We've hit 'friend, not ally' status with the US video

President Joe Biden, joined virtually by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris ...

Left out of a new defence pact - and apparently caught unaware by its announcement - can New Zealand still count the US as a friend?

Man accused of murdering RSE worker in Blenheim has charge dropped video

A man accused of murdering Hiko Lynch on June 20 has had his charge dropped.

After reviewing all “available proof”, the murder charge was not sustainable, says Crown prosecutor.

Student left Auckland to attend Taranaki polytech video

The Witt student was told to self-isolate and get tested for Covid-19. He’s returned one negative test so far. (file photo)

A student who spent lockdown in Auckland used his essential service status to exit the city and return to Taranaki to attend a class.

Judge unimpressed with Mob-led rehab programme video

The Kahukura drug rehab course is run by Mongrel Mob life member Harry Tam. (File photo)

A judge has questioned the value of a controversial Mongrel Mob-led rehab scheme, when the gang is responsible for most local meth offending.

Judge exits horse business on day son revealed as lockdown breaker video

William Willis has apologised for flouting lockdown rules.

Judge Mary-Beth Sharp relinquished her shares in a horse breeding business the day her son was named as one of the Wānaka lockdown flouters.

More top stories

Police investigate triple homicide in Timaru

Three people were found dead at a Timaru home on Thursday night.

Police found three people dead at a home in the suburb of Parkside shortly after 10pm on Thursday. Another person was taken to hospital.

Call for assailants to face justice for racial attack video

Haraia Bowen-Hakaraia was beaten, robbed and racially abused in Levin.

Haraia Bowen-Hakaraia says police recorded the incident as robbery but he knows it was a racially-motivated hate crime.

Killer driver to be released despite concerns

Kevin Ronald Bishell appears in court charged with causing the crash that killed Olivia Renee Keightley-Trigg in August ...

Kevin Ronald Bishell will be released from prison this month despite the Parole Board's concerns he will reoffend.

Get jabbed, help a charity

Yarrows is offering to make a $5000 donation to a charity of it’s Manaia staff's choice if they reach 85% of staff being ...

A Taranaki-based bakery company is encouraging its staff to help a charity by getting themselves vaccinated.

Pedestrian lights transformed to Māori figures video

While the read light reads tū, which means stay in place.

Waiting to walk across Ngāmotu’s (New Plymouth) rainbow crossing, pedestrians are being greeted with new red and green figures.

Stuff Sport Quiz: September 17, 2021

Emma Raducanu, 18, defeated Canada’s Leylah Fernandez in the women’s US Open final.

Test your sporting knowledge with our weekly sports trivia quiz.

Asking prices in Auckland's 'most affordable' district near $1m video

House prices have been increasing in the double digits across the board in Auckland. (File photo)

A $227,000 increase in average asking prices in one year is shutting many locals out of the market, a marae leader says.

Quiz: Kids trivia challenge: September 17, 2021

In New Zealand, Halloween falls in which season?

In New Zealand, Halloween falls in which season?

Quiz: Morning trivia challenge: September 17, 2021

What was the name of the children's show presented by Steve Burns?

What was the name of the children's show presented by Steve Burns?

Asian Kiwis lead the way in Covid-19 vaccine uptake video

Members of the Korean community get vaccinated at a group event at a pharmacy in Pakuranga, east Auckland.

Ethnic vaccination events and the experiences of family overseas have contributed to the uptake, community leaders say.

crime

Is justice colour-blind? video

Picturesque Wānaka is in the news as the location of an infamous level 4 lockdown breach.

The Wānaka story has put the spotlight on whether name suppression is fair.

Man arrested after police block off Christchurch road to find person of interest

A 26-year-old man is facing serious assault and family harm charges after armed police cordoned off a street in Redwood, Christchurch.

Costs debt sinks Capital Liquor company

Review of police, SIS actions launched after Auckland terror attack video

politics

Distance between NZ and allies grows video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a new defence partnership between Australia, the United States, and the United ...

NZ has rejected Australia's planned fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, as the trans-Tasman ally signs a defence pact with the US and UK.

Is justice colour-blind? video

Picturesque Wānaka is in the news as the location of an infamous level 4 lockdown breach.

The Wānaka story has put the spotlight on whether name suppression is fair.

Covid-19: New Auckland cases will stop rest of country moving to alert level 1 video

Auckland’s new cases will stop the rest of the country from moving down alert levels. (File photo)

Auckland is likely to move to level 3 at midnight on Tuesday but the rest of the country won't move down alert levels until there is no threat of community transmission - which could take weeks.

Isis-linked Suhayra Aden's return costs $60k video

Mother of two Suhayra Aden was a dual citizen of New Zealand and Australia who last lived in New Zealand as a ...

The repatriation of Suhayra Aden, a woman who joined Islamic State, has cost the Government more than $60,000.

education

Covid-19: Massey students hope online learning a temporary change video

Third year Massey visual communication design student Phoebe Bertelsen said in-person teaching is crucial for a creative ...

The university has said teaching would mostly remain online for the rest of the semester, but students say their learning is impacted.

Litter turtle promotes marine litter awareness

Jhulianna, left, and Sune, with the turtle sculpture they created out of litter collected on Long Island.

Students at Marlborough Girls' College have created a turtle sculpture out of litter collected on Long Island as part of a school project.

Repainting and repair work at former Okato primary school

The former Okato Primary is land banked as part of a treaty settlement process.

A once thriving primary school that has sat empty since 2004 has been repainted and repairs are underway in preparation for it potentially becoming part of a treaty settlement.

School leader 'very unimpressed' women spread anti-vax information outside school video

Two women were handing out pamphlets raising concerns about the Covid-19 vaccination outside Hutt Valley High School on ...

Two women who stationed themselves outside a high school with Covid-19 misinformation have been reported to authorities, the deputy principal says.

health

Get jabbed, help a charity

Yarrows is offering to make a $5000 donation to a charity of it’s Manaia staff's choice if they reach 85% of staff being ...

A Taranaki-based bakery company is encouraging its staff to help a charity by getting themselves vaccinated.

Asian Kiwis lead the way in Covid-19 vaccine uptake video

Members of the Korean community get vaccinated at a group event at a pharmacy in Pakuranga, east Auckland.

Ethnic vaccination events and the experiences of family overseas have contributed to the uptake, community leaders say.

Auckland eyes up Paris-style street cafes ahead of 'long-term' level 2 video

Cafes in Paris have spilled out even further onto the streets as Covid restrictions limit the numbers of diners allowed ...

The council and AT are working on closing roads and cutting red tape so eateries and diners can make the most of what experts say will be a lengthy level 2.

Level 1 still a way off for the rest of New Zealand, experts say video

Professor Michael Baker says the problem with the Delta variant is in its “long tail”. (File photo).

Level 2 restrictions may be loosened soon though, including upping the 50-person indoor capacity limit to 100 — a move hospitality business owners will welcome.

immigration

Migrant's chances of being with fiancée in New Zealand becoming slim stuff nation

Yadharsh Yathin Vijayakumar is having to choose between his job in New Zealand and his fiancé and family.

OPINION: Most migrants are not afraid of losing our jobs, or finding new ones, but of losing our chance to return to New Zealand if we leave.

Australia poaching migrant dairy workers video

01092021. Robyn Edie. News. Southland Times/Stuff.  Southland filipino dairy worker Christian Roxas hasn’t seen ...

They love the lifestyle and want to stay, but immigration tardiness and an aggressive Aussie campaign is luring our skilled migrant dairy workers away.

Overstayers at extra risk from Delta, Tongan Robin Hood says video

‘’Tongan Robin Hood’’ Kennedy Maeakafa Fakana’ana’a-ki-Fualu wants the more than 250 Tongan overstayers he looks after ...

With the fear of deportation, and some struggling with a language barrier, there are concerns overstayers may not seek Covid-19 help.

Tough path ahead for chef after family denied entry into New Zealand video

Abhijit Mallik, pictured with his two children, Aishna and Aarav.

Abhijit Mallik may have to give up his dream job and leave his adopted home after running into residency struggles due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Auckland

France furious at Australia, Biden over submarine deal

Le Drian said he'll be seeking explanations from the Australians over how they plan to exit their contractual ...

The AUKUS alliance scuppers a deal between Australia and France to acquire 12 submarines, costing the French defence industry some 56 billion euros.

Asking prices in Auckland's 'most affordable' district near $1m video

House prices have been increasing in the double digits across the board in Auckland. (File photo)

A $227,000 increase in average asking prices in one year is shutting many locals out of the market, a marae leader says.

Asian Kiwis lead the way in Covid-19 vaccine uptake video

Members of the Korean community get vaccinated at a group event at a pharmacy in Pakuranga, east Auckland.

Ethnic vaccination events and the experiences of family overseas have contributed to the uptake, community leaders say.

Auckland eyes up Paris-style street cafes ahead of 'long-term' level 2 video

Cafes in Paris have spilled out even further onto the streets as Covid restrictions limit the numbers of diners allowed ...

The council and AT are working on closing roads and cutting red tape so eateries and diners can make the most of what experts say will be a lengthy level 2.

Wellington

Wellington today, September 17: Distance between NZ and allies grows, trilingual song encourages Kiwis to unite

Four of Tomorrow People’s seven band members, Hennie Tui, left, Fredwyn Kisona, Avina Kelekolio and Tana Tupai. The band ...

Read the headlines and breaking news from around the region.

Trilingual song celebrates the Aotearoa of today video

Four of Tomorrow People’s seven band members, Hennie Tui, left, Fredwyn Kisona, Avina Kelekolio and Tana Tupai. The band ...

Taking Te Wiki O te Reo Māori one step further, Wellington band Tomorrow People is incorporating a third common Kiwi language into their song.

Privilege compounds offending of lockdown escapees video

William Willis has apologised for flouting lockdown rules.

OPINION: It's long past time for the impression of automatic anonymity of the accused if they’re well known or well-connected.

Police create own te reo Māori app video

The app also provides details on the police haka.

The app, called Eke Tangaroa, provided guidance for pōwhiri, mihimihi and pēpeha, the police’s haka, as well as waiata and karakia and pronunciation help.

Canterbury

Police investigate triple homicide in Timaru

Three people were found dead at a Timaru home on Thursday night.

Police found three people dead at a home in the suburb of Parkside shortly after 10pm on Thursday. Another person was taken to hospital.

Level 1 still a way off for the rest of New Zealand, experts say video

Professor Michael Baker says the problem with the Delta variant is in its “long tail”. (File photo).

Level 2 restrictions may be loosened soon though, including upping the 50-person indoor capacity limit to 100 — a move hospitality business owners will welcome.

Who's wearing it better? Wellington and Christchurch in mask faceoff video

Jason Benton, who is visiting Christchurch from Tauranga, says wearing masks was an easy thing to do for “a big gain”.

Mask wearing isn't required outdoors, but one city's residents appear to be going above and beyond by covering up in public.

Is justice colour-blind? video

Picturesque Wānaka is in the news as the location of an infamous level 4 lockdown breach.

The Wānaka story has put the spotlight on whether name suppression is fair.

Waikato

Fossil mistaken for old anchor is new species of Waikato penguin video

The Kawhia giant penguin Kairuku waewaeroa.

The revelation, by Massey University researchers, has been years in the making after Hamilton students found the specimen on a scenic reserve in Kawhia.

The unmarked graves of 1918: Māori VC's drive to bring jabs to Waikato uni

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai got her second vaccination on Kingītanga Day for her grandson.

'Let's not repeat history' was the cry at Waikato University as it opened the first tertiary vaccination centre with a focus on Māori and Pasifika.

Festival One proposes shift to new rural venue

Mystery Creek is no longer a suitable venue for the Christian event, Festival One promoter Graham Burt said. He’s ...

The farm land ticks all the boxes but neighbours worry that approving the Christian festival will bring other big events to their quiet Waikato community.

Kōkako get their own speed bumps video

New Zealand's first ‘slow for kōkako’ sign is posted near Mt Pirongia in the Waikato region.

Signs alone weren't enough to protect the endemic birds from Waikato rural traffic, a local restoration society said.

Northland

Auckland man stuck in wage subsidy limbo as workplace moves to level 2 video

Police checking motorists as they cross the border between Auckland and Northland. The number plate in this photo has ...

Grant Richards, who lives 1km south of the northern border, is "unable to earn a living" now his work is no longer eligible for the wage subsidy.

Fifty yachts to sail from Fiji to Northland, raising Covid-19 fears video

Opua in Northland’s Bay of Islands is a popular destination for yachties, and currently the designated port of arrival ...

The yachts are expected to sail to Opua before cyclone season starts, with some coming from Fiji, where Covid-19 is out of control.

Mr Whippy-style van to offer Covid-19 vaccines door-to-door video

The buses will be converted to offer Covid-19 vaccines to those who are unable to get to a clinic. (File photo)

Jacinda Ardern hopes Kiwis can come up with a better name for the mobile vaccination service than Australia's "Jabba the Bus".

Health fears for Northland after Covid-19 rule-breakers flee Auckland video

Police are checking all those who are leaving Auckland, such as at this stop between Te Hana and Kaiwaka at Auckland’s ...

A man who came up north for a tangi, then allegedly went on a pub crawl, among a raft of Aucklanders accused of breaching the border.

Bay Of Plenty

Jail, warning for Mykky Icclessiastes Illusion X-Calibur Maxinmus Walker

Police had no idea the gun pointed at them was an imitation pistol (file photo).

Teen from "difficult" background who threatened to kill two police officers before taking their patrol car faces prospect of adult life "in and out of jail".

Man accused of torching Bay of Plenty school appears in court video

The A Block at Apanui School was well ablaze by the time fire crews arrived in the early hours of February 6 this year.

While the man faced a number of charges in the dock, just down the road the school is still dealing with the aftermath of the fire.

Warning for drivers: Heavy rain 'cranking up'

Slips and fallen trees, like this in the Karangahake Gorge, are likely in the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty on Thursday ...

Bad weather is forecast for the peninsula and the bay between 3am and 3pm on Thursday.

Waitangi Day primary school fire: Man arrested, charged with arson video

The A Block at Apanui School was well ablaze by the time fire crews arrived in the early hours of February 6 this year.

The fire, in the early hours of February 6, destroyed the office block and eight attached classrooms.

Taranaki

Killer driver to be released despite concerns

Kevin Ronald Bishell appears in court charged with causing the crash that killed Olivia Renee Keightley-Trigg in August ...

Kevin Ronald Bishell will be released from prison this month despite the Parole Board's concerns he will reoffend.

Pedestrian lights transformed to Māori figures video

While the read light reads tū, which means stay in place.

Waiting to walk across Ngāmotu’s (New Plymouth) rainbow crossing, pedestrians are being greeted with new red and green figures.

Student left Auckland to attend Taranaki polytech video

The Witt student was told to self-isolate and get tested for Covid-19. He’s returned one negative test so far. (file photo)

A student who spent lockdown in Auckland used his essential service status to exit the city and return to Taranaki to attend a class.

Repainting and repair work at former Okato primary school

The former Okato Primary is land banked as part of a treaty settlement process.

A once thriving primary school that has sat empty since 2004 has been repainted and repairs are underway in preparation for it potentially becoming part of a treaty settlement.

Manawatū

Call for assailants to face justice for racial attack video

Haraia Bowen-Hakaraia was beaten, robbed and racially abused in Levin.

Haraia Bowen-Hakaraia says police recorded the incident as robbery but he knows it was a racially-motivated hate crime.

Feilding push for Federation League spot after stellar season

Feilding United are bidding for a Federation League spot next year.

The town's football team only lost two games all season and scored a half-century of goals.

Two-week stay in bug-infested MIQ room 'unbelievable' video

Levin man Roger Mitchell says his room in managed isolation at an Auckland hotel was dirty and the food was inedible.

Roger Mitchell says there was long blonde hair through the carpet, bugs in the bathroom and thick dust in the fan grates, with a $3100 bill for the experience.

Two dead after crash near Whanganui

Police say two vehicles were involved in a crash near Whanganui on Thursday evening (file photo).

A third person is fighting for their life after the crash on SH3 at Kaitoke on Thursday evening.

Nelson

Taking a leap for Alzheimer's video

Owner of Driving Miss Daisy Tracey McConnachie is skydiving to raise money for Alzheimer's Nelson Tasman and has got 13 ...

Jumping out of a plane may be daunting, but for people with dementia, most days have their challenges.

Out Here in Whakatū

EJ Mann (they/them) will be appearing on a discussion panel for the upcoming Pukapuka Talks, in Nelson.

Once-marginalised voices, characters and themes are finally finding their way into print.

A boost for the transformative power of art

Faye and Karl Wulff have seen the transformative power that art can work on a troubled young person.

“You can make a difference, even if it’s that they go away and say, that was good.”

Originair delays start of flights to Hawke's Bay

Originair’s services resume this week and its schedule will increase as demand grows.

Originair has postponed the launch of its expanded spring flight schedule including services to Hawke's Bay.

Marlborough

Repeat offender escapes further disqualification

Stuart Rattray was caught driving while disqualified at the same Blenheim petrol station twice. (File photo)

Blenheim man already had 12 disqualification charges to his name, but added another two after he was spotted driving again by police.

Top of the south artists join forces video

Neame is an oil painter and uses both a brush and palette knife in his work.

Despite the challenges that come with Covid, the Marlborough Art and Wine Fair is back for a second year.

Marlborough's youth 'lifekeepers' awarded for their work

The Marlborough Youth Trust team supporting young people, from left: Soni Kula (youth worker), Laura Simpson, Ruby King, ...

It's about building connections and fostering trust say the team at Marlborough Youth Trust.

Man accused of murdering RSE worker Hiko Lynch in Blenheim has charge dropped video

A man accused of murdering Hiko Lynch on June 20 has had his charge dropped.

After reviewing all “available proof”, the murder charge was not sustainable, says Crown prosecutor.

South Canterbury

Police investigate triple homicide in Timaru

Three people were found dead at a Timaru home on Thursday night.

Police found three people dead at a home in the suburb of Parkside shortly after 10pm on Thursday. Another person was taken to hospital.

Te reo Māori 'good for the brain' video

Felicity Bruce (Whakatōhea) says teo reo Māori is poetic. (File photo)

Felicity Bruce was happy to reveal what the language means to her.

Plan signals Timaru traffic changes

Vehicles turn right off State Highway 1 at Washdyke, Timaru, into Meadows Rd where new traffic lights may be installed ...

Another new set of traffic lights suggested for Timaru as authorities seek to improve traffic flows and highway safety from the north.

Timaru applies for housing development funding

Over 200 applications from around the country have been received for the Government’s Infrastructure Acceleration Fund, ...

The Timaru District Council is in wait-and-see mode over an application to the Government's Infrastructure Acceleration Fund to speed up housing development.

Otago

'Much-loved employee and friend' dies in Otago helicopter crash

A helicopter pilot died in a crash near Lawrence, in Otago, early on Thursday.

Air crash investigators are appealing for witnesses after a pilot died in a helicopter crash between Milton and Alexandra in Otago.

Warning issued over cracks in Robinson helicopter rotor blades video

A Robinson R44 ready for takeoff. (File photo)

Authorities are concerned a manufacturing defect making the blades prone to cracking, could lead to loss of control of the chopper.

Sixty women recalled for breast screening

Pacific Radiology is asking 60 Southland and Otago women to return for further breast screening tests.

Pacific Radiology is asking 60 Southland and Otago women to return for further breast screening assessments after it says it picked up performance issues with one of its radiologists.

Man avoids conviction over crash that killed girlfriend

Campbell Page arrives at a previous court appearance. (File photo)

Olivia Brown, 22, died when a four-wheel-drive she and boyfriend Campbell Page were in rolled down a 40-metre bank in Central Otago.

Southland

The legend of Foveaux Strait video

Foveaux Strait, pictured from Bluff.

The body of water that lies between Murihiku and Rakiura is well known amongst fishermen and divers. But according to Māori legend, there was once a strip of land that joined the two islands.

'Desperate' times for hospitality sector

Graham Hawkes, an Invercargill chef and president of the Southland branch of Hospitality New Zealand, said he had spoken ...

The hospitality sector in the South Island must return to alert level 1 “immediately” as the financial situation becomes desparate for many businesses, a prominent industry insider says.

New environmental iwi-led charity receives $2.1m Government funding

Jana Davis, chief executive of new iwi-led environmental charity Te Tapu o Tāne, which will receive $2.125 million in ...

Te Tapu o Tāne, a new iwi-led environmental charity, will receive funding to establish native plant nurseries and undertake restoration projects in Southland.

Colombian teen reunites with family

Samuel Calero, 13, has travelled alone from Colombia to join his family in Invercargill.

A 13-year-old boy from Colombia has been reunited with his family in Southland after almost three years.