Alcohol 'safe zone' in party central

The alcohol "safe zone" would have water, charging stations, bean bags and friendly assistance for Wellington party-goers.

Wellington party-goers who've had too much to drink will soon have a new refuge.

Tararua woman still missing

Elizabeth Udy, 45, is missing and police have concerns for her safety.

Tararua woman Elizabeth Udy, 45, is still missing after one week.

Shopper nets $1m Lotto prize

Powerball wasn't struck, pushing the jackpot out to $16 million.

Auckland supermarket-goer wins $1 million as Powerball rolls over to $16m.

Bottlenecks to avoid - if you can

An all too familiar sight for Aucklanders hoping to get away from it all.

There are 21 misery-inducing traffic pinch-points to watch out for this Labour Weekend.

Smoking ban 'unfair targeting'

Places with outdoor footpath dining such as Ponsonby's SPQR restaurant would have to make sure their outdoor dining area ...

Around 800 Auckland restaurants with public al fresco areas expect to see a drop in business.

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'The colony's dullest hole'

Len Lye Centre facade and White Hart hotel

Slagging off provincial small town New Zealand is fraught with danger.

Pupils to get clued up on safety

William Busbridge, 9, Lily Jessop, 10 and Brittney Turner, 11, of Wakefield School, call for help during a water safety ...

Nelson-Tasman pupils are set to face a shaky house and fire simulation when Clued Up Kids returns.

Winston and the waiting game

Winston Peters has done all the talking since the election

OPINION: There's a right way and a wrong way of doing politics in MMP - and Winston Peters keeps picking the wrong way.

Nothing's certain yet video

Winston Peters will reveal which way NZ First is going on Thursday afternoon.

NZ First is yet to make the final call who it'll form a coalition with - and the board may not make its pick until Thursday.

Man arrested over casino robbery

A Hamilton casino punter was followed home and robbed by an armed attacker.

A Hamilton casino punter was followed home and robbed at knifepoint.

Man critically injured in fall

The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson, where an independent contractor fell on Tuesday, sustaining critical injuries.

A man is fighting for his life after falling while carrying out work at Nelson's Suter Art Gallery.

Murupara teen's great escape

Police are unsure about whether a Murupara teenager has managed to rid himself of the handcuffs he was wearing on ...

Police fire two shots at handcuffed teen as he makes off with a police car.

Snapped: 103kmh in a 50kmh zone

Porirua's busiest speed camera, on Whitford Brown Ave, caught a vehicle travelling at more than twice the posted speed limit.

Porirua's busiest speed camera catches one driver with a particularity heavy foot.

McCaw flies for kākāriki

Richie McCaw is backing conservation efforts for orange-fronted parakeet, also known as the kākāriki.

The former All Black captain was behind the controls of a freshly-painted helicopter used to raise awareness for a critically-threatened bird.

Few sick days for health workers

A survey has found many Canterbury health workers are working while sick.

More than half of Canterbury's primary health professionals are turning up to work sick to avoid letting their colleagues and patients down.

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Murupara teen's great escape

Police are unsure about whether a Murupara teenager has managed to rid himself of the handcuffs he was wearing on ...

Police fire two shots at handcuffed teen as he makes off with a police car.

Snapped: 103kmh in a 50kmh zone

Porirua's busiest speed camera catches one driver with a particularity heavy foot.

$50,000 for prisoner held too long

Hijacker could get $25,000

nz earthquake

Quake stories put into book

Author of Kaikōura 7.8 Personal Accounts of Those Who Were There, Stephen Rush.

Stephen Rush's personal experience during Kaikoura's 7.8-magnitude earthquake has inspired him to write a book sparked the book, Kaikōura 7.8 Personal Accounts of Those Who Were There.

Earthquake jolts central NZ

The quake struck at 5.17pm at a depth of 18km, according to Geonet.

Short and sharp 3.8 magnitude earthquake near Lower Hutt rattled Wellington.

7.8 - the aftermath on canvas

Kaikōura artists Susie Baker, left, and Jane Riley at the opening of Shaken Earth at Blenheim's Detour Gallery.

A new art show in Blenheim marks the anniversary of the Kaikoura earthquakes.

Weather slams quake rail route

A wet start to October has caused slips to come down on the Main North Line, which is expected to remain closed until ...

The newly rebuilt rail line from Picton to Christchurch could be closed for the rest of the month.

politics

'Heart says Nats, head Labour'

Former Attorney-General and National man Paul East says Winston Peters will likely be gunning for Foreign Minister ...

A former National minister and Winston Peters' long-time friend says NZ First won't sit on the crossbenches.

John Key's new job

Former Prime Minister Sir John Key has been appointed to the ANZ board.

Former PM John Key has been appointed the new chairman of ANZ Bank in New Zealand.

Coalition talks gather pace

Winston Peters says the NZ First board has been unable to reach consensus on government formation yet.

OPINION: The NZ First, National and Labour leaders meet one on one, behind closed doors. Things finally get serious.

Secret government talks video

Bill English said he had a good meeting with Winston Peters.

Bill English "had a good meeting" with Winston Peters, as NZ First thrashes out final details with National and Labour.

education

Ministry backs down on buses

A Queenstown school bus.

Students living in Sunshine Bay, Frankton, Jack's Point and Kelvin Heights will have to find their own way to school.

Victoria Uni hall a 'feral zoo'

Images of alleged drunken destruction at the Victoria University Te Puni Village over the weekend have emerged.

Alleged drinking binge sees vomit and rubbish strewn across Wellington student hall.

Campus trades up to houses

Mayor Mike Tana with Whitireia trades tutor Noel Aunoa and carpentry student Isaiah Fuhrer, 16.

Whitireia's Porirua campus sets sights on building houses.

School to go ahead despite protests

Residents of Wairakei Village are angry that they weren't consulted over the proposed school.

Emotions boil over at a meeting to tell residents the Taupō school would be going ahead, despite their concerns.

health

Few sick days for health workers

A survey has found many Canterbury health workers are working while sick.

More than half of Canterbury's primary health professionals are turning up to work sick to avoid letting their colleagues and patients down.

Full firefighting kit for 170km

Palmerston North firefighters are walking to Wellington in full kit to support efforts to tackle motor neuron disease.  ...

Palmerston North firefighters will walk to Wellington to raise money to combat motor neuron disease.

Young disabled man to be deported

Sagar Narayan relies on his family for help.

Immigration NZ says he's a burden on the health system. His dad says he'll die if he's sent back to Fiji.

Call to check wells

Canterbury medical officer of health Dr Alistair Humphrey told RNZ Tuesday there had been anecdotal accounts from ...

Households urged to monitor their private water supplies regularly- particularly those with pregnant mothers, young babies.

women of influence

Influential women celebrated

Women of Influence 2017 supreme award winner, My Food Bag founder, Cecilia Robinson.

My Food Bag founder and a former Prime Minister were among those recognised.

Xero's Anna Curzon's success

Xero chief partner officer Anna Curzon.

Anna Curzon from accounting software giant Xero was a finalist in this year's Women of Influence awards.

Woman of Influence named video

My Food Bag founder Cecilia Robinson.

Cecilia Robinson, who founded My Food Bag, is the Supreme Winner in the 2017 Women of Influence awards.

Women of Influence Forum video

Former prime minister Helen Clark calls for the next generation of female leaders to get organised to get a level ...

The Women of Influence Forum celebrated New Zealand women and their achievements.

farming

Dairy prices, ANZ forecast down

ANZ rural economist Con Williams has lowered the bank's forecast price to a range of $6.25-$6.50 per kilogram of milksolids.

Dairy prices have fallen again, for the second consecutive auction.

Genomic breakthrough for forestry

Science leader of the Scion research team Heidi Dungey, right, and senior research officer, forest genetics, Nathalie ...

In a world first, Scion scientists have completed a draft assembly of the radiata pine genome.

NZ cows in Mexico probe

The shipment of ewe hoggets and 3224 heifers were loaded on a fleet of trucks to be taken to a farm near Mexico City ...

NZ cows destined for Mexican farmers ended up on the ranch of then-governor.

Affco manager resigns

Former Affco general manager Andy Leonard at this year's Mystery Creek Fieldays.

Affco general manager Andy Leonard left in a hurry but he's keeping mum about why.

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    Auckland

    Bottlenecks to avoid - if you can

    An all too familiar sight for Aucklanders hoping to get away from it all.

    There are 21 misery-inducing traffic pinch-points to watch out for this Labour Weekend.

    Shopper nets $1m Lotto prize

    Powerball wasn't struck, pushing the jackpot out to $16 million.

    Auckland supermarket-goer wins $1 million as Powerball rolls over to $16m.

    Start not confirmed

    Murray Baker is adamant there is nothing wrong with Bonneval ahead of Saturday's Caulfield Cup.

    Leading Kiwi chance in Caulfield Cup faces big test before she even gets to the barriers.

    Smoking ban 'unfair targeting'

    Places with outdoor footpath dining such as Ponsonby's SPQR restaurant would have to make sure their outdoor dining area ...

    Around 800 Auckland restaurants with public al fresco areas expect to see a drop in business.

    Wellington

    Welcome to Dannevirke ... or is it?

    What's that bit: Random slices of your region

(Weekend) Today's piece of the photo puzzle is of artistic and archaic ...

    Featherston isn't the only town without an official name. Turns out most of NZ is incognito.

    Uni hall a 'feral zoo'

    Images of alleged drunken destruction at the Victoria University Te Puni Village over the weekend have emerged.

    Alleged drinking binge sees vomit and rubbish strewn across Wellington student hall.

    Alcohol 'safe zone' in party central

    The alcohol "safe zone" would have water, charging stations, bean bags and friendly assistance for Wellington party-goers.

    Wellington party-goers who've had too much to drink will soon have a new refuge.

    Snapped: 103kmh in a 50kmh zone

    Porirua's busiest speed camera, on Whitford Brown Ave, caught a vehicle travelling at more than twice the posted speed limit.

    Porirua's busiest speed camera catches one driver with a particularity heavy foot.

    Canterbury

    McCaw flies for kākāriki

    Richie McCaw is backing conservation efforts for orange-fronted parakeet, also known as the kākāriki.

    The former All Black captain was behind the controls of a freshly-painted helicopter used to raise awareness for a critically-threatened bird.

    'Auntie Dai' paid out

    Dai Bing was working as the manager of the Auntie Dai's Dumplings restaurant in the Christchurch Bus Interchange ...

    Company ordered to repay woman whose name adorns a dumpling restaurant chain.

    Man critically injured in fall

    The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson, where an independent contractor fell on Tuesday, sustaining critical injuries.

    Man fighting for his life after falling while carrying out work at Nelson's Suter Art Gallery.

    Bottlenecks to avoid - if you can

    An all too familiar sight for Aucklanders hoping to get away from it all.

    There are 21 traffic pinch-points to watch out for around NZ this Labour Weekend.

    Waikato

    Virtual cave tour

    Ruakuri Cave will be the first cave system in New Zealand to be brought onto Google Maps.

    Google goes underground, allowing you to explore one of NZs hidden gems from home.

    CBD is hot property

    Hamilton CBD, seen from teh east side of the Waikato River, is experiencing increased occupancy amid a stroing of new ...

    Waiting for a tenant doesn't work any more, Hamilton commercial real estate leader says.

    Toilet training in paradise

    Raglan hopes to stop any unnecessary wastewater overflows by reminding people of what should and shouldn't go into the ...

    Holiday destination plagued by sewage spills takes toilet etiquette to the street.

    Casino robbery lead

    A Hamilton casino punter was followed home and robbed by an armed attacker.

    A Hamilton casino punter was followed home and robbed at knifepoint.

    Taranaki

    Ute dragged out of sea video

    Dave Chadfield, of Chaddy's Charters, points to where a ute is submerged in the marina at Port Taranaki after two men ...

    "I heard screaming, yelling and swearing and saw two guys walk ashore."

    Womad NZ line-up unveiled

    Tinariwen Elwan will play Womad NZ 2018

    Almost 30 acts from across the globe have been revealed for next year's three-day music festival.

    'The colony's dullest hole'

    Len Lye Centre facade and White Hart hotel

    Slagging off provincial small town New Zealand is fraught with danger.

    Jury out in sex case

    A jury of eight men and four women have begun deliberations at a sex trial in  the New Plymouth District Court. (File Photo)

    A jury is considering verdicts in a case involving sex allegations which date back 10 years.

    Manawatu

    Full firefighting kit for 170km

    Palmerston North firefighters are walking to Wellington in full kit to support efforts to tackle motor neuron disease.  ...

    Palmerston North firefighters will walk to Wellington to raise money to combat motor neuron disease.

    Late nights threatened

    The Awapuni Function Centre is one of several licensed premises wanting changes to Palmerston North's draft local ...

    City council's alcohol policy could force function centre to close early and put some bookings at risk.

    Tararua woman still missing

    Elizabeth Udy, 45, is missing and police have concerns for her safety.

    Tararua woman Elizabeth Udy, 45, is still missing after one week.

    A rural shemozzle

    Libby Masefield having fun with bulls' balls in her mouth.

    What started as a yarn at the pub has become a rural event attracting 5000 visitors a year. 

    Nelson

    Milk dance creative, entertaining

    The Creamery was part of the Nelson Art's Festival.

    The Nelson Musical Theatre was transformed into a cheese factory for The Creamery - an interpretive show about the world of cheese.

    Final drop begins

    A small number of protesters show their disdain for the third poison drop at the Brook Sanctuary.

    Final poison drop starts as part of the Brook Sanctuary operation.

    Man critical after Suter Gallery fall

    The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson, where an independent contractor fell on Tuesday, sustaining critical injuries.

    A man is fighting for his life after falling while carrying out work at the Suter Art Gallery.

    GP practice accredited

    Collingwood Health is now Foundation Standard certified.

    After failing to meet accreditation standards in the given timeframe, Collingwood Health has now achieved them

    Marlborough

    A rose for Red Cross

    There are 2500 roses ready to sell at the fundraiser on Thursday.

    Preparations are underway for Red Rose Day tomorrow.

    Bridging the gap

    Sounds Air chief executive Andrew Crawford says if the research stacks up 19-seater Beechcrafts could be flying between ...

    Sounds Air could be flying 19-seaters between Christchurch and Blenheim by early next year.

    Corporate rowing crews battle it out

    30082017 News Photo: TOM LEE/STUFF - Sport - Rowing NZ team media day at Lake Karapiro. Mens eight

    Corporate 8 crews optimistic at Wairau Rowing Club's annual challenge.

    'Skylarking' caused fatal crash

    Lara Glover, 16, died and four others were injured in the car crash on February 19.

    Teen driver caused fatal crash by swerving his parents' SUV from side to side while doing close to 100kmh.

    South Canterbury

    Jet boat marathon hits Waitaki video

    18102017 News JOHN BISSET/STUFF.  World jet boat marathon on Waitaki River contact Paul Mullan 027284 9194. Pictured are ...

    The sound of jet boat engines echoed along the  'difficult' Waitaki River yesterday.

    No word on SH1 call

    Mid-South Canterbury area commander Inspector Dave Gaskin

    Pareora residents renew calls for lower speed limit after three-car crash in September.

    Teacher censured over kayak trip

    Physical education teacher Stuart Albrey has taught at Waimate High School since 1986.

    A Waimate High School teacher has been censured for serious misconduct

    Call to check wells

    Canterbury medical officer of health Dr Alistair Humphrey told RNZ Tuesday there had been anecdotal accounts from ...

    Households urged to monitor their private water supplies regularly - particularly those with pregnant mothers, or young babies.

    Otago

    A man without Viices

    McComb said he would love to perform at Homegrown or the Reading Festival in the UK at some point.

    Viices, aka Jake McComb, "only really made enough to pay for parking" the first time he busked.

    Qtown businesses losses continue

    Businesses are making insurance claims for interruptions caused by a burst water main.

    Businesses are making insurance claims for ongoing interruptions caused by a burst water main in central Queenstown.

    Ministry backs down on buses

    A Queenstown school bus.

    Students living in Sunshine Bay, Frankton, Jack's Point and Kelvin Heights will have to find their own way to school.

    Cromwell basin business booms

    At least 35 businesses supported the 11ha extension of Akarua's Pisa Development Vineyard near Cromwell.

    Akarua Vineyard organises impromptu fair to celebrate viticulture investment.

    Southland

    The Lim hymn: Let's Eat

    Celebrity chef Nadia Lim shares her latest book, Let's Eat, with Julie Allan, Sarah Johnson and Gabrielle Berger Sidwell ...

    Despite releasing seven cookbooks in seven years, inspiration is never far away for celebrity chef Nadia Lim.

    Bravery awards given

    Nightcaps men Conrad Waihape, left, and Phil Manson were presented with Bravery awards at a Southland District Council ...

    "It was pretty dark and bloody hard to see..."

    Let's talk, Southland: Kirwan

    Sir John Kirwan visited Northern Southland College, Lumsden, on Tuesday afternoon.

    Mental health speeches "powerful, timely, relevant".

    Aparima College to get new principal, board of trustees

    Aparima College commissioner Nicola Hornsey.

    Embattled Aparima College in Riverton is set to have elections to form a board of trustees after its new principal is recruited.

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