Covid-19 traces found in Wellington wastewater video

The Ministry of Health is urging anyone with Covid-19 symptoms to get a test, especially those who live in Wellington. ...

The results probably come from recently recovered cases, but people in the region with symptoms are urged to get tested.

Hail-struck kiwifruit donated to people in need video

A truck and trailer load of kiwifruit arrives in Christchurch from Motueka.

12 min ago  A Tasman kiwifruit grower couldn't bear to see his hail-damaged crop go to waste so has donated it to a food distribution hub servicing the entire South Island.

Consent should be basis for all learning, say students video

A Christchurch student-led group is fundraising for a trip to Parliament to present a school curriculum focused on consent.

5:36 PM  A student-led group working to tackle sexual violence plans to take its action a step further by presenting MPs with a school curriculum focused on consent.

NZ may be on the cusp of a new brain drain to Australia video

Experts say changes across the ditch could make Australia more appealing to Kiwis.

A radical change in approach across the ditch, combined with an open border and the lack of a growth plan in New Zealand could spur a new brain drain.

Police investigating shooting near Auckland house

Police are investigating the shooting near a Clendon Park house. (File photo)

No-one was hurt in the incident, which comes six months after a spate of drive-by shootings in south Auckland.

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Christchurch residents queue to tour some of the city's most iconic buildings video

Henry Wieholz, 8, tries his hand at stonemasonry at The Arts Centre on the weekend.

Open Christchurch will become an annual event after thousands of people toured some of the city's most interesting public and private buildings.

Judith Collins' figures crash down in new poll video

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Question time in the House of Representatives debating chamber.

National's campaign against racial separatism has not helped National in the polls - and Judith Collins' personal ratings have dropped hugely.

Bodies of suspected Covid victims found in Ganges play stuff

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Health experts say most Covid-19 deaths are in Bihar and India’s rural areas.

Young Southland chefs learn from top dogs

Chefs Ethan Hack, left, and Steve Le Corre lent their experience to the Pure South Famous Young Chefs Dégustation ...

Chef Ethan Flack has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants overseas for ten years but still rates raw produce from Southland as the best.

What Covid-19 in our sewage means video

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Covid-19 has been detected in Wellington’s wastewater. So should we be concerned?

West Coast Regional Council to sell its quarries as cost outweighs production

The West Coast Regional Council headquarters in Greymouth.

The West Coast Regional Council is putting all five of its quarries on the market as they're more trouble than they're worth.

Two arrested after incident at Manukau Sports Bowl

Police arrest two men for firearm possession during a dispute in south Auckland on Sunday morning. (File photo)

The young men have been charged after police found a military-style assault rifle in a vehicle.

Injured woman seen running from burning home

One person was seriously injured in the house fire in the central Auckland suburb of Mt Albert.

A neighbour rushed to the woman with a bucket of water to treat her burns, witness says.

National wrong to claim Ngāi Tahu wants half the South Island's water infrastructure video

National Party leader Judith Collins addressing the party’s northern convention at the weekend, when she described He ...

For the third week in a row, Judith Collins has given a speech on race relations and accused the Government of having a separatist agenda.

Onehunga Mall fire extinguished after eight hours video

No one was hurt in the fire on Onehunga Mall on Saturday night, which damaged a two-storey building being used for ...

Investigation launched into what started the apartment building blaze in central Auckland.

crime

Warning for online buyers after burglars take off with $13,000 worth of scooters video

A burglar smashes through the door of Black Sheep Trading in Papanui, Christchurch.

Three men smashed their way into a Christchurch store and take off with $13,000 worth of e-scooters - one of at least six burglaries or robberies in the city this weekend.

Good Samaritans sought after alleged Christmas Eve assault in Christchurch

Police are urgently seeking two good Samaritans who helped a woman after she was allegedly assaulted last Christmas Eve.

Central Auckland fight leaves one man seriously injured

Person seriously injured in alleged Manurewa assault

politics

$67.4m in Budget to help public sector buy electric vehicles, clean heating

The police fleet is one of the highest-emitting in the public sector, but work is under way to replace non-patrol cars ...

In a few short years, Government departments will need to buy offsets to counter any climate pollution they can't get rid of. But with coal boilers and fossil-fueled cars still rife, will the money be enough?

Post-Covid complacency the enemy within for New Zealand video

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has a lot on his plate, and is expected to deliver the goods with Budget 2021.

EDITORIAL: How many ex-pats are wondering even now if there’s anything for them in New Zealand?

What about the mess? The deadly danger still left in Afghanistan video

BAMYAN — Baskul, who lost two children, and Tohira, who lost two children, with one of Tohira’s other children, at ...

New Zealand was slow to react, but finally did the right thing when it left Afghanistan: will others follow suit?

Pre-Budget wishes, expectations, and the lure of working in Australia video

Dr Julian Vyas is a respiratory paediatrician, based in Auckland.

This week’s Budget will have more scrutiny on it than many previous ones, as the country maps its way forward through the Covid era. We talked to people about what they wanted, what they expected, and the lure of Australia.

education

Practice makes one-person possessives tino pai

With practice, in classes or with reading, the principles of te reo Māori should become a lot easier to master.

In one-person possessives so-called “neutral forms” have come to be frequently used, and while it's a lot to get your head around, practice, as they say, makes perfect.

On Battle of Boulcott Farm anniversary, Lower Hutt deputy mayor tries to have Māori remembered video

Tui Lewis is driving a move to address the accuracy of a Lower Hutt war memorial commemorating a battle fought in 1846.

The memorial makes no mention of the Māori killed in the 1846 Battle of Boulcott's Farm

Speech sheds light on new dawn of race relations in Aotearoa/ New Zealand video

Tawa College student Lucia Bernards delivering her award-winning speech at the Race Unity Speech awards.

Lucia Bernards won the Race Unity Speech awards. Read her inspiring words here.

Retired vet encourages older Kiwis to study as he graduates with PhD at 82 video

Dobbinson says more retirees should be encouraged to take up further study.

Selwyn Dobbinson returned to study 60 years after graduating with his first degree, and has become one of the oldest graduates from a New Zealand university.

health

Bodies of suspected Covid victims found in Ganges play stuff

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Health experts say most Covid-19 deaths are in Bihar and India’s rural areas.

What Covid-19 in our sewage means video

010321 NEWS PHOTO: SUPPLIED/INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND RESEARCH. Wastewater testing for Covid-19 by ESR in ...

Covid-19 has been detected in Wellington’s wastewater. So should we be concerned?

Covid-19 impact: struggling souvenir retailer urges government help

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A souvenir shop owner wants the government to learn from Australia and offer rental support to businesses struggling because of the pandemic.

Covid-19 restrictions to end in Australia's NSW on Monday after no new cases

Covid-19 restrictions had been tightened across Sydney following two new positive cases in the Australian city on May 5.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian thanks residents for their "patience" as restrictions in the state set to be lifted from 12.01am on Monday.

immigration

Population Policy debate comes into focus video

People gathered at Aotea Square in Auckland for a candlelit vigil to protest the treatment of migrant workers.

One slide in Massey University Professor Paul Spoonley’s presentation to the Institute of Directors two weeks ago seemed to provoke the most audible gasp.

Post-Covid wishlist needs to be backed with action and money video

Migrants who turned up at a protest at Aotea Square on Wednesday seemed surprised at how the turnout was.

OPINION: The global economy was once a bottomless pool of everything we needed, but now everywhere you look we're hitting constraints.

'Families need to be reunited': Vigil highlights heartache over residency delays video

About 200 migrants lit candles to highlight their immigration plight in Christchurch.

The last time Balwinder Singh saw his baby girl she was a month old. He's just one of many migrants facing immigration heartache in New Zealand.

'Stoked' chef given chance to stay in NZ

'It took so long I didn't think anything was going to happen,' said Charlotte Compton-Cook, who has been granted a ...

Her youthful criminal record saw her denied a visa. Now, a character waiver has given her another chance.

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Auckland

Two arrested after incident at Manukau Sports Bowl

Police arrest two men for firearm possession during a dispute in south Auckland on Sunday morning. (File photo)

The young men have been charged after police found a military-style assault rifle in a vehicle.

Injured woman seen running from burning home

One person was seriously injured in the house fire in the central Auckland suburb of Mt Albert.

A neighbour rushed to the woman with a bucket of water to treat her burns, witness says.

Onehunga Mall fire extinguished after eight hours video

No one was hurt in the fire on Onehunga Mall on Saturday night, which damaged a two-storey building being used for ...

Investigation launched into what started the apartment building blaze in central Auckland.

Central Auckland fight leaves one man seriously injured

The man was taken to Auckland City Hospital with serious injuries after the central Auckland fight. (File photo)

The man was critically injured in a fight in Auckland's Symonds St, while another person was seriously injured in an assault near Dargaville.

Wellington

Nostalgics and movie buffs rejoice: DVD fundraiser for old-school video store video

Movie lovers rummage through boxes at Aro Video’s DVD Fair, held at the Aro Valley Community Hall on Saturday, and Jimi ...

Locals arrived in droves to support the fundraiser, which could help Wellington stalwart Aro Video stay alive by launching online streaming.

Local art gives Wellington building sites and empty shop windows a facelift

The Love Local: City Artwork campaign is brightening the central city, and first to be adorned is the fencing on Harris ...

The Love Local: City Artwork campaign will use artworks by Xoë Hall, Miriama Grace-Smith, and Gina Kiel to add vibrancy to areas mid-revamp.

Traces of Covid-19 found in wastewater in Wellington video

The Ministry of Health is urging anyone with Covid-19 symptoms to get a test, especially those who live in Wellington. ...

Two weak positive results in the water are likely due to recently recovered cases shedding the virus.

Fishermen make it to shore after 5am capsize off Wairarapa coast

The Wellington fishing boat capsized about 15 nautical miles off Cape Palliser.

The broken mayday call came in at 5am. By 7.30am, the four crew had safely made it to shore.

Canterbury

Christchurch residents queue to tour some of the city's most iconic buildings video

Henry Wieholz, 8, tries his hand at stonemasonry at The Arts Centre on the weekend.

Open Christchurch will become an annual event after thousands of people toured some of the city's most interesting public and private buildings.

Hail-struck kiwifruit saved from going to waste and donated to people in need video

A truck and trailer load of kiwifruit arrives in Christchurch from Motueka.

A Tasman kiwifruit grower couldn’t bear to see his hail-damaged crop go to waste so has donated it to a food distribution hub servicing the entire South Island.

Consent should be basis for all learning, say students fundraising for Parliament trip video

A Christchurch student-led group is fundraising for a trip to Parliament to present a school curriculum focused on consent.

A student-led group working to tackle sexual violence plans to take its action a step further by presenting MPs with a school curriculum focused on consent.

West Coast Regional Council to sell its quarries as cost outweighs production

The West Coast Regional Council headquarters in Greymouth.

The West Coast Regional Council is putting all five of its quarries on the market as they're more trouble than they're worth.

Waikato

Weber berates Chiefs' 'horrific' discipline after get-out-of-jail win v Force video

Chiefs captain Brad Weber labelled his side’s discipline against the Force “horrific”.

Captain admits dramatic victory in Perth felt more like a loss after his side were caned by referee Damon Murphy, meaning a big clean-up job is required ahead of facing Brumbies.

Fifty finalists selected for Kiingi Tuheitia Portraiture Award

Hollie Tawhiao of Hamilton painted this portrait of her grandmother, Rangiaho, the second wife of her grandfather, ...

When it comes to portraits created by Māori artists, it isn’t just the mediums of painting and photography in which they can be depicted.

Gospel songwriter up for Gold Guitar

Hamilton gospel musician and songwriter Nicky Moran has reached the finals of the 40th MLT Songwriting Award, to be held ...

Nicky Moran describes her song Gonna Turn as “helping us to change from the old to the new life we are destined for.”

Christopher Vila moves from farm assistant to dairy industry's top title

Waikato farmer Christopher Vila won the Dairy Manager of the Year title at this year's New Zealand Dairy Awards.

He started his career as a vet in the Philippines but his decade of work in New Zealand has earned him high praise in the 2021 awards.

Northland

Central Auckland fight leaves one man seriously injured

The man was taken to Auckland City Hospital with serious injuries after the central Auckland fight. (File photo)

The man was critically injured in a fight in Auckland's Symonds St, while another person was seriously injured in an assault near Dargaville.

Mix-up sees bricklayer inundated with calls about Covid-19 vaccine

A businessman was shocked to receive up to 100 wrong phone calls a day, from Northlanders wanting to book a Covid-19 ...

Carl Sandford, a bricklayer working in Gisborne, says he's been getting between 20 and 100 calls a day from Northlanders wanting to book their jab.

Shots fired at house, car set alight in Northland

A house in Kamo was shot at – but no injuries were reported. (File photo)

A house with people inside was shot at shortly before a vehicle was found "well ablaze".

50 years on from Vietnam parade, protesters and veterans still disagree video

Anti-war protesters let their feelings be known in central Auckland in May, 1971, when Vietnam veterans returned home.

Dramatic protests 50 years ago marred New Zealand's first and only homecoming parade for Vietnam veterans.

Bay Of Plenty

Weber berates Chiefs' 'horrific' discipline after get-out-of-jail win v Force video

Chiefs captain Brad Weber labelled his side’s discipline against the Force “horrific”.

Captain admits dramatic victory in Perth felt more like a loss after his side were caned by referee Damon Murphy, meaning a big clean-up job is required ahead of facing Brumbies.

Chiefs clinch heart-stopping win over Force to ensure Kiwi clean sweep video

Damian McKenzie gets floored by Jeremy Thrush in the Chiefs’ dramatic victory over the Force in Perth.

Domingo Miotti misses conversion after the siren as Chiefs cling on following Luke Jacobson's red card to see NZ sides go 5-0 on opening weekend.

Whakatāne young farmer takes award

Quinn Morgan took out the 2021 Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer at the awards night held in New Plymouth on Friday.

A Whakatāne farmer took out the 2021 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer at the awards night held in New Plymouth on Friday.

New Zealand's Hindu commuity marks 25 years of friendship with Māori video

Apumoana Marae chairperson Bob Te Aonui and Hindu Council’s Guna Magesan share the breath of life as the council ...

Over time Guna Magesan realised there was much common ground between Māori and Hindu culture.

Taranaki

FC Western out of the Chatham Cup

FC Western v Napier City Rovers at Lynmouth Park in New Plymouth on Saturday. Kernow Phillips takes the ball forward.

The game was very even in the first 45 minutes and it was difficult to tell who was the higher-ranked side.

Weber berates Chiefs' 'horrific' discipline after get-out-of-jail win v Force video

Chiefs captain Brad Weber labelled his side’s discipline against the Force “horrific”.

Captain admits dramatic victory in Perth felt more like a loss after his side were caned by referee Damon Murphy, meaning a big clean-up job is required ahead of facing Brumbies.

First piece of CMK premier club rugby silverware goes to Tukapa

Inglewood fullback Cody Hall (15) steals possession from New Plymouth Old Boys fullback at Vogeltown Park on Saturday.

The defending champions claimed the McLeod Shield after winning the first round of the CMK premier club rugby competition.

Chiefs clinch heart-stopping win over Force to ensure Kiwi clean sweep video

Damian McKenzie gets floored by Jeremy Thrush in the Chiefs’ dramatic victory over the Force in Perth.

Domingo Miotti misses conversion after the siren as Chiefs cling on following Luke Jacobson's red card to see NZ sides go 5-0 on opening weekend.

Manawatū

Small emergency services want rates

Search and Rescue organisations want council rates to help fund equipment.

Having regional council collecting money for lifeguards and search and rescue would mean fewer sausages sizzles and more equipment.

COB cut up Freyberg

College Old Boys halfback Jacob Hewetson-Talamaivao streaks away to set up a try against Freyberg at Colquhoun Park.

College Old Boys might have downed Freyberg 41-19, but 55 of the 60 points were scored playing into the raging westerlies.

Boys' High too good for St Pat's

The Palmerston North Boys’ High School and Feilding High School first XVs both had wins this week.

The Palmerston North Boys’ High School first XV completed a shutout of St Patrick’s College Wellington in the capital.

Manawatū house prices selling miles above values

Palmerston North house prices were, on average, $280,000 higher than the rateable value of houses sold in April.

The average Feilding house is worth $415,000, but the average selling price is $690,000.

Nelson

Hail-struck kiwifruit saved from going to waste and donated to people in need video

A truck and trailer load of kiwifruit arrives in Christchurch from Motueka.

A Tasman kiwifruit grower couldn’t bear to see his hail-damaged crop go to waste so has donated it to a food distribution hub servicing the entire South Island.

Public support for fee hike, investment in infrastructure

Unless major changes are made at either council, proposed management plans at the regional sewerage unit, including a ...

Landfill fees are tipped to go up and pared back upgrades are in store for the region's sewerage facilities.

Country's longest running literary institute reaches 180 not out

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Christopher Vine with a plaque in upper Trafalgar St marking the ...

On a sailing ship headed for the unknown, a group that would give Nelson its library and museum met for the first time.

Family flown from ridge line after hampered tramp

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter flew a mother and two children to hospital after a tramp was hampered.

A mother and her two boys were flown to Nelson Hospital after a family tramp went awry.

Marlborough

Move-in day at new apartments video

Picton Health Trust trustee Nigel Weetman, left, receives the keys to three new houses from builder Rob Blick.

After a challenging site, material shortages and a pandemic, Helen McIsaac is finally moving in.

Comedy hits the nail on the head

The cast of “The Pink Hammer”: David James, left, Margaret Pringle, Aley Matthews, Amanda Tollemach and Jacinta Riordan.

Four women sign up for a DIY skills course, but instead go on a journey of self-discovery.

The engineer's son who became an artist and built a path through the bush video

For artist Rick Edmonds, the Marlborough Sounds are the centre of the universe, and the inspiration for all that he does.

An engineer would build a pathway through the bush from A to B. An artist makes it "a thing of beauty", but it takes 15 years ... and counting.

Ministry and school to discuss sex offender working on school grounds

Picton’s Queen Charlotte College has received a complaint about the criminal history of a construction worker onsite.

“We assessed the risk, we went through checks, followed procedure and put some things in place," says principal.

South Canterbury

Fairlie rest home's future in doubt

An aerial view of Moreh Home in Fairlie in January 2021. The aged care facility is at a crossroads as it has to be ...

A public meeting will determine Moreh Home’s future as compliance costs bite.

Monster cheese rolls order met video

Waimataitai School parents and pupils were busy over the last few days making 63,000 individual cheese rolls to raise ...

A Timaru primary school has made a record 63,000 cheese rolls in two days using 900kgs of cheese and 3131 loaves of bread.

Community shock after fire in historic homestead video

A firefighter sprays water on the burning Waimate historic homestead, Te Kiteroa.

Waimate residents are shocked and in disbelief that the historic homestead Te Kiteroa has sustained major damage from a fire.

Timaru teams top and bottom

A Roncalli/Aoraki player claims possession in a lineout against St Andrews in a secondary schools’ rugby match in TImaru.

Timaru teams are book-ending the Crusaders region's secondary schools First XV rugby competition after two rounds.

Otago

Super Rugby: Dermody vows to drive Highlanders hard despite big win video

Clarke Dermody works with the Highlanders’ scrum before the Reds game on Friday.

The coach has challenged his players to make sure their preparation is 'genuine' before their game against the Force in Perth next Friday.

Two Lotto winners net $500,000 each

While there were two first division winners, Powerball and Strike Four have rolled over for bigger jackpots.

Both of the tickets which came out tops in Saturday's draw were sold in the South Island.

Brrrr: Snow coming for the south video

The first snow of the year falls on the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo/Takapō during the past week. ...

Unsettled weather likely for many next week, with rain, strong winds, snow in south.

'Premier landfill' hearing to begin next week

AB Lime has applied to Environment Southland and the Southland District Council for a 35-year resource consent to ...

AB Lime wants to become 'the premier landfill for the southern regions of the South Island,' but some Winton residents are against the idea.

Southland

Blues cap special day with tense win video

Daniel Townson runs onto the field through a guard of honour for his 250th game for Blues in Invercargill on Saturday.

Round five of Southland’s premier club rugby competition was all about one person - Daniel Townson.

Young Southland chefs learn from top dogs

Chefs Ethan Hack, left, and Steve Le Corre lent their experience to the Pure South Famous Young Chefs Dégustation ...

Chef Ethan Flack has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants overseas for ten years but still rates raw produce from Southland as the best.

Mental health artwork wins Lego show

Donella Evans with her prize-winning mosaic. She says she wasn’t all that enthusiastic about Lego until she learned she ...

Judges loved Donella Evans' entry for this year's Invercargill Brick Show, but Stadium Southland staff were so enamoured, they asked to hold on to it.

Two Lotto winners net $500,000 each

While there were two first division winners, Powerball and Strike Four have rolled over for bigger jackpots.

Both of the tickets which came out tops in Saturday's draw were sold in the South Island.