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Maori king's son's ruling appealed

Korotangi Paki

Crown to appeal against judge's ruling that let Maori king's son off drink driving and theft charges.

Farmer injured by bull

Generic farm

A Hawke’s Bay farmer has been injured in an encounter with a bull.

Parents 'gamble' over seatbelts

Car seat belt

Parents are "gambling" with their children's lives by not using car seatbelts, police say.

Editor defends cartoon decision

Joanna Norris

'Cynical and simplistic' cartoon drew attention to important issue, The Press editor says.

Man breached protection order


Prominent Tauranga professional appeared in Auckland District Court in a bid to keep his record clean, following a breach of court orders to stop him contacting his son.

Wellington Railway Station being strengthened

Wellington railway station

Work to strengthen Wellington Railway Station's earthquake-prone main entrance begins next week.

Israeli flag-burning defended

John Minto at anti-Israel protest

Mana activist John Minto says defacing Israeli flags at a march in Auckland was appropriate due to the "massacre".

Frosty family dynamic delays sentencing


Judge refuses to let brawling father and son duo serve home detention at the same address.

Kennel delays telling owner dog escaped

Family's worry and anger begin to mount

	 Broden Miller

Broden Miller has cried every night since his canine friend vanished.

Brendan Horan sued by former friend

BACK TO COURT: Independent MP Brendan Horan.

MP Brendan Horan is being sued by convicted tax avoider Colin Henderson for defamation.

Booze, speed factors in crash

Maeroa, crash

A road crash on a Hamilton suburban street may have booze, speed and lack of restraints to thank.

Drug motive behind chemical theft


Police believe the gathering of drug precursors was behind the theft of a potentially lethal chemical.

Parliament's prayer up for review


Parliament could get a new prayer after the election in September.

Hauiti protected to the bitter end

Claudette Hauiti

OPINION: Claudette Hauiti's travel agent must be amazing - $200 return to Australia is a steal.

Smith not guilty of murder: jury

daniel ethan smith

An Oamaru man has been found not guilty of the 2010 murder of teenager William Lewis in retrial.

Bomb scare at Christchurch police station


Christchurch police station reopens after robot used to confirm suspicious package not a bomb.

Drink driver jailed over fatal crash


A father tells court of losing his only daughter, as the drink driving mate who caused her death is jailed.

Robber on home detention cut off bracelet

Legal high

Man on home detention jailed after going walkabout when legal high made him 'claustrophobic'.

Meth found in morning raid


More than $100,000 worth of meth seized by police after early morning raid in Northland.

Stinging review for Parliamentary Service

beehive parliament

Parliament's back office has received a stinging performance review.

South Auckland college says no to community violence

violence campaign

Mangere College is the first school to implement 'It's not OK' campaign in a bid to prevent family violence.

Auckland Council bylaw looks at chooks, cats


Urban Aucklanders may have the number of chickens they can own without permission halved.

Man fined for balaclava sex act


Women shocked to see man in window wearing nothing but a balaclava and clothes pegs.

Accident on Auckland Harbour Bridge slows traffic

ak traffic

Motorists heading for Auckland's North Shore faced major delays this morning after a crash on the harbour bridge.

How bad is this flu season?


It's the worst flu season in years, Google reckons - but the Health Ministry's not so sure.

All Means All halts hunger strike

Mark Feary

Prisoner serving sentence for threatening to kill the prime minister, starts eating and drinking again.

Firefighters battle freezing works blaze


Fire crews rip off half of Hawke's Bay freezing works' roof to get to blaze.

Feilding SPCA wins case against cat owner


SPCA prosecutes woman for failing to take cat to vet for more than two weeks despite bones of its tail being exposed.

Fine now - showers later

Sun, sunny, hot day, heat wave

After a cold night, today is expected to bring clear skies and later showers across the country.

Rebuild proving to be a noisy business


The story of the Christchurch rebuild can be told in noise complaints, according to new data.

Aussies lobby Govt over rebuild

Joe Hockey in Chch

Australian businesses complain they are being shut out of the Christchurch rebuild.

Convicted meth cook's appeal fails


Bernard Alan Devries was again found guilty at his retrial of manufacturing methamphetamine in 2010.

Frenetic day marks final countdown

John Key

Parliament starts final countdown to election with PM jettisoning an MP in disgrace, while Labour leader admits he was wrong over break.

Medical man's painful $1m divorce

Generic money

A wealthy medical specialist will lose more than $1 million to his ex-wife in a divorce settlement.

Twenty arrested after aggravated robbery spree


Three men face charges of attempted murder after a two-month police investigation into a series of aggravated robberies across Waikato.

Pair risk lives to save cat

 Jason Hill and Pauline the cat

Invercargill couple defend their decision to dash back into their smoke-logged house to rescue their cat.

Hammers mania all in the family

Miles Davis

Miles Davis is such a fanatic that he named five of his six sons after West Ham players.

Board of inquiry says 'NO' to Basin flyover

 Basin flyover opponents,

Millions of dollars of investment in Wellington is now in doubt after plans for a Basin Reserve flyover fell over.

Something in the air down here


Data on high pollution days this year shows the worst-affected areas are in the lower South Island.

Hockey hints at expat change

John Key and Joe Hockey

Australia's Treasurer Joe Hockey signals willingness to bend on the rights of Kiwi expats across the Tasman.

Man avoids jail for child abuse images

Craig Wyber

A man busted with more than 1000 child sex abuse and bestiality images has avoided jail.

Grandma punched alleged rapist


A grandmother choked up telling a jury how she confronted and attacked the man she believed raped her intellectually disabled granddaughter.

Treaty deals await Crown decision


Iwi voters endorse two pending Treaty settlements but must wait for final go-ahead from the Crown.

'Kitchen work' for no-bible student


Mother says son was "made to wash dishes" after she chose to opt him out of school's religious classes.

Boys strive to stand out - in uniform

student Joe Reid

Teenage schoolboys are putting a fashionable twist to their uniforms in an effort to keep up their image.

Killer will reoffend says victim's mother

Vanessa Woodman

Mother of killed teen adamant killer will offend again, after Parole Board said it would support his temporary release.

Cunliffe: 'I'm going to let people in'

David Cunliffe

The story the Labour leader is "tricky" is driven by National. His oldest friends see another man.

Compo may be limited without proof

Satellite image of MH17 crash site in Ukraine

NZ families of MH17 victims may have to prove Malaysia Airlines should not have been flying over a war zone.

Lobbying by mayors led to ban on legal highs

Legal high

Nationwide mayoral revolt against legal highs put immense pressure on the Govt to ban the drugs outright, newly released documents show.

Help us cut 'dumb' red tape - Key

Red tape

Kiwis with gripes about red tape will be asked to tell the Government about "crazy" regulation as part of a campaign to reduce the number of rules around property ownership, Prime Minister John Key says.
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