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Digger rescue underway in Kapiti

A large crowd has gathered to watch the bizarre retrieval of a digger off the Kapiti coast.

Antique vestments stolen during break-in at central Wellington church

Embroidered vestments more than 100 years old stolen nicked from Wellington church.

Healthcare: Out of reach - Cyril Edwards sleeps on floor because he can't get surgery

Legs bent up at 90 degrees, lying on the floor, Cyril Edwards settles in for the night. It's the only way to keep the pain at bay.

Man stabbed in Auckland's Onehunga

Two men injured, one seriously, after the attack in Auckland's Onehunga.

Watching the city wake with Barry Hobbs, a bus driver who isn't 'rude'

It's 6am, and bus driver Barry Hobbs is donning a high-vis vest before a long day on the roads. He's done this for 50 years.

NZ judge could become Britain's top paid public servant

Kiwi Dame Lowell Goddard could be Britain's highest paid civil servant, as she heads child sex inquiry.

Guns in the high country: Station's standoff with Department of Conservation

Arrival of gun-toting hunters to high country conservation land upsets neighbours, who say the public are not safe.

Chicken offal closes motorway

Auckland motorway reopened after chicken offal spill.

Publicly-funded surgery granted days after Doug Pike sold his house to pay for surgery

Days after Doug Pike sold his home to pay for surgery, public operation was scheduled.

Faces of Innocents: High rates of child abuse among Maori can be traced back to colonisation, academic says

The high rates of child abuse among Maori can be traced back to colonisation, an academic says.

Wellington backs down on cat curfew, but continues push for compulsory microchipping

Wellington City Council axes plans for a cat curfew but all moggies may need a microchip.

Two people are dead following a serious crash in Mt Maunganui

A five-car crash has claimed the lives of two people in Mt Maunganui.

New Plymouth nurse lied about aggravated robbery conviction to gain practising certificate

He said he'd been caring for his autistic son. In reality he'd been in prison for robbery.

Faces of Innocents: Social work on the front lines of family violence

Social workers who have helped vulnerable children are faced with returning those kids to a home where violence and abuse is likely to continue.

Don't get high on meth hype, top cop and drug war critic says

New Zealand urged not to buy into "out of control hype" or wage war on meth problem.

International Tiger Day celebrated at Auckland Zoo

Big cats chow on milk, blood and neck-bones to celebrate International Tiger Day.

Oh where, oh where has the little dog gone

Nisha the papillon dog made a dash for freedom and has evaded traps and search parties for two weeks.

Taylor trial: Daughter knew of mother's condition days before death, jury hears

Daughter accused of causing her mother's death says she tried her best to look after her.

Murray McCully met Saudi businessman tied to a controversial farm deal

$11.5m deal back in spotlight after revelation Murray McCully met with influential figures in April.

Maori trust to pay $10,000 to worker who was sacked for making false claims

He was sacked after making a false claim of immigration fraud. Now he's won $10,000.

'No anger or surprise' in cricketer rape-accused's reaction, Crown says

"You were doing what you could to mitigate the damage," say claims in cricketer's rape trial.

Poppa's rescue acknowledged at Waikato police parade

Amelia Burnell walked for 20 minutes in gorse and prickles to save her trapped grandfather.

High-vis handout promotes Palmerston North's new safe cycle route

A cycle safety packs giveaway was held on Friday morning to promote a trial safe cycle route running along College St.

Man blackmails teenage girls into sending him sexual images of themselves

Man sentenced to four years in jail for blackmailing teenage girls into sending him explicit images.

Laughter the key ingredient

Live simply, laugh often and love your family - these are Maureen's top tips for getting your letter from the Queen.

'Mate, you're dreaming': Kevin Rudd's UN hopes dashed, but what does it mean for Helen Clark?

OPINION: Kevin Rudd's own Government does not think he is up to the task of leading the United Nations.

Change of road signals shift of importance for Peacocke

City councillors look to Hamilton's south for residential development with a ruling on a Wairere Drive flyover.

Kawerau siege officers' long road to recovery

Four officers who came under fire at Kawerau return to work but one is still recovering.

Former Hutt politician once mauled by a dog dies in car crash

Former Lower Hutt councillor Scott Dalziell was attacked while campaigning in 2001.

National LandSAR conference and AGM being held in New Plymouth for the first time

LandSAR volunteers say there is no better feeling than finding a missing person alive as national conference gets underway.

Police investigate reports of stranger grabbing Auckland schoolgirl

Teen approached by unknown man in an Auckland alleyway.

School bus crashes near Dannevirke

North Island community rallied to help after a school bus with 15 pupils on board crashed, leaving three children injured.

Labour and the Greens fall out over whether house prices should be cut in half

OPINION: Is the political honeymoon over for Labour and the Greens?

Car swept off road in landslip at Tikorangi, north Taranaki

Landslip pushed car perilously close to the edge, leaving the driver too terrified to even open the door.

'Horse flogging', mini-terms, super districts: Wellington region to change

The super-city idea could make way for a super-district in the Wellington region.

Miner found dead after front-end loader rolls in Waihi goldmine

Tipiwai Stainton died when the 50-tonne front-end loader he was driving tipped and fell at a Waihi mine.

Drunken night out leaves offender thousands of dollars out of pocket

He lost his keys, crashed his car and destroyed a $10k fence. "It has been an exceptionally expensive evening for him."

Man accused of cultivating cannabis after West Coast house fire

The blaze was an accident, but the "large cannabis grow room" found by firefighters wasn't.

Police appeal to the public for information after group sexual attack

The victim suffered serious injuries when she was sexually assaulted by "3 or more men".

Kindergarten teacher saves child from abuse

The severe abuse of a 3-year-old girl ended when a kindergarten teacher saw her legs were bruised black and blue.

Meat cleaver and pistol allegedly used in Auckland Paper Plus robbery

Customers chased armed men down the street after they allegedly stole a box of cash.

How Poi E put Patea on the map

How a hit single song helped save a town.

Police to dig up soil, test foundations at Canterbury Television building site

Specialists will dig trenches to examine foundations of the Canterbury Television building that collapsed in the 2011 quake, killing 115 people.

Manawatu corporal participates in world's largest maritime exercise

Corporal Liz Duxfield has traded in the Manawatu winter for Hawaiian sun.

Givealittle 5 per cent fee may cause stress for campaigners

Young cancer sufferer's dad says 5% fee may add to stress of some campaigners.

Marlborough woman under oath admits lying to police about assault

Victim in assault trial changes story, claiming she could not lie while under oath.

Police arrest 23 in burglary raids in Manawatu, Horowhenua, Whanganui and Taranaki

More than 20 people have been arrested in an operation targeting residential burglaries.

Senior Sergeant Richard Ryan farewelled by 500-strong guard of honour

Police made a guard of honour as a cop struck down by cancer made his final journey.

Fire at Sleepyhead factory injures eight

Eight people taken to hospital after fire at the Sleepyhead bed factory.

Armed robbery at Waikato petrol station

Police are searching for a man in connection to an armed robbery at a petrol station.
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