Victim forced to tie up family

Police guard Andrew Cameron's house near Hanmer Springs on Tuesday morning.

Kidnapping victim forced to tie up members of his family with a gun pointed at his head.

How well do you know Gisborne? video

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2:00 PM  Testing residents on the stats behind their hometown.

Live: Tight election race

Almost a million of us have already voted.

7 min ago  NZ just had its largest day of early voting ever, and almost 1m Kiwis have already gone to the polls.

Wrong way down motorway video

The car was stolen after an aggravated robbery in Papatoetoe.

2:15 PM  Stolen car was seen speeding down wrong side of Auckland's southern motorway.

Patient horrors post gagging

Manukau woman Danielle Hart-Murray wrote a revealing post about what life is like for some mothers-to-be.

Midwife who wrote Facebook post lifting the lid on incest and abuse in South Auckland made to take it down.

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Factory blaze cause unknown video

The fire at Barn Bay Fishing destroyed a shed and a helicopter hangar.

The cause of a blaze that destroyed a helicopter hangar and a family-run fishing business shed on the West Coast is still unknown.

'Business as usual' soon

Energy minister Judith Collins (file).

Energy Minister Judith Collins says Auckland airport's fuel crisis is coming to end.

Conversations on the election video

This election campaign has been full of twists and turns.

Right down to the wire, almost a quarter of Stuff's voting panel are still undecided.

Police called to polling booth

Kaikōura Labour candidate Janette Walker delivering pamphlets at Dillons Point Rd, in Blenheim, earlier this week.

"He wanted my details. I gave him about half of them," says Kaikōura candidate as she refuses to leave.

Ambulance at car fire

Emergency services respond to a car on fire at the corner of Napier Rd and Te Matai Rd, north of Palmerston North.

Emergency services are rushing to a car on fire near Palmerston North.

Three siblings sentenced in a row

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A unusual court session provided a glimpse into what drives people to turn to crime.

Police find suspected meth lab

Firefighters don hazmat suits at the scene on Turakina St.

Officers who entered a house suspected to be a clandestine lab have been put through a decontamination shower.

Woman will vote in three countries

In the space of six months, Iris Huizinga will have exercised her voting rights in the Netherlands, Australia, and New ...

In the space of six months, Iris Huizinga has cast votes in the Netherlands, Australia, and tomorrow, New Zealand.

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Police find suspected meth lab

Firefighters don hazmat suits at the scene on Turakina St.

2:25 PM  Officers who entered a house suspected to be a clandestine lab have been put through a decontamination shower.

Ram raid targets $30k car video

2:13 PM  Thieves smashed the panel beater's gate and took a Nissan Skyline GTR.

Cannabis smuggled under stamps

Cannabis and guns seized

nz earthquake

Freight hub to keep trucking

The container transfer site was upgraded to a 24/7 freight hub in a matter of days after the earthquake.

After the earthquake, they started working 24/7 loading and unloading more than 100 trucks a day.

Most houses checked, sometimes twice

Properties in Ward were badly damaged by the Kaikōura earthquake in November last year. (File pic)

Toska Bayly's house was assessed 10 days after the quake. But with no report filed, it had to be checked again.

Managing land damage

Land damage in Kaikoura.

The Kaikōura Plains Recovery Project to help quake-damaged land owners got off the ground earlier this month with funding from MPI.

Quake off Southland coast

A magnitude 5.8 quake struck near Southland.

A 5.8 earthquake hit off the coast of Southland - but its shaking was unnoticeable, GeoNet says.

politics

Election too close to call video

Stuff poll of polls.

Winston set to be kingmaker, but a small polling error could have a big impact.

Get out and vote - here's how video

Advance voting has been under way since September 11.

Some 800,000 people across NZ have already voted. Make sure you don't run out of time to have your say.

'Greens too left to be effective'

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Gareth Morgan strikes out after Greens ask TOP voters to switch sides.

Most votes may not win video

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education

Foreigners wanted in teacher crisis

Auckland's teacher shortage is said to be at crisis levels (file photo).

Auckland principals say teachers trained overseas face too many obstacles.

Patterson signing out

After a 13-year stint as principal of Ferguson Intermediate Paul Patterson is retiring.

Paul Patterson "fell in love" with intermediates but not so much with national standards.

Appeal over sacked teacher payout

Sovereign Star Ltd owner Brooke Philpotts is appealing an Employment Relations Authority decision that she wrongfully ...

Early childhood centre owner says $9000 decision over fired teacher was wrong.

$20m Wainuiomata promise

Some of Wainuiomata High School's buildings need to be  replaced, which Labour has promised to do with a $20m investment.

Nats pledged $12m for high school facelift. Labour offers a complete rebuild.

health

Living on with a head injury

Riki Hoeata has found success in smoothies after having to move on from rugby.

Former rugby lock tackles healthier life after concussion forces him to move on from the sport he loves most.

'Cancer doesn't care who you are'

Hinuera resident Mariana Vargas tells her story of breast cancer ahead of the Pink Ribbon fundraisers.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Mariana Mahood is urging other women to check early and check often.

Learning how to listen

Three-year-old Apii Pukeiti was born severely deaf, but thanks to cochlear implants he's able to hear sound.

"When we were first given his diagnosis I burst into tears and then I stopped and thought 'thank God that's all it is'."

At the top of the brain game video

Professor Sir Richard Faull grew up in Tikorangi where his parents had the general store.

As a kid he worked in his dad's dairy. Now Richard Faull works as one of the best neuroscientists in the world.

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NZ's 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 NZ women and their achievements.

Women's sport 'stuck in 80s'

The New Zealand Black Ferns won the Women's Rugby World Cup but flew economy class - an example of the lack of attention ...

NZ's Susan Devoy dominated world squash in the 1980s. She says attitudes to women's sport have hardly changed.

Helen Clark and a call to arms

Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand and former head of the UNDP, with filmmaker Gaylene Preston, at Event ...

Given half the chance, Kiwis not living under a rock at the turn of the millennium will tell you about the time they met PM Helen Clark.

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Women unrepresented at Fonterra

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NZ's largest employer is under fire for having so few women on its board, after spurning a sitting female director.

Aus push to cash in on mānuka 

The mānuka plant which provides honey is a New Zealand and Australian native, but who has rights to the mānuka honey term?

What's in a name? In the case of mānuka honey, a lot of money.

Outback breeds special farmers

A drover herds more than 600 cattle along an outback road near the township of Aramac, located more than 1200 kilometres ...

Think Kiwi farmers are tough? Aussies in the outback take some beating.

MP v farmers round 2

Palmerston North Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway maintains he was shoved at a heated meeting.

Iain Lees-Galloway maintains he was shoved. Farmers don't agree.

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    Auckland

    Man attempts to grab boy

    Police are investigating a suspicious approach in Auckland.

    A man in a hoodie jumps out of a black car and chases an 8-year-old, trying to grab him, on Auckland's North Shore.

    Dealing with death at Auckland Zoo

    Auckland Zoo's Sumatran tiger Jaka was put down in August after vets found a large inoperable tumour in his intestine.

    Zoo animals continue contributing to science in death.

    'Business as usual' soon

    Energy minister Judith Collins (file).

    Energy Minister Judith Collins says Auckland airport's fuel crisis is coming to end.

    Capturing first rays of birthdays video

    Thomas Britton and Caitlin Sankey share a sunrise.

    Giving the perfect gift for a newborn has an Auckland couple waking up before the sun each day.

    Wellington

    Prestigious Hutt home gallery

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    Celebrated Lower Hutt architect's home back on market.

    Man on fire dies

    Cordons were set up around Parliament after the incident.

    The man who reportedly set himself on fire outside Parliament has died overnight, police say.

    Cannabis and guns seized

    A rifle and about 100 cannabis plants were seized by police.

    Cannabis plants and rifle found at property in small Hawke's Bay settlement.

    Car and train collide

    The scene of the crash at Ohau, where a motorist died when their car collided with a northbound train.

    A car driver died after a crash with a train on State Highway 1, south of Levin.

    Canterbury

    What's with the giant spray cans?

    Some of the cans will be used for workshops and for young street artists to practise.

    The 4.5 metre-high cans are part of a new space coming to central Christchurch.

    Disappearance baffles

    Amber-Lee Cruickshank, pictured age one, went missing on October 17, 1992.

    Police travelled to Aussie outback for answers about what happened to toddler Amber-Lee Cruickshank.

    Ram raid car theft video

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    Thieves smashed way into a panel beater's and took a Nissan Skyline GTR.

    Victim forced to tie up family

    Police guard Andrew Cameron's house near Hanmer Springs on Tuesday morning.

    Kidnapping victim forced to tie up family members while gun pointed at his head.

    Waikato

    A year's rain in 9 months

    Waikato residents have been forced to find shelter where they can over the past nine months (file photo)

    Rainfall records tumble as Waikato wades through wettest year ever.

    Crash driver critical

    Ambulance officers were called to the crash on Highway 22.

    A driver is in a critical condition after rolling his car on a highway near Huntly. 

    Killer highway's $6m salve

    Two people were killed on SH3 between 2005 and 2014.

    Rumble strips, side barriers and intersection improvements on the way for SH3.

    Monster slip chases woman video

    A large slip has taken out many acres on a farm near Te Kuiti.

    Joanne Tapara outran an avalanche of rock and mud that claimed 6 cows, 40 ewes and 70 lambs.

    Taranaki

    The 'downhill slide'

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    He's forgotten how to peel potatoes but fears forgetting his children most.

    Armed cops in street

    Firefighters don hazmat suits at the scene on Turakina St.

    Officers who entered a suspected clandestine lab have been put through a decontamination shower.

    Home stretch awaits Hareb

    Paige Hareb is looking to make her presence felt in her final two events of the year.

    She's been in contention all year, now the Kiwi surfer knows it's time to lock in her qualification to the world tour.

    Dementia: a love story video

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    Tom Matiaha's 24 years as a soldier could not prepare him for his family's battle against a hidden foe: Alzheimer's disease.

    Manawatu

    Car and train collide

    The scene of the crash at Ohau, where a motorist died when their car collided with a northbound train.

    A car driver died after a crash with a train on State Highway 1, south of Levin.

    Ambulance at car fire

    Emergency services respond to a car on fire at the corner of Napier Rd and Te Matai Rd, north of Palmerston North.

    Emergency services are rushing to a car on fire near Palmerston North.

    No more snooping

    Horowhenua mayor Michael Feyen refused to vote on a new email blocking policy.

    The Horowhenua District Council is changing the way it screens emails.

    83-year-old dies in crash

    A car and a truck crashed at an intersection in Levin.

    The man died on Monday after his car collided with a truck in Levin.

    Nelson

    Makos legend back in the fold

    Robbie Malneek last played for the Tasman Makos during the 2015 Mitre 10 Cup season.

    Robbie Malneek, the only player to reach 100 caps for the Tasman Makos, has been handed an unlikely recall.

    Car-free summer

    Kerry and Garry Ford of Ford's restaurant and bar in upper Trafalgar Street, which will become a pedestrian zone over ...

    The top of Nelson's Trafalgar St is going to be traffic free for four months this summer.

    Pensioner housing need

    Tasman District Council-owned cottages in Wakefield.

    Waiting list for Tasman council cottages outstrips number of units.

    New SHAs approved

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    Seven new SHAs approved by the Nelson City Council including a tiny house project.

    Marlborough

    Environment judge called in

    Leachate run-off and ponding from grape marc dump sites in Marlborough. (File pic)

    A prominent winemaker and a new company he is linked to - dubbed the "complete solution" to grape marc - are to be dealt with by the Environment Court.

    'Stupid thing to do'

    Blenheim District Court.

    A man has admitted shooting out a window at the health hub in the central business district.

    Leap in rateable values

    New capital values across Marlborough show a big increase for Picton properties. (File pic)

    Some properties have seen their capital value incease by a whopping 28 per cent.

    Whale carcass washes ashore gallery video

    A blue whale carcass washed ashore at Glenburn Station in Wairarapa on Wednesday.

    A blue whale suspected to be the same one spotted dead in the water near d'Urville Island has washed ashore.

    South Canterbury

    Timaru's next tourism attraction?

    In May a High Court Judge ruled the Rangatira be sold to pay off more than $170,000 owed to PrimePort.

    Fisherman hopes community will save ship with Hollywood connection from the scrap heap.

    A toast to the bicycle video

    Graeme Simpson is preparing to take a collection of old bikes to Waimate to celebrate 200 years of the bicycle.

    Bicycles of all shapes and sizes to be celebrated in 200th anniversary event.

    Air plan approved

    South Canterbury Regional Air Plan Liaison Committee chairman Mark Rogers with committee members Doug Cleveland, centre, ...

    Grey Power president says it was "too much" to expect woodburner rule to be ditched.

    Hatchery positive of salmon returns

    Phil de Joux watches the salmon enter McKinnon Creek following incubation in July last year.

    Volunteers of South Canterbury salmon hatchery hope for a better season.

    Otago

    Six-figure golden handshake

    Aurora Energy boss Grady Cameron's exit package means he will make nearly $1 million in a year.

    Otago lines company boss's 'excessive' exit package means he'll make nearly $1m this year.

    Waterfall search for man

    Police are searching for missing Dunedin man Stephen Lowe.

    Police divers search a Catlins waterfall and river for missing Dunedin man Stephen Lowe.

    Residents unsatisfied with DQ

    Blue Peaks Lodge manager Michael McMillan was appointed to the Destination Queenstown board to represent the ...

    Queenstown had a four per cent increase in visitors to about 3.2 million in the 2016/17 year.

    Highlanders land prop early

    Tyrel Lomax played his first game for Tasman last weekend.

    Son of former Kiwis league player will join Highlanders next year after Melbourne Rebels cut him loose.

    Southland

    Investigators baffled by child's disappearance

    Amber-Lee Cruickshank, pictured age one, went missing on October 17, 1992.

    Police travelled to the Australian outback looking for answers about what happened to toddler Amber-Lee Cruickshank 25 years ago.

    70 years strong

    John and Joan Welsh with their wedding day photo from 1947.

    On September 22, John and Joan Welsh celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

    Trust announces it will seek review

    Community Trust of Southland chair Margot Hishon

    The Community Trust of Southland will seek a ministerial review into the circumstances surrounding the departure of its former chief executive. 

    Bluff signpost: It's a bluff

    Scottish tourist Geoff Mumford tries to make sense of Bluff's suspect signpost.

    Handy hint: Don't follow the famous signpost's directions to Wellington. 

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