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Heart surgeon ordered to pay $165k to deadly crash victims' families

A surgeon who dedicated his career to saving lives has been ordered to pay $165k for causing the deaths of two men in a horrific crash.

Christchurch reacts to Gerry Brownlee relinquishing rebuild job

City leaders react to news Gerry Brownlee will no longer be the rebuild boss.

Is this New Zealand's most rural burglary?

It's enough to make any Southerner weep into their Speight's

Truck crashes down bank between Rotorua and Tauranga, spilling dangerous goods

A large amount of dangerous goods have spilled in a truck crash down a gully.

Man admits to attacking McDonald's drive-through worker with knife

Man told to pick up rubbish instead tried to slash worker with a knife.

Private jet said to be for Five Eyes conference lands in Invercargill

An unusual landing at Invercargill Airport has been said to be visitors for the Five Eyes intelligence network.

Gerry Brownlee appointed foreign affairs minister and newcomer Mark Mitchell gets big promotion

PM Bill English has announced his new Cabinet and it's Gerry Brownlee that won the battle for foreign affairs.

Head Hunters jailed for methamphetamine crimes following large-scale police op

Head Hunters ringleader handed 18-year sentence after huge police sting on million-dollar meth ring.

Two sides of the trench: a Turkish surgeon and Kiwi soldier on Anzac's meaning today

Want to hear the other side of the Anzac story? Ask a Turkish Kiwi.

Waikato Univeristy backed by United Nations to monitor tourism

This will be the first long-term study on the effects of tourism in New Zealand.

Vietnam veterans: The grey ghosts of a forgotten war

Vietnam was an unpopular war, but three Taranaki soldiers who went away were proud to serve their country.

Struck by lightning: a WWII bomber pilot's memories

Three times the Kiwi bomber pilot thought the end was near.

Man finally assigned a lawyer after two weeks in prison on remand

He spent two weeks in prison after being arrested due to "administrative error".

'Accidental' carer of terminally ill husband pens book to support others

"I was looking around for a doorway that said 'carers this way' and I never saw one," says woman who wrote guide book after caring for dying husband.

Tangiwai unveiling brings closure to Taihape family

A special memorial will set the record straight about two railway workers who helped save 134 lives.

Waikato software developer fraudster pleads guilty to theft, deception charges

Brian Duffell owns up on eve of trial after fleecing investors of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Veterans share what Anzac Day means to them

Shipmates became like brothers for Stan Job, which makes some memories painful.

Lake Hawea residents outraged by water chlorination proposal

Feelings run high at Queenstown Lakes District Council meeting.

Taranaki photographer captures the rare Aurora Australis

A night time photo shoot of the Taranaki sky offered a sight rarely seen so far north.

Death in West Auckland not suspicious - police

Police waiting for toxicology results to find out whether West Auckland incident was drug-related. 

IHC IDEA staff plan strike as negotiations stall

IHC workers will strike on Thursday to protest the lack of progress in bargaining for a new collective agreement.

NZ Defence Force joins search for Tongan fisherman

He rang his family when his boat's engine failed, but hasn't been heard from since.

Police have serious concerns for safety of 13-year-old girl missing for three weeks

Police concerned for safety of Tamia Apaapa, 13, who has not been seen since March 27.

Missing 11-year-old boy found in Paeroa

He disappeared Sunday night after saying he was going to walk to his grandmother's house, 80km away.

Marlborough Regional Transport Committee approves plan variation for alternative route funding

Marlborough's transport committee has approved a request from NZTA to give them access to $15m upgrading the alternative route.

Winter coming early for North Island skiers at Whakapapa Ski Field

It's one of only ten in the world and guarantees opening day at Whakapapa Ski Field will be June 3.

Woman begins search for US Marine father, 70 years after he left NZ

More than 70 years after he left NZ, a Blenheim woman is searching for her birth father.

Wellington euthanasia lobbyist, accused of aiding suicide, seeks global backing

Right-to-die groups launch global backing for capital campaigner.

Search for missing Manukau boatie called off

The family of a man missing in Auckland's Manukau Harbour mourns as police call off search.

Live: PM announces Gerry Brownlee new Foreign Minister in cabinet reshuffle

Nikki Kaye to be Minister for Education, Gerry Brownlee Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Man, 80, flown to hospital after choking at Coromandel wedding

Wedding guests gave the 80-year-old man CPR after he collapsed while choking on his dinner in the Coromandel.

House on fire in Tauranga

Three fire crews are battling the blaze in a home on the rural outskirts of Tauranga.

Rugby playing Aussie cop suffers serious head injuries in early morning Dunedin fall

Australian Federal Police officer in Dunedin Hospital with serious head injuries after a fall.

$53m Kiwi pavilion for World Expo 2020 makes 'clear economic sense', Bridges says

A $53m NZ pavilion at World Expo 2020 in Dubai chance to grow trading partners, Govt says.

Stranger shot man in Auckland driveway overnight, police say

A man was shot in his Auckland driveway overnight after being confronted by a stranger.

Another four-day weekend: How to pull off a sickie

Skipping work to score another four-day weekend? You need to go into social media lock-down.

Need for 'guerrilla' bridge stops track through rare bush in Auckland's Albany

A gap of just 2 metres is stopping the completion of a loop river walk through rare bush in suburban Auckland.

Missed the Southern Lights? Try again next month

The Southern Lights display is winding down, but could be visible again next month.

No arrests for brutal attack after Christchurch music festival

Person who allegedly brutally attacked a woman leaving a Christchurch festival has not been charged.

The best of your Aurora pics

The Southern Lights, or Aurora Australis, have sparked a torrent of excellent photos.

Hamilton punk bands to raise RSA money on eve of Anzac Day

Hamilton punks are banding together to raise beer money for RSA members this Anzac eve.

Kiwi shot put champ and kindy teacher

Nathaniel Sulupo is not only a Kiwi shot put and discus champion, he's also a teacher aid to two autistic boys at Moera Kindergarten.

Hospice shop honours Anzac spirit over discarded Australian military hat

The Anzac spirit is alive and well as an Australian digger hat is rescued at the Wellsford hospice shop.

Anzac Day: French town Le Quesnoy remembers Kiwis who saved their town in World War I

A small French town has never forgotten the New Zealanders who helped save their town in WWI.

Showers today will clear for Anzac Day

Anzac Day will dawn fine for most, save for low cloud in some areas.

Mechanical treasure trove finds new homes

Some of the top lots went for over $60,000 and their new owners couldn't be happier.

Cows dead after collision on rural Waikato road

A woman was left uninjured but upset after hitting cattle on a rural Waikato road.

Southern Lights delight New Zealand for the second night in a row

From Auckland to Otago the Southern Lights shone bright two nights in a row.

Last of the Few: 40 minutes of wild, exhausting maneouvres in the air over Burma

From a jungle airstrip in Burma, Alan Peart took off on what would be a wild 40 minutes of flying.

Last of the Few: A flying veteran learns he didn't go down alone

At 93, Arthur Joplin finally learns the truth about the mission that almost killed him.