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Land agent broke neighbour's wrist

Police

A neighbour stoush ended with a real estate agent using his golf club to break someone's wrist.

Name suppresion for teens groper

Court

A man who indecently assaulted two teenage boys in a Palmerston North mosque will fight to keep his name secret.

Police seek greater Pacific presence

George Fa'alogo

Young Pacific Islanders with a penchant for crime-fighting TV shows are being urged to consider becoming real-life detectives.

Ten reasons why you should cast a vote

Election

Voting makes you special, it's free, and it is your chance to be represented. | Political news banned

Fisherman found off Tauranga coast

Police boat

A 60-year-old fisherman swam for his life for four hours after his boat capsized in Tauranga Harbour this morning.

Why no political coverage today?

Umbrella

Under the Electoral Act, it is an offence to influence a voter in any way on polling day.

Graffiti house meets bulldozer

Christchurch graffiti house

A house which became a makeshift art gallery after the quakes has been demolished.

Education head office move a cost-saver

Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education is set to move its head office into a refurbished Bowen St building next year.

Chaotic afternoon on roads

St John's Ambulance

A child was thrown from a school bus before the driverless vehicle continued on a path of destruction.

Safety issues put brakes on logging firms

Lyttelton Port

Two companies involved in the transfer of logs at Lyttelton Port have halted operations after officials raised concerns about the quality of their vehicles.

Words of inspiration for students

Jack Tame

Jack Tame, TVNZ's United States correspondent, is back in the country and has urged CPIT students to make the most of their education.

Drink-driver ignored bail terms

breath testing

A man caught drink-driving three times within four months had been on bail with conditions not to drink alcohol or drive.

Swede risk creates planting dilemma

Farmers are receiving mixed signals about selling the HT swede variety, which has been linked to the illness and deaths of hundreds of cows.

Woman sentenced for scissor attack

Judge, court, gavel, justice

A Timaru woman who attacked her friend with scissors has been sentenced to eight months' home detention.

What killed Rutger Hale?

Rutger Hales

Something flew through Rutger Hale's front windscreen and smashed his head, killing him. No one knows what it was.

Fourth time drink driver caught

The former wife of a top harness racing trainer has been caught drink-driving for the fourth time.

Court action over leaky schools

DIY, hammer, hammering, construction, roof, building, builder, roofer

The Government is chasing a Chch company for $800,000 over allegedly defective and leaky school buildings.

Are school lunches harming our kids?

school lunch, eating

Our school canteens are still selling foods high in saturated fat, sugar and sodium.

Scot expats say yes to beer after defeat

 Scots in Wellington

Shaun Seebaluck was ''scunnered'' Scotland voted no in the independence referendum.

Overweight health worker to walk the talk and shed kilos

Brenda Warren

Brenda Warren has embarked on a 700-day journey to enable her to sit in a chair without feeling shame.

NZ not immune to Ebola

An outbreak of the Ebola virus in New Zealand is very unlikely, but definitely possible, a Manawatu Ebola expert says.

Rewards for smokers who quit 'insulting'

pregnant

Pregnant Maori and Pasifika women are offered gift vouchers to stop smoking.

Tokanui's forgotten dead finally to receive burial rights

Field of bones

Hundreds of dead patients from Tokanui Psychiatric Hospital lying in unmarked graves are about to receive the burial rights they were denied.

Drink-driving numbers tumble

breath testing

The number of us prepared to drink and drive plummeted in past five years, but there are still pockets bucking the trend.

Parents welcome son's diagnosis

Dylan Byers

Dylan Byers has spent much of his short life screaming in rage at his family.

Dogs really can smell a dirty rat

Pawing their way to a pest-free environment

rat dogs

Rodent sniffer-dogs get to work to hunt out rats in pest-free conservation sites.

Two major smashes in North Canterbury

Pineacres smash

Child seriously injured after being catapulted through door in "bizarre" four-vehicle smash.

Helen Clark recognised for health work

Helen Clark has tonight been recognised for her contribution to women’s health in New Zealand. 

Three hours in a leaky boat in 'terrible conditions'

sinking

Two men spent three hours in 'terrible conditions' bailing water from their nearly-submerged boat.

Election 2014: All over bar the voting

key cunliffe

Final day of campaign sees angry protests, frantic walkabouts and last-minute appeals to voters. | Key confronted | Polls | Beehive live

Beehive Live: The last hurrah

Dunne election

Selfies, silliness and the occasional protest - all the action from the final hours of the election campaign.

Te Tai Tonga candidates focus on housing

Rino Tirikatene

Getting people into first homes will lead to better outcomes for Maori, say Te Tai Tonga candidates.

Early votes counteract a rained off election

election voting

The ability to vote early may mitigate Saturday's stormy forecast for Election Day. | Key confronted | Tight race | Polls | Beehive live

Alleged drug dealer held in custody

Court

Invercargill woman accused of possessing methamphetamine for supply appears in court.

Man dies in crash near Timaru

Beaconsfield Rd crash

A driver has died after his vehicle crashed into a parked truck on a rural road near Timaru.

Oncoming car was on wrong side of road - girlfriend

Rutger Hales

Rutger Hale's girlfriend thought drunk driver coming towards them seconds before mystery object killed her partner.

Cyclists cop $400k in fines

Police

Cyclists are racking up fines for offences like not wearing helmets, to being towed by a car.

Knife, hammer used in robbery

Police

Two armed men threatened staff at Gordonton Superette overnight before fleeing with cigarettes and cash.

Hamilton man admits historic sex offences

Barry Were

A Hamilton man has admitted historic sexual offending against boys over three decades.

Conservative Party pamphlet complaint upheld

colin craig

Winston Peters and Colin Craig trade blows over ruling on Conservative Party pamphlet.

Silence over groping at mosque

Court

Man who indecently assaulted teenage boys while they slept in mosque fights to keep name secret.

Family fundraises for Savannah's surgery

Savannah

Three-year-old Savannah Clark has a goal - to be able to walk through the school gate on her own.

Driver flees scene after 150kmh police pursuit

Police

Police hunt for teen who escaped on foot after road spikes put end to high-speed pursuit.

Key confronted by angry protests

rotorua protest

Clashes between Mana and National supporters cut short John Key's visit to mall. | A tight race

Work and Income threat trial moves courts

Court

Trial of man who allegedly threatened Christchurch Work and Income staff member transfers to Te Kuiti.

Whangarei police prompt teen to cancel party

Person drinking alcohol, binge drinking, beer

Police concerns have thwarted a Whangarei teen's party plans after reports there would be 500 attendees.

Racer gets 3 1/2 years

Maree and Matthew

Driver whose racing opponent's crash caused a woman's death has been jailed for 3 1/2 years.

Man stabbed puppy after it killed pet rabbit

Andrew Joseph Salisbury

Man who stabbed "beautiful" puppy to death after it killed pet rabbit said he took ''a life for a life''.

Man injures face with angle grinder in Warkworth

middlemore hospital strap

A young man has suffered severe injuries after hitting himself with an angle grinder.

Thieves target elderly women

suspect

Police seek trio believed to be responsible for stealing thousands from older female shoppers.
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