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Dairy farmers help out flood-stricken colleagues at Strathmore

Taranaki dairy farmers rallied to give a helping hand to three flood-stricken fellow farmers at Strathmore in eastern Taranaki on Tuesday.

Health clean up not a "slash and burn" exercise

Southern health bosses say bringing the district health board's ballooning deficit under control is not a "slash and burn exercise", but change is inevitable.

Redcliffs School delivers plea not to close

Past and present pupils were part of an official plea to the Government to keep the school open.

Christchurch police suffer head injuries in assault

Two Christchurch police officers suffered head injuries while making an arrest.

Line forms outside Te Papa 15 hours before rugby tickets go on sale

Lines form at Te Papa, 15 hours before second-chance rugby tickets go on sale.

Pedestrian in serious condition after being hit by Auckland bus

Pedestrian was taken to hospital after being struck by bus in Auckland.

$1.8b for Canterbury roads

Earthquake repairs and motorways are the focus of road upgrades for the next three years.

Capital Connection saved for three years

The Capital Connection has been saved for another three years.

Government to spend $13.9 billion on transport

Almost $14 billion will be spent on the country's roads, cycleways and public transport over the next three years.

Fatal crash on State Highway 1 south of Turangi

One person is dead after a two-car crash, south of Turangi.

Cancer claims father of murdered Ashburton teen Kirsty Bentley

The father of murdered Ashburton teenager Kirsty Bentley died still denying involvement in her death, saying he still looked at her photo every day.

Seal spotted swimming down Waikato River

The seal was seen in Featherstone park, Hamilton.

Hamilton bomb hoaxer a 'loser'

A leading criminologist says the person behind the spate of bomb hoaxes in Melville is most likely a "loser in society".

Greek crisis and China worries expose New Zealand's economic vulnerability

Dairy prices are softening, stocks in China are tanking and Greece is in crisis mode. How worried should we be here?

Transport Minister Simon Bridges stands by Northland promise

But Winston Peters says the region is being "double crossed" by the Government.

Benjamin Mugisho and Beatrice Faumuina captivate Kea Inspire audience

Benjamin Mugisho witnessed atrocities no human should - but says NZ "opened its hands to me".

Club considers closing historic Tararua hut after vandals tramp in to trash it

Club considers closing trashed hut, as clues about vandals come to light.

Children's free GP visits kick in tomorrow

Free GP visits for children and a rise to paid parental leave payments are among a raft of law changes to kick in tomorrow.

Opt-out contraceptive programme proposed to curb teen pregnancy rates

All teenage NZ girls should be fitted with contraceptive implants or IUDs, Otago researchers say.

Christchurch digger joyrider pleads guilty, denies assault charges

Teen admits stealing loader and driving drunk through Christchurch, but denies assault and damage charges.

Colin Craig's lawyers in talks over Rachel MacGregor saga

Lawyers for Colin Craig and his former aide Rachel MacGregor are in talks over lifting a confidentiality agreement.

Helen Clark in emotional ceremony at Auckland women's prison

Former PM Helen Clark praises prisoners learning to read.

Alzheimer's sufferer missing in Upper Hutt bush found but condition critical

A 66-year-old dementia sufferer lost in Upper Hutt bush has been found in critical condition.

Auckland transgender woman Mary Haddock-Staniland accuses Farmers of discrimination

Transgender woman claims department store staff made snide comments when she used female changing room.

Highlanders' fans show their true colours

One reporter goes in search of the hottest property in Dunedin this week - a Highlanders jersey.

Dozens of unclaimed ashes to be scattered in Auckland

Deadline to claim ashes ends, to be scattered at cemetery.

Gamers honoured by police for helping distressed woman

Five West Auckland gamers given police bravery awards for their role in halting an attempted carjacking.

Chris Laidlaw elected new GWRC chairman, rates set at 9.8 per cent

Greater Wellington Regional Council has elected Chris Laidlaw as its new chair.

Nicotine craving leads to Manawatu Prison stabbing

A jailhouse scrap over nicotine replacements sees one prisoner stab another with a metal pole.

Man's ear partly cut off after bottle assault

A man nearly had his ear cut off and will have scars on his face for life after being attacked by someone armed with a bottle.

Injured West Coast helicopter pilot remains in intensive care

Brad Maclachlan remains in intensive care after a helicopter crash on the West Coast.

Cambridge taggers caught via social media

Posting photos of their criminal exploits online has seen four teens arrested after a tagging spree in Cambridge.

Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's flight stoush ends

Former AC/DC drummer ticked the "no" box for drugs. So began the legal battle over his helicopter pilot's licence.

New Zealand plans to focus on Mid-East on the security council

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully outlines what he hopes to achieve at the UN security council.

Northland leader Sonny Tau forced to step down as Nga Puhi negotiator

Sonny Tau stands aside from critical Treaty negotiations after being caught with dead wood pigeons.

South Island the spot for Pluto observation

The South Island proved the place to be to catch a rare glimpse of Pluto.

Hutt Valley death of Adam Watkins: related charge withdrawn

The Crown has dropped a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice against the childhood friend of shooting victim.

Mei Fan murder trial due in October, for Michael Preston

October trial set for estranged husband charged with murdering Mei Fan in Wellington.

Woman drives off bridge to avoid bird

Woman drove off bridge and into power pole in Blenheim to avoid hitting a hawk.

Bomb hoax residents: we've had enough

There have been four bomb hoaxes in Hamilton in a week, and they appear linked.

Police hunting for white van with 'F' word scrawled across its back door

Police are hunting for a white van with the ''F'' word written across its back doors with black spray paint.

Water leaking from walls of Housing NZ apartment

Tenants of Housing New Zealand apartments in Auckland's CBD are fed up with living in water-damaged properties.

New Zealand not immune to Greek crisis fallout: John Key

John Key warns that Kiwis aren't immune to the turmoil from Greece's impending loan default.

Editorial: Digital communications statute a threat to free speech

New statute designed to curb offensive behaviour online is cumbersome, unnecessary and a potential threat to free speech.

Tony Abbott 'dictator' on marriage equality

The mother of NZ marriage equality labels Tony Abbott a dictator for refusing to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

Paramedics failed to monitor dying baby - coroner

St John admits paramedics failed to adequately monitor a premature baby who died.

South Auckland school tries to ensure safety after rugby brawl

One of the schools involved in a south Auckland rugby brawl is speaking with students and organisations in a bid to ensure student safety.

Live chat review: Communications Minister Amy Adams

See what Communications Minister Amy Adams had to say when she came in for a live chat.

West Coast pubs pinged for liquor licence breaches

West Coast pub patrons were so drunk they couldn't walk, were vomiting and urinated on themselves.

Taranaki man charged with manslaughter over toddler's death

A Taranaki man has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a 2-year-old girl.
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