars for bikes as they target inner city crime.

Hunter who killed soldier Danny Jordan had been concerned about other hunters

Gary McCurrach believed he had two deer in his sights when he pulled the trigger. He was wrong.

Child abuse is a problem that can be solved: Here's how

Children do not need to keep dying. Abuse is a problem that is preventable and fixable, says Unicef NZ.

Canterbury mother and son survive horror crash

As Angelique Protheroe sat trapped with broken bones, her eight-year-old son Jordan urged her to stay calm.

Whangaparaoa soccer player Bel van Noorden scores scholarship

After snapping the ACL tendon in her knee during a match, soccer star Bel has won a scholarship to the US.

French tourist four times over limit and in possession of knife in Queenstown

A French tourist was arrested in Queenstown overnight for being more than four times over the drink-driving limit and in possession of a weapon, police say.

CYF apologises for mishandling assessment of Richmond family

Child, Youth and Family admits its assessment of family living in squalor was inadequate.

Predator-free New Zealand 'unrealistic' - NZ First

John Key has a plan to rid the country of pests - is it ambitious or unachievable?

Frosty start delays flights down south, while warm temperatures forecast up north

Ice on runway delays flights in Invercargill as the South Island wakes to freezing temperatures.

Queenstown's Kingston Flyer will be sold, may not stay in area

The owner of the Kingston Flyer, Queenstown's iconic steam train, is not bothered who he sells it to.

Magnitude 5 earthquake rocks South Island

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck near Haast on the South Island's West Coast.

Consent at heart of cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn's rape trial

Scott Kuggeleijn allegedly lay on top of her, pinioned her arms over the top of her head and - despite her alleged protestations – raped her.

Two men injured in crash near Christchurch

Jaws of life used to cut free one person from their car as crash injures two.

Designs for new surf club buildings at Orewa approved

A multi million dollar revamp of the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club is a step closer.

Teen driver nabbed after leading police on 40 minute chase in Hamilton

The 18 year old driver and his two teenage accomplices led police on a 40 minute pursuit in Hamilton before the car finally stopped with spiked tyres in the grass.

Government sets target to make New Zealand 'predator-free' by 2050

The government is planning to eradicate the country of all pests threatening native birds by 2050.

Repeat upskirt video offending admitted

He's already done jail time for taking upskirt photographs, and has now admitted committing the same offence four more times.

McClay rebuked by PM after failing to reveal wider fears of China retribution

John Key has publicly reprimanded Trade Minister Todd McClay after he downplayed China trade retaliation fears.

Police find missing Hawke's Bay man Jason Wright

Hawke's Bay Police have found Jason Wright.
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