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Snowfalls, icy weather in both North and South Islands

Canterbury and North Island next to get freezing snowy weather

Missing out on food to stay warm

Some Timaru residents are going without food and petrol in order to afford to heat their homes.

Tim Groser commits New Zealand to 11pc cut in greenhouse gases

But critics say climate change target is not nearly enough.

Belia van Rensburg will be missed by many

Belia van Rensburg died last week. Her family remembers her fondly.

Kiwis living 'outside the norm' poorer than the rest

Shacks, garages and motor camps are among the homes for poorer, less-qualified occupants.

A chance to follow Shackleton offered by Antarctic Heritage Trust

A young New Zealander could have the chance to follow in the footsteps of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Kapiti baby suffers serious head injury

Police launch investigation after baby girl suffered a serious head injury.

Coastal erosion eats away at Mokau

At one pristine coastal spot in the Waikato less than $100,000 can buy you a three-bedroom bach. The catch is, the sea may steal the land.

Police examine house in baby death

An investigation into the death of a baby has shifted inside the Christchurch house where the infant suffered unexplained injuries.

Pleasure could be taught in New Zealand sexual education classes

Intimacy and orgasms touted for sex-ed classes

Family, baby and cat saved by smoke alarms

Six people, including an 8-week-old baby, escaped a pre-dawn house fire thanks to smoke alarms.

Big push to get fourth lane built on Wellington motorway

Wellington's motorway is now a little wider thanks to an impressive feat of engineering.

Sub-Antarctic fur seal has lucky escape from trawling net

A net-bound seal stranded on the Taranaki coast found his happy ending.

Nelson's Red Devils case in Supreme Court for one who pleaded guilty

The infamous police case involving Nelson's Red Devils motorcycle club may be on its final journey.

Colin Craig asks forgiveness and puts his political future to a ballot

Colin Craig puts his leadership to a party ballot and asks "forgiveness" from the Conservative Party.

Auckland film industry hub gets the initial go ahead

Big screen productions could be attracted to a new film precinct at Hobsonville.

International student threatens to set himself alight at MP's office

An international student doused himself in petrol and threatened to set himself alight at an MP's electorate office.

Survivor tells of escaping crashed car moments before it burst into flames

Scott Saunders' car burst into flames and he had to walk through the night to get help.

Man who allegedly raped daughter for years denied bail

A man who allegedly raped his young daughter for years has been denied bail.

Former state care kids included in CYF review

Eight former CYF children are to advise on the overhaul of the department.

Major international study of slow-slip earthquakes to drill off Gisborne

Drilling off Gisborne will provide key data for global quake research.

No porkies - fishermen land a pig

The two fishermen weren't expecting a pig to be part of their catch.

School tried to contact Ashburton mum over daughter's absence

An Ashburton school tried in vain to contact Cindy George when her daughter Pio didn't turn up to school.

Fleeing car thieves caught short on fuel

Four Hamilton youths are facing charges after the stolen car they were in ran out of gas during a police chase.

Top West Coast cops to sue boss over 'witch hunt'

Top West Coast police officer and two senior sergeants launch a $1.5 million defamation case against their boss.

Man sentenced for Blenheim Work and Income arson

Man who set fire to Blenheim Work and Income office found under a table in smouldering building with razor blade.

Government delays release of Saudi sheep information

Government delays the release of information around deal that saw millions of taxpayer dollars given to Saudi businessman for a farm in the desert.

$200,000 for new flag public workshops

Public workshops to debate new flag had “modest” attendance but cost $200,000.

2015 Budget surplus back to taunt Bill English just after dream abandoned

OPINION: Just when they'd given up hope of a surplus, a Budget update shows "a strong set of accounts."

Dead Whakatane kayaker named by police

The 22-year-old man who died after being tipped out of his kayak off the Bay of Plenty coast has been named by police.

Magic mushroom chocolates for 'medical issues'

Man grew magic mushrooms and made chocolate with them to "deal with medical issues".

Arsenal of weapons found at courts

Official records show the public are bringing throwing stars, batons and knives into secure courts.

NCEA pass rates increases 'don't reflect genuine increase in learning'

Dramatic increases in NCEA pass rates "clearly indicate grade inflation".

MidCentral DHB members disappointed over budget blowout

Members were "disappointed" as MidCentral DHB budget blowout extends to $3m.

Pebbles Hooper quits Auckland gossip columnist role

Pebbles Hooper quits her job as gossip columnist after calling an Ashburton family's death "natural selection".

Charges of $1.42 million cheque fraud for former Zip Plumbing employee

Former Zip Plumbing worker accused of stealing $1.42m in cheques written to herself.

Wallacetown woman gets car stuck in ditch, then finds house on fire

First she went out to free her car from a ditch - then she turned around to find her house on fire.

Boy, 3, attacked by dog in Te Puke

A three-year-old boy has facial injuries after being attacked by a dog in Te Puke.

Golden Bay High School is an NCEA rarity

It's one of the only schools in the country where NCEA pass rates have not increased since 2004, but the principal isn't concerned.

Nelson schools get funding for innovative teaching practices

Nayland College and Hampden Street School included in $10m fund to encourage innovative teaching practices.

Phillip John Smith was 'kidnapped' - lawyer

Lawyer for murderer Phillip John Smith claims his client was effectively "kidnapped" when deported from Brazil.

Man fell from Waimakariri Bridge evading traffic

Man fell off bridge into icy waters as he was walking to visit his brother.

Tributes flow for the late Edward 'John' Evans

Long-time National Party member and Sir Lockwood Smith's campaign manager Edward Evans has died.

Christchurch rebuild: From recovery to 'regeneration'

Government will retain wide-reaching powers over the next five years under a new recovery plan.

MPs travel to Samoa for historic match

Eleven MPs are heading to Apia to watch the historic test match between the All Blacks and Manu Samoa - the first to be played on Samoan soil.

Govt 'complacent' on economy: Opposition

Opposition parties are accusing the Prime Minister of complacency over the state of the economy, after John Key said there was no need to hit the panic button.

Inside Nelson's Franklyn Village

Now the scene of a homicide investigation, Nelson's Franklyn Village is a palace for some and a horror for others.

Oil exploration surveys targeted by Taranaki environment group

 A self-appointed environmental watchdog is advising against letting oil companies conduct seismic surveys.

Illegal immigrant jailed for 'violent' attack

Illegal immigrant tied up an elderly woman and beat her unconscious in daylight attack.

Nelson group calling for teddies and torches to comfort abused children

A Nelson group is shining a light on the needs of children who have undergone police forensic examinations.
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