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Child indecently assaulted

Neighbours were alarmed to wake up and find more than a dozen police cars outside the southeast Auckland address (FILE PHOTO)

Intruders broke into a property in a quiet Auckland suburb and indecently assaulted a child.

The Block NZ: Toiletgate video

Two male Block participants, Ribz and Sam, have been busted using the women's only pink Portaloo last week.

The most important piece of business on the show - punishing those using the girls' toilets illegally.

Hero dog reunited with owner

Kerry Jordan's car rolled down a steep slope on the Pahīatua Track. She was rescued three days later, with her dog Pat ...

Pat the loyal dog makes a special trip to the hospital bedside of the woman it helped save.

Napier street in lockdown

Armed police block off a Napier street.

A Napier house is surrounded by police, who have told neighbouring residents they won't be let into their homes.

KiwiBuild not guaranteed in 2020

"We still will have a Government build programme, the rest I'll leave to the reset," Ardern said.

KiwiBuild policy's future uncertain as PM declines to confirm it as part of 2020 election plans.

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Live: Napier street lockdown

Police remained at the darkened street late into the night.

Police say cordons in Napier will stay for some time as armed officers surround a house on a darkened street.

Peters says Key should resign video

Winston Peters said there were questions to be answered about ANZ and John Key's role on the board.

Deputy PM says ANZ chairman John Key has a "massive" conflict of interest in being on both ANZ boards.

Canterbury council hikes bus fares

Environment Canterbury says the bus fare rises from July 22 have been clearly telegraphed in the long-term plan. (File photo)

Canterbury's regional council is hiking bus fares, just weeks after declaring a climate emergency.

Councillor challenges chief executive

Cr Allan Arnold [file photo.

An Invercargill city councillor took a verbal swipe at the council's chief executive during a tense and at times heated city council meeting on Monday. 

Living wage win for workers

Mitre 10 stores in Dunedin and Mosgiel must pay workers at least $19 an hour after First Union took a case to the ...

Two stores in a major hardware retail chain must pay employees at least $19 an hour.

A tale of two e-scooters video

The Beam has a button on the handlebars that slows the scooter down and a footbrake for the rear wheel.

Beam e-scooters aim to be safer and cheaper, but can they match Lime fans' need for speed?

Canterbury midwife shortage worsens

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Striking midwives outside Palmerston North Hospital.

Amid a national shortage, Canterbury is struggling to employ midwives and facing a grim future.

Airport's ballsy translation blunder video

The Bay of Islands Airport baggage claim sign was accompanied by its te reo Māori translation: pēke kokoraho - pēke ...

A slight translation error means more work is needed on the Bay of Islands' $4.75 million terminal.

GP 'failed' woman with bowel issues

The woman was provided with a FOB test, pictured, despite not being clinically indicated for people with her symptoms.

'Mrs A' went to her doctor with rectal bleeding. Her GP failed to make the referral needed, and the woman was diagnosed with cancer.

Fire at Auckland school

Firefighters put out the fire and were cleaning up by 5.47pm.

Witnesses near the school saw smoke coming from the building in central Auckland.

crime

Pilot dismissed concerns

The Cessna crashed on a grass area next to the main runway at Queenstown Airport in August 2017.

The pilot said the ice would come off the wings once the plane had taken off. It crashed a short time later.

Boy racer incited violence

A fine was ruled out for a boy racer who used a megaphone to incite violence during the Aves Invasion 3.0 event at Easter – he already had $10,000 of unpaid fines.

Scam costs NZ Post $600k

Beach meth bust made into movie

politics

Gun lobby promises court action video

The Council of Licensed Firearm Owners, often referred to as New Zealand's gun lobby, has promised court action ...

Gun owners are being asked to donate in the "hundreds of thousands" for court challenge of semi-automatic ban.

Trans and non-binary genders to be counted

The Trans and Non-Binary Artists Showcase at the NZ Games Festival in Wellington in April this year aimed to elevate the ...

The Household Economic Survey will also ask respondents about their sexuality.

PM talks banks video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Jacinda Ardern announces changes to the banking industry and talks KiwiBuild at her post-Cabinet news conference

Clean power goal 'means price hike'

The confidence and supply agreement between Labour and the Green Party requires the development of a plan for 100 per ...

Committee asked to plan for 100 per cent renewable electricity generation warns: don't do it.

education

Attacker pretended to be a pupil

Staff at Rolleston College are investigating the assault at the school on Friday.

A teenager disguised herself as a Rolleston College student by wearing a school jacket and entered the grounds unnoticed before attacking a 13-year-old pupil.

Pro vice-chancellor steps aside

Massey University distinguished professor Paul Spoonley is heading to Germany to write a book on social and demographic ...

Massey University distinguished professor Paul Spoonley is returning to frontline research.

Electronic devices stolen from school

Police are investigating a theft which occurred at Pukekohe Hill School.

Electronic devices were stolen from a southern Auckland school during Matariki evening celebrations.

Unis slammed for animal tests

Universities slammed for the continued use of the Forced Swim Test.

Otago and Victoria Universities have been criticised by animal welfare groups for continuing to use the forced swim test.

health

GP 'failed' woman with bowel issues

The woman was provided with a FOB test, pictured, despite not being clinically indicated for people with her symptoms.

'Mrs A' went to her doctor with rectal bleeding. Her GP failed to make the referral needed, and the woman was diagnosed with cancer.

Seven strikes and no solution video

Several strikes across the country have resulted in little movement towards a solution. (file photo)

After months of bargaining and multiple strikes, IDEA services union members are taking their fight for better working conditions to the Employment Relations Authority.

Waiouru still hit by flu outbreak

Waiouru Military Camp continues to confine recruits stricken by flu.

Some 31 recruits at Waiouru Military Camp are continuing to suffer from a flu-like illness.

ACC appeal upheld after rape

In a woman's successful appeal against ACC's decision to decline funding for schizophrenia treatment Judge CJ McGuire ...

A woman's appeal against ACC's decision to decline funding for schizophrenia treatment after she was raped has been upheld.

māori issues

Waiata given country flavour video

The Harmonic Resonators lead singer Jeremy Hantler says audiences have been overwhelmingly supportive when they perform ...

Infusing waiata with the sounds of country has proved a hit for this five-piece band.

New $42m for 'underserved' Māori learners

Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis announced the initiative Monday morning in Porirua.

The budget allocated $42 million for Māori students in education. Now the funding has an initiative to go with it - Te Hurihanganui.

Bringing up bilingual kids

Broadcaster Stacey Morrison has never spoken English to her kids, choosing instead to bring them up as native te reo ...

How hard is it to teach your child to speak a second language?

Move over Jake 'the Muss' - that stereotype is being overtaken

The impact of the Once Were Warriors movie was profound, writes Jon Stokes

"One suspects the Heke whanau would be homeless today, their state house sold to developers, living with the new scourge of meth," writes Jon Stokes about the fictional Heke family from Once Were Warriors.

immigration

Review of foreign oilrig workers

The Prospector arriving in New Zealand earlier this month.

MP wants review of decision to grant visas to offshore workers after locals say they were shut out of senior jobs.

Skill shortage lists expand

Aged Care nurses have been added to the Long Term Skill Shortage List.

Aged care nurses, teachers and builders added to immigration lists in new regionalised format.

Escapism is the cure

Robert Downey Jr. portrays Iron Man in Marvel's latest blockbuster Avengers: Endgame which was released this week.

OPINION: Jacques Steenkamp writes that while Kiwis celebrated the lives of real heroes this week, many also mourned the loss of of their fictional heroes.

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.

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    Auckland

    More gun reform end of July

    In April, police showed MPs the types of guns that would be made illegal with the implementation of the firearms laws.

    The Government will hold off from announcing further gun reforms until its $208 million buyback scheme "beds in".

    What's at the 2019 NZIFF video

    A new version of Apocalypse Now that director Francis Ford Coppola​ believes is "the best" yet will screen as part of ...

    143 films will play at the annual event, with the Herbs' doco closing out the Auckland leg.

    $29.7m to slash golf course size

    A vote to decide the future of Chamberlain Park will take place on Wednesday.

    Child indecently assaulted

    Neighbours were alarmed to wake up and find more than a dozen police cars outside the southeast Auckland address (FILE PHOTO)

    Intruders broke into a property in a quiet Auckland suburb and indecently assaulted a child, it has emerged.

    Wellington

    Residents' parking hike 'pretty horrid'

    Resident James Lynex is disappointed Wellington City Council has chosen to increase resident parking permit prices by 50 ...

    Legal concerns, stiff public opposition and the mayor questioning the need for 50 per cent price rise fails to sway Wellington councillors.

    Seven strikes and no solution video

    Several strikes across the country have resulted in little movement towards a solution. (file photo)

    After months of bargaining and multiple strikes, IDEA services union members are taking their fight for better working conditions to the Employment Relations Authority.

    Gun lobby promises court action video

    The Council of Licensed Firearm Owners, often referred to as New Zealand's gun lobby, has promised court action ...

    Gun owners are being asked to donate in the "hundreds of thousands" for court challenge of semi-automatic ban.

    Staff satisfaction plunges at Te Papa

    Staff morale at Te Papa is at an all-time low.

    Chief Executive says he regrets not restructuring the organisation "quicker" after receiving an all-time low staff satisfaction score.

    Canterbury

    Canterbury council hikes bus fares

    Environment Canterbury says the bus fare rises from July 22 have been clearly telegraphed in the long-term plan. (File photo)

    Canterbury's regional council is hiking bus fares, just weeks after declaring a climate emergency.

    Living wage win for workers

    Mitre 10 stores in Dunedin and Mosgiel must pay workers at least $19 an hour after First Union took a case to the ...

    Two stores in a major hardware retail chain must pay employees at least $19 an hour.

    A tale of two e-scooters video

    The Beam has a button on the handlebars that slows the scooter down and a footbrake for the rear wheel.

    Beam e-scooters aim to be safer and cheaper, but can they match Lime fans' need for speed?

    Canterbury midwife shortage worsens

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Striking midwives outside Palmerston North Hospital.

    Amid a national shortage, Canterbury is struggling to employ midwives and facing a grim future.

    Waikato

    Food waste valuable

    Xtreme Zero Waste's Rick Thorpe says the organisation sells back eight tonnes of compost each month to Raglan residents.

    Food chucked in the bin is a valuable product, says company who sells waste back to its makers.

    Not enough houses to sell

    REINZ data for May shows the number of homes for sale in Hamilton down 20 per cent from March at 772.

    The number of houses for sale in Hamilton declines as demand stays high.

    Anger over proposed cell tower

    Tirau business owners and residents Jimi Bacon and Sharon Burling-Claridge stand on the site, metres from ...

    Business owners in a bustling Tīrau street fear proposed 'eyesore' cell tower will be their ruin.

    Sunshine rolls in from Oz

    Much of the country is in for a good dose of winter sunshine, although there could be fog and cloud around, too.

    A high moving in from the Tasman is expected to bring a run of clear, crisp weather for the whole country.

    Northland

    Beach meth bust made into movie

    Ahipara, at the base of Ninety Mile Beach, will be a key feature of a new movie about the 501kg meth bust.

    The Ninety Mile Beach meth importing case 'stranger than fiction' for filmmakers.

    Locals killing on the road

    Senior Sergeant Ian Row, second in charge of Northland Road Policing, says locals are killing on Northland roads.

    Local drivers are killing people on Northland roads, police say after horror fatalities.

    Three people injured after truck rolls

    Emergency services were called to the incident on Saturday at 11.38pm (file photo).

    A person with critical injuries was flown to hospital after a truck rolled in a rural Northland town.

    Jobs with a purpose video

    Taimahi Trust co-founder Rachel Hill wants her 21-year-old son Nathan Owre, who has Down syndrome, to be independent.

    Mums intent on giving their sons meaningful work on a mission to make start-up into functioning business.

    Bay Of Plenty

    Guilty pleas in $20m cocaine raid

    Matthew John Scott (left) and John Northway (right) pleaded guilty to charges of importing cocaine through Tauranga.

    Two men admit playing a part in one of New Zealand's largest cocaine busts.

    Mum's body driven round for days

    Going down the DIY funeral route wasn't easy sailing for  Fergus Wheeler.

    Fergus Wheeler wanted a dignified send off for mum, but the DIY funeral didn't go to plan.

    Kiwi's melanoma misdiagnosis

    Surgeons cut an 8x4cm 'wide excision' from Jon Short's neck after he was diagnosed with melanoma. It then turned out not ...

    Jon Short's neck was cut from ear to shoulder to remove cancer that didn't exist. Now he's embroiled in a battle with ACC.

    Jaguares end Chiefs' hopes video

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - JUNE 21:  Agustin Creevy greets teammate Marcos Kremer of Jaguares during a Quarter Final ...

    There was to be no fairytale for the Chiefs in 2019 as the Jaguares hung tough to win tense quarter-final.

    Taranaki

    Missing woman found

    Detective Daniel Coomey, of Taranaki CIB, confirmed Michelle Suzanne Wood was located on Monday afternoon.

    Taranaki woman found after being missing for two weeks.

    A wedding to remember video

    Sharon and Rob Carr were married for the second time on Saturday.

    Couple tie the knot a second time after wife lost memory of her first wedding in a crash 10 years ago.

    Sunshine rolls in from Oz

    Much of the country is in for a good dose of winter sunshine, although there could be fog and cloud around, too.

    A high moving in from the Tasman is expected to bring a run of clear, crisp weather for the whole country.

    Burglars targeting Taranaki farms

    Quad bikes were one of the common things being fleeced off Taranaki farmers by burglars (FIle Photo)

    Police say unlocked sheds and quad bikes with keys left in them make it easy for rural thieves.

    Manawatu

    Marist a distant second

    Nathan Cooksley scored the equaliser for North End in their 1-1 draw with Red Sox.

    Victory over Boys' High pushes last year's winners into second place; North End draw with Red Sox.

    Hero dog reunited with owner

    Kerry Jordan's car rolled down a steep slope on the Pahīatua Track. She was rescued three days later, with her dog Pat ...

    Pat the loyal border collie-cross makes a special trip to the hospital bedside of the woman it helped save.

    Waiouru still hit by flu outbreak

    Waiouru Military Camp continues to confine recruits stricken by flu.

    Some 31 recruits at Waiouru Military Camp are continuing to suffer from a flu-like illness.

    Feilding battle past Manukura

    Feilding edged out Manukura in a tight national co-ed knockout match at Manukura.

    A late try put Feilding High School through to the next round of the national boys' co-ed championship.

    Nelson

    Gibbons considering joint venture

    Gibbons Construction and Naylor Love Construction have been working together since 2017,  to build the new $32 million ...

    Gibbons Construction and Naylor Love Construction are considering forming a joint venture, with a final decision to be made following a consultation process in mid-July.

    Veteran: Keep pensioner cottages

    Flintoft wonders why the council would even consider divesting itself of its profitable pensioner housing portfolio.

    Who'd want an old bugger like me, asks Tasman District Council housing resident George (Tim) Flintoft.

    High St hope for Motueka

    A draft plan to improve High St in Motueka is ready to go if NZTA should find some money for it.

    Tasman District Council hopes NZTA finds the necessary funds to upgrade High St in Motueka.

    Local player in the money

    Richmond Night n Day has sold another winning ticket, netting the lucky player nearly $13,000.

    One lucky Lotto player from Richmond has nearly 13,000 new reasons to smile after they shared the winnings from Second Division.

    Marlborough

    Kiwi toasts to 'solid food'

    Craig Harper finished the Race Across America late on Saturday night (NZ time), after 10 days and 15 hours on the bike.

    After 5000km and a dozen States in the saddle, Harper can't wait to relive "hallucinations" with crew.

    Four 'drive-offs' in 11 days

    Motueka's Caltex petrol station on a busy afternoon. (File photo)

    Man steals fuel at four South Island petrol stations. It wasn't hard to connect the crimes.

    Fundraiser for Christchurch family

    Four people were injured in the crash in rural Marlborough on Saturday.

    The car the family were in rolled at high speed after the driver suffered a possible medical event.

    Robber uses dad's rifle, ute

    A man has pleaded guilty to the aggravated robbery of the g.a.s petrol station in Picton.

    He cut some of the barrel off first, so he could hide it inside his jacket, which was also his dad's.

    South Canterbury

    Council denies 'budget blow-out' claims

    Former Timaru district mayor Janie Annear is running again for the top job.

    Claims of a budget blow-out have been quashed by Timaru District Council, as it prepares to approve its annual plan.

    Child rape trial begins

    Douglas Roy Andrews, 32, has denied six counts of doing an indecent act with a child under 12, three of rape, and three ...

    A Waimate man has denied raping a girl numerous times over a 16 month period.

    Waimate rate take is $12m

    Waimate District Council chief executive Stuart Duncan has proposed a 5.48 per cent rates increase in the 2019/20 annual ...

    Waimate district councillors to decide on a proposed rates increase of 5.48 per cent.

    TDHL facing review

    A major review of Timaru District Holdings Ltd could soon be actioned by the district council.

    A major review of Timaru District Holdings Ltd is on the cards, but it won't look into director remuneration. 

    Otago

    Living wage win for workers

    Mitre 10 stores in Dunedin and Mosgiel must pay workers at least $19 an hour after First Union took a case to the ...

    Two stores in a major hardware retail chain must pay employees at least $19 an hour.

    Lack of real snow

    South Island skifields, including Coronet Peak (file photo), are pleased they are able to make artificial snow in place ...

    Snow-making weather systems have been few and far between this winter but do we need the real thing?

    Pilot dismissed concerns

    The Cessna crashed on a grass area next to the main runway at Queenstown Airport in August 2017.

    The pilot said the ice would come off the wings once the plane had taken off. It crashed a short time later.

    Issues 'bedevilling' shop assistant

    A Queenstown man has admitted possessing 20 objectionable images. (File photo)

    A Queenstown shop assistant has admitted possessing 20 objectionable images.

    Southland

    Councillor challenges chief executive

    Cr Allan Arnold [file photo.

    An Invercargill city councillor took a verbal swipe at the council's chief executive during a tense and at times heated city council meeting on Monday. 

    Missing woman found

    The last confirmed sighting of Christchurch woman Mariana Teuila Isara was at the Riverton Holiday Park about 12pm on ...

    Police have confirmed a missing Christchurch woman has been located and is safe and well.

    SIT want answers about Telford

    Southern Institute of Technology chief executive Penny Simmonds wants answers over future of Telford campus.

    SIT has halted international recruitment for its Telford campus as it awaits news of the proposed polytechnic merger.

    Whale trapped in craypot line video

    DOC is calling on boaties to help find an entangled humpback whale, but they don't want them trying to save it.

    DOC is calling on boaties to help find an entangled humpback whale, though it doesn't want them to save it.