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Death of young man in West Auckland treated as unexplained

The death of a 19-year-old man in West Auckland is being treated as unexplained.

Heather du Plessis-Allan says police home search "unsettling"

Heather du Plessis-Allan is disturbed police now know what's in her bedroom drawers.

Ruth Dyson sent to privileges committee for criticising Speaker David Carter

Ruth Dyson joins Andrew Little and Chris Hipkins in being sent to Parliament's privileges committee.

Health privacy investigation at Wellington Hospital after complaint

District Health Board tight-lipped on potential breach, which could have gone undetected for years.

Two workers involved in calf abuse no longer employed

Managing director Sheryl Cleaver said the employee filmed abusing calves at the slaughterhouse was no longer with the company.

New Zealander admits using false passport to flee to Canada

Michael Farley used a false passport to escape a possible prison term, but still ended up behind bars in his new home.

Drink-driving conviction quashed after blood tests yield three different results

Expert says Wellington dentist's quashed drink-driving conviction exposes a loophole.

When having a nose for a story lands a journalist in trouble

OPINION: Heather du Plessis-Allan is relentless in pursuit of a story.

Helicopter pilot Mitchell Gameren farewelled in Queenstown after Fox Glacier crash

Fox Glacier crash pilot Mitchell Gameren described as "a true champion" at funeral in Queenstown.

EQC still lacking on customer service – report

EQC still needs to improve how it deals with customers and their complaints, a report has found.

VorTech wins drone innovation competition backed by James Cameron

A drone which can withstand bad weather on film sets has won an emerging technology competition.

Woman climbing Mt Ngauruhoe hit by tumbling boulder

A young climber suffered hand and leg injuries when hit by the boulder.

Christmas should be about the day, not the word

For migrants to New Zealand, Christmas can be an important way of understanding Kiwi culture.

Steven Joyce backs down on changes to student loan borrowing

Medical students successfully lobby Government to scrap 7-year student loan cap.

'Blitz attack' by assailant who tied up and assaulted Dunedin runner

Assailant waited for victim before a 'blitz attack'.

Department of Conservation review finds shark cage diving does not increase risks to water users

International review of shark cage diving says no evidence it increases the risk to water users, DOC says.

David Roigard tells different tales of inheritance worth millions

David Roigard on numerous occasions told friends and associates of an inheritance worth up $8 million.

Two-year wait for coroner's report is too long for Taranaki mother

Pat Collins says waiting two years for a coroner's report into her son's suicide left her family in emotional limbo.

Japanese whaling fleet departs for hunt despite international outrage

Japan's whaling fleet has set out for the Antarctic, with crew told it was a "happy day".

Palmerston North to consider time limits for letting off fireworks

City councillors want to crack down on private fireworks displays happening weeks after Guy Fawkes.

Kiwi detainee allowed to be with partner as she dies from cancer

Ra Fowell allowed out of detention centre for his partner's final hours, but says he's "a wreck" now she's gone.

Man killed in explosion in King Country named

Terence James Milne died while working with bitumen at an earthworks company in the King Country on Monday.

Climate change explainer: What you need to know about the COP21 conference

Leaders have arrived in France for the United Nations' climate change conference. Here's a starter guide to COP21

Peter Jackson's Doctor Who video gets gossip going

Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat is thought to be behind Sir Peter Jackson's video skit about directing the show.

Drilling to start in CBD to get samples of New Plymouth's geology

Geological testing in New Plymouth's CBD is set to start early next year to help inform engineering assessments for earthquake-prone buildings.

Police arrest 17-year-old boy over Christchurch sand dune fire

Police charge 17-year-old with arson over fire that threatened Christchurch homes.

Solo sailor rescued off Wairarapa coast

Solo yachtie injured when struck on head by vessel's boom.

Marlborough man charged with offensive language

"She understands sometimes he uses inappropriate language. She's very supportive of him."

Woman attacked by three Irish wolfhounds in Dunedin

Two of three dogs who seriously injured a Dunedin woman in attack have been put down.

Invercargill City Council calendar repeats May and June, skips July and August

May and June appear twice at the expense of July and August in some copies of a new Invercargill City Council calendar.

New Plymouth archaeologist Daniel McCurdy replaces spade with laser

Archaeologist Daniel McCurdy has been chased by fur seals, been caught in a category 1 storm and shoots laser beams all in the name of work.

Miriama Kamo's builder pleads guilty

The builder carried out works on Miriama Kamo's Waiheke home without consent.

Angry rooster terrorises children at Whitford, Auckland playground

Swanky Auckland lifestyle block community terrorised by violent rooster who attacks children.

Jonah Lomu's sons sing at private funeral

Brayley, 6 and Dhyreille, 5, sang a duet to open a private funeral service for Jonah Lomu.

Resource management reforms win initial Labour backing

The Government's resource management act changes have won Labour's initial backing.

Instruments highlight shed's diversity

Taupo Community Men's Shed members share knowledge to craft classical string instruments

Meth found stashed in woman's shoe during Hamilton incident

A stash of meth, cash and drug tools were found in a suspicious car parked in Hamilton.

Update: Injured climber rescued from Mt Taranaki

Rescue crews spent the night helping an injured Australian climber down Mt Taranaki.

Andrew Fyfe talks about the 'surreal' journey of becoming a flag designer

Designer Andrew Fyfe talks about the inspiration behind his Koru flag design.

Stolen saddle could dash Franklin rider's Paralympic dreams

Rachel Stock's campaign to compete at the Paralympics could be ruined after her riding gear was stolen.

What you need to know about frozen berries and Hepatitis A

All frozen berries imported to NZ could potentially spread Hepatitis A. What do you need to know?

Mother fundraising for medical cannabinoid for son's epilepsy

At about $1800 a month, Heidi Collins can't afford the price tag on what could be a lifesaving drug for her son.

Five teens charged in Bay of Plenty sex case

Police say accused had connections with Opotiki College but offending did not occur at the school

Takeaways murder trial: 'She's crazy'

A man says his former lover is "crazy" and is framing him for a murder he didn't commit.

More NZ retirees will become homeless without action on housing - Salvation Army

NZ is facing a growing population of homeless older people, warns The Salvation Army.

Andrew Little dismisses impact of Nanaia Mahuta demotion on Maori support

Labour leader Andrew Little has dismissed impact of Mahuta demotion on Maori support.

Woman who hid murder weapon jailed

Woman stashed knife after her boyfriend stabbed a man to death.

Otago University exam paper thief hid in cupboard 'til dark then smashed into office with axe

Exam paper thief hid in cupboard with axe, emerged after dark wearing rubber gloves and a balaclava, and smashed her way into office.

Summer is here, finally!

Kiwi summers are a time for making memories filled with beaches, baches, barbecues and boogie boards.

Police clampdown with 4kmh speed threshold in force

All drivers stopped by police until February can expect to be breath-tested.
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