Policy stings arranged marriages

MP Shane Jones is dismissing concerns over the immigration policy change.

NZ First MP Shane Jones says tough luck as Indian community expresses dismay.

Police minister's expired rego

The registration on Police Minister Stuart Nash's car has expired.

8:04 PM  Keen-eyed constituent spots MP's car rego expired for over a month.

Tenants scramble to find homes

Josara Santos, 56, from Brazil, is overwhelmed with boxes and possessions she has accumulated over the years living at ...

Campground tenants were told they had 24 hours left to make way for a $1b development.

Father guilty of daughter's rape

Closing arguments have been heard in a trial where a father is accused of raping his daughter.

A South Taranaki man has been found guilty of five charges connected to the 2017 rape of his daughter.

Ardern hails firefighters video

Fire continues to rage through the SkyCity convention centre with firefighters battling to get it under control.

8:30 PM  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited Auckland's CBD where a fire has been raging since 1pm on Tuesday.

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How SkyCity fire will affect commute video

Transport into the city centre is still plagued with congestion at peak times due to the SkyCity Convention Centre fire.

Aucklanders should plan for a second morning of congestion and detours as SkyCity fire continues to affect CBD roads.

Plastic rubbish mailed to MPs video

Coordinator Wade Bishop says more than 120 parcels have been sent to date

MPs, you have mail: Plastic rubbish sent by the public and paid for by you

Serious injury after workplace accident

One person has been seriously injured after a workplace accident in Karori

A person has serious injuries after being 'caught' between a pair of trucks in a workplace accident in Wellington.

Motorcyclist dies at racecourse

A motorcyclist has died following a suspected medical event at Ruapuna on Hasketts Rd in Templeton, about 2.10pm on ...

A motorcyclist reportedly "slumped over" on his motorbike before colliding with an instructor at a Christchurch race track, then died shortly after.

Euthanasia referendum on the cards

ACT leader David Seymour has been pushing the bill for four years.

New Zealanders look set to decide whether the country legalises euthanasia.

Pursuit crash passenger's hospital video

A Toyota with five people inside was chased by police for four minutes before it crashed.

A teen in the car that struck and killed a man while fleeing police says the group is "lucky to be alive".

Foul-smelling water floods shops

Pal Singh of Fire & Slice has had to close his pizza restaurant after flooding.

Newly-built roads were meant to fix drainage trouble. But overnight rain saw worst floods in seven years.

PM: APEC will still be in Auckland

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with firefighters and saftey officials outside the SkyCity Convention Centre.

Jacinda Ardern says APEC will still be held in Auckland in 2021, despite the fire at SkyCity's convention centre.

Prosecco bottles recalled

Bottles of Brown Brothers limited edition King Valley Prosecco Ros? may crack when opened.

Some Brown Brothers Prosecco Rosé bottles have been recalled because the bottle may break when opened.

New broom for Hutt City Council video

Hutt City Mayor Campbell Barry was sworn in on Wednesday evening. With him is the council's chief executive, Jo Miller.

Diversity a feature of new Hutt City politicians.

crime

Pastor faces new sex charges

A new complainant has come forward in the sex case against a former Taranaki senior pastor.

A new complainant has come forward in the sex case of a former pastor.

The night Deidre didn't come home video

It's been nine years since a fleeing driver killed Meynell Jordan's wife. He wants people to respect the police and stop.

Rehab for fake banknote offender

Jail time reduced on cultural grounds

politics

New broom for Hutt City Council video

Hutt City Mayor Campbell Barry was sworn in on Wednesday evening. With him is the council's chief executive, Jo Miller.

Diversity a feature of new Hutt City politicians.

Jordan remains deputy mayor

The pair have worked together for the past couple of years following Craig Macfarlane's resignation.

The old guard will be leading New Plymouth's council table for the next three years.

Far-right hat seller donates to ACT

The man selling these hats and stickers on Trade Me threatened to destroy mosques.

Man who threatened to destroy mosques auctioned off a David Seymour-signed cap to raise funds for ACT.

Safety trumps inmates' letter rights

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has sought to make the monitoring of mail in and out of prisons more robust.

OPINION: If beefed-up powers for monitoring inmates' mail leave some without an outlet for their most depraved thoughts, that's the point.

education

NMIT considers course closures

Chief executive of Nelson Marlborough Institute Technology, Liam Sloan, says potential programme closures are in line ...

Job losses and course closures a prospect as top of the south's biggest polytech faces funding cuts.

Tim Grocott gets top job

Tim Grocott is the new head of Shirley Boys' High School in Christchurch.

Christchurch's Shirley Boys' High School has appointed a former student as its new headmaster.

Otago uni's $90m residential college

An artist's impression of the University of Otago's Te Rangi Hiroa residential college.

The 450-bed residential college will cater for an expected increase in students and is expected to be operational by 2023.

Go Buddy makes riding safer

Zeb Healy has devised a Go Buddy system, which is an off-grid personal safety device that he designed for solo adventuring.

Unable to mountain bike alone due to the danger, a 14-year-old Taranaki boy has designed a Bluetooth tracking device to keep him safe.

health

Dirty tidal pool 'dangerous for children'

The Heads tidal pool is an expensive eyesore, critic Alexander Milne says.

A dirty tidal pool in Whakatāne is set to remain in its poor state for another summer, despite two years of public criticism.

Seven-day health facility confirmed

The new facility will be built on the site of the existing health hub.

A purpose-built family health centre will be built in Rangiora, but it's not yet clear whether than means North Cantabrians will finally get access to 24-hour healthcare.

Aucklanders miss toxic smoke alert

22/10/19  Stuff Image by David White.
Thick smoke fills the air as  Sky City Convention Centre continues to burn.

Some Aucklanders living near SkyCity fire never received a toxic smoke alert, despite Civil Defence ministry saying system worked "as expected".

Aucklanders wake up sick from smoke

Pedestrians wear masks to protect themselves from the toxic smoke.

Residents report feeling queasy, strong smell of burning plastic in their homes as SkyCity fire rages on.

māori issues

Monuments, memories, men of action

The Captain Cook statue in Victoria Square, Christchurch, honoured 'a man of strong character'.

A look back at the celebration of Captain Cook in 1969 shows how much has changed in NZ in five decades.

Tuia 250: Return of the 'death ship'

The Endeavour reappears in Gisborne at sunrise.

Why some Māori are not celebrating Tuia 250.

Te reo Māori translation for Potter

The Philosopher's Stone will be the first of 100 books translated.

100 books, including The Philosopher's Stone and Avengers vs X-Men from Marvel Comics, to be published in te reo.

Another take on Māori representation

Waipā District Council member Andrew Brown saw the recommendation as positive.

Waipa council staff have come up with some new ideas by which Maori representation could be approved.

immigration

Extra migrants approved

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said restrictions would also be placed on housing, so locals are not pushed out ...

Immigration has approved 1600 extra overseas workers. But there'll be restrictions on where they live.

Berry growers face 'tragic' season video

Perrys Berrys employed up to 1300 New Zealanders at different stages throughout the year but all of those jobs were in ...

Kiwi jobs are at risk without seasonal workers, and one strawberry business has almost been forced to close.

Growers rotten at Immigration

Strawberry growers say the Immigration Minister's failure to announce a cap on seasonal workers will result the ...

Strawberry shortage warning as growers complain Government too slow at approving migrant workers.

Tighter border screening nerves video

The travel industry is nervously waiting to see how many visitors are caught out by the introduction of a New Zealand ...

Do tourists know they need a new electronic travel authority?

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Auckland

Flames still flickering into night video

Firefighters continue to battle the blaze in the Sky City Convention centre in downtown Auckland.

Fire and Emergency NZ told media on Wednesday afternoon it expected the roof – described by one expert as a flammable panel of wood, straw and bitumen – would eventually burn out completely about 8pm.

PM: APEC will still be in Auckland

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with firefighters and saftey officials outside the SkyCity Convention Centre.

Jacinda Ardern says APEC will still be held in Auckland in 2021, despite the fire at SkyCity's convention centre.

Prosecco bottles recalled

Bottles of Brown Brothers limited edition King Valley Prosecco Ros? may crack when opened.

Some Brown Brothers Prosecco Rosé bottles have been recalled because the bottle may break when opened.

NZ's 'heroes and legends'

Kiwi firefighters are being praised by many, including the prime minister, for their tireless efforts as they battle the ...

People from all over NZ are pouring praise on the fire crews working on the SkyCity blaze.

Wellington

Plastic rubbish mailed to MPs video

Coordinator Wade Bishop says more than 120 parcels have been sent to date

MPs, you have mail: Plastic rubbish sent by the public and paid for by you

Serious injury after workplace accident

One person has been seriously injured after a workplace accident in Karori

A person has serious injuries after being 'caught' between a pair of trucks in a workplace accident in Wellington.

New broom for Hutt City Council video

Hutt City Mayor Campbell Barry was sworn in on Wednesday evening. With him is the council's chief executive, Jo Miller.

Diversity a feature of new Hutt City politicians.

Councillor positions on line

Former Wellington mayor Justin Lester is pondering calling for an election recount.

A recount which returns Justin Lester to power would spell the end for one Wellington City councillor.

Canterbury

Motorcyclist dies at racecourse

A motorcyclist has died following a suspected medical event at Ruapuna on Hasketts Rd in Templeton, about 2.10pm on ...

A motorcyclist reportedly "slumped over" on his motorbike before colliding with an instructor at a Christchurch race track, then died shortly after.

Pursuit crash passenger's hospital video

A Toyota with five people inside was chased by police for four minutes before it crashed.

A teen in the car that struck and killed a man while fleeing police says the group is "lucky to be alive".

Foul-smelling water floods shops

Pal Singh of Fire & Slice has had to close his pizza restaurant after flooding.

Newly-built roads were meant to fix drainage trouble. But overnight rain saw worst floods in seven years.

Checks for gun licence checkers wanted

Federation of Islamic Associations NZ president Dr Mustafa Farouk submits to the firearms select committee in April.

Questions are again being raised about how the Christchurch terror attack suspect obtained his gun licence.

Waikato

Roundabout call for 'triangle of death'

At a public meeting at Karapiro School locals voiced their opinions on the prospect of a roundabout on SH1 at Piarere.

Locals livings near notorious intersections plead for a roundabout to reduce crashes.

Man freed from under tractor

Fire and Emergency had to free a man trapped under a tractor near Taupō on Wednesday afternoon.

Injured man airlifted to hospital after tractor mishap near Taupō.

Former mayor to lead Waikato Regional Council

Russ Rimmington is the new chairman of the Waikato Regional Council.

Russ Rimmington has been named as chairman and Kataraina Hodge is his deputy.

Hamilton firefighters battle SkyCity blaze

Fire at Sky City Convention Centre Auckland

Firefighters more than 90 minutes down the road help battle blaze filling CBD with smoke.

Northland

RWC a flop for bars video

While there may have been plenty of All Blacks fans to wave the flag for the team in Tokyo, fans in New Zealand seemed ...

Some pubs closed halfway through the ABs-Ireland game due to a lack of patrons, with the time difference being blamed.

Search for McClennan hits water video

Police are appealing for sightings of Mike McClennan, who was last seen at Hatfield Beach, Orewa, about 5pm Wednesday.

"Come home Michael, we need you": Family of former league player missing in Auckland scouring the shoreline for signs.

Teen's bike security mission video

Kyle Hanlon, 13, is lobbying Whangarei District Council to install secure bike lockers.

Kyle Hanlon, 13, says better bike security is needed in Whangārei after one woman had two bikes stolen.

Mike McClennan still missing video

Mike McClennan has been missing from his rest home in Orewa since Wednesday evening.

Search for two-time NZ league player, who left rest home on Wednesday, enters its fourth day.

Bay Of Plenty

This basic bach is NZ's best video

This humble Whāngārei Heads bach received more votes from the public than bigger, more luxurious properties.

A small, "understated" property in Northland has outshone designer homes in a nationwide competition.

Bank robber falls through roof

The Westpac bank in Tokoroa was robbed on Thursday afternoon.

Man who used tin snips to gain entry to the bank, made 'hell of a mess' after falling during failed heist.

Councillor stands by iwi tirade

Tauranga Councillor Andrew Hollis has come under fire for comments made during his election campaign

Before even taking office one Tauranga City Councillor has been called on to resign.

Drax Project's summer tour

Drax Project will headline five holiday hot spot shows this summer.

Wellington jazz-pop band Drax Project will headline five holiday hot spot shows this summer.

Taranaki

Jordan remains deputy mayor

The pair have worked together for the past couple of years following Craig Macfarlane's resignation.

The old guard will be leading New Plymouth's council table for the next three years.

Pastor faces new sex charges

A new complainant has come forward in the sex case against a former Taranaki senior pastor.

A new complainant has come forward in the sex case of a former pastor.

Father guilty of daughter's rape

Closing arguments have been heard in a trial where a father is accused of raping his daughter.

A South Taranaki man has been found guilty of five charges connected to the 2017 rape of his daughter.

Rubbish weather in New Plymouth - literally

Rubbish and Recycling bins have been blowing over on Wednesday with the high winds.

Streets in New Plymouth were left covered in rubbish on Wednesday after strong winds sent recycling and food scrap bins, and their contents, flying.

Manawatū

STV delivers compromise

Palmerston North city councillor Billy Meehan was voted out in 2016 and back in 2019.

The city councillor who owes his seat to the way the single transferable vote system boosted his support thinks the city should return to FPP.

Canines help students relax

Siberian husky Dexter was the centre of attention at UCOL's stress-less week on Wednesday. He's watched by owner Stefan ...

UCOL's students were paid a visit by some furry friends offering a helping paw.

Raj new director of cricket

Dilan Raj, left, is Manawatū's new director of cricket, Jacob Oram is the interim men's coach and James Lovegrove has a ...

Jacob Oram will be the Manawatū interim senior men's coach until Christmas; rep season under way early next month.

Ready to flex

Jim Pitt founded the New Zealand branch of the National Amateur Body Building Association in 1990. Thirty years later ...

More than 100 athletes have entered the National Bodybuilding Championships in Palmerston North on Sunday.

Nelson

School of Mako wins fans video

Tahunanui School student Stella Talbot was happy to win a ticket to the Mitre10 Cup premiership final between the Tasman ...

Do the Mako have a Swiss scrumhalf? How do you win a premiership? Tasman players got some tricky questions at school.

M8 quake: 'You're on your own'

The Alpine Fault is one of the few fault-lines visible from space, marked by the almost perfectly straight western ...

South Island agencies won't be caught flat-footed if the Alpine Fault ruptures, but residents will have to help themselves.

NMIT considers course closures

Chief executive of Nelson Marlborough Institute Technology, Liam Sloan, says potential programme closures are in line ...

Job losses and course closures a prospect as top of the south's biggest polytech faces funding cuts.

'Ease that struggle': Homicide boss video

Area investigations manager Detective Senior Sergeant Ciaran Sloan says two properties have been searched in Marlborough.

More than 40 investigators, dog handlers and scene-of-crime officers have raided two properties in Marlborough.

Marlborough

School of Mako wins fans video

Tahunanui School student Stella Talbot was happy to win a ticket to the Mitre10 Cup premiership final between the Tasman ...

Do the Mako have a Swiss scrumhalf? How do you win a premiership? Tasman players got some tricky questions at school.

M8 quake: 'You're on your own'

The Alpine Fault is one of the few fault-lines visible from space, marked by the almost perfectly straight western ...

South Island agencies won't be caught flat-footed if the Alpine Fault ruptures, but residents will have to help themselves.

One recount confirmed

Queenstown Lakes District Council candidate Glyn Lewers is seeking a recount after missing out on a council seat by one vote.

Queenstown Lakes District Council candidate Glyn Lewers missed out on a seat by one vote. Now he has applied for a recount.

NMIT considers course closures

Chief executive of Nelson Marlborough Institute Technology, Liam Sloan, says potential programme closures are in line ...

Job losses and course closures a prospect as top of the south's biggest polytech faces funding cuts.

South Canterbury

Alpine considers restructure

Alpine Energy chief executive Andrew Tombs.

Restructure and operational changes proposed at Alpine Energy but boss won't divulge detail.

Green light for intersection upgrade

Upgrading the intersection of Coach, Tiplady, and Winchester-Geraldine roads, near Geraldine, into a roundabout to ...

Getting the green light for a $2.3 million makeover to an intersection near Geraldine with an extensive crash history has the area's new ward councillor "over the moon".

'I wish I'd done it sooner'

Jacqui Barnes has been living in her tiny house for 12 months and says she wouldn't have it any other way.

After 12 months enjoying life with a smaller carbon footprint, Jacqui Barnes is planning her second "dream'' tiny home.

Man denies rape charge

Alex James Hall, 27, has pleaded not guilty to raping a girl aged 12-16.

A Waimate man has been remanded in custody awaiting trial for the alleged rape of a girl.

Otago

Wanaka diver deep in poo

A Queenstown Lakes District Council contractor is lowered into Wanaka's Project Pure Waste Water Treatment Plant to ...

Bad day at the office? Spare a thought for the poo divers keeping our sewerage systems operational.

New plan for Qtown's tallest hotel

An artist's impression of a proposed nine-storey, 442 room hotel on Brecon St, in Queenstown.

Plans to build Queenstown's tallest building failed once, but the developer is having another crack.

Marian Hobbs elected ORC chair

New Otago Regional Council chairwoman Marian Hobbs is a former Labour cabinet minister.

Michael Laws' political powerplay puts former Labour minister in Otago Regional Council top job.

One recount confirmed

Queenstown Lakes District Council candidate Glyn Lewers is seeking a recount after missing out on a council seat by one vote.

Queenstown Lakes District Council candidate Glyn Lewers missed out on a seat by one vote. Now he has applied for a recount.

Southland

Smelter threat wipes away $2b video

23012018. News. Robyn Edie. Southland Times/Stuff.  Aerial photo with Bluff township and Bluff Hill, back, and Tiwai ...

Shares in power companies hit hard as Bluff smelter 'review' raises fear of electricity glut.

Master of what?

Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt, left, has not appointed Rebecca Amundsen and Darren Ludlow [both pictured] to any ...

Sir Tim Shadbolt snubs mayoral challengers when giving out top jobs around council table.

Co-operative sets new records

Alliance chief executive David Surveyor.

Alliance Group's Mataura plant sets new beef record.

Edendale bypass to open before Christmas

The Edendale bypass will open before Christmas, months ahead of schedule. Traffic has begun using the roundabout at the ...

Southland's biggest roading project in many years will open months ahead of schedule.