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Pensioner pleads guilty over racist rant on Wellington bus

A Wellington pensioner has pleaded guilty over charges in relation to his racist rant on a bus.

Man jailed for sexually assaulting elderly Hawke's Bay women

Man who sexually assaulted two elderly women sentenced to nearly 13 years in jail.

Homicide probe after Christchurch prisoner dies following assault

Homicide probe after life support switched off

Police launch homicide probe after prisoner with a history of violence is assaulted and dies.

Car plunges into Taramakau River

A man has walked free after his car plunged down a West Coast river bank, police say.

Alcohol risks outlined to mums

Drinking while pregnant isn't worth the risk, says Alcohol Healthwatch health promoter Christine Rogan.

Supermarkets stay vigilant over 1080 baby formula threat

Supermarkets still vigilant over threat to lace baby food with 1080 as blackmailer's deadline looms.

Bike, phone stolen in Waikanae gunpoint robbery

A masked man has robbed a 20-year-old of his bicycle and phone at gunpoint in Waikanae, police say.

NZ troops sent to Australia for Isis training

Up to 50 troops sent to Australia for training - a step closer to their deployment in Iraq where they are set to join the fight against Islamic State.

Poison porcupine fish wash up on Taranaki beach

A wave of poisonous porcupine fish have washed up on a New Plymouth beach.

Brave pair rescue drowning man from Wellington Harbour

Man and woman swim 50m in darkness to rescue an unconscious man in Wellington Harbour.

CAA cracks down on drones

A move to toughen penalties for wayward drone operators is backed by a Hamilton man who breached drone rules.

Paengaroa fatal crash victim named

The Te Puke man who died in a head-on car crash at Paengaroa, south of Tauranga, was Ian Foote.

Labour seeks closer relationship with NZ First

Labour leader Andrew Little plans to pave the way for a closer relationship with NZ First's Winston Peters when they meet this week.

Sunshine across the country

Settled autumn weather will see the sun make an appearance everywhere on Tuesday.

Crown Lynn pottery museum set to open

Crown Lynn’s white swan vases are set to be the centrepiece of a new museum housing a collection of Kiwi crown jewels.

Self-defence claimed in knifing trial

Trial for Picton man accused of stabbing teen eight times begins in the Blenheim District Court.

Careless driver who killed cyclist can drive tractors

A man who ploughed a car into a group of cyclists, killing one and injuring others, is able to drive tractors on his farm.

Proposed Wellington air control tower to lean into wind

Airways NZ applies for resource consent for 32-metre air traffic control tower with 12.5 degree lean.

Fire crews contain ammonia spill at Port of Timaru

Firefighters have isolated a hazardous ammonia spill at the Port of Timaru.

Nicky Hager leads debate on New Zealand troops deployed to Iraq to fight Isis

Nicky Hager leads debate on NZ role in Iraq

"We don't want to be part of it, we prefer if NZ did not participate in the war," says Muslim Association president.

St Bede's College hires new lawyer for rowing stoush

The Christchurch school at the centre of a stoush with the parents of two rowers has hired a new lawyer.

Christchurch police officers witness serious crash

Two police officers "were very nearly caught up" in a crash that left one person seriously injured.

South Canterbury crash victim just back from overseas trip

The man killed in a South Canterbury car crash on Sunday was from the Middle East and lived and worked in Oamaru.

Bexley suburb returns to nature

'It's getting much easier to live here'

The Christchurch suburb of Bexley is almost off the map.

Videoed sex-romp participant leaves for UK

A woman videoed in a late-night sex romp with a senior colleague has moved away.

Dump power-price plan says Labour's energy spokesman

Labour is being urged to dump its controversial NZ Power policy by its own energy spokesman.

Surgery hope for amputee mother-of-two

Meningococcal septicaemia survivor Penny Gifkins hopes innovative surgery will transform her life.

University of California's closer ties with Waikato

The University of Waikato has signed a deal with a Californian institution to share knowledge and work on research.

Army exercises upsets Christchurch red-zoners

Red-zone life is traumatising enough without troops of soldiers firing guns and throwing grenades nearby, a Christchurch family says.

Teina Pora retrial not in public interest: Crown

Privy Council confirms Pora should not be retried

Tourist driver fined $1430 for crash

Timber truck driver suffers flashbacks after Chinese driver collided with his vehicle.

Facebook friends find stolen car

Social media as power for good

Facebook proved a valuable tool in the recovery of a stolen car in Timaru on Monday.

Support for cancer sufferer 'warms my heart'

Designer Claire Prebble's battle with cancer has attracted donations from as far afield as Bahrain.

Minor flaws found in State Highway 1's Otaihanga roundabout

Despite several accidents since it opened, a SH1 roundabout has only 'minor to moderate' safety issues.

More Kiwis think Asians are to blame for rising property prices

A growing proportion of Kiwis think Asians are to blame for rising house prices, a report finds.

Poi E flash-mob revival at CubaDupa

With nods to Michael Jackson and the movie Boy, hundreds danced to Poi E.

Mark Lundy retrial: Day 36

Lundy jury to deliberate a second day after the judge urged them "not be scared" by the task of finding a verdict.

Wellington's Golden Mile needs safety review, coroner says

Venessa Green's death points to need for safety review of Golden Mile, coroner says.

NZ pilots’ association offers stressed members help

NZ pilots’ association offers support to manage stress in the wake of the Germanwings disaster.

War horses march in Hamilton

They suffered in war with those who would become our forefathers, our heroes and our fallen - then never came home.

Man died after doctor told him to stop taking medication

GP "truly devastated" by the death of a patient he mistakenly ordered to stop taking medication. 

Government to start again on RMA changes

Government loses its majority on planned environmental law changes and has to start again.

Police seek driver after suspected gang clash in Masterton

Police seek driver of after a woman was seriously injured in Masterton.

Family's fresh start in Wellington soured by stolen car

A fresh start in Wellington got off to rotten start for a Nelson family only hours after they arrived in the city.

Sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson released from prison

Convicted sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson has been released back into the community.

Mark Lundy retrial: Jury retires

Jurors in the Lundy trial have been told not to make a moral judgment about Mark Lundy using a prostitute.

Franz Josef locals in limbo over fault plan

West Coast business owners say they have been in limbo for four years over proposed zoning plan.

Dead sparrows found with wire rings round their necks in Wellington

A bird killer with a penchant for trinkets is on the loose in Wellington.

Driver killed in head-on crash

A head-on crash 35km east of Tauranga has left one driver dead and another seriously injured.

Mystery surrounds death of Wellington woman found in town belt

Mystery still surrounds the death of a Wellington woman whose body was found in Wellington's town belt.
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