Family 'lost' as young mum dies

Grieving father Harley Kahukura, 33, of Alexandra, with his children Cordae, 11, Cartiea, 1, Tiara, 8, Belle, 6 weeks ...

Bonnie Avery was supposed to get married in December, her 30th birthday. But she went to sleep and never woke up.

Where are rental law changes? video

Housing Minister Phil Twyford and Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson announcing a suite of tenancy law changes in ...

OPINION: The Government came to office promising the first serious tenancy changes in a generation.

Rising tide of hard questions video

Emergency services evacuate a family in Tasman district's Ruby Bay during tropical ex cyclone Fehi 18 months ago. Tasman ...

Seafront residents in Glenduan watched as huge waves hurled logs and boulders onto the road in front of their homes.

'House of horrors'

Demetrius Pairama was found dead in an abandoned Housing New Zealand home in July 2018.

Lawyers for pair accused of torture and murder blame each other's clients. The Crown says both are guilty.

Huge problem, no agreed solution

A flooded street in Christchurch in 2017.

Nine out of ten council candidates say climate change will hit their community - there's far less agreement on what to do about it.

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'No fault' with Lime scooter

A 23-year-old man died after an incident involving a Lime scooter.

An e-scooter involved in fatal accident was taken apart and no faults were discovered.

Early morning assault

One person was taken to hospital with moderate injuries following an assault near the Icons Sports Bar and Cafe in New ...

A man was arrested after an assault outside a New Plymouth bar in the early hours of Saturday.

Hamilton man missing

The family of Antony Kong have expressed concerns for his safety.

Antony Kong was last seen at his Hamilton house on Friday evening.

Rogue builder's trail of destruction

A south Auckland builder promised to do tiling, painting and renovation works for multiple homeowners (file photo).

No kitchen, poor tiling - more customers claim handyman took money, left homes a mess - then disappeared.

Voting paper blunder

Danielle Grant said the mistake was "completely unacceptable".

Candidate slams forms with wrong photo as "completely unacceptable", says she has "no idea" who mystery woman is.

Students quiz mayoral hopefuls video

Hamilton's mayoral candidates address students at Rototuna Senior High School.

Mayoral hopefuls pitch credentials to an audience of largely non-voters.

Tributes to Destiny Church biker

Darren Wilson died after a motorcycle accident on Friday.

Church leader Brian Tamaki said Darren Wilson died "doing what he loved most".

A 'cloud of dust' and a promise video

Craig Eaton was only 52 when he died from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

The final words shared between a terminally ill man and his eldest daughter weren't those of love - they were talk of pain and promises.

Mackenzie candidates talk about key issues

Will you exercise your right to vote in the local body elections?

We put some key questions to candidates vying for a seat on the Mackenzie District Council.

130kg a day of geese poo in park

Ashton Snook, 7, of Western Heights School visits the geese of Western Springs that have run fowl of the council.

There's so much poo in this Auckland park that the council is trying to rehome birds.

crime

Director won't identify driver

A truck operated by SHT Holdings struck a power pole and brought down live power lines across a road and properties in ...

Sparks and booms as house brought down power lines.

District Court 'under pressure'

Prisoners held on remand make up more than one third of the prison population, and about 1200 of those prisoners are awaiting sentence.

Bus firm fined over fatal crash

No jail for temple child molester

politics

Move scandal beyond the politicking

During general debate in the House, National deputy leader Paula Bennett said Jacinda Ardern's senior staff and senior ...

Time for politicians to stop scoring points over alleged sexual assault and let police handle it.

Ivanka's fave thing: her globe

Ivanka Trump uses her globe to create teachable moments for her children... about President Grampa's special friends and ...

SATIRE: Ivanka Trump's globe gives the opportunity for teachable moments about lies and President Grampa.

NZDF's credibility dilemma

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The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating (pictured), holds a media ...

OPINION: The Defence Force has been corrupt or incompetent. Either is bad news for a public looking for truth and some trust.

One-way trips to oblivion

Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau reacts as he makes a statement in regards to a photo ...

OPINION: At least a couple of big political names have stuffed up badly this week.

education

Declining numbers threaten playcentre

Sanson Playcentre president Jen Berquist and son Kasey, left, and Sanson woman Ellen Beattie, right, with daughter Flora ...

A Manawatu playcentre is facing closure as early as next term, with only two children on its roll.

Curriculum shake up for schools

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced a refresh of New Zealand's national curriculum and Te Marautanga o ...

Teachers have been promised better support to develop content for students as the Government announces a "fresh look" for New Zealand's school curriculum.

Millions for new classrooms in Wellington

Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced more funding for new classrooms in the Wellington region.

The region is faces looming demand for spaces to accommodate about 2500 new students.

How to help dyslexics be successful video

Aside from success, what do Sir Richard Branson and Jamie Oliver have in common? Dyslexia.

Aside from success, what do Sir Richard Branson and Jamie Oliver have in common? Dyslexia.

health

Air ambulance operator sues trust for $750,000

Court proceedings involving the Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust are brewing with claims of a contract breach. (File Photo)

A contractual disagreement between the owner and the operator of Taranaki's air ambulance service is heading to court.

Red Nose Day's Digital Makeover

Cure Kids has invested more than $40 million into child health research since 1971.

Raymond McGrath has partnered with Cure Kids to launch a storybook app during this month's Red Nose Appeal.

Measles exposure on flights

There have been more than 1100 measles cases in Auckland so far this year.

People who traveled from Auckland to Perth and back may have been exposed to measles by a sick passenger.

A letter to my granddad on World Alzheimer's Day video

Nelson Mitchell was my grandad and one of tens of thousands of Kiwis that lived with dementia.

I wasn't at your funeral, you weren't at my wedding. So I guess we're even.

māori issues

TJ humbled by shrine visit

TJ Perenara of the All Blacks visits Fukutoka-Jinja Shrine in Tokyo on Friday.

All Blacks halfback, moved by visit to shrine, says he has always felt a spiritual connection.

Why language matters

Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith.

OPINION: As a Pākehā, speaking te reo Māori makes me feel proud to be a New Zealander.

Fear kids would be 'illiterate'

Kura kaupapa is key to Māori success, Anton Matthews, right, says. Pictured with his wife, Jess, and children Mana ...

Mainstream high school was a ''culture shock'' for Anton Matthews, after learning all about his Māori heritage at kura and kōhanga reo.

Bowel cancer campaigner dies

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Anaru Gray – the face of the Never too Young campaign – has died, aged 40.

immigration

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?

Immigration cuts won't fix housing

Over the last five years, the median price has risen 36 per cent to $565,000, according to data from the Real Estate ...

The Government is limiting resident visas, but house prices are unlikely to fall as a result, experts say.

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Auckland

'No fault' with Lime scooter

A 23-year-old man died after an incident involving a Lime scooter.

An e-scooter involved in fatal accident was taken apart and no faults were discovered.

Rogue builder's trail of destruction

A south Auckland builder promised to do tiling, painting and renovation works for multiple homeowners (file photo).

No kitchen, poor tiling - more customers claim handyman took money, left homes a mess - then disappeared.

Voting paper blunder

Danielle Grant said the mistake was "completely unacceptable".

Candidate slams forms with wrong photo as "completely unacceptable", says she has "no idea" who mystery woman is.

Tributes to Destiny Church biker

Darren Wilson died after a motorcycle accident on Friday.

Church leader Brian Tamaki said Darren Wilson died "doing what he loved most".

Wellington

Meet the Onslow-Western council candidates

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This week we're looking at the Onslow-Western ward, and asking: what will you do to improve public transport?

Meet the GWRC candidates

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Regional council candidates tell us why they're standing, and what they will do to fix public transport.

Meet the Wellington mayoral candidates

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Who will do what - or at least promise to do - regarding the capital's rates, housing, transport, resilience and economy.

Who's on the stage at WOW?

Members from the Crows Feet Dance Collective will be taking to the WOW stage for the first time.

From under 10s, to people hitting their 70s, everyone's got a spot on the WOW stage.

Canterbury

Why Mo'unga spurned league offers

Richie Mo'unga drinks from the Bledisloe Cup following the 36-0 win over the Wallabies in Auckland last month.

Richie Mo'unga wasn't deemed good enough to play for the NZ secondary schools team. It didn't stymie his dreams of being an All Black.

The renegade fighter - now and Zed

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Ben Campbell bassist for Zed is now a restaurateur at Ma Maison Restaurant in ...

Zed guitarist Ben Campbell on going from rock star to restaurateur.

Needing protection in the retail jungle

Total peace of mind, folks ...

OPINION/SATIRE: In this commercial jungle, your means of protection isn't all it's cracked up to be.

'Hiding from Stevie Nicks'

The Eastern's line-up, pictured in 2010: Jess Shanks (banjo), Adam McGrath (guitar and lead vocals), Jono Hopley (double ...

As the Fleetwood Mac star arrived in 2009, Kiwi musician Adam McGrath had to hide quickly - in a hedge.

Waikato

Hamilton man missing

The family of Antony Kong have expressed concerns for his safety.

Antony Kong was last seen at his Hamilton house on Friday evening.

Students quiz mayoral hopefuls video

Hamilton's mayoral candidates address students at Rototuna Senior High School.

Mayoral hopefuls pitch credentials to an audience of largely non-voters.

Get to know your candidates

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News: Tim Young, 31, is running as a candidate for Hamilton City Council east ward.

Want to know where Hamilton East council candidates stand on issues? Read this.

Enough of the excuses video

Tīrau farmers Adrian and Pauline Ball were named Regional Supreme Winners of the 2019 Waikato Ballance Farm Environment ...

OPINION: New Zealand has great examples of farmers mitigating and adapting to climate change - but it's time for more.

Northland

Tributes to Destiny Church biker

Darren Wilson died after a motorcycle accident on Friday.

Church leader Brian Tamaki said Darren Wilson died "doing what he loved most".

1 dead, 2 hurt in motorbike crash

A man has died following a motorcycle crash in Northland on Friday afternoon.

A man has died following a crash in Northland involving several motorcycles. 

Marina proposal floats

An artist's impression shows what Whangārei's new 130-berth marina could look like.

$11m new marina approved for Whangārei will create 94 jobs and generate $9.4m for the economy.

Fraudster's home sold for $700k video

Joanne Harrison during sentencing at the Manukau District Court, Auckland in 2017.

The home was sold to recover $700k Joanne Sharp stole from the Ministry of Transport to pay off her mortgage.

Bay Of Plenty

Captain fined over crewman coma

The Emile Bulker was docked at the Port of Tauranga when a workplace incident left a crewman unconscious and needing ...

Ship crewman fell unconscious after being sent into palm kernel hold with depleted oxygen, court told.

One seriously injured after assault

Police were alerted to the incident shortly before 5am on Mareti St, in Nukuhau.

Pair known to each other involved in early morning assault in suburban Taupō.

Backtrack on Māori land gift

The Elms Historical society, which operates from this historic building, wants to use the section at 11 Mission Street ...

First Tauranga City Council giveth, now they move to taketh away.

Apologetic hitman guilty

Warren Uata Kiwi has been found guilty of an almost two decade old attempted murder.

Police had no idea who was behind an almost 20-year-old murder attempt until a confession to a cousin.

Taranaki

A 'cloud of dust' and a promise video

Craig Eaton was only 52 when he died from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

The final words shared between a terminally ill man and his eldest daughter weren't those of love - they were talk of pain and promises.

Life as an influencer

Instagram influencer Sally Jo Hickey talks about the realities of her job.

When the clock strikes 11am, the good lighting starts coming in for Sally Jo Hickey to shoot her content for Instagram.

Air ambulance operator sues trust for $750,000

Court proceedings involving the Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust are brewing with claims of a contract breach. (File Photo)

A contractual disagreement between the owner and the operator of Taranaki's air ambulance service is heading to court.

Climate change deniers few, far and in-between

Successful elected candidates for Taranaki's four councils will be known by October 23.

There were surprising results from a national Stuff survey on Taranaki council candidates views on climate change.

Manawatū

Rieger calls time

Paul Rieger is standing down from Horizons Regional Council, pulling the curtain down on 48 years in local government.

Abandoning a career in law led Palmerston North's Paul Rieger into a long career in local government politics, including time as city mayor.

Move scandal beyond the politicking

During general debate in the House, National deputy leader Paula Bennett said Jacinda Ardern's senior staff and senior ...

Time for politicians to stop scoring points over alleged sexual assault and let police handle it.

Manawatū juniors excel

Laura Silva has broken into the top-10 rankings for her age group; other juniors are making their mark nationally too.

Laura Silva has broken into the top-10 rankings for her age group; others are making their mark nationally too.

No easy rates answers

Seven candidates are vying for four Palmerston North positions on Horizons Regional Council. Top from left are: Chris ...

Figuring out how to keep a lid on rates rises but do more work has vexed the Palmerston North candidates for Horizons Regional Council.

Nelson

Keeping what you sew

Papercut Patterns brand manager Sarah Brennan with some Rubix designs. The Nelson business has over 75,000 Instagram ...

Sustainable fashion patterns are showing there's more than one way to mix and match your wardrobe.

Piki Mai: Once more with feeling

Pitch Black will be playing atop the Church Steps at this year's Nelson Arts Festival.

One of the best loved projects in Nelson Arts Festival history, the Piki Mai light installation gets a "remix" next month.

Rising tide of hard questions video

Emergency services evacuate a family in Tasman district's Ruby Bay during tropical ex cyclone Fehi 18 months ago. Tasman ...

Seafront residents in Glenduan watched as huge waves hurled logs and boulders onto the road in front of their homes.

Cape Farewell seabird sanctuary

The Wharariki-Onetahua Restoration project covers 10,000 hectares in the top of the South Island.

A sanctuary on the headland at Cape Farewell will soon be home to threatened seabirds.

Marlborough

Sculpture marks Māori history

A new sculpture will be installed on the corner of State Highway 1 and Dillons Point Rd in Blenheim.

A work of steel and bronze resembling the prow of Māui's waka will greet people arriving in Blenheim.

Small regrets

Cynthia Johns: "When I told my brother he was lazy when he laid on the couch for an hour listening to music. When I told ...

In 'Wee wonders' we ask little children big questions.

Pioneer nurse deserves recognition

District Nurse Carol King-Turner with her daughter Rossa (later Rossi) on the beach at St Lawrence on D'Urville Island.

OPINION: This country was pioneered by many selfless, highly capable individuals, and we should never lose sight of their values.

Halcyon ripples captured in show

Rick Edmonds' work Olympus, a self portrait on gesso canvas, is one of many works on display at the Retrospective exhibition.

Conservationist Rick Edmonds' 40 years of painting sea, hills and sky will be shared at a new exhibition near his home town.

South Canterbury

Mackenzie candidates talk about key issues

Will you exercise your right to vote in the local body elections?

We put some key questions to candidates vying for a seat on the Mackenzie District Council.

Waimate candidates talk about key issues

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We put some key questions to candidates vying for a seat on the Waimate District Council.

Timaru candidates talk about key issues

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We put some key questions to candidates vying for a seat on the Timaru District Council.

Paddon lured in by the forest

Hayden Paddon will be the favourte for this weekend's Ashley Forest Rallysprint.

After a year of planning, Kiwi rally ace needs just 54 seconds of perfection.

Otago

Family 'lost' as young mum dies

Bonnie Avery, 29, lived for her family. She was "the strength, the voice, the person who would stand up and speak for ...

Bonnie Avery was supposed to get married in December, her 30th birthday. But she went to sleep and never woke up.

Political doubt over climate change

Young people have spearheaded demands of politicians to take urgent action over climate change.

A quarter of Christchurch's mayoral and council candidates question humans' impact on climate change, reflecting a trend across the South Island.

Brothel for months, not weeks'

This North Dunedin home was allegedly a brothel since at least the start of the year, an ex-neighbour says.

Man who lived in back flat since January says he saw "more lingerie on the line than I've seen anyone ever have".

Otago fires avoidable

Fire crews and helicopters battle a large scrub fire near the Pineapple-Flagstaff walking track in Dunedin earlier this week.

Most of the fires were caused by strong winds fanning the flames.

Southland

Arrest over BP robberies

BP Elles Rd has been robbed three times in the past month, twice with the offender brandishing a knife.

Man allegedly robbed the same Invercargill petrol station, on the same weekday, three weeks apart.

Tempestuous tale of Invercargill's first settler

Not a man whose life was plain sailing.

The torrid, redemptive backstory of Invercargill's first settler has emerged afresh as a factualised historical novel.

Meet the SDC candidates

Your Southland District Council candidates are profiled. Who will you vote for?

Rugby, racing and beer; 50 years of it video

Oringinal member of the Setarip horse racing syndicate Joe Wilson, at the Ascot Park Raceway ahead of the syndicate's ...

"It's about coming out here [to the race track], meeting up, and having a few beers. Even if the horse finishes last....''