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Missing-man murder trial abandoned

The High Court trial of David Lyttle, who is accused of killing his mate Brett Hall, has been abandoned.

1:39 PM  Mistrial declared; seven-year-old disappearance remains a mystery.

Manaia School struck by vandals

12:45 PM  A less-than-ideal start to the new term for one school principal.

Knife-wielding robber jailed

Windfall for window washers

politics

Ross reportedly abusive video

171018. News. KEVIN STENT/STUFF. Jami-Lee Ross leaves the Wellington Police Station after he made a formal complaint ...

Claims of abuse and toxic sexual affairs made against former National MP Jami-Lee Ross.

Tax-free online shopping ends soon

Foreign firms will be required to collect GST on goods worth $1000 or less that they ship to New Zealanders from October.

Kiwis will pay more for some online shopping when GST goes on internet purchases.

Ross says he will release texts

Bridges and JLR

Jami-Lee Ross claims to have more screenshots relating to his electoral fraud allegations.

New party faces uphill battle

Daniel McCaffrey of the Better New Zealand Party.

Another political party has been announced, but does it stand a chance?

health

Praise for addict help app

Interim Waikato DHB chief executive Derek Wright supported technological advances in the mental health area, including ...

Interim DHB boss collects award on behalf of mental health and addictions staff.

Legalise weed, the right way stuff nation

Let big business fight over medicinal cannabis but give the plant to the people. After all, it is theirs.

OPINION: It's time to set cannabis free in a responsible and ethical way and boost the economy in small town NZ.

I've been a victim too stuff nation

Male domestic violence victims have little support and disempowered fathers do not have the same rights as mothers. ...

OPINION: Men are often subject to violence and inequality, but no-one wants to acknowledge it.

Epilepsy drug in pregnancy under review video

A Kiwi mum is calling for answers on why women were not warned earlier of the dangerous effects an anti-epileptic ...

Kiwi mum pleads for inquiry into harm caused by exposure to anti-epileptic medicines during pregnancy.

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    Auckland

    Takanini or Takaanini?

    Signs at a south Auckland train station now read "Takaanini", which is the preferred spelling by mana whenua.

    Auckland Transport has stirred up a storm in a tea cup after adding an extra letter to the suburb Takanini.

    'Dangerous' man on the run

    Police are  searching for 22-year-old Reilly Bowler, who has a warrant to arrest for escaping custody.

    Reilly Bowler is on the run and may have had help escaping from an Auckland court.

    Seawall 'intrudes' on Auckland beach

    The seawall in front of a Cecil Rd development is within the property boundary, which extends four to five metres onto ...

    Construction of a home's seawall sees residents abusing builders for "stealing the beach".

    Windfall for window washers

    The window washers say they want to make their profession "a trend" as it makes them so much money.

    Locals pay them not to touch their cars. Police have found them jobs. But these window washers says business is too good to stop.

    Wellington

    Fires worst for air quality

    A new government report said emissions from home heating such as wood-burning fireplaces is one of the leading culprits ...

    Southern towns are among the worst for air quality, with wood burners being blamed for potential health problems.

    Epilepsy drug in pregnancy under review video

    A Kiwi mum is calling for answers on why women were not warned earlier of the dangerous effects an anti-epileptic ...

    Kiwi mum pleads for inquiry into harm caused by exposure to anti-epileptic medicines during pregnancy.

    'He defamed me. He's a liar' video

    Jami-Lee Ross tells media he spent a couple of hours with three detective senior sergeants.

    National leader Simon Bridges claims MP's tape exonerates him of electoral fraud allegations.

    Man died alone, unnoticed video

    Napier man Michael Flavell and his mother Winnie.

    The last vestiges of Mike Flavell's life are taken from the house he was raised in - and died in.

    Canterbury

    Fatal helicopter crash in Wanaka

    Police have set up cordons near the site of a fatal helicopter crash in Wanaka.

    A helicopter burst into flames after it crashed in a paddock near Wanaka Airport, killing at least one person.

    Knife-wielding robber jailed

    Nicali Joseph Stepancic appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday.

    He would meet people selling cell phones through a Facebook page before pulling out a knife and robbing them.

    Man charged with murder

    Luke Riddell, 28, was shot dead on Saturday.

    A 24-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of King Cobras gang member Luke Riddell.

    Man admits sexually grooming girl

    Lance William Alsop appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday charged with grooming and indecently ...

    In less than two months he exchanged 1300 Facebook messages and 18,000 texts with a 13-year-old girl, including naked photos.

    Bay Of Plenty

    Multiple injuries in smash

    Police at the scene of a serious crash on Waiotahe Beach Rd, Opotiki, on Thursday morning.

    A large truck and trailer and ute have crashed injuring up to five people in Ōpōtiki.

    Warning over sleepy train driver

    The location of maintenance workers when the train crossed the Pongakawa bridge.

    A train driver suffering from "microsleeps" drove through a maintenance site while workers were on it.

    Child killer's 'ultimate betrayal'

    Donovan Michael Duff will spend a minimum of 17 years in prison for the murder of his infant daughter.

    The 'ultimate act of betrayal' as father sentenced for murder of nine-month-old daughter.

    Skull 'shattered like an eggshell'

    Raymond and James Fleet, whose bodies were found in Mamaku Forest on 17 August, 2017.

    The Fleet murder trial hears how a plan to cook meth allegedly descended into a double murder.

    Taranaki

    Taranaki's latest golden girls video

    The celebrations begin for the golden girls.

    Taranaki's latest medallists were buzzing after striking gold at the Youth Olympic Games.

    Car hits pole, power cut

    The crash caused a power cut to 903 properties nearby.

    Power was cut to 903 properties in Waitara after the crash but it has since been restored.

    Blade Thomson joins Scotland

    Blade Thomson qualifies for Scotland through his grandfather.

    Former Hurricane Blade Thomson has become the latest Kilted Kiwi.

    Womad 2019 lineup announced video

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern praises Taranaki at the Womad launch in the Parliament building in Wellington ...

    Womad returns for its 15th anniversary with some of New Zealand's biggest acts joining artists from around the globe in 2019.

    Manawatu

    Missing-man murder trial abandoned

    The High Court trial of David Lyttle, who is accused of killing his mate Brett Hall, has been abandoned.

    Mistrial declared; seven-year-old disappearance remains a mystery.

    Massey's new flight simulator a jewel video

    School of Aviation chief of standards Paul Kearney said the simulator cockpit was made in the same factories as the ...

    The closest fledgling pilots can get to flying an aircraft without leaving the ground.

    Man for man: How the Turbos rated

    Liam Mitchell had a strong season in the No 6 jersey.

    RUGBY: Peter Lampp runs the rule over Manawatū's disappointing campaign.

    NRL-raised Kiwis smash Aussie comrades

    Dallin Watene-Zelezniak celebrates the Kiwis' win. He could have played for Tonga, has he chosen to ride the wave of red.

    OPINION: Gone are the days of good old provincial folk taking to the field in a league test.

    Nelson

    Marine firm owes nearly $4m

    Nevil Basalaj, director of liquidated company Nelson Reliance Engineering, which owes creditors nearly $4 million.

    Close to $4 million owed by defunct marine company and the debt could rise, liquidators warn.

    Storm claims still unresolved

    A Monaco resident surveys the damage to his property, flooded by seawater during ex cyclone Fehi.

    The average time to settle insurance claims is 69 days. A small number of people hit by ex cyclone Gita have waited more than 200.

    Teen keeper tipped to rebound

    Keegan Smith made six A-League appearances for the Wellington Phoenix.

    A year ago, Keegan Smith signed a three-year deal with the Wellington Phoenix. Now he's at Tasman United.

    Award for fish-farming research

    Associate Professor Maren Wellenreuther has won an award for her work developing wild fish species for aquaculture.

    Farm fresh snapper could be coming to your plate, thanks to award-winning Nelson-based research

    Marlborough

    MP: Ross had 'endgame' plan gallery

    National leader Simon Bridges, with Kaikōura electorate MP Stuart Smith.

    National MP defends "useless" Maureen Pugh, calls her all class amid Ross "meltdown".

    Fenced-off foreshore 'not good enough'

    Picton business owner John Reuhman has complained to council about the state of the foreshore.

    The council says the season doesn't start "proper" until next month, despite one ship already in the books.

    Kaikōura seal lookout opens video

    Seals under the Ōhau Stream waterfall.

    New lookout spot near waterfall nursery opens in time for Labour Day weekend travellers on SH1.

    'The minimalistic look is over'

    Antiques dealer Ron Proctor with a clock from the Dick Nardella collection.

    Antiques dealer with weakness for old clocks (he has 40) notices more "younger ones" giving in to auction "buzz".

    South Canterbury

    The days of the old school yard video

    Wensley Jackson, 94, remembers a lot of the things he and his friends did at Pleasant Point School, and will have ...

    Wensley Jackson may be 94 years old, but he can still remember his days at Pleasant Point Primary School.

    Healthy praise for new state house

    A new Housing New Zealand home has been opened in Somerset St in Timaru. South Island Stakeholder Relationship Manager ...

    Look around a new state house, which one tenant credits with turning his health around.

    Inside Dot's incredible castle gallery video

    Dot's Smith's castle

    As a child Dot Smith dreamed of living in a castle. With determination, she made it happen.

    Fresh look for council

    Former fishing guide and Flyshop NZ owner Steve Gerard is one of the new CSI Fish and Game councillors hoping for a ...

    Central South Island Fish and Game's new councillors are hoping for more transparency from the organisation.

    Otago

    Fatal helicopter crash in Wanaka

    Police have set up cordons near the site of a fatal helicopter crash in Wanaka.

    A helicopter burst into flames after it crashed in a paddock near Wanaka Airport, killing at least one person.

    Trio splits Lotto $1m

    Players in New Plymouth, Feilding and Hampden each won $333,333 in Lotto's First Division draw on Wednesday.

    Play Lotto in New Plymouth, Feilding and Hampden? Check your tickets.

    Skifield wants lift upgrade video

    The Remarkables skifield in Queenstown is looking at new developments.

    A Queenstown skifield wants to get people up the mountain faster by upgrading its decades-old chairlift.

    South Island rescue helicopter bases saved

    Southern Lakes Helicopter staff with the company's BK Rescue helicopter at its Sandy Brown road hangar. From left. Sir ...

    All of the South Island's air ambulance bases have been retained, which will see Te Anau keep its on-call rescue helicopter service.

    Southland

    Fatal helicopter crash in Wanaka

    Police have set up cordons near the site of a fatal helicopter crash in Wanaka.

    A helicopter burst into flames after it crashed in a paddock near Wanaka Airport, killing at least one person.

    Standout player performances acknowledged

    Southland Stags co-captain James Wilson has received the honour of 2018 Stags Player of the Year.

    The Southland Stags didn't get the results they wanted this year but performances of individual players have been highlighted at the Rugby Southland Supporters' Club and Stags Awards.

    Affordable Southland

    A Massey University Report shows Southland still offers the most affordable houses in New Zealand.

    There has been a further improvement in home affordability in the region, a report shows.

    A kind government can work

    Former Prime Minister the Rt Hon Helen Clark.

     Clark: If the sick, elderly and vulnerable can be helped then you have a kind society.

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