Police raid flawed: watchdog video

Raid which led to four officers being shot was not planned or executed with care.

Body found in river

Police are recovering a man's body from the Waikato River north of Huntly.

2:24 PM  A fisherman out for a morning angle spotted the man's body in the Waikato River north of Huntly.

Semi stoush is headed for court

Semi-automatic AR15 rifles are central to a dispute over firearm imports, which may be heading to court. (File photo)

3:07 PM  A court battle looms over a police decision to deny retailers' import applications for AR15 rifles.

House bus stuck on sea wall

Police said the driver appeared to have "misjudged" the narrow road.

1:46 PM  It has been left over an east Auckland sea wall after apparently overshooting the road shoulder.

Boy, 10, drives drunk dad

The man has pleaded guilty at New Plymouth District Court to a charge of ill treatment/neglect of a person aged under 18 ...

2:19 PM  The father told police it wasn't the first time the boy had been his sober driver.

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Bank worker hacks computer system

A former ANZ Bank employee hacked its computer system to increase his overdraft limit to $100,000.

A former bank employee with a gambling problem hacked its computer system to withdraw about $89,000.

The consequences of free speech video

Canadian speakers Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern are barred from an Auckland Council venue.

ANALYSIS: Many of us like to talk about freedom of speech - but where does that idea come from and what does it mean?

Victim's son awarded thousands by court

Susan Mouat seen during sentence at New Plymouth High Court in 2017. (file photo)

A woman who admitted the manslaughter of her husband must pay his son more than $30k from his estate.

Hutt scrap fire could burn for days video

Fire and Emergency crews battle the blaze at Macaulay Metals as it burns precariously close to a tank of diesel fuel.

One person sent to hospital by massive Lower Hutt fire that continues to produce harmful smoke.

Dam costs blow out by $26m video

Waimea Irrigators Ltd strategic adviser John Palmer, left, mayor Richard Kempthorne and Tasman District Council chief ...

A huge $26m blowout in costs for the Waimea dam could bring an end to the controversial project.

Protest to protect wāhi tapu

Signs left in front of the Kaikōura District Council building.

Protesters march on Kaikōura as public feedback skipped to fast-track cycleway.

Health records a step closer

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But 'much to learn' from another troubled $119m health IT project says minister.

Regions weren't ignored, Nats say

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National Party hits back at claims by acting Prime Minister Winston Peters that the regions have been neglected in the past.

Government inquiry insults a city

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 OPINION: Mental health inquiry fails to prioritise listening to Palmerston North people with raw insight.

Assaults alleged at holiday park

Former Taranaki regional councillor Peter Horton.

Two men face violence charges after alleged stoush at holiday park.

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Assaults alleged at holiday park

Former Taranaki regional councillor Peter Horton.

2:26 PM  Two men face violence charges after alleged stoush at holiday park.

'Dukes of Waitara' sentenced

2:26 PM  Two brothers in stolen utes were pursued for 79kms, rammed a patrol car and assaulted an officer.

Toilet cam surgeon loses suppression

Bomber's appeal bombs

nz earthquake

Capital's slopes put to the test

The three-year drilling project was contracted to GNS Science for $1.5m.

Scientists are drilling across Wellington in the hope of learning more about the city's stability.

14 buildings still a quake risk

145 Cuba St has been removed from Wellington City Council's unreinforced masonry buildings list, but 54 building remain ...

Time is running out for Wellington's quake-risk buildings with just three months left to secure dangerous masonry

Hospital warned of risk years ago

Wairarapa people were rocked by revelations earlier this week that their main hospital may not be up to its required ...

Extra workload in wake of Kaikōura earthquake delayed the hospital's safety assessment.

Canyon life finds a way

Researchers are starting to see new life at the bottom of the Kaikōura canyon more than a year after the earthquake.

The earthquake destroyed one of the world's most productive seafloor ecosystems, but tiny creatures are making a comeback.

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Government inquiry insults a city

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 OPINION: Mental health inquiry fails to prioritise listening to Palmerston North people with raw insight.

Peters backs provincial cities video

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters was in Invercargill on Wednesday to speak about Southland regional development ...

The new Government is hoping to boost provincial cities which had formerly been neglected, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says.

Russians 'likely' meddled video

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Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters thinks it is "highly likely" Russia meddled in the 2016 US election, but still says there is no conclusive proof.

Are rates rises fit for purpose?

The Waipa District Council has taken advantage of a favourable difference in borrowing and investment interest rates ...

Rates bills in many centres will soar by 50 per cent over the next decade. Do council rates need an overhaul?

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Flavell to lead Te Wānanga

Te Ururoa Flavell is the new chief executive of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Te Ururoa Flavell is the new boss of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Teacher makes child bite another

An early childhood teacher has been censured after asking a child to bite another (file photo).

A teacher was at her "wits' end" trying to stop a child from biting, but her method of prevention has come under fire.

Fake flower fundraiser

Chris Bricknall inside the now empty shop after $500 worth of orchids were stolen at the weekend.

People have been selling flowers as school fundraisers in New Plymouth - but it's all a hoax, the schools say.

Drugs blight early learning video

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A preschooler pulled a synthetic cannabis bag from her lunchbox - just one of the challenges reported in early childhood education.

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Government inquiry insults a city

There have been high-profile system failures at Palmerston North Hospital's mental health ward and people have stories ...

 OPINION: Mental health inquiry fails to prioritise listening to Palmerston North people with raw insight.

Ministry for Vulnerable Adults?

Blenheim resident Donella Knox with her daughter Ruby Knox in 2016.

A service devoted to protecting vulnerable adults could help prevent another murder like that of autistic woman Ruby Knox, advocates say.

NZ unlikely to hit smokefree target

Ministry of Health concedes it will likely miss the target for Māori by "a wide margin".

Ministry of Health report shows New Zealand could miss key milestone in Smokefree 2025 target.

'There will be more Rubys'

Blenheim resident Donella Knox with her daughter Ruby Knox in 2016.

Mother at crisis point smothered her autistic daughter after lack of cross-agency support, report says.

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NZ's next rebel women

Pania Newton is a lawyer and activist in South Auckland.

Meet the Kate Sheppards of the modern era.

'Having it all' still a struggle

The problems for women in the workplace are "systemic" says Dr Sarah Oxenbridge.

"This is what happens, everybody knows it." Mums say working environments still hold them back.

Quiet women need to be heard

Sunday magazine columnist Leah McFall.

OPINION: Have you heard the one about the columnist afraid of her own opinion?

Hit comedy a win for female film-making

Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek are the writers, directors and stars of The Breaker Upperers.

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Dam costs blow out by $26m video

Waimea Irrigators Ltd strategic adviser John Palmer, left, mayor Richard Kempthorne and Tasman District Council chief ...

A huge $26m blowout in costs for the Waimea dam could bring an end to the controversial project.

Cattle disease hits farm sales video

Farm sales are down 17 per cent over the past year.

Farm sales are down, and Mycoplasma bovis is one of the reasons.

Horrific animal abuse ignored stuff nation

"Shelterless dairy cows stand for months of the year in mud, sometimes up to their knees."

The year is 2018 and unfortunately many of us are still ignoring the horrific animal abuse occurring on farms around NZ.

Chopping back old man's beard

Attractive though its flowers are, old man's beard is considered a serious threat because it smothers native vegetation.

At least four attempts have been made to kill off old man's beard but none have worked. Will the next?

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    Auckland

    Bank worker hacks computer system

    A former ANZ Bank employee hacked its computer system to increase his overdraft limit to $100,000.

    A former bank employee with a gambling problem hacked its computer system to withdraw about $89,000.

    Flotation devices placed at beaches

    Pat Millar with flotation devices at Cable Bay in the Far North.

    After losing a whānau member in a tragic drowning earlier this year, a woman hopes flotation devices at Far North beaches will prevent a recurrence.

    Eden Park boss' past

    A Federal Court case in Australia found new Eden Park CEO Nick Sautner regarded tickets to major events at a Melbourne ...

    Eden Park's new CEO was dismissed from a key role at a Melbourne stadium for serious misconduct, including 'elements of dishonesty'.

    Blue whale sightings rise video

    The blue whales were diving and feeding around Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

    Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari has spotted six in one week - a big rise on its usual 15 sightings a year.

    Wellington

    Factory fire could burn for days video

    Fire and Emergency crews battle the blaze at Macaulay Metals as it burns precariously close to a tank of diesel fuel.

    One person sent to hospital by Lower Hutt fire that continues to produce harmful smoke.

    Car, firearms stolen

    The silver 2014 Mercedes Benz E 250 stolen from a Taradale address on the weekend.

    Late model Mercedes worth $100,000 stolen along with 10 guns in Hawke's Bay.

    Semi-automatic stoush off to court

    Semi-automatic AR15 rifles are central to a dispute over firearm imports, which may be heading to court. (File photo)

    A court battle looms over a police decision to deny retailers' import applications for AR15 rifles.

    Guilty plea to firearm charge

    Wellington's Capital Taxis.

    Dylan Nuku shot a Wellington taxi driver, but his teen accomplice was carrying the gun.

    Canterbury

    Chef delivers vege message video

    Tom Riley is the chef behind Green Dinner Table, a plant-based food delivery service based out of The British Hotel in ...

    Tasty plant-based meals delivered to your door? Yes please.

    Harbour cash boost video

    Dunedin's proposed waterfront development is part of a 25-year vision for the southern city.

    Dunedin's multimillion-dollar waterfront revamp plans get six-figure boost.

    Toilet cam surgeon named

    Former Nelson Hospital surgeon Sam Wilson, who secretly filmed colleagues in a toilet, at his sentencing in the Nelson ...

    A cardiologist who secretly filmed women in a toilet at Nelson Hospital has lost his name suppression bid.

    Fire destroys holiday huts video

    A firefighter battles a blaze at the Waipopo Huts near the banks of the Opihi River in South Canterbury.

    A large fire has destroyed two holiday huts in a small South Canterbury settlement.

    Waikato

    Hamilton's only female firefighter

    Qualified firefighter Samantha Jensen has been firefighting in Hamilton for two and a half years.

    Self-proclaimed girly-girl brings different set of skills to career that's a literal boys' club.

    Fraud helps kill trust

    Hemo Kerewai Thompson, 59, was sentenced in the Hamilton District Court on Thursday.

    Hemo Kerewai Thompson's greed and gambling with public money contributed to 43 job losses.

    Hamilton KiwiBuild interest strong

    Hamilton had the fourth-highest level of interest, but Auckland dominated (file photo).

    City had the fourth-highest level of interest, but Auckland dominated.

    Man robbed at Grandview ATM

    The man was getting cash out of a machine at Grandview Rd shops.

    He was robbed of cash by a knife-wielding man while using an ATM.

    northland

    Flotation devices placed at beaches

    Pat Millar with flotation devices at Cable Bay in the Far North.

    After losing a whānau member in a tragic drowning earlier this year, a woman hopes flotation devices at Far North beaches will prevent a recurrence.

    Tasman trespasser dies at 73

    Colin Quincey made history in 1977 by being the first person to cross the Tasman solo, from New Zealand to Australia.

    Unsung Kiwi hero Colin Quincey, first person to row from NZ to Australia, has died after a short battle with cancer.

    Vet urges vaccination against virus

    Vet Rob Knott with healthy Jasper. A sibling of Jasper's died of parvovirus.

    A vet is urging dog owners to vaccinate after an increase of cases of the potentially deadly canine parvovirus.

    P pipes pulled in Far North video

    Far North couple Wiremu Keretene and Erana Paraone ask a Kawakawa shopkeeper to remove pipes from their Coin Save store.

    Anti-meth campaigners in the Far North are celebrating after local discount stores pulled pipes from the shelves. 

    Bay Of Plenty

    Cooper won't rule out Nonu video

    Could Ma'a Nonu be joining the Chiefs next season after leaving French club Toulon?

    Chiefs coach leaves door ajar when asked about former All Blacks midfielder being signed for 2019.

    Armed police raid 'flawed' video

    An armoured personnel carrier is called to assist police during the Kawerau siege that saw four police officers shot by ...

    A police raid which led to four officers being shot was not planned or executed with care, watchdog says.

    Shooting was a gang hit video

    The Matthews Cres house where Robert Nelson was fatally shot in on Saturday, July 8.

    Robert Nelson was gunned down in a hit that has pitted a small Tauranga gang against the Mongrel Mob.

    Big guns back for Chiefs video

    Co-captain Sam Cane is one of a number of returnees for the Chiefs' Super Rugby quarterfinal with the Hurricanes.

    Star players back for quarterfinal, though a few others don't quite get the clearance.

    Taranaki

    Methanex commits to Taranki

    The future of Methanex's operations in New Zealand had been under a cloud since the Government announced a ban on new ...

    Company signs agreements that will keep it in Taranaki to 2029

    Gardening with song

    These days Rosanna Paterson is lost in the country.

    Beside an untamed coastline a family is taming the land with food crops. 

    Basketball girls make history

    Taranaki Girls' Under 17 Basketball Team coach Shay Haira and the tournament's Most Valuable Player, Caitlin O'Connell, ...

    A Taranaki girls' basketball team has brought two awards back to the region they have never been won before.

    A loyal man, outstanding lawyer

    In 2013 Ian and Joan Mitchell, then married 57 years, had a mock wedding for Tainui Rest Home's wedding week.

    Ian Mitchell helped create the Bowl of Brooklands and that's just the beginning.

    Manawatu

    Bomber's appeal bombs

    Neil Raymond Swain during his trial. He claimed his defence lawyers didn't do a good enough job.

    Neil Swain tried to blame his lawyers for his conviction for murdering a friend. The Court of Appeal didn't buy it.

    A town surviving video

    Woodville Masonic Hotel owner Bert Macfarlane says it's been a hard year and he is holding on to his business by his ...

    Woodville businesses are toughing it out, more than a year after the Gorge road closed.

    The real Mona Lisa

    The much-talked-about eyes of the Mona Lisa are given their own space in The Secrets of Mona Lisa exhibition.

    Exhibition shows the woman behind a famous smile as she has never been seen before.

    Government inquiry insults a city

    There have been high-profile system failures at Palmerston North Hospital's mental health ward and people have stories ...

     OPINION: Mental health inquiry fails to prioritise listening to Palmerston North people with raw insight.

    Nelson

    Kebab kindness

    When Yusuf Corten bought Kebab Kitchen last September, he began posting his free meals on Facebook.

    In an updated version of an ancient Islamic tradition, Yusuf Corten is giving away free meals on social media.

    Dam blows out $26m video

    Waimea Irrigators Ltd strategic adviser John Palmer, left, mayor Richard Kempthorne and Tasman District Council chief ...

    A huge $26m blowout in costs for the Waimea dam could mean an end to the controversial project.

    Toilet-cam surgeon named

    Former Nelson Hospital surgeon Sam Wilson, who secretly filmed colleagues in a toilet, at his sentencing in the Nelson ...

    A cardiologist who secretly filmed women in a toilet at Nelson Hospital has lost his name suppression bid.

    United in song

    Singer songwriter Ryan Johansen.

    Songwriting's better with others, says Nelson musician Ryan Johansen.

    Marlborough

    Bach razed in Sounds

    Very little remains of a split level bach in Flagg Bay after a fire on Wednesday.

    Orange glow in night sky alerts neighbours, but all that's left are a few poles in the ground.

    It's not one size fits all

    Landlord Greg Renton, under one of his rental properties, says underfloor insulation is almost totally unnecessary.

    Sparky-turned-landlord says forget floors, focus should be on walls, windows and woodburners.

    Four-peg plea for urupā

    Bernie Clarke, 87, says the urupā in Hitaua Bay, shown on this 1923 land and survey map, needs to be physically marked out.

    Long-time guardian of unmarked Māori cemetery wants site protected after he is "dead and gone".

    Smiling face of NZ tourism

    A mini star of the silver screen, Ryder Giles, 6, spent two days filming for a global tourism advertising campaign on ...

    A schoolboy whose smile captured the attention of New Zealand tourism bosses is the star of a new global advertising campaign.

    South Canterbury

    Fire destroys holiday huts video

    A firefighter battles a blaze at the Waipopo Huts near the banks of the Opihi River in South Canterbury.

    A large fire has destroyed two holiday huts in the small settlement of Waipopo.

    ECan proposal panned

    ECan chairman Steve Lowndes.

    Three councils agree two representatives are required to represent South Canterbury at regional level.

    Two injured in North Otago crash

    Emergency services have attended a two-car crash in North Otago. (File photo)

    One person has been seriously injured in a two-car crash in North Otago.

    Express eventing signals return video

    Nelle Loper, 15, rides Mel on the water part of the cross-country section at Eventing South Canterbury North Otago's ...

    Eventing group's first express event "in a long time" signals a promising rebirth of the sport.

    Otago

    Repeat environmental offenders

    A file photo of a long-finned eel, which are found in the Kakanui River and its tributaries.

    In 2011 it was dairy effluent, in 2016 it was illegal riverbed scraping. Now the firm has dug up a waterway.

    Cash boost for Dunedin waterfront video

    Dunedin's proposed waterfront development is part of a 25-year vision for the southern city.

    Dunedin's ambitious multimillion-dollar waterfront revamp plans get six-figure boost.

    Trusty little truck transformed

    Riversdale Arts president Christine O'Connor with the ute that will become part of an art installation at the Riversdale ...

    A ute will be transformed into an art installation at this year's Riversdale Arts exhibition.

    Highlanders' artillery returns

    Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger.

    Rested and ready to go. The Highlanders welcome back their big guns for sudden-death quarterfinal in Sydney.

    Southland

    Regions weren't ignored, Nats say

    Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters was in Invercargill on Wednesday to speak about Southland regional development ...

    National Party hits back at claims by acting Prime Minister Winston Peters that the regions have been neglected in the past.

    Missing boaties safe

    The Hollyford river in the Hollyford Valley. (File photo)

    Two boaties reported missing on the Hollyford River in Fiordland have returned safe.

    Parry's still on the job in Gore

    Gore District Council chief executive Stephen Parry.

    Stephen Parry has retained his role as the Gore District Council's chief executive officer.

    Archers bring home medals

    Sidney Spence and Jack Light, both of Te Anau, competed in the intermediate compound men division at the 2018 World ...

    Southland archers fared well at the World Archery Oceania Championships.

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