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Serious assault in Sumner, Christchurch

A police cordon is in place after a serious assault in the Christchurch suburb of Sumner.

US-Israeli teen arrested over bomb threats to Jewish centres in NZ, US and Australia

He is accused of making hoax calls to community centres in New Zealand, as well as the US and Australia.

Former Farmers boss Rod McDermott killed in car crash

Rod McDermott, the CEO behind the success of the Farmers retail empire, has died in a car crash.

Teen on the run from police comments on wanted brother's mugshot post

Wanted woman Lana Tutty just can't stop commenting on police's Facebook page but, this time it's a family affair.

Ponsonby Mobil closed after car smashes through window

High-end car owner makes costly mistake, sending vehicle crashing into petrol station.

Labour-Greens have signed up to a joint position on surpluses, cutting debt

Labour and the Greens agree on Budget rules, including a pledge to run surpluses and cap debt.

Kaikoura earthquake moved the South Island, new research shows

The South Island was shunted over 5m closer to the North in a rupture so complex it may forever change quake science.

Showers for most parts of the country this weekend

Pack a poncho if you're going to Adele this weekend - there will be showers.

House in Martinborough engulfed in flames

Fire crews from the lower North Island have been sent to tackle the blaze.

Mike Sullivan: A father's plea on behalf of his disabled child

OPINION: A 'decriminalisation' of abortion law would send a highly discriminatory message towards the community of people with disabilities.

Thousands left off surgery waiting lists suffering indefinitely - study

Hundreds of thousands of Kiwis living in pain are unable to access health care due to long waiting lists.

Meet the Facebook hold-outs bucking the social media trend

Meet the people who have done away with the social-media monster.

Teenagers attack elderly man at Hamilton bus stop

At first it looked like Hamilton teens were helping the man up.

Police say motorcyclist critically injured in crash at Bulls had failed to stop in pursuit

Police abandon pursuit shortly before motorcyclist has serious crash in Bulls.

Moderate 4.8 earthquake strikes Wellington

A moderate 4.8-magnitude earthquake has struck north of Wellington and was widely felt.

Mum goes head-to-head with top Auckland school over length of son's hair

James excels in maths, writing and singing - and he's a handy cricketer. But he won't be going to Auckland Grammar.

Concerns over conflict of interest spell the end of religious instruction at Fenwick Primary School

Reverend at Oamaru school steps down over use of the word "infiltrate" to promote religious practice.

Man jailed for causing $14k worth of damage to police cell

Judge implores offender to get help: "The issues that you have to confront are significant".

Earthquake shakes lower North Island

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake has struck near Paraparaumu, north of Wellington, on Thursday.

Teen's glasses broken and lip split after South Taranaki skate park assault

He accused the victim of stealing his son's bike then dished out his own brand of justice.

Man lost eye after being hit with a brick during fight

Angry, he recklessly threw a brick. That decision changed another man's life forever.

Family pray for engineer's report to save historic church from wrecking ball

Anglican diocese loses faith in historic church, but its final judgment has yet to come.

Train and car crash near Morrinsville

One person is dead and another seriously injured after a train and a car collided near Morrinsville in the Waikato.

Adele fans miss out on concert after Jetstar cancels flight to Auckland

Jetstar cancels flight bound for Auckland, forcing fans to miss out after buying expensive tickets for Mt Smart concert.

Isolation, apathy among reasons 60,000T of recyclable glass goes to landfill

Roughly 60,000 tonnes - quarter of the country's recyclable glass - wound up in landfills last year.

Renwick water meters a step closer after public meeting in Marlborough

They use about 12 bathtubs of water each a day. No wonder they support meters.

Pensioner dies day after call to hospital about coughing up blood

Pensioner dies day after call to hospital about coughing up blood.

Timaru council aware of issues associated with earthquake-prone building for three weeks

The Timaru District Council was aware of issues with one of its buildings, later found to not meet new building standards, more than three weeks ago.

Sporadic landline poses a health and safety risk for Mackenzie District, Canterbury residents

Rural Canterbury families losing landline service for up to a week at a time - and that could leave them hanging in an emergency.

Troy Taylor murder trial: Ihaka Stokes had historic broken bones when he died

Ihaka Stokes suffered two broken bones at least a week before he was beaten to death.

Spotlight on salmon submissions as deadline looms

Hearing panel headed up by one of the team brought in by Government to take over Canterbury's water management.

Memorial for fallen climbers brings closure to families after over 50 years

A bronze boot in Arthur's Pass marks five lives lost in one of NZ's most terrible alpine disasters.

Public asked to keep their eye out for dangerous driver in Auckland region

Police are appealing for sightings of a male driver with "distinctive" red hair driving a stolen car across Auckland.

Wellington woman's 'unlucky' Lotto numbers win her a million dollars

Wellington woman's Lotto ticket didn't feature any of her lucky numbers. Now she's a millionaire.

Late-night drivers delayed by road repairs on main upper South Island highway

Drivers travelling the alternative route between Picton and Christchurch will have an even longer journey from Sunday night.

IDEA Services support staff 'shell-shocked' by decision to withdraw from services

 The future of about 20 per cent of IDEA Services clients is uncertain as the national disability service provider prepares to cut services.

Selena Thompson struck more than 70 times, says pathologist

Selena Thompson was struck more than 70 times and could not have survived her injuries, pathologist said.

PPTA says Hawke's Bay has the country's 'most expensive' charter school

PPTA claims charter school gets $61,000 of Govt money per student, but ACT disputes the figures.

Queenstown man blames Siri for making harassing phone calls to ex-wife

Man's attempt to blame Siri for dozens of harassing calls to his ex-wife rejected in court.

Forecast rain unwelcome news for those still dealing with flood damage

Wet weather forecast for Auckland this weekend could spell more trouble for areas affected by the Tasman Tempest.

Orange and red traffic lights might glow a little longer in Christchurch

Christchurch's orange traffic light phases could change slightly to help prevent red light-running.

Blind dining experience launches in Auckland

Dans le Noir: Blind waiters turn the tables at new pitch-dark culinary venture in Auckland.

Police shooting: I only meant to scare, says defendant Rhys Warren

"I have seen what the police do to people," says attempted murder accused.

Move to have Katherine Mansfield's bones returned to NZ blocked by English relative

Bringing back author's remains to NZ a "mad and idiotic suggestion," Mansfield scholar says.

Dog fees come under scrutiny in Marlborough

The climbing cost of dog control is a bone of contention in Marlborough.

Waikato University looks to cut 17 jobs in the humanities

The problem is that so few students want to take social science courses that it's become unviable to teach them.

MPI launches investigation into pig slaughtered at Napier pound

MPI to investigate slaughter of pig at the Napier City Council pound.

Responsible - or just 'bubble wrap society'? Kids miss out as schools become safety fortresses

NZ schools are transforming into gated safety fortresses. But what message does that send to the public?

Big cut in allowable commercial lobster catch in Wellington and Hawke's Bay

Reduction in commercial rock lobster catch has 'serious implications', according to industry body

Editorial: London will 'never be cowed'

History has shown Londoners rise above tragedy, responding with defiance rather than fear.
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