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Live: Police urge Caleb Kovaleski to hand himself in as manhunt enters second day

Police urge subject to hand himself in, whom they believe was in possession of a firearm.

Rural burglaries prompt black market fears

Spree of rural burglaries raises concerns about black market.

Marlborough transgender student's bathroom battle brings about change

School to modify its bathrooms after seeking advice from the Human Rights Commission.

Thames or Manukau, Auckland port move will cost billions

Location for Auckland's new port is narrowed down, but a controversial expansion is still likely.

Stabbing victim argued with mentally ill son about him not taking his medication

Carl Silverwood killed his mother, but didn't know "what was real and what was not".

Explosive waste plagues Auckland property following flooding

Man's house becomes a cesspit in heavy rain. Now he's kicking up a stink with the council.

The tiny South Otago town with the big heart

The tiny town of Kaitangata, in South Otago, may have a small population, but it's big on heart.

Auckland Transport operators asked to show understanding for seniors still using SuperGold cards

Deadline for SuperGold switch passes, but Auckland Transport offers seniors a grace.

House destroyed by fire in rural North Canterbury

A house in rural North Canterbury has been destroyed by fire.

Palmerston North suburb in lockdown as manhunt continues

Police will be giving an update at 2pm into the manhunt for Caleb Kovaleski.

Police concerned over two suspicious fires in Temuka

Police are concerned that an arsonist may be at work in Temuka.

Christchurch boy racer 'addicted to driving'

A man with 29 convictions for driving while disqualified says he's now going straight.

Person dead in Auckland workplace accident

A person is dead after an accident in Auckland, understood to be at a flooring factory.

Palmerston North manhunt: Man on the run a "really nice kid" with a difficult upbringing

The man at the centre of a Palmerston North manhunt has a troubled past, but an old friend says he's a loyal, decent man.

Suspected meningitis case closes school camp at Canterbury's Hanmer Springs

Student sent home with suspected viral meningitis not contagious, principal says.

Reports of 15 crashes after frosty morning

Southern District Police have received reports of at least 15 vehicle crashes since 6.45am.

Elderly Auckland man missing on mobility scooter

Concerns for a man on a red mobility scooter who has not been seen since Thursday morning.

Fatal car crash accused pleads not guilty

A man charged after a female passenger died in a car crash after a police chase has pleaded not guilty.

Man missing after jumping into river following 50 minute police car chase

"Serious concerns" for driver after jumping into river following 50-minute police pursuit.

Yvonne Cash sentenced for 'sophisticated' swindle of businesses

Humorous and friendly, Yvonne Cash promised victims she was a millionaire investor. In reality, she was on a benefit.

Man dead after being hit by a train in West Auckland

Two ambulances were called to the West Auckland scene but the man was already dead.

What can NZ Labour and other politicians learn from the Brexit vote to leave the EU?

Is NZ Labour following their UK counterpart, shutting out the working class in favour of city-slicker liberals?

New Zealand's new border system will be five years late

Some things are worth the wait - Customs Minister doesn't want to rush.

Survey results in as search for Basin flyover alternative in Wellington takes next steps

No one big project will replace the Basin flyover, it is revealed as survey results on Wellington transport come in.

Disabled woman shocked by powerline bill

A new life in the pleasant town of Turangi was ruined when Victoria Dwyer received a whopping $350 power bill, even though she used less than $50 of electricity.

Missing elderly woman found huddled in neighbouring flax bushes

After a mass search of Mangakino, 83 year old Jane Shoston was found nestled in flax bushes not far from her care facility.

Comedian Guy Williams hosts the kids panel at an Auckland primary school

Guy Williams and Oshiana Ale, 11, were having a good old laugh. But then it got really heavy.

Union loses fight over prison fitness tests

Prison union loses battle about staff fitness tests.

Council unanimously votes to buy historic Taranaki pa site behind closed doors

New Plymouth's mayor says there's a reason ratepayers didn't know the council was buying a historic Maori pa.

Black ice delays flights in Dunedin

Black ice is causing problems for residents in Dunedin, with flights in and out of the city delayed.

Christchurch Ravensdown factory electric shock victim dies in hospital

A man who suffered serious burns after an electric shock at a Christchurch factory has died in hospital.

'Crappy driver' was drunk, unlicensed, speeding in the rain

A motorist called in a crappy driver and when police caught up with him he was belting it at 155km, drunk, unlicensed, in a car with no rego or warrant.

Manawatu schools' toilet labels re-thought

Visiting the toilet is becoming less of an identity challenge for young people in Manawatu schools as signs change with the times.

School and kindergarten closed as search for fugitive in Palmerston North continues

Police continue to hunt Caleb Kovaleski as residents who spent a cold night in their cars wake up. And the cordon remains.

New vehicle benchmarks sought for New Zealand in wake of VW scandal

Government investing in system to catch car makers cheating on emission standards.

Homelessness not just an Auckland problem

Daniel Bindner's life collapsed. And in New Zealand there is a ''huge population'' of people ''struggling to keep it together''.

ERA awards Auckland transgender woman $15K for unfair dismissal

Transgender woman awarded nearly $15,000 but doesn't expect to see the money.

Car crashes through Auckland shop window

It passed about 1.5m into the shopfront, but the driver backed out.

Bale body dad had been laid off amid dairy slump

As the dairy downturn bit, Daniel Bindner lost his job, his partner and his home - before ending up dead in the recycling.

Lightning Jack slips down the ranks at cowboy action shooting championships

Lightning Jack has slipped a few ranks after his return to the cowboy action shooting world championships.

Wellington job centre forced to close as Winz demands focus on hospo, aged care and call centres

A Wellington employment training centre loses Government contract because it did not focus on specific trades.

West Coast family lose all their belongings in house fire

He lost his job when his factory workplace closed. Then fire gutted his home.

Ikea importers say Malm drawers safe if attached to wall

Ikea is recalling millions of drawers in the US and Canada after children die, but you can still buy the furniture in New Zealand.

'Amazed' Peter Snell still not yet convinced Olympic auction singlet is a fake

Family didn't know that their Peter Snell Olympic singlet was a fake.

Auckland lost thousands await rightful owner

Lost a "substantial amount of money?" Avondale police may be able to help you out.

Rwandan genocide suspect seeks witness statement confidentiality

Man wants his witnesses protected from Rwandan inquiry.

Cause of fire at Porirua siege house a mystery, except for 'fresh' food clue

Did whoever burned down the house where police dog Gazza died have a snack at the crime scene?

Crown land commissioner declines family's bid for Vogel House

Vogels say High Court may be their next step, after Crown commissioner turns them down.

Wellington mayor says handling of Island Bay cycleway was 'a mistake'

Wellington's cycling mayor admits the controversial Island Bay cycleway was not handled properly.

Canterbury District Health Board to take money from elderly to subsidise mental health

Canterbury District Health Board to take money from elderly care to subsidise mental health.
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