Fire threatening home

A resident of a home in Northland says their home at the end of Waitapu Creek Rd, Kaio, is metres away from a ...

6:45 PM  A Northland resident says their home is metres away from a three-hectare blaze that fire crews can't get to by road.

Mill worker seriously injured

A man aged "in his 40s" was trapped in timber yard machinery at a Tasman saw mill and flown to hospital with serious ...

He was trapped in a timber machine with a conveyor belt at a Tasman saw mill for more than 30 minutes.

Holiday weekend's deadly start

Traffic heading south out Auckland will test weekenders' patience. And the roadworks don't help.

One killed in crash near Turangi, bringing the Labour Weekend death toll to three.

Serious crash in Auckland

A St John ambulance transported a person to Auckland Hospital in a critical condition.

6:42 PM  Police are at the scene of a crash where a motorcyle and car collided at 5.30pm in New Lynn, Auckland.

Road trip to buy Lotto tickets

Some Reefton residents hoping for a Lotto windfall have been driving to Greymouth or Westport -
 two-hour return jouneys ...

Lotto fans from one West Coast town are driving for two hours to buy tickets after their local store's machine broke.

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Rain on roads for weekend's end

Heavy returning traffic on Monday faces a wet end to the long weekend.

Bad weather expected for heaviest traffic zones, with police urging motorists to take extra care.

I hate pot, but don't mind you liking it

The Green Party has wrangled a referendum out of Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party on legalising recreational marijuana.

OPINION: A cannabis referendum is our chance to start ending our cruel, misinformed war on illegal drug users.

Men 'fell like a pack of cards'

Four men were on the deck outside the Portage Resort Hotel's restaurant and bar in the Marlborough Sounds when a rail ...

A group of men fell off a Marlborough hotel deck "like a pack of cards" after a railing collapsed, a witness says.

Girls rule at graffiti festival

Auckland-based muralist Adore (aka Emily Gardener) prepares for three days of painting at the Graffiato festival in ...

Seven of the 10 graffiti artists this year are women.

Tomatomania for long weekend

Sweet 100, a cherry tomato hybrid, grows like a weed in warmer weather.

Labour Day Weekend is the perfect time to get your vege patch set for summer.

'It's Ah-durn': Ardern tells Aussie journo

During her campaign Jacinda Ardern enjoyed popping into Labour's phone bank in Wellington CBD to surprise volunteers.

The young journalist got more than he'd bargained for when the incoming PM answered his call.

From trio of crashes to triathlon

Steve Webber and wife Louisa are off to the World Xterra Championships later this month.

He's broken his back, collarbone and his ribs twice, but now he's back on his bike at a world championship level.

Aussie PM pipes up on Ardern-gate

Bishop says she's satisfied with PM-elect Jacinda Ardern's "explanation".

In August their foreign minister called our Labour MPs untrustworthy, now she's fuming at suggestions she won't be able to work them.

'Change' for all NZers video

Labour's immigration policy survived coalition negotiations, Jacinda Ardern says.

Jacinda Ardern has revealed the new government's stance on migration, capitalism and "meaningful change".

Stranger threatens young woman

Police said a man in a black four-wheel-drive with tinted windows approached the woman in Shirley and threatened her.

Man in a 4WD with tinted windows threatened the Christchurch walker and told her to get in his vehicle.

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crime

Stranger threatens young woman

Police said a man in a black four-wheel-drive with tinted windows approached the woman in Shirley and threatened her.

Man in a 4WD with tinted windows threatened the Christchurch walker and told her to get in his vehicle.

4WD driven into brawlers

Selwyn Day sentenced on a charge of assault with a weapon - namely a Nissan Navara.

Actor's son reunited with iPad

Robbers armed with axe, hammer

nz earthquake

The rise and fall of a highway

NCTIR project manager Zach Knutson at a culvert at the south end of the Pines.

Road workers cutting a swathe through the quake damage find themselves surrounded by walls of dirt and crumbling asphalt.

Building blocks for a happy family

Vanessa Hopkins is in charge of paperwork while Mathew, left, and Glenn drive heavy machinery to lay and smooth out the ...

Workers on the highway rebuild are like one big family. Especially these three, who are family.

Money for Christmas

EQC expects to settle 75 per cent of claims from the November 2016 earthquake by Christmas.

New pilot model of insurers acting as EQC agents has sped up the process, with 75 per cent of claims to be settled by Christmas.

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.

politics

The accidental prime minister video

Jacinda Ardern's government is promising big.

OPINION: Jacinda Ardern has 100 days to show her Government is no accident, or accident waiting to happen.

It was nice while it lasted

Outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee holds the Ilam seat so his exit from Parliament would be a little more ...

As Labour gets ready to fill Beehive offices outgoing National ministers may weigh up whether three years in Opposition is worth it.

If Bill English says goodbye...

Who will it be? From left, Simon Bridges, Paula Bennett, Judith Collins, Nikki Kaye or Jonathan Coleman.

ANALYSIS: If outgoing Prime Minister Bill English decides to go, there are a host of folk who will be up for the job.

Now for the honeymoon video

Jacinda Ardern needs to own the narrative for the next three years.

OPINION: After a month in limbo and playing second fiddle to Winston Peters, Jacinda Ardern finally gets some action.

education

His words made his wife cry

Hamish and Heather Shoebridge have worked together to help Hamish improve his reading and writing ability.

After 40 years of marriage, Hamish Shoebridge is finally able to write in his wife's birthday card.

Principal's full-time siren sounds

Retired Manchester St School principal Rex Wheeler has more time to spend reconditioning his 1937 Studebaker Gran ...

After 43 years in the district, principal Rex Wheeler has more time for tinkering.

A sea change in education

The new government brings with it the possibility of game-changing education policies. (File photo)

New Zealand's education sector is trying to figure out what the new Labour-New Zealand First government will mean for them.

Teachers in dark on digital

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A new digital curriculum awaits New Zealand schools. But who's teaching the teachers?

health

National 'dropped ball' on health

Jo Kane says she will be glad to see the back of National Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

CDHB member Jo Kane challenges Jacinda Ardern to mend its "toxic relationship" with the Ministry of Health.

Evangelia Henderson - The Campaigner

Evangelia Henderson says chances of survival are so much better if cancer is diagnosed early.

When Evangelia Henderson was first touched by breast cancer, she was too young to understand. Now, she won't stop fighting it.

Breast information possible

Breastcare nurse Gillian Mockford welcomes visitors to the caravan outside the Highbury shopping centre, Palmerston North.

Pink caravan spreading the word on cancer detection.

Kiwi war hero runs for his life video

With each step on the Auckland Marathon, pilot Ben Pryor will put the trauma of being shot at in Afghanistan behind him.

With each step on the Auckland Marathon, pilot Ben Pryor will put the trauma of being shot at in Afghanistan behind him.

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

Farmers failing to tag livestock

A farmer scans cattle tagged for lifetime traceability through NAIT.

Tagging animals helps officials trace their movements in case of a major disease outbreak, but some farmers aren't doing their job.

Water tax no-go welcomed

Before the election, Labour proposed a royalty on farmers of one to two cents per 1000 litres on irrigation water.

Farmers don't know what to expect, but are pleased NZ First appears to have had its way.

China bid for Southland farm

Landcorp's Jericho Station in Southland. An offer from a Chinese buyer of $8.7 million was almost matched by one from a ...

A would-be Chinese buyer of a Southland farm could be stymied by a new government.

Zespri goes for Gold

The SunGold kiwifruit variety has proved a hit in markets around the world, including in Germany where this promotion ...

The world can't get enough of SunGold kiwifruit, and orchard investors are banking on golden times.

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    Auckland

    Kiwi's $3.26m Boom Time video

    Cory Parish celebrates winning the Caulfield Cup aboard rank outsider Boom Time.

    Bonneval lame again but young NZ jockey shocks Australian racing with massive upset.

    Fire threatening home

    A resident of a home in Northland says their home at the end of Waitapu Creek Rd, Kaio, is metres away from a ...

    A Northland resident says their home is metres away from a three-hectare blaze that fire crews can't get to by road.

    Serious crash in Auckland

    A St John ambulance transported a person to Auckland Hospital in a critical condition.

    Police are at the scene of a crash where a motorcyle and car collided at 5.30pm in New Lynn, Auckland.

    Holiday weekend's deadly start

    Traffic heading south out Auckland will test weekenders' patience. And the roadworks don't help.

    One killed in crash near Turangi, bringing the Labour Weekend death toll to three.

    Wellington

    'Reluctant' motor-racing champion

    Denny Hulme developed his love of cars as a youngster working at the one and only garage in Motueka.

    Our only F1 champion, Denny Hulme, took his fame in his stride.

    'Change' for all NZ video

    Labour's immigration policy survived coalition negotiations, Jacinda Ardern says.

    Jacinda Ardern has revealed the new government's stance on migration, capitalism and "meaningful change".

    Popular mini-train returns

    The Aotea Lagoon train was decommissioned two years ago, but Porirua City Council project manager Philip Royle, left, ...

    Porirua's only mini-train will get a new lease on life this Labour weekend.

    Lions too tough for Taniwha

    Jackson Garden-Bachop, left, and Julian Savea were to the fore as Wellington played their way into Friday's championship ...

    Wellington impress in comfortable championship semifinal win over Northland.

    Canterbury

    Crash victim 'devoted to caring' video

    Jaimey Leigh Fellows, who was killed in a car crash overnight, has been remembered as a funny and genuine woman who ...

    Mum of woman who died in crash near Burnham says her daughter was "funny, lovely".

    Rail collapse injures 4

    Four men were on the deck outside the Portage Resort Hotel's restaurant and bar in the Marlborough Sounds when a rail ...

    A group of men fell off a Marlborough hotel deck "like a pack of cards" after a railing collapsed, a witness says.

    Lotto fans make two-hour trip

    Some Reefton residents hoping for a Lotto windfall have been driving to Greymouth or Westport -
 two-hour return jouneys ...

    Reefton fans are driving to other towns to buy tickets after the local ticket machine broke.

    Man seriously hurt by mill machine

    A man aged "in his 40s" was trapped in timber yard machinery at a Tasman saw mill and flown to hospital with serious ...

    He was trapped in a timber machine at a Tasman saw mill for more than 30 minutes.

    Waikato

    Girls rule at graffiti festival

    Auckland-based muralist Adore (aka Emily Gardener) prepares for three days of painting at the Graffiato festival in ...

    Seven of the 10 street artists at theTaupō festival this year are women.

    Recognise this guy? 

    Recognise this guy? The police want to hear from you if you do.

    Police have released images of one of the suspected robbers of a Belgian hitchhiker.

    Tomatomania for long weekend

    Sweet 100, a cherry tomato hybrid, grows like a weed in warmer weather.

    Labour Day Weekend is the perfect time to get your vege patch set for summer.

    Domino's robbed

    Police are investigating a robbery at a Domino's pizza shop in Hamilton.

    Armed pair each wore a balaclava and a hoodie. They escaped in a waiting car driven by a third person.

    Taranaki

    From trio of crashes to triathlon

    Steve Webber and wife Louisa are off to the World Xterra Championships later this month.

    He's broken his back, collarbone and his ribs twice, but now he's back on his bike at a world championship level.

    Losing its 'life blood'

    19102017 News Photo ANDY JACKSON/STUFF.   Graeme Duckett for feature on the old AFCO freezing works in Waitara.

    Known as the "university" it was the training ground for a crop of freezing workers who pumped money and life into Waitara.

    Food dream blossoming

    Liz Buttimore and partner Bradley Hornby have worked together for twelve years.

    A Taranaki girl's long-held dream has come to fruition in Marlborough, creating innovative food with local produce.

    Titokowaru never lost his mana

    This oil painting by James Barry in 1820 shows chiefs Waikato and Hongi Hika with missionary Thomas Kendall in England  ...

    OPINION: History can twist a story - and besmirch the name of a great New Zealander.

    Manawatu

    Fireworks and your furry friends

    Fireworks are great to look at, but the noise and lights can be terrifying for pets.

    PAWS AND CLAWS: Guy Fawkes can be a terrifying experience for our pets.

    Practical magic video

    The tools of furniture maker Rowan Dicks' trade.

    Rowan Dicks makes furniture that isn't just run-of-the-mill.

    Men, money and moving on

    Inbar Lavi plays serial con artist Maddie in Imposters.

    OPINION: I have this vivid memory of Basil Fawlty angrily attacking his car with a tree branch.

    Principal's full-time siren sounds

    Retired Manchester St School principal Rex Wheeler has more time to spend reconditioning his 1937 Studebaker Gran ...

    After 43 years in the district, principal Rex Wheeler has more time for tinkering.

    Nelson

    Makos fans jet into enemy territory

    Originair flight OG3313 Captain Warwick Wild shows his support for the Tasman Makos before a flight to New Plymouth today.

    Look out Ferdinand - there'll be a few more fins up in the crowd at Yarrow Stadium this weekend.

    Tale of two MPs

    Nick Smith says National will be a formidable force in opposition.

    The top of the south looks set to swap one cabinet minister for another.

    Men 'fell like a pack of cards'

    Four men were on the deck outside the Portage Resort Hotel's restaurant and bar in the Marlborough Sounds when a rail ...

    A group of men fell off a Marlborough hotel deck "like a pack of cards" after a railing collapsed, a witness says.

    Salisbury takes heart 

    Salisbury School at Richmond is the only national single-sex residential school for girls with intellectual disabilities.

    Could the long fight to save Salisbury School be over with the change of government?

    Marlborough

    Men 'fell like a pack of cards'

    Four men were on the deck outside the Portage Resort Hotel's restaurant and bar in the Marlborough Sounds when a rail ...

    A group of men fell off a Marlborough hotel deck "like a pack of cards" after a railing collapsed, a witness says.

    SH1 rebuild continues

    Work at Ohau point on State Highway 1 on Thursday. The site is one of the critical parts of the rebuild.

    Night-time closures, unsealed sections and lane closures will greet travellers when quake-damaged SH1 reopens.

    Tiny train turns 50 video

    Picton Society of Model Engineers members, from left, Brian Henstock, Kerry Johnson and Graham Low get the train ready ...

    What a difference 50 years makes? Ten cents of a difference in fact.

    All the fun of the fair

    Hannah Schmitt and Scarlet Venrooy had a great time on the trailer ride last year.

    The Linkwater School Spring Fair is on today, right on time to plant up your vegetable garden.

    South Canterbury

    It's coming down

    Owner of the Hydro Grand, Allan Booth.

    Timaru's Hydro Grand Hotel could be reduced to rubble by the end of November.

    Disease 'contained'

    22092017 News Photo: TOM LEE/STUFF - Dairy Cow, Farming, Fonterra, Cattle. Milking, Dawn Morning.

    Ministry for Primary Industries confident Mycoplasma bovis is contained.

    'Cautious optimism'

    Federated Farmers South Canterbury chairman Mark Adams.

    Hopes and fears have been raised by prominent South Canterbury figures now our new Government has been revealed.

    Farewell to commissioner

    Fairlie Primary School commissioner Terri Johnstone has said farewell to the school.

    Fairlie Primary School is in a state of self-governence once more.

    Otago

    Fire rages near Te Anau

    A large scrub fire covering more than 1300 hectares started at Mt Prospect Station near Te Anau.

    Six helicopters are helping fight an out-of-control Southland blaze that's spread to more than 1300 hectares.

    Boy seriously hurt in crash

    A rescue helicopter lands at the crash site.

    The long weekend is off to a bad start in the South Island, with a three-vehicle crash leaving a boy with serious injuries.

    New plan to create affordable homes

    Members of the Queenstown Lakes Mayoral Housing Affordability Taskforce presenting their recommendations: chairman John ...

    Restrictions could be placed on Airbnb-type short-term rentals for visitors.

    Joint approach trialed to freedom camping enforcement in the Catlins

    Freedom camping will be more heavily monitored in the Catlins over summer, with a jointly-funded approach to be trialed ...

    Otago-Southland authorities join forces to control freedom camping in the Catlins.

    Southland

    Fire rages near Te Anau

    A large scrub fire covering more than 1300 hectares started at Mt Prospect Station near Te Anau.

    Six helicopters helping fight out-of-control blaze that's spread to more than 1300 hectares.

    Fishing for all

    Greg Sheppard, from Te Anau's, Trout Observatory releases a rainbow trout into McGregor's Pond near Te Anau, under the ...

    Southerners are spoilt for choice this weekend in terms of things to do.

    Southland fraudster sentenced

    The Invercargill District Court.

    A Southland fraudster who admitted 16 dishonesty charges has been sentenced to community detention.

    A passion for the immortal Mustang

    Wayne Fabish, of the Taranaki Mustang Club, spent four years building up his 67 Mustang, which he is showing for the ...

    The 38th National Mustang Convention taking place in Invercargill this weekend.

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