Auckland's summer kicks in

The long hot days of summer have finally arrived in Auckland just in time for the festive break.

Landline phone bill hike hurts elderly

Concerns have been raised over what changes to landline costs will mean for the elderly.

Fine today, showery Christmas for some

A fine day is in store for most today but rain's on the horizon for some on Christmas Day.

New drink-drive limits catch dozens of drivers

Dozens of drivers fall foul of lower drink-driving limit - some on way to work next morning.

Less gassy cows could soon be on farms

Gassy cows could soon be far more pleasant to be around - especially for the environment.

Hunt after cure for MS disease

Andrew Hunt is betting his life on a high-risk, brutal and unproven medical treatment on the other side of the world.

Questions remain on 1080 risk to anglers

Fish & Game is still waiting for confirmation 1080 does not pose any sub-lethal risks to anglers.

A friend in need after fire finds a friend indeed

A woman who lost almost everything in a fire was facing a bleak Christmas until a friend stepped in.

Veteran aviator crashes in trees

A pilot suffered serious leg injuries after crashing into trees and landing on top of a live electric fence.

Woolston embraces school merger

Woolston School has seen its final days before it merges with Phillipstown next year.

Bouncers attacked me - youth worker

A "big unit" Casino bouncer allegedly "did a martial arts move" that sent a punter flying and breaking two ribs.

Woolston embraces school merger

Woolston School's ready to merge with Phillipstown

Woolston School has seen its final days before it merges with Phillipstown next year.

Efforts to get more male teachers failing

The number of male teachers in NZ continues to decline despite attempts to fix the imbalance.

Body that of Hayden Cossey

Body found in Port Hills is that of rebuild worker missing for more than a fortnight.

Head girl's death stuns Cromwell

A Central Otago community is in shock after the death of one of its high-achieving head students.

Man dead after 21st party in South Auckland

Man charged after "trivial" fight at 21st party left another man dead.

Southland woman gets the gift of hearing

End to arguments in the Taylor house

Olive and Allan Taylor are finally hearing each other after years of inaudible conversation.

Selwyn diver was 'bigger than life' character

Man who died when a crayfish dive went wrong was "careful and methodical" diver.

Influencing politics from the outside

OPINION: 2014 brought out the worst, rather than the best in our politicians. So, instead, here are seven individuals that shaped politics from outside the Beehive.

Waiuku gets lucky with Lotto

Only 9,000 people live there and last night two of them scored big on Lotto.

Prison officer suspended over Phillip Smith escape

Corrections officer suspended over murderer Phillip Smith's escape to Brazil - the second staff member in two days.

Suspicious bottle at Fairfield shops cleared

Package found at Hamilton shops has been cleared after an assessment by bomb squad.

Microlight crashes into trees in Papakaio

Pilot in hospital with serious injuries after his microlight smashed into trees in North Otago, landing on a live electric fence.

Driver dies after Timaru crash

Police have named the 26-year-old who died after his car crashed in Timaru yesterday.

Driver fell asleep before car flipped

Car flips and smashes into parked cars near Christchurch Airport this morning.

Christchurch house fire investigated

Cannabis growing operation discovered after a house fire in Christchurch this morning.

Holiday traffic hell: how to avoid it

It's every driver's own personal hell - stuck in a summer traffic jam that snakes back for kilometres as icecreams melt and tempers fray.

Tourist dies in Tongariro National Park

A tourist has died while descending Mt Ngauruhoe in the Tongariro National Park.

Police resume search for missing fisherman

A man is missing presumed drowned after a fishing expedition went horribly wrong.

Should govt pay for fat drug?

An Auckland GP is calling for a class C drug to be publicly funded to treat obesity.

Bitter split plays out in court

PR boss Sarah Sparks has won a court ruling preventing the sale of millions of dollars of property she and her ex-husband own together.

Laws around dead teen's sperm use

A brave and inspiring Auckland teenager may be able to father a child - even though he died 11 years ago.

National MP Mike Sabin in police assault inquiry

Police have been investigating an assault complaint against government MP Mike Sabin.

Christmas office party ends in nasty broken arm

Liam Hart's Christmas party started with a friendly arm wrestle but ended with a nasty broken arm.

Golfers raise alarm over fisherman in trouble

A fisherman has gone missing at a river mouth near Nelson this afternoon. 

Search for missing Christchurch tradie fruitless

The mystery of rebuild worker who disappeared after leaving work is no closer to being solved.

Tiny town wins big at Lotto

A township of just 9000 people has taken out two first division Lotto prizes tonight.

Hunter airlifted to hospital

A 67-year-old hunter has been airlifted to hospital from the area around Lake Tarawera in the Bay of Plenty this afternoon.

Christmas present burglary foiled

An alleged burglar made just one mistake when he stole all of an Auckland family's presents.

Top aviator and Warbirds founder Trevor Bland dies

The founding president of the NZ Warbirds Association has died, aged 78.

Fatal Bay of Plenty crash ignites

A man is dead after a van and motorcycle crash in the Bay of Plenty, igniting a fire.

Man critical after being cut from car in crash

Driver in serious condition after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into parked car in Timaru.

Hazardous chemical pourer gets community work

Man who poured hazardous chemical on clothing rack sentenced to community work.

The Urewera raids: Breaking the story

The Urewera raids remain one of the most controversial events of recent New Zealand history.

Finding out how children think when using iPads

A research project into how children think when they use iPads has been given a funding boost.

Christchurch man dies during crayfish dive

Experienced Christchurch diver in his 50s died after crayfish expedition went wrong in Akaroa.

Man arrested for Hawke's Bay hit-and-run

A man has been arrested over a hit-and-run on a Hawkes Bay police officer.

Tourist flips vehicle after hitting parked car

French tourist escapes with minor injuries after flipping rental car on its roof in Akaroa.

Mt Cook: Does reaching summit outweigh risks?

Despite claiming its 234th life this week, reaching the summit, for some, outweighs the risks.

Bids for Southern Link first step called

Southern Link arterial route takes "significant step" forward with the NZTA calling for design tenders.
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