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Hunting tragedies all too common in New Zealand

Already this year, five people have been shot in hunting incidents - two dead and three injured.

Ashburton police Taser man after he threatens them with steel pliers

An Ashburton man has been tasered after threatening police with steel pliers.

Fire rips through Taranaki school

Police investigation into Hawera Intermediate School fire will begin as soon as area is made safe.

Truck fire causes diesel spill near Kaimai Ranges

SH29 over the Kaimai Ranges is now open.

Family and friends farewell Levin boy Alex Fisher

Friends and family remember 10-year-old at a touching service in Levin.

David Seymour's voluntary euthanasia bill to be lodged in Parliament

A voluntary euthanasia bill will be lodged in Parliament on Wednesday.

Infant dies suddenly in Southland

Forensics police are examining a Southland house after the sudden death of a 17-month-old infant on Tuesday.

Biker dies after crash at South Waikato farm

The 20-year-old was in a farm bike crash in the Waikato.

Auckland woman launches site listing pet-friendly businesses

Dog lovers no longer need to stuff their pooches into handbags thanks to a new site that lists pet friendly businesses.

Stephen Long sentenced for accidentally shooting dead his son

A Southland man who accidentally shot dead his son during a hunting trip has been discharged without conviction.

Infant milk formula 1080 scare: MPs welcome arrest news

The arrest of a man by police investigating a threat to poison baby milk has been welcomed by politicians.

The 1080 milk crisis, from beginning to end

Police have arrested a man almost a year after threats to poison baby milk formula prompted an investigation costing $3 million, and safety measures involving more than 150,000 batch tests on milk products.

Infant milk formula 1080 scare: Man in court

Financial gain, rather than environmentalism, appears to have been motivation behind alleged blackmail attempt.

Eight arrested in South Canterbury drug raids

Police have swooped on houses in South Canterbury in an operation targeting the sale of synthetic cannabis.

Hastings toddler in critical condition after alleged home assault

17-year-old accused under 24-hour curfew after court appearance.

Search of Auckland harbour for missing student

Family of an Indian student who has been missing in Auckland since Sunday morning are calling for anyone with information to speak out.

Ewen Macdonald's early release decision reserved

The man acquitted of murdering Feilding farmer Scott Guy will have to wait to find out if he will get an early release from prison.

Government backs development of superfoods to boost economy

Investment of nearly $25m to find new superfoods promises to lift economy too.

Woman motorcyclist who died near Foxton named

A Palmerston North woman has been identified as the motorcyclist who died in a crash near Foxton on Sunday.

Ex-Waikato nurse accused of grooming teen patient, having sex with another

Former nurse, who worked with vulnerable teens, "ignored warnings" about conduct with teen patient.

Family of rescued boy praise drowned Kiwi Aggie Auelua's bravery

The grandmother of rescued boy praises bravery of the Kiwi woman who drowned in the process of saving him..

Body recovered at Rotorua's Kuirau Park

A body has been found by a tourist in a Rotorua hot pool.

Judge orders Trade Minister to review his refusal to release TPPA documents

Judge orders Trade Minister to take a fresh look at a request for information on TPPA negotiations.

Woman paid to sexually violate her child

A man got a woman to sexually violate her son so he could buy the recording, charges say.

Shooting incidents spark calls for more safety education on firearms

There have been 11 serious incidents with five lives lost in firearms incidents this year.

Benefits cut for some affected by Dunedin Work and Income closure

Some beneficiaries who missed appointments had payments cut after temporary Work and Income closure.

Businesses say they are owed thousands after darts events

Businesses say they are thousands of dollars out of pocket after high profile darts events were held in Invercargill and Wellington.

Tradies sick of tool thefts from vans

Their livelihood is being stolen.

People-mover rolls in T-bone crash at Cambridge

A people-mover rolled in a collision at a busy intersection on SH1 and Victoria St in Cambridge.

Kiwis sold 'worthless' insurance in Australia

Kiwis in Australia are paying for insurance polices that do nothing.

Recap: 1080 contamination milk scare investigation

A $3m probe into the poison baby milk threat has closed in on one man, who faces court today.

Christchurch man going to jail after drink driving conviction reinstated

He killed his friend in car crash, but escaped on a technicality. Now he's going to jail.

Andrew Little: $2000 a day bill for Paula Rebstock CYF work 'a disgrace'

Paula Rebstock is being paid double the maximum rate to overhaul CYF.

BP leads petrol price cut as global oil prices tumble

Global oil price plunge sees Kiwi pump prices drop.

Labour would stick to ban on foreign house buyers despite TPPA - Andrew Little

A Labour-led government would "scrap out" issues, like its plan to ban foreign house buyers, with other TPPA countries.

Kids hold up Northland dairy at gunpoint

Two Northland children who demanded money from a dairy owner at gunpoint ended up being chased from the store with a broomstick.

Clean-up still going after partying youths trash Christchurch house

Landlord spends days cleaning "rubbish dump" home after partying youths trashed it.

Police review bouncer headlock footage from outside Christchurch bar precinct

Police are reviewing footage that shows security staff rendering two men unconscious outside a Christchurch bar.

Explainer: Earthquake measurements

Last night's earthquake did little or no damage so why was it branded ''severe'' by GeoNet?

Mass haul of cigarettes stolen from Tauranga stores

A stolen Subaru Impreza is believed to have been the getaway vehicle in a string of burglaries targeting cigarettes.

Gang member's council contract: $37 an hour and no patches allowed

A patched gang member will be paid $37 an hour by the Dunedin City Council.

Cropping-related deaths low compared to other farming activities

There were 3 cropping-related deaths over 7 years, but the practice is considered more dangerous than other farming.

Come out of prison a better man, judge tells killer

A High Court judge has challenged a man sentenced for manslaughter to come out of prison a better man.

Woman tours New Zealand solo by exchanging acts of kindness

Woman battling anxiety by touring NZ exchanging acts of kindness.

Killed cyclist Richard Caldwell went over handlebars on Evans Pass Rd

Cyclist who died in Christchurch went over handlebars as he rode down Evans Pass Rd.

Turoa Ski Field, Mt Ruapehu: Same altitude, different class

Skiing has changed, I am told. The financial elite no longer rule the mountain like they used to.

Boy, 11, dies in hunting incident in Kaingaroa forest

On Sunday morning Connor Brian Phillips was enjoying the last day of school holidays. Hours later he was dead.

Homes failing to sell at auction as Auckland property market cools

Numbers of properties failing to attract auction bids is on the rise as Auckland's market slows.

Survey lifts lid on extent of abuse and poor adult sideline behaviour at kids' games

Shocking scale of parents behaving badly on the sidelines revealed in survey.

Synthetic cannabis 'still a problem' in Taupo

Synthetic cannabis became illegal in 2014 but in Taupo adverse reactions are still being noticed.
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