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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.

Search under way for missing Christchurch tradie

An intensive six hour search has failed to find rebuild worker who disappeared two weeks ago in Canterbury.

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.

MidCentral DHB rejects proposal for joint CEO

Plans for a joint chief executive for the MidCentral and Whanganui district health boards has been scrapped.

Staff lay Massey bullying charges

Bullying allegations have been laid against a prominent Massey University academic.

Actors sought for Cricket World Cup opener

Want to appear in Christchurch's opening ceremony for the Cricket World Cup? Those scared of heights need not apply.

Peter Ellis inquiry bid led by Don Brash

Former National leader Don Brash writes to Justice Minister asking for independent review into man convicted of child abuse.

Historic kiln to be part of Manawatu health plan

The future of Palmerston North's historic Hoffman Kiln is a step closer to being secured, as part of plans for a health centre to be built on the site.

Christchurch quake memorial plans revealed

Mixed response as six designs being considered to commemorate Christchurch's February 2011 quake are revealed.

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry. . .

For three days Labour leader Andrew Little shut himself in a room and set about writing a personal message in 450 different Christmas cards.

Stepfather's rape appeal fails

A man has failed in his attempt to overturn his convictions and sentence for rape, sexual violation and indecent acts with his de facto stepdaughter.

Sex trial judge is scathing of teens

A judge has slated the state of youth culture at the sentencing of a teenager accused of videoing an intimate sexual moment.

Owner has investor backing to get Kiwi Regional Airlines launched

The former Kiwi Air owner pushing to get a new airline in the sky says he has all the money needed to get underway.

Three-year ban imposed on meth-addicted jockey

Former champion jockey Lisa Cropp could spend up to three years after admitting her addiction to methamphetamine.

Aggrieved workers lay wage complaints

Agriculture, forestry and fishing bosses are big offenders when it comes to ripping off workers.

Limited space for Christmas cheer

Christmas morning in a caravan is nothing new for Phil Thompson and Debra Savage.

Police seek three men after assault

Police are searching for three men who attacked and robbed a teenager, leaving him with head injuries.

Prisoner escapes from hospital

Prisoner escapes from custody of two Corrections officers while in hospital.

Struggling to make ends meet

The high level of poverty in some streets in the Marchwiel area was highlighted last week in a social justice report commissioned by Anglican Care.

Firefighter flamin' lucky

After being brought to his knees "like a condemned man" by a fire that could have killed him, Troy Mahupuku is fighting back.

The day a leaky boiler killed the whaling industry

In 1964, the last whale was harpooned off the Kaikoura coast.

Dog-bite victim's smile 'a sneer'

A woman has been found guilty after her dog attacked a friendly admirer, ripping off her lower lip, leaving her smile looking like a "sneer".

Gang member on the run after cop hit

Police are looking for a Napier Black Power member after a hit-and-run saw a police officer taken to hospital.

Pregnant woman rescued from under trailer

A pregnant woman survived a horrifying ordeal when she was dragged 20 metres by a car trailer.

Corrections officer stood down after Phillip Smith claims

Police search two addresses after allegations from murderer Phillip Smith that a Corrections officer aided prison escape.

Christmas Day weather: getting warmer

Whisper it softly - forecasters are now predicting a hot, sunny Christmas Day.

Police investigate complaint about Atomic Shuttles

Police are investigating separate complaints about Atomic Shuttles buses in Arthur's Pass.

Surf lifesaving equipment stolen in Coromandel

$6,000 worth of essential life saving equipment from the Coromandel has put rescue efforts at risk.

Young mum fights back from horror crash

Emma Robertson's physiotherapist calls her a miracle. 

Former MP Asenati Lole-Taylor 'broke rules' by accessing records

Former NZ First MP Asenati Lole-Taylor inappropriately accessed the criminal records of a former party official, the Department of Corrections has confirmed.

Man jailed for bashing drug dealer

A Christchurch man who bashed a persistent drug dealer has been jailed for seven and a half years.

Wellington leaky home case could be settled for $270k

A former building company managing director could face a bill of about $270,000 to go towards Wellington City Council's cost of settling a leaky home claim.

'Disturbingly realistic' replica gun leads to charges

A teenager holding a "disturbingly realistic" replica gun sparked a full armed police call-out on Auckland's North Shore this morning.

Badly behaved hunters banned from forest park

Hunters banned from Hawke's Bay forest park for misuse of firearms and excessive drinking.

Howick driving charge name suppression lifted

Man charged with driving offence in wake of death of man outside Auckland karaoke bar in October can now be named.

Stalker filled petrol tank with concrete

A stalker who filled his victim’s petrol tank with concrete has been sentenced to intensive supervision and community detention.

Police seek Upper Hutt axe attack evidence

A jacket and a car may be crucial to investigation of the deadly Upper Hutt axe attack.

Knickers and knick-knacks nicked

Hoarding

Knickers and knick-knacks among hundreds of items discovered in the home of woman accused of thefts. 

Assault-accused teen's tears in court

Teen charged for serious assault on elderly Waikanae couple broke down in tears in the dock.

Girl struck by car in West Auckland remains in serious condition

School of girl critically injured after being hit by a car in West Auckland posts hopeful message about her injuries.
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