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Qtown jewellery store burgled

The damage at Jamies Jewellers in Queenstown following a burglary.

Thieves smashed a window at a Queenstown shop and took watches, cash and a computer.

Rabbit giveaway turns sour

A now deleted post on the MoreFM Manawatū Facebook page was giving listeners a chance to win a real rabbit this Easter.

A Palmerston North radio station has been criticised for trying to give away a live rabbit this Easter.

Sweatshop stunt sends consumerism message video

Workers rights advocate Yasmeen Maria Jones-Chollet sews for 120 hours in a row in Trafalgar St to protest against ...

Long days and short breaks highlight sweatshops in a street-side stunt.

Claims rest home was 'unsafe'

Concerns from medical staff in 2017 that Waitara's Norfolk Lodge Rest Home was unsafe prompted an issues-based audit of ...

Rest home owner says resident care was never compromised in any way.

Stabbed man's compassion for attacker

A teen was seen attempting to break into a vehicle behind Resene on Broadway in Kaikohe, Northland before allegedly ...

Stabbed in the head with a screwdriver, he thought "I'm going to die" - but harbours no animosity towards the teen responsible.

Tourists clean up Fox River video

Fox River resident Kelsey Porter coordinated the town's South Westland Coastal Cleanup volunteers.

Nobody goes on holiday to clean up other people's trash - but that's exactly what these travellers did.

'Orchestrated smear' against mayor

Jim Boult was not commenting on the police investigation.

Allegations of political skulduggery plagued the 2016 Queenstown mayoral race.

186 Anzac services going ahead

While almost two-thirds of Anzac Day commemorative events have been cancelled in Auckland, there will be 186 services ...

Almost 200 Anzac Day services are going ahead on Thursday, despite cancellations in Auckland.

Trans-tasman wedding for cricket stars

The newlyweds both play together in the Women's National Cricket League for Australian Capital Territory.

The newlyweds both play together in the Women's National Cricket League for Australian Capital Territory.

I downloaded the manifesto

Damien Grant says he could have faced a 14 year prison sentence had he forwarded on the Christchurch gunman's manifesto.

OPINION: I am liable for a $10,000 fine. If I'd distributed the manifesto, I'd be up for a 14-year sentence.

crime

Ram-raid burglary targets ATM

Thieves busted a shed wall to access this ATM in Southland, stealing hundreds of dollars.

A family run business has been stung after an overnight raid.

Man critically injured after assault

A man has been hospitalised after an incident in Auckland's CBD.

Gun law loophole exposed

Violent offender avoids preventive detention

politics

Transformational Govt? Yeah, nah

Ultimately, Winston Peters was not persuaded on the need for wholesale tax reform.

OPINION: God will continue to defend our property "investors" after gutless CGT call.

No bullying report, no confidence

Simon Bridges' assurances about a culture review hasn't given columnist Alison Mau faith in a fair and thorough ...

OPINION: National's leader Simon Bridges had one opportunity to shine - and he blew it.

'Bullying' at the Beehive video

Parliamentary service has just over 700 staff, with two-thirds working for MPs or political parties either at Parliament ...

Parliament has become a "100 per cent toxic workplace" where staff feel bullied, belittled and intimidated.

PM could have saved the CGT

Ardern is at the height of her powers, but doens't seem keen to do anything with the opportunity.

OPINION: A capital gains tax was never going to get past Winston. But Ardern could have won an election on one.

education

School zone pushes house prices up

Parent Olly Rickets said she felt "politically bullied" into switching her daughter to her nearest school, so her ...

Some Nelson families are shifting to get into preferred school zones and house prices in some zones have gone up.

Staff and fund problems at school

Complaints over employment, financial mismanagement and staff recruitment have been raised at a south Auckland school ...

Commissioner called in at Auckland school in a years-long saga over finances.

Unapologetic advocate of history

Historian Gavin McLean has died, aged 62.

Historian Gavin McLean made his subject entertaining and interesting.

Student numbers on the rise

Student numbers are up at Massey University this year.

The student headcount on the three campuses, Palmerston North, Albany and Wellington, is up.

māori issues

Ministers with little to show video

Deputy PM Winston Peters, Shane Jones and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

ANALYSIS: The Māori ministers are yet to deliver much of anything for their people.

$12m to help educators teach te reo video

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis was all smiles ahead of his Māori lesson in Parliament on Monday.

Government takes "first step" towards normalising te reo's use in the education sector.

'Pidgin Māori' taught for free

Anton Matthews, who will be teaching the free te reo Māori class coming to Timaru.

How to pronounce Timaru will be just one of the takeaways from a touring te reo Māori class.

Will Kiwis confront racism against Māori?

New Zealand will commemorate 250 years since Captain James Cook. Part of his colonial legacy is entrenched, systemic ...

OPINION: More Kiwis are challenging racism since the Christchurch terror attack but there is a deeper issue for Māori.

immigration

Mental distress 'inevitable' after attack

An extra 80 staff have been called in to the National Telehealth call centre in Auckland to help respond to just under ...

Some counselling providers are taking the brunt of increased demand after the Christchurch terror attack.

Shooting survivor pleads for residency

Mohamed Tofazzal Alam says the government should grant him residency.

A survivor of the Linwood mosque attack says he's unable to work due to mental trauma, and begs government to help with visas.

Victims' families residency plea

Former immigration minister Tuariki Delamere.

Families of mosque shooting victims should get NZ residency, so none are forced to leave, says former minister.

Migration ticking up

Statistics for the year ended January 2019 showed a 151,500 person annual increase in visitor numbers.

'Strengthening trajectory' tipped for immigration.

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Wellington

Councillor investigates Karori bus charters

Wellington City Councillor Simon Woolf is investigating whether chartering buses to Karori would help the suburbs public ...

Onslow-Western ward councillor Simon Woolf says feedback on the idea has been "mixed".

Peter Jackson v Wellington council

Director Sir Peter Jackson has slammed Wellington City Council and Mayor Justin Lester on his public Facebook page, ...

Film-maker takes aim at council over planned 'Soviet-style apartment blocks' at Shelly Bay.

Climate protests 'a shadow of real thing' video

Activists Extinction Rebellion blocked Tamaki Drive in Mission Bay this afternoon to protest climate change.

A few moments of disruption is not much in the scheme of climate change, protesters say.

Loo ban for Hawke's Bay man

The toilet at Dean Brown's Hastings house will be out of action after a court order banning the use of the house's ...

Due to a public health risk, a judge has made an order barring the man from using his septic system immediately.

Canterbury

Canterbury tramper found

Brigitte Visagie​, 56, has been found "safe and well" after going missing between Lewis Pass Rd and Nina Hut, in the ...

Brigitte Visagie, who became separated from her two companions in Lake Sumner Forest Park, has been found.

Qtown jewellery store burgled

The damage at Jamies Jewellers in Queenstown following a burglary.

Thieves smashed a window at a Queenstown shop and took watches, cash and a computer.

Chch to inspire Bic Runga

Bic Runga will complete a two-part residency in a freshly restored building in the Arts Centre and will be in residence ...

A Kiwi musician is returning to her roots with a residency at Christchurch's historic Arts Centre.

Tourists clean up Fox River video

Fox River resident Kelsey Porter coordinated the town's South Westland Coastal Cleanup volunteers.

Nobody goes on holiday to clean up other people's trash - but that's exactly what these travellers did.

Waikato

Chefs to reveal stovetop secrets

The Great NZ Food Show event organiser Michele Connell wants the weekend to be a full experience for visitors.

Waikato's master chefs will be revealing their secrets at the Great NZ Food Show.

Toddler dies in apparent drowning

Sullivan Lake in Whakatāne.

A two-year-old boy has died in what police are describing as a potential drowning at Whakatāne.

Thief steals from community

The generator from the South Waikato Emergency Response Trailer has been stolen.

The perpetrator took a lot more than a generator when they snuck into Unlimited Signs under cover of darkness.

Lizard opens door to renter video

Keeping blue-tongued lizards as pets may make it easier to get a rental over a cat or dog. Royce Nimot with his reptile ...

When told he couldn't have cats, Royce Nimot adopted blue-tongued lizards instead.

Northland

Stabbed man's compassion for attacker

A teen was seen attempting to break into a vehicle behind Resene on Broadway in Kaikohe, Northland before allegedly ...

Stabbed in the head with a screwdriver, he thought "I'm going to die" - but harbours no animosity towards the teen responsible.

Northlander wins Lotto first division

The winning Lotto ticket for Saturday was sold in Whangarei. (File photo)

Saturday's lucky Lotto ticket was bought in Whangarei, and two people won Strike Four.

Person seriously injured in Far North crash

It's the second serious crash to happen on the Kaitaia-Awaroa Road this long weekend.

It's the second serious crash to happen on the Kaitaia-Awaroa Road this long weekend.

Person swept from rocks is safe

Police were called to Ninety Mile Beach in the Far North on Saturday evening after reports people had been swept off the ...

Woman swept from rocks at Ninety Mile Beach in the Far North is safe and well.

Manawatu

DinoFest comes to life gallery

Brooklyn Gray, 4, loved meeting the dinosaurs at the Esplanade.

Attraction has proven so popular organisers have added extra shows.

Grid Bombers explode at speedway

In another crucial moment in the derby teams' final the Grid Bombers' Matthew Goldsack rolls an opponent.

Lead in final seesaws with Munta Motorsport pushing hard until the end.

Rabbit giveaway turns sour

A now deleted post on the MoreFM Manawatū Facebook page was giving listeners a chance to win a real rabbit this Easter.

A Palmerston North radio station has been criticised for trying to give away a live rabbit this Easter.

Crash blocks road

A crash has blocked State Highway 57 south of Shannon.

Rescue helicopter on way to crash scene near Shannon; State Highway 57 is blocked.

Nelson

Sweatshop stunt sends consumerism message video

Workers rights advocate Yasmeen Maria Jones-Chollet sews for 120 hours in a row in Trafalgar St to protest against ...

Long days and short breaks highlight sweatshops in a street-side stunt.

Nelson Airport mobility car park bungle

Nelson Airport new premium carpark offers special prices for disabled.

People using mobility parking spots were paying premium prices.

School zone pushes house prices up

Parent Olly Rickets said she felt "politically bullied" into switching her daughter to her nearest school, so her ...

Some Nelson families are shifting to get into preferred school zones and house prices in some zones have gone up.

Nelson mayoralty contest heats up

Councillor Mel Courtney has announced his intention to run for mayor in this year's council election.

Rachel Reese has competition in the mayoralty stakes with one of her councillors announcing his intention to stand.

Marlborough

'Cocaine' dropped on Blenheim

The vintage Beech 18 drops a "cocaine" brick at the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow.

A former drug-running plane drops a surprise package over Blenheim at airshow.

Marine farms to be sensor-ed

A mussel farm in the Pelorus Sound will be one of the 600 Marlborough Sounds marine farms to get sensors installed.

New project will put "live" environmental data from all 600 Marlborough Sounds farms at the council's "fingertips".

CGT: Retirement plan back on video

Blenheim man Roger Wadham was relieved when the capital gains tax was ruled out.

Sixty-four-year-old flipping houses would have had "literally nothing to show for six months' work" had controversial tax been pushed through.

Country kids explore the sounds

Billy Ryan, 8, keeps look out in Queen Charlotte Sound.

There were shrieks of excitement as a pod of Hector's dolphins danced around the bow of the Steadfast sailing boat. 

South Canterbury

More jobs for Geraldine business

The construction of Barker's of Geraldine's new eatery and the renovation of the old vicarage are going according to ...

The upsizing of a popular Geraldine-based business will create at least 16 new jobs when it moves into a new premises in September.

Enthusiasts rev up for nationals gallery video

Heather and Evan Cartwright,of Waitohi, and their rare 1974 Landau Ford at the Falcon Fairlane Car Club Nationals in ...

Petrolheads were in motoring heaven when the Falcon Fairlane Car Club Nationals were held in Timaru for the first time in nine years.

Helter skelter second half

Celtic captain Nick Strachan had a good game in his team's match against Harlequins at Easter. (file photo)

Nothing in the first half of the Celtic Harlequins clash prepared anyone for the 'helter skelter' second in the pick of the Hamersley Cup matches over Easter.

Army takes on new high country enemy video

The New Zealand Defence Force's site in Tekapo is home to some of the most complete, unbroken tarns.

Out-of-control critters in the South Island high country are now in the army's crosshairs.

Otago

Qtown jewellery store burgled

The damage at Jamies Jewellers in Queenstown following a burglary.

Thieves smashed a window at a Queenstown shop and took watches, cash and a computer.

'Orchestrated smear' against mayor

Jim Boult was not commenting on the police investigation.

Allegations of political skulduggery plagued the 2016 Queenstown mayoral race.

Ophir well worth a visit

In summer, there are hollyhocks everywhere in Ophir.

It might hold the record as New Zealand's coldest place, but it exudes warmth and charm.

Girl hit on way to playground

Tussock at Jacks Point near Queenstown may have been a factor which left a child critically injured, police say. (file photo)

A 4-year-old girl critically injured after being hit by a car may have been obscured by long tussock.

Southland

Longshot wins Riverton Cup

Jockey Tanya Jonker gives Lil Miss Swiss a congratulatory kiss after they won the $60,000 Riverton Cup on Saturday.

Lil Miss Swiss unwound a powerful finish to win Saturday's $60,000 Riverton Cup.

Worrying times in Southland racing

Gallop South chairman Peter Grant wants Southland and Otago thoroughbred racing clubs to unite in the battle to stop ...

Today's Riverton Cup meeting is one of Southland's biggest race days. But just how many more meetings will remain in the province? Jamie Searle reports.

Not easy to reduce health board debt

Southern District Health Board commissioner Kathy Grant said the health sector has financial challenges to reducing debt.

Financial challenges such as wage settlements and growing demands for health services have made it difficult to reduce debt, the Southern DHB commissioner says.

It turns out you can herd Cats

Cats, performed at Invercargill's Civic Theatre, April 18.

Proof, if proof were needed, that Invercargill's Civic Theatre is big enough to swing a cat. Or 16 of them.