Immigration changes cancelled?

Prime Minister Bill English won't rule it backing down on the proposed changes.

The Government is likely to scrub out major changes to immigration law that were announced in April.

Dad found dead on farm

Bryan Edmonds leaves behind his partner Alana Tait and two sons Rawiri,1, and 11-month-old Tipene.

6:57 AM  Bryan Edmonds stopped for a glass of water. An hour later he was found dead on the West Coast dairy farm.

Man dead in Te Awamutu

Police are investigating the unexplained death of a man found outside a Te Awamutu property on Sunday evening. (FILE PHOTO)

Police are treating the death of a man found in a Waikato town as unexplained.

Floodwater breaches home video

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Deborah Buchanan stands in her water damaged house looking located in Clarendon ...

Resident returns to find floodwater has washed through her quake-damaged home.

Girl, 9, drowns in bath video

Yearbury speaks to media outside the house where the 9-year-old girl drowned in a bathtub.

An Auckland family is "really raw at the moment" after a young child drowned at home.

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Immigration backdown

Prime Minister Bill English says there is big demand for skilled migrants

Proposed immigration crackdown will be watered down after a backlash from provincial bosses.

'Serious' crash at roundabout

Traffic backed up at the Mungavin roundabout following the crash.

Single vehicle involved in 'serious' morning crash at busy Porirua roundabout that crosses SH1.

Floods: roads still closed

The clean up begins after two months of rain fell in two days. Pictured: Diana McKay cleans flood debris off Waimea Tce ...

More than 25 Christchurch roads are still closed after two months of rain fell in 48 hours.

Chart: Voter turnout

In 2014, close to 1 million enrolled voters from across the country didn't vote.

There's quite a gap between the younger New Zealanders casting their ballot and our keenest group of voters.

Manawatu Gorge alternative urgent

Contractors work in the Manawatu Gorge earlier this year. Their efforts have so far been futile.

OPINION: For over 130 years, bits of the Manawatu Gorge have been falling down. But this time it might be closed forever.

Drains: Not sexy, but needed

When the drains block, fixing them isn't pleasant.

Forget fancy council projects, most Kiwis just want the country to not turn into Atlantis every time it lightly drizzles.

Giving away AEDs

Himatangi Community Beach Patrol were one of the three recipients of the June defibrillators.

Thousands more automated external defibrillators are needed in NZ, so a campaign has been launched to help

Offer tax cuts for the childless

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has opened a can of worms.

OPINION: It's not just cows who are gross producers of waste. The Greens should realise this, writes Jane Bowron.

Urgent sugary drinks tax needed

An expert panel says the Government needs to do more to improve New Zealanders' health.

Experts call for action to fill gaps on healthy food policies

Curfew to curb boy racers? video

More than 100 residents, boy racers, police and regional council representatives turned out for the meeting on Onion ...

Boy racers and residents met face to face to talk about rising tensions in Te Kowhai.

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crime

Masterton bar attackers sought

The assault happened at the Jackson Street Bar, in Masterton, on Sunday, July 16. The victim is still in hospital, a ...

Police are still hunting for a group who bashed teen outside bar.

Conman allowed to sue

A serial conman says probation officers' negligence cost him, and he's going to sue.

Escaping the Beast of Blenheim

Gran cheated welfare of $250k

nz earthquake

Forecasting the next big quake

The Adelphi Hotel, in Kaikoura, was pulled down due to earthquake damage.

It's impossible to say when an earthquake is going to strike. But the predictable patterns of aftershocks can help.

Temporary quake houses open

Waiau was one of the most badly affected towns in November's magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

Eight months on from the quakes, affected Waiau residents have access to warm dry homes.

The road stealing the workers

More than 1300 workers are involved in the earthquake repairs to SH1.

They don't want to work in the local town anymore - as their heads are turned by the promises of higher wages and more hours on the road.

Wrapping comes off Queensgate

The damaged section of Queensgate Mall is getting a "rigid air barrier", overlaid with steel cladding.

Rebuild plans for mall are still unclear, as damaged section gets a face change.

politics

Labour vows to equalise cancer care

Labour leader Andrew Little, who survived cancer, is vowing to make sure treatment is equal across the country.

The Labour Party wants to get rid of the "post-code lottery" of cancer care in New Zealand.

Housing shortage talk in PN

Labour housing spokesman Phil Twyford says families are living in motels and cars as the waiting list for state houses ...

 If NZ had a Labour-led government it should "take the bull by the horns" and fix the housing crisis.

Mental health 'a huge' election issue video

Comedian Mike King has been taking a stand about how New Zealand is tackling mental health and suicide.

Without social media mental health would not be on the election agenda, says Mike King

Immigration: Why is NZ touchy? video

NZ First leader Winston Peters may see a surge in support as concern over immigration grows.

Immigration looks set to become a key issue in this year's general election. So why do we find it so hard to talk about?

education

Troubled school 'business as usual'

Aparima College principal Kaye Day. The latest Governmental report on the College said "urgent" improvement in ...

A troubled Southland secondary school is to continue as usual, despite its leadership coming under fire.

Zealandia plans bush classroom

A concept drawing of Zealandia's bush classroom, which has been granted resource consent.

Wellington eco-sanctuary to expand educational offerings for schoolchildren.

Students: an $83m workforce

Sea Digital general manager Felicity Douglas and head of creative Nick Schuler with student employee Adam Scott (standing).

While hitting the books, students are collectively earning more than they have in nine years.

Ngaio Marsh Theatre under way

The new Ngaio Marsh Theatre will be open to students and the wider community in 2019.

Start of $28m build realises a six-year dream for University of Canterbury Students' Association.

health

Kapiti calls for hospital

K Gurunathan says: "We have particular needs with more than 26 per cent of our population over 65 years old. You can't ...

Nearly 10,000 people have signed a petition, citing "critical need" for better care.

DHB boss's spending questioned

Waikato District Health Board chief executive Nigel Murray.

Waikato DHB remains tight-lipped over private meeting.

Mental health 'a huge' election issue video

Comedian Mike King has been taking a stand about how New Zealand is tackling mental health and suicide.

Without social media mental health would not be on the election agenda, says Mike King

Save yourself from antibiotic resistance

People who take antibiotics too often could create bacteria that become untreatable.

Play your part in keeping superbugs at bay: Doctors urge patients to learn what's good for them.

women of influence

Women of Influence 2017 finalists

Alison Mau is one of the finalists this year for our Women of Influence.

From the boardroom table to the farm stable, women of influence finalists have stories from every corner of the country.

Cerebral palsy blogger nominated for leadership

Grace Stratton has been nominated in the Young Leader category of this year's Women of Influence awards

Born with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, 17-year-old Grace Stratton uses her disability to inspire others.

Joan Withers: A woman's place

Joan Withers: "My approach to life and business boils down to this: there are no shortcuts. No silver bullets."

... is anywhere she wants it to be, according to the high-profile businesswoman, but it's not easy.

We still need feminism

"I know I'm not the only person that came to feminism later in life," says Anna Guenther.

OPINION: I never thought I was a feminist, but three things made me realise it's still important:

farming

Otago farm 90% underwater

Parks' farm after the water rushed through.

John Parks has seen some bad floods on his Taieri Plains farm, but this one was different.

Farmers combat deluge

Federated Farmers branch chairman Mark Adams said farmers always prepared for bad weather and made sure they had extra ...

Reports of farmers stranded after storm damages culverts, creeks and fences.

Don't spare the cream cheese

A tea macchiato with a topping of cream cheese is all the go in China.

Chinese consumers are finding 'bold' new ways of using cream cheese and Fonterra is capitalising on the trend.

Weeds: counting the cost

The cost of the giant buttercup to the dairy industry could be as high as $592 million a year if it spread across its ...

New Zealand's farms and forests could be even more productive if it weren't for weeds.

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    Auckland

    'Unglamorous end of fashion' video

    Ninety per cent of textiles can be reused, but they are just on a one-way road to landfill, Casey says.

    The Formary transforms used clothes into industrial textiles.

    The right time to get your dog desexed

    Your dog should be desexed at an early age, generally when they are about six months old.

    Your dog should be desexed at an early age, generally when they are about six months old.

    Urgent sugary drinks tax needed

    An expert panel says the Government needs to do more to improve New Zealanders' health.

    Experts call for action to fill gaps on healthy food policies

    No reward despite effort

    NZ Warriors Mason Lino steps Cowboys Te Marie Martin.

    OPINION It did not go our way again, my Vodafone Warriors losing in Townsville to the North Queensland Cowboys 24-12.

    Wellington

    Corgis worth a queen's ransom video

    Jack and Joyce Luo spent more than $20,000 to bring their beloved welsh corgis Amy and Lucky from Beijing when they ...

    Couple shell out $20,000 to bring their beloved dogs to join them in NZ.

    'Serious' Porirua crash

    Traffic backed up at the Mungavin roundabout following the crash.

    Car crashes at busy Porirua roundabout that crosses over SH1.

    Drains: Not sexy, but needed

    When the drains block, fixing them isn't pleasant.

    OPINION: Most Kiwis just want the country to not turn into Atlantis every time it lightly drizzles, raher than fancy council projects.

    Car buried by slip

    The buried Mazda in Palliser Rd, Roseneath, on Sunday morning.

    Owner was at a party when he discovered his Mazda 6 under a pile of dirt.

    Canterbury

    Floodwater breaches home video

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Deborah Buchanan stands in her water damaged house looking located in Clarendon ...

    Resident returned to find floodwater has washed through her quake-damaged home.

    Dad dies on Coast farm

    Bryan Edmonds leaves behind his partner Alana Tait and two sons Rawiri,1, and 11-month-old Tipene.

    Bryan Edmonds stopped for a glass of water. An hour later he was found dead on the West Coast dairy farm.

    Floods: roads still closed

    The clean up begins after two months of rain fell in two days. Pictured: Diana McKay cleans flood debris off Waimea Tce ...

    More than 25 Christchurch roads are still closed after two months of rain fell in 48 hours.

    A family mass murder

    Martin van Beynen spent years re-investigating the Bain family murders for the Black Hands podcast.

    Stuff presents a special 10-part podcast series on the Bain family murders.

    Waikato

    Curfew to curb boy racers? video

    More than 100 residents, boy racers, police and regional council representatives turned out for the meeting on Onion ...

    Boy racers and residents met face to face to talk about rising tensions in Te Kowhai.

    Death 'unexplained'

    Police are investigating the unexplained death of a man found outside a Te Awamutu property on Sunday evening. (FILE PHOTO)

    Police are treating the death of a man found in a Waikato town as unexplained.

    DHB boss's pending questioned

    Waikato District Health Board chief executive Nigel Murray.

    Waikato DHB remains tight-lipped over private meeting regarding chief executive Nigel Murray's expenses.

    'Kiwi culture' turns deadly video

    Making a summer splash at locations such as the Raglan footbridge is seen as a Kiwi tradition but the consequences can ...

    Four suffered life-changing injury diving off a wharf. Now, councils are taking action.

    Taranaki

    Author writes for herself

    The book follows the story of a New Zealander who goes over to fight in the Vietnam war.

    "I like to write what I like to read, and I figure if I'd like to read it than other people will want to read it as well."

    The queens are coming

    Priscilla, Queen of the Desert has been announced as the New Plymouth Operatic Society's 2019 show.

    Get ready for the ride of your life, the battered old bus Priscilla is coming on New Plymouth.

    High steaks for cattle breeders

    Jacqueline and Robin Blackwell have a friendly rivalry.

    It's just as much about bragging rights at home as it is about national recognition for the Blackwell family.

    NZ's first virtual medical centre

    Dr Lance O'Sullivan is running the pilot project in Patea.

    Patea's only doctor left, so the small town is now embracing new virtual technology to find a solution to its vacancy.

    Manawatu

    "Can-do" Kiwi laid to rest

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Colin Stevenson's funeral. A Traction Engine called "Dixie Flyer" takes Colin's ...

     Colin Stevenson, the man who "put Tokomaru on the map" died aged 87, and was ferried to the cemetery by steam-powered traction engine.

    Miles in memory 

    Crystal Johnston from Bulls and Liz Peters from Palmerston North cycling for 24 hours in a Sands Manawatu-Horowhenua ...

    Two mums and three dads cycled on spin bikes for up to 30 hours as part of the fundraiser for lost babies.

    Millions spent fixing police cars

    A police car comes to a final halt after crashing through a Hamilton property in June.

    More than $8 million has been spent fixing damaged police cars in the past three years.

    No random drug tests 

    Only following a police shooting do officers undergo drug and alcohol testing. (File photo).

    Police are only given drug and alcohol testing if they fire a gun during an incident.

    Nelson

    Fake News and tinfoil hats

    12052017 News Photo: TOM LEE/FAIRFAX NZ - MP Peter Dunne speaks at Cafe Agora in Hamilton. 4 members of the audience ...

    OPINION: As Trump and his supporters bang on about "alternative facts", the concept is very much alive and well here in the provinces.

    Nelson reign supreme

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Nelson players and support staff after winning the  Nelson Bays Division 1 ...

    Nelson turn it on to hammer Wanderers in Nelson Bays club rugby final. 

    Stage set for Ma's Place fundraiser

    The Split Apple Rockers Andrew Palmer, Dave Baker, Craig Starrenburg, Ernie Tarling and John Foes-Lamb are due to ...

    Support group Ma's Place to benefit from proceeds of variety concert.

    Breaking up bad

    It all starts innocently enough.

    In this week's Middle-aged Man Stu Hunt combs through the wreckage of his dating history.

    Marlborough

    Save yourself from antibiotic resistance

    People who take antibiotics too often could create bacteria that become untreatable.

    Play your part in keeping superbugs at bay: Doctors urge patients to learn what's good for them.

    End of the Manhattan

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The Manhattan Cafe has been sold after 28 years of ownership by 
Murray and Mary ...

    Blenheim's longest-running cafe calls it a day.

    Bin the bag?

    Marlborough District Council solid waste manager Alec McNeil said more than 800 people have completed an online survey ...

    National push for plastic bag change sees Marlborough survey canvas opinion on use, disposal and levy.

    Legal battle over aquaculture space

    New Zealand King Salmon has filed for a judicial review to try stop a mussel farm extension threatening one of its ...

    NZ King Salmon seek judicial review to quash a mussel farm extension muscling in on a public space proposed for salmon farming.

    South Canterbury

    A metre of snow in one day gallery

    Staff clear snow from the base building at Mt Dobson on Sunday.

    South Canterbury's ski fields will be primed for the rest of the season after huge snow dumps.

    Response praised gallery video

    A car stuck in the middle of Evans St with two occupants. Two police officers pushed the car off the road.

    Timaru mayor praises response to storm, as attention turns to the clean up effort.

    Working in the wild weather video

    Lance Corporal Gerald Hart, Third Combat Support Services Battalion member, left, and Staff Sergeant Jason Segal look at ...

    Hundreds of people worked tirelessly behind the scenes during SC's wild weekend.

    Chickens lost in flood video

    The Tin Shed owner Lesley Limbe at her property in Rangitata, which was hit by extensive flooding.

    Retailer left questioning why her property was hit so badly by rapidly rising floodwaters.

    Southland

    "The culinary world has just lost a gentleman"

    Scott Richardson, pictured here in 2015, in his role as a catering and hospitality teacher at Southland Boys' High School.

    Well-known Invercargill chef Scott Richardson died this morning in Dunedin Hospital.

    'Business as usual'

    Aparima College principal Kaye Day. The latest Governmental report on the College said "urgent" improvement in ...

    A troubled Southland secondary school is to continue as usual, despite its leadership coming under fire.

    Hotel facing potential delays

    Invercargill Licensing Trust general manager Greg Mulvey in front of the proposed site of the ILT's new multi-million ...

    The Invercargill Licensing Trust has unearthed some speed bumps in its plans to build a new inner city hotel.

    Defending champions on fire

    Wensley's Fire cyclists from left to right, Nick Barclay, Marty Jillings, Ben Coley and Tai-Anne Blair set off in the ...

    The fire service team has confirmed its the fastest emergency service in Invercargill.

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