Crash driver's speed and drug past

Haydn Clark was killed when his ute collided with another vehicle near Kopu.

A married couple in their 60s and 20-year-old man die in crash that leaves another person fighting for life.

Principal back despite probe

The Employment Relations Authority has ordered the immediate reinstatement of Marco School principal Jennifer Vincent.

The principal of a small rural school has been reinstated despite an investigation into alleged misconduct.

Car fire, serious inury

A rescue helicopter is attending the crash (file photo).

6:28 PM  One person has been seriously injured after a car crashed and caught fire in Papakura, south Auckland.

Killer driver's sentence 'a joke' video

Dylan Cossey, pictured arriving at the High Court in Hamilton at the start of his manslaughter trial in February.

Family of one of the four killed in street race slams judge's non-custodial sentence.

Woman found dead in home video

Police suspect a woman found dead at a Christchurch home had fallen. The death is not considered suspicious.

6:07 PM  A Christchurch woman's death is not being treated as suspicious, with police believing she has died from a fall.

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Why killer avoided jail

Dylan Cossey arrives at the High Court in Hamilton for sentencing after being found guilty on four counts of manslaughter.

Victims' family and friends are outraged. But experts say sentence for causing four deaths in street race is fair.

Teenage girls attack, rob victim

The walkway between Mungavin Ave and Sievers Gr by Porirua Park in Cannons Creek.

Group of teenage girls assault a person, then use the bank card they stole from them.

Talk cancellation 'brutal censorship'

A talk on NZ's fake history was cancelled at the Nelson Library due to 'health and safety reasons'.

A talk on NZ's 'fake history' was stopped due to 'health and safety' reasons. The speaker says it's censorship.

Dead dolphin washes up

Department of Conservation workers collected the body of a dolphin found in Pauatahanui inlet just outside Wellington.

A dolphin has been found dead in Pauatahanui inlet just outside Wellington.

Crumpled like an accordion

State Highway 2 was blocked north of Dannevirke on Thursday morning, after a fatal crash.

Fire engines used to stretch a car involved in a fatal head-on crash.

War horse lauded

Members of the Bulls Museum have knitted purple poppies to remember the animals of war, including Rangitīkei war horse ...

Rangitīkei war horse Bess is the centre of Anzac Day in Bulls.

From war parachute to wedding dress video

Bruce Cunningham wearing the hat he made when he was a prisoner of war in Germany in the 1940s.

Part of the wartime parachute that saved Bruce Cunningham's life was also given a second life.

Cancer patient's 3-week wait

After being told he had secondary liver cancer, Colin* waited more than a month to see a specialist at Capital & Coast DHB.

Colin found out he had liver cancer on March 14. Then the wait began.

He's a barber called Arber

Arber Kikaj from Arbers Barbers in Fitzroy lived through the Kosovo war.

A Taranaki barber said he is lucky to be alive having lived through the Kosovo war. 

'I dread going in each day'

The incident highlights a need for more adequate hospital parking, NZNO organiser Christin Watson says. (File photo)

One student nurse carries concealed scissors for security when she leaves Christchurch Hospital at night. Others are just as scared.

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'I dread going in each day'

The incident highlights a need for more adequate hospital parking, NZNO organiser Christin Watson says. (File photo)

5:25 PM  One student nurse carries concealed scissors for security when she leaves Christchurch Hospital at night. Others are just as scared.

Prison worker sanctioned

5:15 PM  A Rimutaka Prison staffer who fostered an inappropriate relationship with an inmate is just the beginning of a cover-up, lawyer says.

Online cheater jailed

Police investigating home invasion

nz earthquake

Bell tolls for church closure

Members of St Paul's Waiwhetu  are meeting in a hall after their church was declared earthquake prone.The Reverend Karl ...

St Paul's congregation moves to hall as parish fundraises to fix church.

Preschool in the vast green

Casa Dei Bambini Montessori is tucked amongst the trees next to the Avon River.

A preschool is amongst the businesses still thriving in Christchurch's red zone despite the lack of locals.

BNZ quits Wellington HQ

A photo which emerged after the 2013 earthquake, apparently of the BNZ dealing room. The bank returned to the building ...

After almost 18 months of insisting it would return, BNZ has finally admitted it is quitting principal Wellington building.

Power out? Try your neighbour

Callum Davies is trialing the Wellington City Council's  solar homes initiative.

If disasters strikes, solar-powered homes across the city have been set up as charging hubs.

politics

Battersby to not stand again video

Derek Battersby said that in hindsight some of his posts on Facebook were "a bit strong".

Auckland politician under fire for racist and misogynistic posts says he's been in politics too long and is over-cynical.

Ardern meets the Queen video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern chats with the Queen during a private audience at Buckingham Palace.

PM spends 20 minutes with Queen and is set to be given a special honour at state banquet.

Ardern on CHOGM stage

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks during the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the ...

The Queen has formally opened what is likely to be her last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Ardern named in Time Top 100 video

Jacinda Ardern tralks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her trip through Europe before attending the ...

The PM makes the global list Time says is "a designation of individuals whose time, in our estimation, is now".

education

Massey enrolment issues a 'big bang'

Massey University software glitches caused problems for enrolments this year.

Sudden rollout of glitchy software blamed for student hardship.

Ministry got schoolgirl 'kicked out'

The Ministry for Children got a schoolgirl kicked out of Diocesan School, her mother says.

A teen was accepted at a top Auckland school. Then a social worker from Ōranga Tamariki intervened, her mother says.

New MP advocates classrooms go 'back to the future'

Jamie Strange, right, as a 5-year-old, with his younger brother, Daniel. At the time, Jamie Strange attended Stoke School.

The open-plan style of classrooms have pros and cons, says Labour list MP Jamie Strange.

Jump Jam creator's new moves video

Pupils at Blenheim School got a visit from Brett Fairweather, the man behind the popular aerobic exercise work out ...

Jump Jam creator Brett Fairweather has visited more than 1000 schools since the kids' exercise initiative was launched 17 years ago.

health

Turning a blind eye to New Zealand's eye care crisis

Public hospital ophthalmology services have been over-run by increasing patient demands. An extra funding boost last ...

Why are people losing sight waiting to see an eye doctor?

Nurses vote on 24-hr strikes

Nurses will vote on strike action from Monday, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation has announced. (File photo)

They've rejected two pay deals and, from Monday, will vote on "last resort" strike action.

Waikato nurses rally

About 200 nurses and supporters rally outside Waikato Hospital near the corner of Pembroke and Selwyn streets.

Nurses have taken their push for better wages and working conditions on to the street.

New tests show more contamination

Eight properties are now confirmed to have chemicals in their drinking water supply from use of firefighting foam at Ohakea.

More households than previously thought drank water contaminated by toxic firefighting foam at Ohakea.

women of influence

'Dreams can come true' video

Women of Influence 2017 young leader Sharnay Cocup says influential women give others the "knowledge and power to be ...

Young leader launches this year's Women of Influence awards in Auckland with rousing speech to other youth.

Influential women celebrated

Women of Influence 2017 supreme award winner, My Food Bag founder, Cecilia Robinson.

My Food Bag founder and a former Prime Minister were among those recognised.

Xero's Anna Curzon's success

Xero chief partner officer Anna Curzon.

Anna Curzon from accounting software giant Xero was a finalist in this year's Women of Influence awards.

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.

farming

Skin creams made from deer milk

Landcorp is milking 80 deer from November to March.

Landcorp is milking 80 red deer near Gore for milk powder and cosmetics trials.

Disaster response 'stronger'

Minister of Civil Defence Chris Faafoi and Horizon's chairman Bruce Gordon meet with emergency responders in Manawatū.

Civil Defence is in a stronger position to deal with farming disasters, says Minister Chris Faafoi.

Wool prices up across board

Wool prices were on the up for crossbred fleece.

Crossbred wool prices moved in the right direction at the Christchurch auction.

Kind autumn helps farmers

Tararua Federated Farmers president Neil Filer says milk production is down a bit in the Tararua district.

Warm, wet conditions have helped set up some Manawatū/Rangitīkei farmers for the winter ahead.

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    Auckland

    Rebellion against asset sale

    Auckland 2040 is not opposed to the development of the Anzac Street Car Park, but would like 30 per cent of the ...

    Auckland Council wants to sell off a central Takapuna car park it deems 'non-strategic': The community begs to differ.

    Car fire, serious inury

    A rescue helicopter is attending the crash (file photo).

    One person has been seriously injured after a car crashed and caught fire in Papakura, south Auckland.

    O still for 'osome'

    David Tua with his sparkling re-pimped mini.

    It's offical - awesome is still spelled 'osome' according to former heavyweight boxer David Tua.

    Rent shock for Northlanders

    Emma Pearce says it's tough to be a tenant in Northland at the moment.

    Auckland's rent growth has slowed - but further north, it's a different story.

    Wellington

    Sky-high 60th birthday surprise video

    Wellington property developer Eyal Aharoni  took a 15 minute flight in a Strikemaster jet as a 60th birthday treat on ...

    What do you get for the man who has everything? How about a high-octane jet ride.

    Patient's 3-week wait

    After being told he had secondary liver cancer, Colin* waited more than a month to see a specialist at Capital & Coast DHB.

    Colin found out he had liver cancer on March 14. Then the wait began.

    From parachute to wedding dress video

    Bruce Cunningham wearing the hat he made when he was a prisoner of war in Germany in the 1940s.

    Part of the wartime parachute that saved Bruce Cunningham's life also got a second life.

    Teenage girls attack, rob victim

    The walkway between Mungavin Ave and Sievers Gr by Porirua Park in Cannons Creek.

    Group of teenage girls assault a person, then use the bank card they stole from them.

    Canterbury

    Online cheater jailed

    Jasmine Lasseter, 23, has been jailed for 19 months on 34 charges.

    An online cheat used various internet auction sites to sell mobile phones and a laptop computer she did not have.

    'I dread going in'

    The incident highlights a need for more adequate hospital parking, NZNO organiser Christin Watson says. (File photo)

    One student nurse carries scissors when she leaves Chch Hospital at night. Others are just as scared.

    Woman found dead in home video

    Police suspect a woman found dead at a Christchurch home had fallen. The death is not considered suspicious.

    A Christchurch woman's death is not being treated as suspicious, with police believing she has died from a fall.

    Crash causes delays near Rangitata

    The intersection of Withells Rd and State Highway 1 at Ealing. (File photo)

    Crash between Fonterra truck and campervan near Rangitata River causes delays.

    Waikato

    Killer driver's sentence 'a joke' video

    Dylan Cossey, pictured arriving at the High Court in Hamilton at the start of his manslaughter trial in February.

    A 20-year-old who caused the deaths of four people in high-speed street race avoids prison.

    Driver's meth charges

    Haydn Clark was killed when his ute collided with another vehicle near Kopu.

    Haydn Clark had once bragged of driving at 170kmh and had skipped bail on drug charges before he killed couple in crash.

    Waikato nurses rally

    About 200 nurses and supporters rally outside Waikato Hospital near the corner of Pembroke and Selwyn streets.

    Nurses have taken their push for better wages and working conditions on to the street.

    Moorby's top 5 this weekend

    Sophie and Maxwell Howse at the Aquatic Expo in 2016.

    Don't miss the many events on in the Waikato this weekend.

    Bay Of Plenty

    Rennie's rark up sparks Alaimalo

    Solomon Alaimalo is leaving plenty of defenders in his wake during the 2018 Super Rugby season.

    Former coach challenged Solomon Alaimalo to lift his efforts in the gym, and it's paying dividends.

    Chiefs prop heeds doctor's advice

    After short appearances off the bench, Karl Tu'inukuafe played over an hour against the Hurricanes last weekend.

    At 170kg, Karl Tu'inukuafe returned to rugby because he had to lose weight.

    Turbos playing in Taihape

    The Manawatū Turbos will take on two teams in a pre-season encounter at Taihape.

    Manawatū Turbos to play in a three-way pre-season match in Taihape in July.

    'We just feel dead inside'

    Damian and Jenny Coffey say they've lost all confidence in Tauranga City Council.

    Damian and Jenny Coffey's home looks pristine on the outside. But they aren't allowed back inside.

    Taranaki

    New dawn after oil and gas

    South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop says the PGF is a start point to transition to the future.

    It's not all doom and gloom for Taranaki when oil and gas comes to an end.

    Felled by heart attack

    Tama 'Eminukutepua died last Saturday from a heart attack, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

    Funeral of suicide prevention worker who died following a dispute with his son sees parade of 60 motorcycles.

    Hunt for wanted man

    Tui Rippon has been on the run from Taranaki police for more than two weeks.

    On the run for two weeks, a gang member is now a burglary suspect.

    Best astro-photograph

    Launched in 1977, the Voyager probe was originally designed as a four-year mission to explore Saturn, and today is ...

    Far out, man.

    Manawatu

    Gold, silver and bronze for Obo

    Simon Barnett of Obo with one of the new range of goalie 'kickers' worn by Black Sticks keeper Sally Rutherford.

    Protective sports gear company had a hand, or a foot, in each of the Games' top hockey teams.

    Like an accordion

    State Highway 2 was blocked north of Dannevirke on Thursday morning, after a fatal crash.

    Fire engines used to stretch a car crumpled in a fatal head-on crash.

    More contamination

    Eight properties are now confirmed to have chemicals in their drinking water supply from use of firefighting foam at Ohakea.

    More households than previously thought drank water contaminated by toxic firefighting foam.

    Man found in street

    Police are appealing for information after a man was found unconscious on a Whanganui street.  (GOOGLE MAPS)

    Police are seeking information after a man was found in a critical condition in a Whanganui street.

    Nelson

    Rail to derail the Southern Link?

    Neil Larsen's proposed monorail plan along the Nelson waterfront.

    Is it time for a new kind of rail in Nelson? One man certainly thinks so.

    Iwi changes sides

    Ngati Rarua trustee Andrew Luke and chairperson Olivia Hall.

    Ngāti Rārua now stand in support with other iwi to protect Te Waikoropupū Springs.

    Helicopter house finally a home

    McCashin with her children Thelma and Teddy. The family have settled in and started to turn the helicopter house into a ...

    The helicopter house is at its new home now that the finishing touches have been added.

    Talk cancellation 'brutal censorship'

    A talk on NZ's fake history was cancelled at the Nelson Library due to 'health and safety reasons'.

    A talk on NZ's 'fake history' was stopped due to 'health and safety' reasons. The speaker says it's censorship.

    Marlborough

    'Feast' for the eyes video

    Graffiti artist Wiremu Blake, left, and Feast Marlborough committee member Liz Buttimore are preparing for the Gala Feast.

    His graffiti talents were honed under the cover of darkness, now they're in the limelight.

    Pool laws get draining

    Mayfair Pools and Spas owner Mike Freeth says draining your swimming pool could create a "big dangerous hole" in your ...

    With pool covers no longer acceptable, owners must take "immediate", albeit drastic, measures.

    Elderly want voices heard on DHBs

    Blenheim Hospital Services support group chair Walter Scott says if Grey Power will need people with experience in ...

    Grey Power members are frustrated that elderly residents' concerns aren't considered being in the health system.

    From wags to riches

    NZ Police dog Tasman "Tas" is the only cross-breed animal in service with (inset) her police officer Matthew Fage.

    Tasman has overcome adversity to become one of the best drug dogs on the Police force

    South Canterbury

    Stolen wheelchair returned video

    Timaru man Trevor Hurst is happy to be reunited with his stolen wheelchair.

    Timaru pensioner has been reunited with the wheelchair which gets him out of the house.

    Whitebait worries

    Whitebaiting is a NZ tradition.

    The Government has been warned NZ's whitebait population could be wiped out within the next 16 years.

    Gunning for Poppy Day collections

    Showing off the 1941 QF 25 Pounder Howitzer on Stafford St in Timaru on Poppy Day are, from left, Merv Tyree, John ...

    The South Canterbury RSA may have a special weapon for its Poppy Day collection.

    Intersection improvement work

    Revamp of an increasingly busy State Highway 1 intersection near a central Timaru business complex is about to start.

    Motorists warned to expect delays as Timaru intersection revamp set to begin.

    Otago

    'Old white men' dominate

    London-based arbitrator Wendy Miles and executive director of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute in New Zealand ...

    A pledge to bring equality to an industry dominated by "old white men" has gained supporters at an international conference in Queenstown.

    $4.20 coffees Cannabis Museum video

    Abe Gray, curator of Dunedin's Whakamana Cannabis Museum.

    The country's latest museum is setting high standards on all things cannabis.

    Tomato thief at large

    Tomatoes were allegedly stolen from a Dunedin property overnight, prompting a burglary investigation.

    A plucky thief who stole tomatoes from a Dunedin yard has prompted a burglary investigation.

    All set for infamous street party video

    You  shall not pass. Revellers at the party in 2017.

    Pregnant teens, David Bain and Hogwarts are just some of the themed flats at arguably NZ's most famous street party.

    Southland

    Artwork in the spotlight

    Southland Arts Festival director Angela Newell, left, and Invercargill Public Art Gallery assistant curator Gemma ...

    The 10th edition of the Southland Arts Festival starts in Invercargill on Anzac Day.

    Waikaia home invasion

    Police search for evidence in Blaydon St, Waikaia, after a home invasion on Thursday night.

    An intruder, armed with a knife, demanded to be let into gun cabinet.

    Suffering in silence

    Anne Hayward, right, playing mini golf, has been part of the Waikiwi Gardens Rest Home's Social Seniors programme for ...

    An initiative designed to help elderly Southlanders struggling with loneliness, has returned both positive and worrying results.

    Feral cat problem

    A feral cat is caught on a trail camera that was being used by Fish & Game Southland as part of a study to identify ...

    A Fish & Game study on predators found an abundance of feral cats, not stoats as first thought.

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