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Masks for unvaccinated hospital visitors

Waikato DHB's flu mask policy will be rolled out to include visitors.

Budget 2016: Funding for social housing and Crown land scheme may not satisfy housing critics

750 more social housing places and $100m for Crown land scheme, but critics may not be appeased.

Taranaki DHB meets health targets for elective surgery and diabetes checks

Taranaki provides the fastest cancer treatment in the country and still doesn't meet the national target.

Two people accused of murdering James Whatuira "confessed" to prisoner

Prisoner says a leftover Christmas dinner was the trigger point for a jailhouse confession from an alleged murderer.

Budget 2016: School property and early childhood the big winners

Funding set aside for under-achieving kids may not even reach them.

Police wages fund topped up but no money for new recruitment

More money for police - but no new boots on the ground to fight crime.

Five charts that explain the Budget

What even is the budget? Here's five charts that tell the story.

Ancestral remains to be welcomed back into the country

The remains of 60 Maori and Moriori individuals will be welcomed home on Friday

Get the most out of your heat pump

What is the most efficient way to use your heat pump?

Man castrates dog with a stanley knife, gets community work

Man tied the dog's legs, fastened its mouth shut and hung it in a tree. Then he used a Stanley knife.

Possible chance of flooding in the Waikato

Heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding to some Waikato areas.

Jury finds farmer - not nature - diverted Taranaki stream

Farmer guilty of diverting a stream on his property despite claiming its happened naturally.

Budget 2016: Live coverage as Bill English reveals his spending plan

Winston Peters has labelled Budget 2016 the "Get Stuffed" Budget, while Labour's Grant Robertson called it the "Sticking Plaster" Budget.

On course for record warmth, how much will NZ cool down after that?

NZ is on course for a temperature record. The question is, how much will it cool down again?

Southland Warm Homes Trust welcomes Government pouring $36m into warm homes

More Government funding for warm homes is welcoming news, the Southland Warm Homes Trust says.

Massive bridge-building machine named Dennis reaches Auckland Motorway milestone

A bright yellow 140 tonne lifting gantry called Dennis has completed its 2.5 year stint on Auckland's northwestern motorway.

Online lothario Paul William Abbott appears near Christchurch

Paul Abbott, who has caused concern with online dating activities in Marlborough, is in Canterbury, police say.

Guilty pleas to drug dealing operation exposed by undercover cops

A woman's drug dealing operation was foiled when undercover offices bought "tinnies" from her home.

Hato Petera's trust board dissolves

A Maori boarding school's trust board has dissolved in favour of an incorporated society separate to the Catholic diocese.

Judge Les Atkins QC, one of Palmerston North's best legal minds, dies

Les Atkins, Palmerston North defence lawyer, district court judge and Queen's Counsel, has passed away.

Record-breaking blue penguin chicks hatch in Kaikoura

Little blue penguins in Kaikoura think Spring has sprung.

Jono Paul Wilson denied parole for attack on couples

After randomly attacking two couples, he's been "pushing boundaries" in prison.

Government set to force councils to link planning decisions to house prices

Government signals new national urban development plan in a bid to force councils to increase supply to control prices.

Organised crime bosses arrested in Lower Hutt on fraud charges

Three men thought to be the leaders of an organised crime ring have been arrested in Lower Hutt.

Budget 2016: Subsidies for 'high-value' degree-level courses

There's a big boost for tertiary courses in the Government's Budget, which it says will diversify the economy.

More human remains wash up on South Canterbury beach

Police are investigating an unexplained death following the discovery of more body parts at a South Canterbury beach.

Bid fails to cut public transport fares by a quarter for Wellington students

Push for 25pc discount fails, as regional councillors say it would be unfair to other low-income groups.

Ejected crash driver wasn't wearing seatbelt

The man landed 10m from the wrecked car after it rolled at speed into a potato field.

Fletcher gets go-ahead for Ihumatao special housing area

Locals are vowing to keep fighting a controversial special housing area after it received the go-ahead from commissioners.

Alex Fisher case: Eric McIsaac's troubled past

Eric McIsaac, who killed his 10-year-old brother Alex Fisher, bore a grudge against his parents and "wanted to make them pay".

Reids Farm could close due to complaints

A swathe of complaints could lead to the closure of a popular Taupo camping spot.

White powder scare in Havelock North forces PostShop evacuation

Havelock North's PostShop and a neighbouring pharmacy evacuated after mail worker finds suspicious powder.

Cops crack whip on Waikato horse and carriage

Police pull a horse-drawn carriage over on a rural Waikato road - and it wasn't for speeding.

Alex Fisher case: a family devastated, a town caught in a 'tidal wave'

10-year-old Alex Fisher's death felt like a "tidal wave came through" the beachside community.

Huntington locals claim council bias

Residents lobbying for an urgent upgrade to a busy Hamilton intersection have hit a roadblock.

Police identify body found in van near Auckland airport

The discovery of a body in south Auckland has been referred to the coroner.

Otahuhu cop with more than just street smarts

Janelle Pownceby says she's realised as a police officer that you can change the world - but it has to be in small, bite-sized ways.

Friend says missing woman Caitlyn Bird is 'ignoring parents'

A friend says the 20-year-old who's been reported missing "must be ignoring her parents".

Woman named in fatal Whakatane crash

Glenda Mona Macdonald of Matata died in a car and van crash near Whakatane on Wednesday.

Johnny Moore: Xavier Hartstonge's Hagley Park beach idea no worse than city leaders'

OPINION: A man said Christchurch was boring and he got slammed for it. I don't think this is fair.

School children injured in school bus crash in north Auckland

Children were getting onto the bus when its brakes failed and it rolled down a hill into bamboo bushes.

Alex Fisher case: Who was Alex Fisher?

He was just a normal Kiwi kid - loved sport, tried hard at school, was loved by his family.

Assault charge being joined to Marcus Tucker murder prosecution

Police move to join serious assault charge with murder prosecution over death of Marcus Tucker.

Home invasion at Dunedin student flat

Guns may have been used during a home invasion of a Dunedin student flat.

Alex Fisher case: Killer's dad says his warnings were ignored

Peter McIsaac had long thought his son Eric was dangerous. No one heeded his warnings.

Alex Fisher case: Five days of hope and despair

As police and rescuers searched for missing boy Alex Fisher, they hoped for a good outcome. It didn't come.

Eric McIsaac admits to murdering his half-brother Alex Fisher

Judge hails "courage" of family for coming to court, as boys' mother weeps at conviction.

Royal New Zealand Artillery salutes 300 years at North Head

The Royal Artillery's 300th anniversary has been recognised with a gun salute at North Head, Auckland.

Delays on Auckland roads after crashes

Traffic chaos continues on Auckland roads after multiple crashes

Teen mums need a chance, not judgment

OPINION: Being a teenage mother is hard enough, without having to fight for a warm, safe home.