Old cars are killing us

Drivers in older vehicles are more likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash. (File photo)

8:25 AM  New cars have gotten much safer, but NZ's road toll is going up. The problem: we're driving other countries' castoffs.

Why the Kiwi summer is so deadly

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) chief executive officer Jonty Mills said New Zealand could achieve a "zero drowning" ...

With all NZ's coast, lakes and rivers, we have twice Australia's drowning rate, and a fatal complacency.

Ex-pat's treasure trove home gallery video

Michael Nalder lives in an incredible Bali home.

Enchanted by Bali’s climate and its “beautiful people”, a former Wellingtonian has created a sanctuary there

Harbour ferry goes electric

East by West will launch the southern hemisphere's first fully-electric ferry next year.

East by West to launch southern hemisphere's first fully-electric ferry in Wellington.

Roads in 'desperate need' of repair

State Highway 58 north of Wellington is one of the roads targeted in a $1.4 billion road safety upgrade package. (File photo)

Highways targeted in $1.4b safety upgrade have suffered 'years of neglect'.

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ACC's $8m super-doctor video

Dr Bill Turner strongly denied ACC was selecting him because case workers expected him to reject their clients' injury ...

Pain specialist paid millions for second opinions, despite a judge saying he is "flying in the face of medical evidence".

Principals 'pocket' poaching fee

Education Minister Chris Hipkins: "We don't want school principals' remuneration, in the future, to be based on their ...

Education leaders accuse school heads of poaching students to grow their school rolls – and line their own pockets. That's "an absolute insult", principals retort.

Stats boss should be nervous video

At semi-rural Omahu School, near Hastings, pupils contend with rusty playground equipment, a shut-down swimming pool and ...

OPINION: As a schoolboy, the education minister took on failing leaders. He won't hesitate to do it again, says Jonathan Milne.

Census flaws hit school funding

Students at Omahu School are predominantly Maori, and the community is remote.

Critical problems with Census 2018 data force a 'frustrated' Education Minister to urgently overhaul school funding – because he doesn't have info he needs.

14 people win second division

Twenty-one lucky people will be celebrating Christmas early this week after Lotto wins across the country.

Fourteen people have each won more than $18,000 in Lotto's second division.

Lawn debacle ends on happy note

A second note was placed in the letterboxes of Brora Crescent residents after some addresses were targeted by an ...

First they got an anonymous note telling them to mow their lawns. A second drop has spread festive cheer.

Head injury on Lime launch day

Lime e-scooters launched in Hutt Valley on Friday.

Man hospitalised with serious injury after first 400 e-scooters hit Hutt Valley streets.

Big plans for tough suburb

Taiti Ahiao, 13 with his great grandmother Kau Ahiao, 89. Living with extended family makes a wonderful home, Taiti said.

Porirua's Cannons Creek is a suburb tipped for change. Whether that's a good thing depends on who you ask.

Anonymous lawn shaming letters

Residents of Brora Crescent in Porirua want to know who left anonymous notes in their letterboxes telling them to mow ...

Porirua resident's mailbox drop lets neighbours know their lawns aren't up to scratch.

'Spirit medium' loses appeal

Craig Wright leaves Napier District Court at the time of his trial in May. (File photo)

Craig Wright fails in bid to appeal conviction for indecently assaulted a teen in a "cleansing ritual".

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News

Xmas sales: The 'anchoring' ruse

Shops' selling techniques can be bad news, especially at Christmas.

Beware the "normal price" during sales these Christmas holidays.

Drowning in disturbing data video

Each year about 110 people die in New Zealand waters, and yet many believe 'she'll be right'.

The choice solution to congestion

Council tech could interfere with cars

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Cruise ship stoush threatens jobs video

Lyttelton's new $60m cruise berth is on track to be completed by late 2020 and it is expected to greatly increase ...

Akaroa's battle raises questions about controls on the growing fleet of behemoths plying NZ waters.

Vaping it forward

Morris Lazootin, owner of Vapoureyes, an Australasian vape company.

Meet the Australasian vaping company targeting beneficiaries - as employees.

One-horse commercial property race

The Spark building in Willis St central Wellington sold this year for $197.5m to New Zealand investors, the biggest ...

Overseas investors spend about $1.8 billion buying Kiwi office buildings

Dogfight over airport land plans

Kāpiti Coast Airport at Paraparaumu has more land than it needs for airport operations. (File photo)

Anti-competitive behaviour an ulterior motive behind planning court case, judge says.

Bid to evict in-laws fails

This property in Gisborne was the subject of a dispute between a couple and their daughter-in-law in the High Court.

A woman has failed in a bid to have her former parents-in-law removed from their own property.

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A moving act of kindness

Jane Bowron is between houses and has been staying with friends whose spotless abode is an endless rebuke to her ...

OPINION: You really know who your friends are when you move house.

Discoveries help reveal future

An illustration of the sun-bound Parker Solar Probe.

OPINION: It's been a big year for scientific breakthroughs, with the discoveries spanning art and evolution, space, and medical technology.

Drowning in disturbing data video

In the last decade 834 people have died. Of those 688 were men and 146 were women, according to Water Safety New Zealand.

Each year about 110 people die in New Zealand waters, and yet many believe 'she'll be right'.

A welcome end to segregation

Education Minister Chris Hipkins gets schooled on drones by Jack Chapman,14, at Mana College in Porirua, after an ...

OPINION: Competition and zoning conspired to keep poor brown kids out of desirable schools.

Time to test sunscreens

With the highest melanoma rates in the world, being able to rely on the efficacy of sunscreens is a public health issue.

Consumer NZ's call for mandatory standards for sunscreens is a good idea that should be taken up. 

Culture

Accessible theatre on the rise

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What's on in Wellington

Check out a range of Christmas storytime events on at Wellington City Libraries.

Take a look at what's happening around Wellington.

Ghostly terracotta warriors revealed video

The terracotta warriors cut ghostly figures in the low light of Te Papa's new exhibition.

Ten thousand kilometres, 2300 years. That's how far these warriors have had to travel to see Wellington.

The pale lens of history

The figures represent different people involved in the Wairau Incident of 1843, where 26 people died after a clash ...

 Pale figures at Porirua's Pātaka gallery show another side of New Zealand's history.

Ambulance life shown through lens

All proceeds from the sale of Adrian Heke's book will go towards the Wellington Free Ambulance.

Photographer Adrian Heke captured the ups and downs of life in the back of an ambulance.

Capital Life

The choice solution to congestion

Michael Barnett: We love our cars but we need more good, reliable options to leave them at home if we are to fix ...

OPINION: We won't fix the capital's congestion issues with more cars. It's about giving commuters more options.

Heavy traffic, fine weather

Traffic has been heavy on SH1 over the weekend as sunshine graced the capital.

The weekend has seen a stint of fine weather but it's been slow going on some of the capital's roads.

Lawn debacle ends on happy note

A second note was placed in the letterboxes of Brora Crescent residents after some addresses were targeted by an ...

First they got an anonymous note telling them to mow their lawns. A second drop has spread festive cheer.

A curry to rave about

The success of Goan raw fish curry hinges on the right fish. WBC uses warehou, trevally and moki.

People from Goa might not know this dish, but locals have been raving about it for years.

Accessible theatre on the rise

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Hold your hand out and imagine you're holding a mandarin.

Sport

Wellington in frame for NRL expansion

A fairly good crowd turned up the last time the Warriors played in Wellington.

Wellington could have an NRL team by 2023 as the league looks at adding more sides.

Nix training like they lost video

Phoenix defender Steven Taylor, right, fights for the ball with Sydney's Rhyan Grant.

Phoenix "doing the extras" as they shoot for their first back-to-back wins since April 2017.

Basin facelift in full swing

The new players' pavilion at the Basin Reserve is ready to go for Saturday's first test.

The shiny new Basin Reserve pavilion is ready. Now the countdown begins for the Museum Stand's major overhaul.

Bowling champs take to the world stage video

Teen tenpin bowlers Devan Sahayam, 16, left, Ash Ball, 19, and Clare Sahayam, 17, have all been selected to represent ...

Three teens are ready to knock down their competition on the international stage of tenpin bowling.

Canterbury clinch semifinal berth

Olive Tapu gets congratulations from Canterbury manager Kate Turner after their 3-2 win over Wellington in Christchurch.

Canterbury trailed in four matches at halfway but recovered to beat Wellington 3-2 in the feature clash.

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