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American writer takes aim at Timaru cops

Huffington Post writer compares the death of US woman in police custody to a run-in she had in Timaru.

Three inmates among 10 arrested in Head Hunters gang raids

Three Mt Eden inmates are among the 10 people arrested in raids on the gang.

Murray McCully and John Kerry meet to discuss UN Security Council business

When Murray McCully and John Kerry caught up in Washington they found plenty to praise each other about.

Teen on failed mission to rape granted parole

A teen accomplice who came to Dunedin on a mission to rape has been released into the community.

High-reaching fire truck ladder called in to rescue magpie from tree

Christchurch's highest-reaching fire truck had to be called in to rescue a magpie stuck up a tree after the local brigade's ladder wasn't tall enough.

Police concerns for missing teenager

Police have concerns for a missing thirteen year old girl.

Rangitikei prep school underpaid boarding matron for six years

School failed to keep record of how many hours matron worked, but argued it had done little wrong.

Blessie Gotingco's family call for public inquiry into her killer's release

Blessie Gotingco's family call for a public inquiry into how a closely watched ex-offender killed her.

Households save hundreds by switching power companies

Households save hundreds of dollars each year by switching power companies.

One dead in crash between car and logging truck

Two highways through the central to upper North Island are closed after two crashes.

Man jumps into Kapiti stream, bails out mystery sludge with icecream container

A man used rubbish gloves and an icecream container to "bail out" sludge from a Kapiti stream.

Body found in car in rural Canterbury 'not suspicious'

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding a body found in a car in Kirwee, police say.

Blessie Gotingco's killer could have been locked up for good

Blessie Gotingco's killer was not in jail because of the leniency of a judge – but assessing future risk is “an absolute nightmare,” says a former judge.

Online romance seekers targets for international drug cartels

Kiwi lawyer warns people looking for love online are at growing risk from smugglers.

Wellington couple from lost memory card found in 20 minutes

It took only 20 minutes to identify 'mystery' Kiwis on holiday in Britain.

John Key says NZ's drug bill set to rise under TPP, but patients protected

Protecting Pharmac's purchasing model is one of Labour's bottom lines in support for TPP, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

MPs share the correct pronunciation of some common Māori place names

Are you pronouncing the name of your hometown correctly?

Labour's Kelvin Davis says Mt Eden prison guard revelations are 'corruption'

An anonymous caller tipped Labour MP Kelvin Davis off to prison guard "corruption".

Winston Peters kicked out of debating chamber

NZ First leader Winston Peters ejected from Parliament in a row over private prison firm Serco.

Tornado victim Benedict Dacayan lifted from ground inside two tonne portacabin

A man killed by a tornado stood little chance once the portacom he was sheltering in was thrust into the air.

Student hitching ride on Dunedin fire engine 'absolute stupidity'

Drunken student joyrider hitches a lift on a fire truck in a moment of "absolute stupidity".

Widow blames forestry industry for husband's death

'We've lost a father and a hard working, decent man because this industry works people too hard,' widow says.

Search turns to NZ in international photos lost-and-found mystery

We asked, do you know them? Within minutes they'd been found.

Wellington taxi passenger terrified as vodka bottle thrown through window

Group of men hurl bottle through cab window, then drop their pants and laugh.

Anne Tolley still happy for Serco to run social services for children

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says plenty of service providers get into "difficulty" but that wasn't a reason not to offer them contracts.

Teenagers and children responsible for crime spree in Porirua

Children as young as nine are behind a spate of crimes in suburban Porirua.

New Plymouth man who strangled former partner loses battle to avoid conviction

A New Plymouth man strangled and punched his former partner before threatening to slit her throat and set her on fire.

Farewell haka at Palmerston North teacher's funeral popular online

A spine-tingling haka by more than 1500 boys was a powerful tribute to a much-loved teacher.

House fire in south Auckland

Firefighters carried out a search and rescue operation after a house fire in south Auckland, but no-one was inside the property.

Community service for Coromandel dog attack

The owner will have to perform community service after elderly person mauled.

Police believe Canadian tourists buried in avalanche weeks ago

Police pinpoint date of avalanche thought to have killed two Canadian tourists as July 9.

Staff evacuate Auckland office following fire

Staff were evacuated from a West Auckland office after a fire broke out in the roof.

No 'wholesale changes' to District Health Boards - Jonathan Coleman

The health minister has moved to allay fears District Health Boards could face major changes to funding.

Faulty phone charger may have sparked Wellington house fire

Check your phone charger for faults. It could cost you a house.

Driver charged after Dunedin teen dragged in hit-and-run

Police arrest 19-year-old driver who allegedly hit and dragged a teen down a Dunedin street.

Complaints laid over broken arms in Christchurch Casino fracas

Police reopen investigations into complaints from two men who say a Christchurch Casino security officer broke their arms.

Maori language week: The basics

Here's some basic te reo that you really should know.

Gangs meet for game of league

A league team in Taupo is making a difference by bringing gangs together.

Meeting planned after Ihaka's aunt cautioned by employer over comments

Preschool to hold meeting with parents after teacher claimed her nephew's death was a "tragic accident".

Kura kaupapa school looking to take te reo into the home

Maori school nurtures students and their families in te reo.

Boy banned from bringing bike on empty bus

Six-year-old Dunedin boy walks home crying after driver won't allow his bike on the bus.

Who are the Head Hunters?

The Head Hunters formed in 1967 as a street gang in Glen Innes, Auckland.

New Zealand pad venue for top level Security Council meeting

OPINION: The entire UN Security Council is treated to Kiwi-style lunch at NZ's $11m New York pad.

Beehive Live: DHB shakeup in the works?

Join our gallery team as they bring you all the news on Serco and a proposed health system shakeup live.

'Exciting' development in medicinal cannabis debate

Campaigner welcomes news medicinal cannabis spray may receive public funding.

Girl, 11, kicked in the face by horse

Girl, 11, suffers injury after being kicked in face by a horse.

Crash blocking road in Karangahake Gorge

Three men escape injury after car rolls in the Karangahake Gorge.

Unsettled weather for much of the country, thunderstorm risk in west

Unsettled weather is expected across much of the country on Tuesday, with a risk of thunderstorms in western areas.

Auckland motorway motorcycle accident causes delays

Morning commuters have been warned to expect delays on Auckland's northern motorway following an incident with a motorcyclist.

Student cowers in cab as 'road rage' driver pursues pedestrian

Wellington taxi passenger caught in the middle of a road-rage stoush between her driver and a pedestrian.
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