A security camera showed him inside the Four Square about 11 hours earlier staring at the ceiling.
"I teach my students to stand up for themselves, now it's my turn," reads a placard.
A police officer who hit a motorcyclist while doing a U-turn in his unmarked car was trying to catch a speeding driver.
When a teacher is sick, schools can try more than 10 subs before giving up and making classes "double up".
He was found lying in the store room in the recovery position. Close to $9k was missing.
For the past two decades, Airbus has been the "one-stop shop" for RNZAF planes.
People living in rural communities will face less of a trek to recycle their rubbish.
A quarter of the rare seabirds have been lost in the last three years, leaving residents and industry wondering why.
In a post-Boaty McBoatface era, asking people to name anything can be fraught with disparaging danger. Having said that.
Artists are starting to twig that few galleries can compete with the local pub in terms of getting their work "out there".
Lots of people get "hangry" especially when they have had a few too many.
Owners of a historic steam train have pledged to offset its carbon emissions by planting trees at schools and parks.
Drivers are fed-up with people using mobility park spaces without a displayed permit.
The two young artists behind Blenheim's newest tattoo parlour have made a strong start, already booked out for months in advance.
Teachers roar for two-day strike idea, ramping up the pressure after the PM criticised them for striking too early.
The field of dreams is ready - and tickets are still available to Nelson's All Blacks test.
OPINION: The train trip along the Kaikōura coast isn't just spectacular, it's economically vital.
Living and farming the northern end of d'Urville Island is about as remote as it gets for farming in the top of the south these days.
OPINION: If "non-existent" wallabies are a pest in Marlborough, "we might as well regard rhinos and hippos as a threat".
OPINION: Don't let scenic surf break survive violent earthquake only to be damaged by cycleway.
OPINION: Our national carrier might be much lauded, but customer service is what truly counts.
Ask any producer and they will tell you making a product is the easy part, selling it is another matter altogether and that is where Tony Downing and the team at Downing Creative shine.
Beekeepers and honey hobbyists think the ancient beverage of mead could give the wine industry some much needed competition.
"Frustrating" or "fascinating"? Depends how you look at it, says confidence coach with no time for fence-sitters.
It's been a two-year rebuild on the quake-damaged railway line on the South Island's east coast.
A passion for pinot noir brought celebrated Hong Kong cellist Elgee Leung to New Zealand to study the art of winemaking.
Kono general manager Karen O'Brien believes creating the best quality seafood is all about people and passion.
This week we asked children in room six from Renwick School: What is something you don't understand about grownups?
For South Korean visitor Lee Hyun-Jae, a month was all it took to fall in love with Marlborough. Now he wants to move his entire family over to join him.
After our bumpy ride to the Taylor Dam, George and I were on mission to find a smooth(ish), off road track that could still offer a good amount of adventure.
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