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Budget 2016: A bare-minimum budget for children

This year's Budget doesn't do enough to address child poverty, says Unicef NZ.

Police: no public risk in Hamilton schoolground incident

Police are unable to release details about an incident at a Waikato primary school's grounds, but say there is no cause for concern for the general public.

Damian McKenzie 'ticks the box' as new All Blacks squad announced

New All Black's dad thought his son's chances were 50/50, but he had his back.

New Zealand's saddest malls

The empty parking lots, the 80s architecture, the slow decay, the empty storefronts. Is this our secret shame?

Taita woman lucky to be alive after gas heater explodes in bedroom

Lower Hutt woman has a narrow escape after a gas heater explodes in her bedroom.

Two charged after police officer assaulted

Two men have been arrested after a cop was found lying unconscious on the side of the road.

Pair crash car into building during Hamilton pursuit

Two men have been arrested after crashing a stolen car into a community centre while trying to flee police in Hamilton. 

Person killed by train in Rakaia

Train driver relieved of duties after fatal collision.

The story of one woman, a suicide note, and blind justice

She left a suicide note for her family, but the coroner ruled otherwise.

Five injured in head-on crash in Western Bay of Plenty

Five people have been left with minor injuries after two cars crashed head-on in the Bay of Plenty. 

Racing industry anti-corruption boss should resign over fatal affair, says husband

Woman's motel room death prompts call for senior racing industry investigator's resignation.

Holding to hope when a loved one is lost

Two climbers' bodies are being taken off Mt Everest. But what happens when families wait years for their loved ones to return?

Jaquie Brown: 'Do I have to stay hot for my man?'

"Dear Jaquie, Is it true a woman needs to 'stay hot' in order to keep her husband?"

Sam Hayes named as Hilary Barry's replacement in Newshub's 6pm anchor role

Sam Hayes admits she's got big shoes to fill fronting the 6pm news bulletins.

Homeless at-risk youth in Dunedin are 'living in crisis'

Dunedin is gripped by an "invisible homelessness" that's sending teens into prostitution.

Soon-to-be-homeless Waikato family find a temporary home

A family of seven who were about to be homeless have found a small home to rent.

Controversial show 'Preacher' gets Christians hot under the collar

Controversial new TV show could spur interest in religion.

Teen driver flown to hospital with head injuries after Waikato crash

A 19-year-old driver was flown to hospital with head injuries after an early morning crash in Waikato.

From the streets to the stadium: The rugby boy of Manila

How Dan Carter, Shaun Johnson and the ABs are inspiring a former street kid in the Philippines.

Strong winds down trees, cut power to Auckland homes

More than 1000 Auckland homes are without electricity as strong winds hammer the city.

Max Key celebrates 21st in superhero style

The prime minister's son celebrated his 21st with costumes and drinking at his parents' Parnell mansion.

GCSB Intercepts: secret details of The Budget 2016 intercepted

GCSB Intercepts - what really went down behind the scenes at the Budget.

Schools lose half their students as poverty forces families to move

Some homeless children are being pulled from class altogether as parents flee rising rents.

Schools luring teachers to Auckland with help of accommodation

Principals are buying houses for teachers in a bid to lure them as shortage reaches "crisis point".

'Victory for the little guy' after resident receives power cut payout

A payout for a man "fobbed off" by power companies could be a precedent-setter.

Lifeguards who saved life of 'clinically dead' Zumba instructor have emotional reunion

One moment Annie Tausi was dancing and running a class. The next she was on the ground.

Lotto ticket bought in Cromwell wins $1 million

Powerball jackpots to $14 million as one player becomes NZ's latest millionaire.

Mother of autistic boy Nathan Callaghan thanks search and rescue effort after he was found safe and well

Missing boy Nathan Daniel Callaghan found in neighbour's home, mum says.

Agent woos house sellers with Chinese demand

Flyer claims "new generation" Chinese investors are keen to buy property.

Firearms stolen as burglars target two rural Southland properties

Police have warned that burglars can use poor weather to conceal their crimes.

A Time and a Place: Father-daughter firefighting duo conquer Sky Tower climb

A father-daughter firefighting duo together tackled a daunting challenge.

Severe weather watch for parts of the North Island as wet weekend continues

Cold, damp weekend set to continue with several parts of the North Island under a severe weather watch.

Kiwi parents teach children to embrace adventure spirit

Little kids are surfing, tramping and snowboarding in a new parenting trend pushing children to the adventure limits.

Call to tackle toxic surgery smoke risk for doctors, nurses, patients

Burnt body parts are causing toxic fumes in hospitals, putting staff and patients at risk.

Cattle truck flips in South Waikato, trapping animals

A specialist unit is being sent to free the cows, but the driver's believed to be unhurt.

Car hits power pole, sparks electrical fire in nearby house

After breaking a pole in half, sparking power outages and an electrical fire in a nearby house, the driver took off.

Kiwi man living in Perth missing after boarding yacht

Sean Mitchell told a friend he was boarding a yacht last week. No-one's seen him since.

Heroic 7-year-old Alyssah Moanaroa-Yates saves family from fire

Alyssah's screams alerted her parents to a fire, giving them just enough time to find her sister and escape.

Climate change: NZ to pass important milestone within weeks

NZ to blow past 400ppm of CO² soon and the overall upward trend is undeniable.

Grant Robertson, Bill English square off in housing debate

Finance Minister Bill English blames the Auckland City Council for the housing crisis.

Rogue ram among the ewes

As the dark winter months take hold, the actions of an opportunistic fence-jumper have come to light.

Tourist driver avoids jail time, fine after deaths

He killed a mum-to-be and another woman in a head-on smash, but a tourist driver won't go to jail.

Paekakariki Hill Rd closed following crashes

A major route into Porirua and Wellington is closed following two vehicle crashes. 

Stacey Kirk: Surprise, it's austerity! How the Govt kept its budget secrets

Stacey Kirk leads you on a waltz around the pre-Budget bluster.

Homeless in the regions: 'Today is eviction day and we don't have anywhere to go'

They work full-time and they've been looking for three months, but they can't find anywhere to live.

Ice Age adds to Claudelands Arena's busy schedule

Watch a time lapse set up by Claudelands Arena showing the quick turnaround between functions, games and events.

One seriously injured in crash on SH1 at Paekakariki

Traffic is moving again along the Kapiti Coast after a big crash shut the highway.

Tragic case shows cops need 'reminder' about potential conflict

Tragic teacher-student case raises concerns about policeman's undue influence, says MP.

Slips in the Manawatu Gorge block one lane

The Manawatu Gorge is down to one lane in areas after two slips.

Police investigate incident at Waikato school

Police detectives and photographers are at a rural Waikato school but police are not yet saying why.
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