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Timaru's air below standard six days in a row

Timaru's air quality was below the acceptable health level for the sixth consecutive day.

One dead as storm batters Northland and Auckland

Man killed by a falling tree just before a fierce electrical storm batters Northland and Auckland.

Auckland pedestrian killed by truck

A male pedestrian has died after being struck by a truck in central Auckland.

Car and truck in fatal crash south of Oamaru

State Highway 1 in North Otago has reopened after a fatal crash north of Hampden at 11.30am on Tuesday.

Hawke's Bay police hunt gang of young arsonists

A group of young arsonists are being hunted after several fires in Napier.

Andrew Orr's crash death 'absolute tragedy'

The man who died when his 4WD vehicle crashed off a North Canterbury road has been named as Andrew Orr, 23.

Waikato schools in lockdown while Armed Offenders Squad arrest man

Schools locked down in Kerepehi, Waikato, while AOS arrest man for firearm threats.

Thousands of dollars found at illegal brothel, court hears

Thousands of dollars was found in a home allegedly used as an illegal suburban brothel.

Doctor wrongly prescribes growth hormone and steroids

An Auckland doctor has admitted 20 charges in relation to the irresponsible prescribing of various anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.

Duffs' property firm 'should have told investors more'

Firm started by Alan Duff and his brother is told to repay an investor.

Armed robbery at Henderson BNZ

Armed man threatens bank teller and demands money in BNZ branch.

Rail and Maritime Transport Union takes KiwiRail to court

KiwiRail is being taken to court by Rail and Maritime Transport Union.

Rapist arrives home from Cambodian jail

Graham Cleghorn has been freed after serving just over half his 20-year sentence.

Call for Murray McCully to be sacked over Saudi farm deal

Labour leader Andrew Little has called for Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully to be sacked over the Saudi farm deal.

Jury shown video of stabbing at shopkeeper murder trial

A jury has been shown harrowing footage of the moment a West Auckland dairy owner was stabbed to death.

'Door-gate' spat breaks out anew in Parliament

The skirmishing over a door between Labour and National offices has broken out again.

Govt health cost-cutting scheme to be closed by end of the month

The Government's beleaguered health cost-cutting scheme will be wound up by the end of the month.

Kim Dotcom lawyer suggests US authorities may have 'trojanised' his computers

Fresh data copying allegations have emerged in the Kim Dotcom case.

Help for Canterbury caravan mum Trina Nesbitt

Help has flooded in for a Canterbury mum stuck living in a caravan post-earthquake.

Child 'with no fear' died after falling into water tank, says coroner

Coroner refuses to blame death of autistic child on poor supervision, saying people can't watch children "like hawks".

Police arrest 34-year-old man over alleged murder of Leon Jayet-Cole

Police have arrested a 34-year-old man over the alleged murder of Christchurch 5-year-old Leon Jayet-Cole.

Thunderstorms, gales, hail and flooding to strike Auckland this evening

Severe thunderstorms - including heavy downpours, powerful winds and possible flooding - are set to hit Auckland for evening rush hour.

Assault on female officer worst in 26 years of policing, Dunedin alcohol hearing told

A horrific assault against a female officer was connected to a popular Dunedin bar fighting to keep open its doors.

Severe weather watch for Waikato and upper North Island

Gale force winds and heavy rain are expected to greet the North Island as the week begins, says MetService.

Hawke's Bay cremation fees to rise by 22 per cent

A $1.2m of upgrade of the Hawke's Bay crematorium will result in the cost of cremation rising 22 per cent.

Cameron Presland jailed four years, nine months for fatal crash

Survivor of horror smash tells of hatred for driver who killed a brother and sister.

Auckland man hauls in season's largest swordfish at 370kg

Paul Hargreaves caught a 370kg broadbill swordfish aboard a 7 metre boat, just shy of the New Zealand record.

Driver died after crossing centreline at bend, colliding with oncoming car

Driver died after her car crossed the centreline on a bend and collided with an oncoming vehicle, coroner finds.

Mad midnight dash to save stabbing victim

Woman tells of "blood squirting everywhere" as she bundled a stabbing victim into her car and dashed to hospital.

Sparrows found 'poisoned' in Auckland

The "horrible" sight of poisoned and dying sparrows shocked Auckland shoppers at Westfield Albany.

Abortion challenge in court and pro-choice protest outside

Right to Life lobbies inside court, while pro-choicers protest on the footpath outside.

Payback plan led to 'frenzied' bedroom attack, court hears

A payback plan by two men and their mum led to a frenzied bedroom attack on a couple, court hears.

'Pirate' politician guilty of sex crimes

A one-time Parliamentary candidate for the Pirate Party has pleaded guilty to 36 charges involving the rape and indecent assault of girls between the ages of 12 and 16, and possessing and making pornographic material.

Education ministry priorities out of step

OPINION: Someone has to publicly come out and ask what many of us are quietly thinking - "What has become of our so-called Ministry of Education?"

Queenstown kiwi takes flight to Napier

Queenstown's miracle kiwi bird Ngaio can't fly to meet her future husband.

Amanda Taitapanui pleads not guilty of murdering Mura Tagatauli at Porirua

A woman has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mura Dean Tagatauli at Porirua in March.

Canterbury's housing recovery neglects the poor

Quake recovery has failed to provide the most basic need for Cantabrians – security of housing.

Many state houses may not be worth much, but they won't be 'given away'

State houses will not be given away for free, but the Government admits they are worth well below what the Treasury says they are.

Boy hit in Levin crash dies in hospital

A young boy has died after three days in hospital following a crash in Levin.

Rain, snow and gales for the start of winter

Downpours, thunderstorms, gales and heavy snow are on the cards over the next two days.

Man nails hand to timber while making tent for his dog

A man building was taken to hospital after nailing his hand to a piece of timber.

Dolphin remains found in river valley millions of years old

A dolphin fossil found in Canterbury lived more than 20 million years ago.

Rooftop camera shows police station implosion

Video from a camera perched on the old police station shows another angle of the implosion.

People-smuggling boat 'credible risk and threat' to NZ

A people-smuggling boat with 65 people on board was a "credible risk and threat", and had the capability to make it here, PM says.

Private investment in mental health 'disaster in the making'

Labour says the Government's use of social bonds in the area of mental health is "a disaster in the making". 

Right-to-die campaigner Lecretia Seales deteriorates

A terminally-ill Wellington lawyer fighting for the right to end her own life might not live to hear the verdict.

Police disappointed with 'woefully under-prepared' trampers

Search and Rescue "disappointed" with two trampers who put their rescuers at risk.

Auckland's 'ambitious' $111m cycleway plan

There's a multi-million dollar plan in place to get Aucklanders on their bikes.

'I've had enough' - Canterbury caravan mum

Trina Nesbitt and her children live in a caravan because because she cannot find an affordable house in Christchurch.

Students bin junk food for friend with cancer

Marlborough teens go cold turkey on junk food as a show of support for a school friend who is battling cancer.
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