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Night at the museum - security guard steals from military heritage charity box

He used a handsaw to steal from the donation box he was guarding, then taped it back up.

Inside Auckland Zoo's vet room

Auckland Zoo's tiger Jaka gets his sore paw looked at.

Tight-knit Waikato farming community rallies around grieving family

A quad bike tragedy has ripped a hole in hard-working farming family.

Car rolled, hit bank in fatal south Auckland crash

The man died following a one-car crash in Waiuku.

Mt Eden prisoner overdosed on stockpiled medication

Corrections have made procedural changes after a prisoner at Mt Eden prison overdosed on stockpiled medication.

Hastings beats small field in most beautiful city in NZ and best toilet titles

Hastings won NZ's most beautiful city, as well as best toilet - which had more entries.

Eight appear in court after gang clash in Ashburton park

Mayor adamant Ashburton has no gang problem despite Mongrel Mob and Black Power clash with baseball bats, an axe and sticks.

Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail to be completed with almost $1 million in funding

The tracks of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail will be completed, with a $935,000 cash injection from the government confirmed.

Government to outlaw animal test

The Government is removing a testing regime for hazardous substances that leaves rabbits with irritated eyes.

Falling petrol prices mask rising margins

The price of fuel may be falling, but margins have more than doubled in the last four years.

One dead after Southland smash

Campervan ends up in a paddock after fatal collision.

Below the beltway: who's up and who's down in politics

After a week of politics, who's up and who's down?

High rate of maori infants suffering sudden deaths prompts Hutt Valley hui

Caregivers must keep vigilant to curb the growing number of infants suffering sudden deaths.

Three fatal road crashes in 10 hours

Three people are dead following road crashes in Auckland, Hamilton and Southland.

Mt Ruapehu avalanches spark volcano worries

Hikers up to Mt Ruapehu's crater lake are being warned of small geyser-like eruptions.

Woman assaulted by intruder in her bedroom at Paraparaumu Beach

A woman woke up to a horrific surprise in her bedroom at Paraparaumu Beach.

Auckland elevator shaft patient in a 'serious but stable' condition

A construction worker who fell five storeys down an elevator shaft is now in a "serious but stable" condition

Man dies in one-car crash in Hamilton

A man has died after his car mounted a curb, hit a wall and then crashed into a signpost in Hamilton.

'Waiotahi' corrected to 'Waiotahe'

The people of Bay of Plenty's Waiotahi may not have noticed a difference, but on Thursday their town's name changed to Waiotahe. 

StudyLink worker stole $61,000 to fund gambling addiction

A StudyLink worker stole student financial support payments to fund his gambling addiction.

Weekend weather starts well for most, then rain

Showers on the way, despite a fine Friday.

Rena disaster huge but environmental effects not long-lasting

The cleanup of the Rena wreck in the Bay of Plenty has cost hundreds of millions of dollars but long-term environmental damage is slight, scientists say.

How the collectables craze is turning children into brand-savvy shoppers

Is the little collectables craze harmless family fun, or ethically questionable marketing?

Woman in hospital after fire in Castlecliff, Whanganui

One person has been taken to hospital with smoke inhalation after a house fire.

NZTA to retry bungled Waikato cycle lane trial

As NZTA apologises for an ill-conceived cycle lane trial, they advise of a new one.

Health and safety reform bill passes, amid division over worker representation

Controversial health and safety legislation, which does does not classify farms as high risk, has passed in Parliament.

That won't wash: Porirua City Council bans car washing on driveways

Porirua council says cars must be washed only on grass. But what if you don't have any?

Nearly a quarter of NZ women drink after realising they are pregnant - study

With 1 in 10 continuing to consume alcohol throughout pregnancy.

Invercargill man could be charged after dogs maul neighbours' cat

An Invercargill man may face charges after four of his dogs mauled a neighbours' cat to death as a family watched on in terror.

Mystery man tells court: I am just myself

A surreal exchange took place in court between a community magistrate and a man who refused to confirm his identity.

South Westland Area School damaged in blaze

A Hari Hari school left $60,000 out of pocket by Cyclone Ita damage has now been damaged by fire.

Sister of Mt Cook crash victim pays tribute to 'our gorgeous girl'

Young woman killed in a car crash near Mt Cook had "just started her life", sister says.

SkyCity prepares to jump final Auckland Convention Centre hurdle

SkyCity's consent application to build the Auckland convention centre is heard today.

Prime Minister John Key faces protesters in Dunedin

Protesters have interrupted Prime Minister John Key's visit to Dunedin.

Oamaru mechanic killed in workplace accident

A 58-year-old Oamaru mechanic dies after truck deck came down on him.

Thousands rejected for elective surgery assessment in Canterbury

More people refused surgery assessment in Canterbury than any other district health board.

Vincent Skeen trial text: 'OMG he might die ... I can't believe it'

Teen on trial for the murder of Luke Tipene murder told a friend after the stabbing that he'd "messed up", court hears.

Parliament considering petition on abortion law changes

A Taranaki mother who has endured years of sleepless nights fearing her teenage daughter was taking her own life is calling for abortion law changes.

Wellington's 100-year-old bus depot building to go

Kilbirnie's century-old bus depot is going to be torn down.

Mother and disabled son offered house after five months

Disabled man and mum get house after two months in caravan and five months on HNZ waiting list.

Law Society still concerned about 'secret courts'

A row over secret courts rumbles on - with the Law Society refusing to back down on fears over new health and safety laws.

60 jobs to go in major Christchurch City Council restructure

Council staff are "upset" and "shocked" by news they stand to lose their jobs under major restructure.

Te Ururoa Flavell launches inquiry into finances of Far North Aupouri Maori Trust

A ministerial inquiry has been launched into the finances of a Far North Maori trust

Hamilton dairy owner 'a hero' for gun robbery wrestle

A Hamilton dairy owner was 'brave' in his attempts to wrestle a rifle wielding robber.

Trevor Mallard: Flag issue about PM's ego, not what Kiwis want

OPINION: The middle of the commemoration of World War 1 is not the time to discuss changing our nation's flag.

Grain spillage signals continued softening of biosecurity rules for imports

The Ministry of Primary Industries is being slammed for relaxed quarantine measures in the wake of two maize spillages. 

Man arrested by Palmerston North police after central city incident

Police have arrested a man after an incident in central Palmerston North.

Rebecca Louise Townshend confirmed as woman killed in Mt Cook crash

The woman killed in a crash near Mt Cook on Monday was Rebecca Louise Townshend, 18.

Detective criticises police report into Jai Davis' death in Otago prison

Senior detective criticises "substandard" police report into drug overdose death at Otago prison.

Taranaki Regional Council work to clean up synthetic drilling mud spill

About 200 to 300 litres of synthetic drilling mud is being removed from a Taranaki stormwater system after a spill on Wednesday.
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