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Mobility scooter-related injuries on the rise, doctors call for helmets

Watch out, retirees. Mobility scooter-related injuries cost $87,000 in the last three years.

Auckland beggars breach bylaws up to 900 times a month

A pair beggars have clocked up 400 breaches of Auckland's begging bylaws in the past two years.

Bizarre performance in court brings remand in custody for Simon Hughes

Man stole a salad, the disrupted court by making pistol gestures and speaking in a faux accent.

Fake $100 notes dupe businesses

Two Hamilton businesses were duped by customers using fake $100 bills.

WorkSafe won't investigate all emergency services staff at callouts

Emergency services personnel won't be investigated every time they attend a callout at a workplace.

Driver killed in two-truck crash near Matamata wasn't wearing seatbelt

The man behind the wheel of a tow truck that crashed head on on a Waikato road was not wearing a seatbelt.

Killer of Kapiti woman Cathy Stewart was insane, court finds

The reason behind the killing of Kapiti woman Cathy Stewart could be locked inside a delusional mind.

Christchurch swim school cleared after near drowning

Swim school cleared of any wrongdoing after a 4-year-old boy nearly drowned at a pool party.

Power out for 10,000 customers in Auckland's North Shore

10,000 homes and businesses across Auckland's North Shore without power after a major outage.

Antonio Hall and former saleyards languish - lack of respect for Christchurch?

The lack of progress on Antonio Hall and Christchurch's former saleyards is a "sad waste" says a city councillor.

Taumarunui man 'savagely attacked' in his home

Man was attacked so severely at his home that he was sent to intensive care.

Porirua has escaped relatively unscathed as flooding clean up continues

The clean-up continues in Porirua but the damage is not extensive, mayor says

Drone pilot convicted in Civil Aviation Authority test case

The drone pilot who recorded footage close to the scene of the fire has been convicted of breaching controlled airspace.

Police warn: Do not approach man on the run in Wellington

Police are appealing for information after a man breached bail in the Wellington region.

Arrests made in big Auckland P swoop

Crystal Methamphetamine

Police made 11 arrests, seized nearly $400,000 in cash and discovered an ammo cache during a "major" drug operation.

Man pleads guilty to New Zealand's first charges relating to radical Islam

The charges are believed to be the country's first for watching radical Islamic videos.

John Key joins social network LinkedIn - is he looking for a new job?

"Hi, it's the leader of New Zealand - I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn."

Brendan Henson looking at open-ended jail term for abducting, assaulting girl

The man who abducted and indecently assaulted a girl in Palmerston North may spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Low cloud cover over Auckland for third day this week

Low visibility on Friday morning after cloudy conditions blanket Auckland for third time this week.

Family's new $800k Christchurch property found to contain asbestos

The site of a Christchurch family's dream home is now just a pile of contaminated dirt.

Wellington schools make shift to longer class times

Students like 100-minute periods in some subjects but more than an hour of half of maths on Friday more challenging.

Man chills on chair in the middle of Auckland Harbour Bridge

What was a man doing in an armchair in the middle of the Auckland Harbour Bridge?

National surfing reserve proposed for coastal Taranaki

"Fingers of the lahar deposits extend into the ocean, which is very unique, there's not a lot of places this happens in the world."

Another warmer-than-normal May weekend ahead

Fine end to the week for most - and that's good news for Porirua.

To back him or not to back him; the Republican dilemma after Trump win

He may be the presumptive nominee, but can Donald Trump win over young Republicans?

Michael Laws chooses not to renew contract at Craighead Diocesan School

Controversial ex-politician and media personality doesn't renew position as elite school's development manager.

Sneak peek at Huntly's $458 million roading project

Work has started on reshaping Waikato's northern gateway.

'Soft spot' at Takaka's recreation park a swamp

Work stopped when a hole opened up. If they'd asked around, they would have known about the old swamp.

Arrest made in Thames vandalism spree case

Boy arrested in relation to vandalism spree on Thames businesses.

What does Trump's 'America First' rhetoric mean for New Zealand?

What would a President Trump mean for New Zealand?

Earthquake Commission asks how to 'turn off the tap' on second time repairs

EQC is making an effort to "turn off the tap" on homeowners seeking second time repairs, a presentation shows.

Stolen car leads police on chase across Auckland

Five teens arrested after police chase, bottles thrown at police cars.

Did a Kiwi grow the world's heaviest feijoa?

The Guinness Book of Records can expect a call after a Tauranga woman grows a 398g sample.

Couple owing $81,000 to the council threatened with bankruptcy

Fight over rent and $1m legal fees keeps West Coast couple in bitter conflict with council.

Dean of Napier stood down over adulterous affair 25 years ago

Napier dean was a 30-year-old married priest when he had an affair in 1991 with an 18-year-old woman.

Carterton barn full of hay on fire

A hay-filled barn is on fire on a Wairarapa farm.

Job cuts proposed in University of Waikato education faculty

'We've reached the point where we just can't wait any more to adjust staffing levels.'

Running man challenge heats up as firefighters join in

The New Zealand Fire Service was a "bit upset" they were not included in the running man challenge. But they did not sulk for long.

Roads turn to rivers as heavens open over Porirua and Palmerston North

 Schools closed and homes flooded in sudden downpour over Porirua.

There's no faking the ramped up TriMaori distance

 It's time to get training but participation still the key.

Recap: Flooding hits parts of Wellington, Porirua, Palmerston North

Man trapped in Palmerston North home by flooding now able to paddle out.

Measles spreads through Hamilton and the surrounding areas

Measles continues to spread through Hamilton and the surrounding areas.

Doctors' criticisms force Medsafe to reconsider pharmacists selling the pill

Medsafe may be forced into embarrassing backtrack of its over-the-counter pill decision.

Flooding in Palmerston North as wet weather hits region

Rain moving up the North Island has hit Palmerston North flooding some parts of the city.

Warm Marlborough weather sees shoppers bypass winter woolies

Blenheim takes early lead in sunshine race, but Nelson is making a move.

Marlborough celebrates International Sauvignon Blanc Day

Friday is International Sauvignon Blanc Day and social media streams will be flowing with wine.

Duck callers go quackers at Marlborough competition

WARNING: Video sounds like a drunk Donald Duck. If in public, hit mute now.

London Underground-style map of New Zealand highways

Student Andrew Douglas-Clifford gives NZ's highway network the London Underground treatment.

Keytruda debate: Emotion or equation in the drug debate?

The Keytruda debate has been emotional, but is it a case in point to look hard at the data?
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