Planned date with murder accused

Grace Millane was reported missing on December 5.

8:06 AM  A woman says she put off a date with the accused murderer of Grace Millane. It was the night he met Grace.

Why accused got suppression

British tourist Grace Millane, 22, who was killed in Auckland.

Police have issued a warning to people to not name the man accused of killing Grace Millane.

Can the Crewe case be solved?

Jeannette and Harvey Crewe were killed in 1970.

They were killed, their child found alone days later. It was 48 years ago, but for some it's like yesterday.

Summer under the Xmas tree?

A cyclist heads towards Sumner on a mixed weather Christmas Day.

With December 25 a fortnight away, what are the chances of a summery Christmas Day?

Driver thought she hit dog

Steffan Pearce-Loe, 30, was killed in a hit-and-run.

7:32 AM  Motorist charged with failing to stop and check on the man she hit.

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Driving near miss shocks mother

The black SUV heading towards Tīrau crossed the centre line and drove on the wrong side of the road.

Her dash cam shows black SUV crossing centre line without warning, narrowly missing two oncoming vehicles.

Powered parks for the privileged?

A trial of electric vehicle stations is being mooted for Wellington suburban streets, where owners of such vehicles ...

Wellington is mooting a trial of suburban EV charging stations, but the planned rollout has concerns of favouritism.

Consent for 242,000-bird farm

A new free-range chicken farm near Waharoa has been granted the necessary resource consents to proceed.

Green light given for $18 million free range farm that will house the birds in six sheds.

Edge's Megan's Grace note video

Megan Annear says she travelled to America by herself when she was just 19.

"The question we should be asking is why did a 26-year-old man feel he had the right to take her life?"

Blitz on freedom campers ahead of peak season

Travellers living out of un-selfcontained vehicles like this one are blamed for many of the issues facing communities ...

Freedom campers caught misbehaving or not complying with regulations could find themselves handed a hefty fine this summer as the Whangarei District council tightens up its stance ahead of peak season.

Date night leap from moving car

A dangerous driving manoeuvre caught the attention of police who tried to stop the vehicle (file photo).

Pair met in central Hamilton bar only to leap from a car as they fled police after midnight.

Tributes for Grace

British tourist Grace Millane, 22, was last seen at a hotel in Auckland's CBD on December 1 before her body was found.

"Fantastic, amazing woman" - friends and family of killed British backpacker Grace Millane express their grief over her death.

Voters reject small parties

Cabinet minister Andrew Little says there may be a referendum on possible adjustments to the political system.

OPINION: Minor parties struggle to get into Parliament, but that may not be the system's fault.

What mental health needs

Health Minister David Clark speaks at the opening of a new mental health facility.

A GP at the frontline of dealing with mental illness offers her prescription for progress.

More heads better than one on education

Our children's literacy and numeracy skills have been falling for many years, as part of a general decline against other ...

OPINION: Tomorrow's Schools has been deemed yesterday's bad experiment. Let's work together - political parties and key education partners - to fix it.

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crime

Notorious place where body found

A tribute to murdered backpacker Grace Millane has been erected in Titirangi, near where her body was found.

Auckland's Waitakere Ranges, where a body was found in the search for Grace Millane, has been linked to other violent deaths in the past.

Police at house over death of young father

The twin brother of a man who died after he was dropped off at hospital says the family don't know what led to his mysterious death.

Car in Millane case found in Taupō

Flowers laid for Grace

nz earthquake

A Kaikōura quake reunion video

This week, Kaikōura earthquake survivors Dick White, Celeste Sharplin, Doug Thom and Paul Foskett reunited for the first ...

Four strangers travelling on a moonlit road were united by a earthquake. This week they came together again.

CTV engineering boss could be disciplined

Disciplinary proceedings against Alan Reay over the CTV building collapse were dropped in 2014. A new High Court ...

High Court decision paves the way for re-opening complaints against Alan Reay over the CTV building collapse.

Kaikōura in world's top spots video

Reopened: Nearly 200 kilometres of damaged road, 220 work sites and 190km of munted rail line. And it only took two ...

The once quake-ravaged town has topped Airbnb's list of trending destinations for 2019.

Rebuild cities fast, not hastily, expert says

Dr Laurie Johnson has studied natural disaster recoveries in cities around the world.

Christchurch's quake recovery is called both typical and highly unusual.

politics

Voters reject small parties

Cabinet minister Andrew Little says there may be a referendum on possible adjustments to the political system.

OPINION: Minor parties struggle to get into Parliament, but that may not be the system's fault.

More heads better than one on education

Our children's literacy and numeracy skills have been falling for many years, as part of a general decline against other ...

OPINION: Tomorrow's Schools has been deemed yesterday's bad experiment. Let's work together - political parties and key education partners - to fix it.

ACC motoring levies held

The Government says a decision to reduce the ACC Work Levy will save New Zealand businesses $100 million over the next ...

ACC hike rejected by ministers - scheme under which safer cars are cheaper to register will also be canned.

Ministerial diaries opened

Minister for State Services Chris Hipkins announced all Government Ministers will for the first time release details of ...

In bid for greater transparency all Government ministers will have to release details of meetings from January.

education

More heads better than one on education

Our children's literacy and numeracy skills have been falling for many years, as part of a general decline against other ...

OPINION: Tomorrow's Schools has been deemed yesterday's bad experiment. Let's work together - political parties and key education partners - to fix it.

Freeing teachers to teach

**** Cashmere school english teacher Nicole Billante. Hand in air, classroom, teaching, education school generic. ...

OPINION: The Education Workforce Strategy is asking what help teachers need to do their best work.

Writer's protest to university's name

New Zealand writer Kirsty Gunn said her association with the Victoria University of Wellington is so strong, she would ...

Kirsty Gunn threatens to give back her Victoria University degree if the name change goes ahead.

Technology centre for youth opens in Christchurch

Cinnamon Bryant can now start making video tutorials in the 4C Centre at the YMCA.

A new centre setup "by the kids for the kids" will give hands on access

health

What mental health needs

Health Minister David Clark speaks at the opening of a new mental health facility.

A GP at the frontline of dealing with mental illness offers her prescription for progress.

CanTeen Taranaki to close

CanTeen offices in regional centres across the country are set to close this week because of organisational restructure.

Kelly Skedden-Tainui has worked for CanTeen for 10 weeks and will lose her job less than a week before Christmas.

Brown water, again, in Napier video

Brown and black tap water can be seen in Rick Rix's bath and sink.

Brown and silty water is again clogging up Napier residents' water pipes, with some reaching boiling point.

$200,000 donation helps ambulance station

St John Ambulance Central Region chairman Peter McDonald, with paramedic Brad Williams (far left) and medical technician ...

Some new facilities will mean at least the ambulance doesn't have to park outside.

women of influence

'The aunty in charge of The Aunties' video

The top Woman of Influence isn't a titan of business; she helps women in domestic peril.

The top Woman of Influence isn't a titan of business; she helps women in domestic peril.

Hinemoa, reincarnated video

Dr Hinemoa Elder, once a favourite Kiwi television personality, has reinvented herself as a Māori health practitioner.

Once NZ's most sought-after celebrity, Dr Hinemoa Elder is spearheading a path in Māori mental health.

Anne Salmond: between two worlds

Dame Anne Salmond: anthropologist, historian, author, and a Pākehā who has spent all her life engaged in the worlds of Māori.

She's deeply immersed in Māoridom, but says to claim to speak for Māori would be a "really dumb thing to do".

Pascoe works on 'Sophie' side

Sophie Pascoe's been taking some time after the Commonwealth Games to work on her 'Sophie' side.

Para-swimmer focusing on becoming "happy, confident Sophie" again after surgery and solo UK stint.

farming

Consent for 242,000-bird farm

A new free-range chicken farm near Waharoa has been granted the necessary resource consents to proceed.

Green light given for $18 million free range farm that will house the birds in six sheds.

Preparing for the big move - up the drive

Louise and Geoff Giltrap are preparing to leave their Northland dairy farmers, but they are not going far.

What actually happens once you have made the decision to sell the farm?

No hidden M. bovis cases found

Testing of milk samples from every dairy farm this season has identified three farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis, all ...

Nationwide testing of every dairy farm reveals no unexplained Mycoplasma bovis cases.

Koreans use NZ deer milk as cosmetic

Landcorp hand raises fawns born to its milking deer.

NZ deer milk used in beauty products will go on sale in South Korea early next year.

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    Auckland

    Planned date with murder accused

    Grace Millane was reported missing on December 5.

    A woman says she put off a date with the accused murderer of Grace Millane. It was the night he met Grace.

    Hozier heading to NZ

    Irish singer Hozier has announced he will be performing a one-off concert in Auckland next April.

    The Irish singer is scheduled to perform at Auckland's Spark Arena on April 28.

    Tributes for Grace

    British tourist Grace Millane, 22, was last seen at a hotel in Auckland's CBD on December 1 before her body was found.

    "Fantastic, amazing woman" - friends and family of killed British backpacker Grace Millane express their grief over her death.

    Why murder accused got suppression

    British tourist Grace Millane, 22, who was killed in Auckland.

    Police have issued a warning to people to not name the man accused of killing Grace Millane.

    Wellington

    Powered parks for the privileged?

    A trial of electric vehicle stations is being mooted for Wellington suburban streets, where owners of such vehicles ...

    Wellington is mooting a trial of suburban EV charging stations, but the planned rollout has concerns of favouritism.

    Callaghan roof fire out

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Photo of Paul Elmes, business innovation adviser for Government ...

    A fire in the roof of Callaghan Innovation in Lower Hutt is out.

    Search warrants follow shooting

    Police at a house in Hanson Grove, Stokes Valley,  where a man was shot on  Saturday night.

    Police say they want the people of Stokes Valley in Wellington to feel safe after a firearms incident on Saturday.

    Roof collapses on Hastings building

    Hawke's Bay Civil Defence has restricted access on Caroline Road, pictured, for the coming days.

    No-one injured in Hastings roof collapse.

    Canterbury

    Push for new bottling rules

    The Christchurch City Council will decide on Thursday whether to ask Environment Canterbury to review rules governing ...

    The Christchurch City Council wants to make it harder for water bottling companies to take water from the city's aquifers.

    Fatal hit-and-run driver charged

    Steffan Pearce-Loe, 30, was killed in a hit-and-run.

    The driver thought she hit a dog, now she's been charged with failing to stop and check on the man she hit.

    Cow dung venture hits the fan

    William Mook's hi-tech dung-busting project has gone bust.

    It was going to turn dairy cow waste into valuable products. The only product so far is unhappy creditors.

    Is there summer under the Xmas tree?

    A cyclist heads towards Sumner on a mixed weather Christmas Day.

    With December 25 a fortnight away, what are the chances of a summery Christmas Day?

    Waikato

    Driving near miss shocks mother

    The black SUV heading towards Tīrau crossed the centre line and drove on the wrong side of the road.

    Her dash cam shows black SUV crossing centre line without warning, narrowly missing two oncoming vehicles.

    Consent for 242,000-bird farm

    A new free-range chicken farm near Waharoa has been granted the necessary resource consents to proceed.

    Green light given for $18 million free range farm that will house the birds in six sheds.

    Date night leap from moving car

    A dangerous driving manoeuvre caught the attention of police who tried to stop the vehicle (file photo).

    Pair met in central Hamilton bar only to leap from a car as they fled police after midnight.

    Swimming with orca in Hahei video

    Three curious orca swam with Judie Johnson (top) off Haihei beach on the Coromandel Peninsula.

    Three orca went for a swim with Coromandel woman Judie Johnson and it was all caught on camera.

    Northland

    Blitz on freedom campers ahead of peak season

    Travellers living out of un-selfcontained vehicles like this one are blamed for many of the issues facing communities ...

    Freedom campers caught misbehaving or not complying with regulations could find themselves handed a hefty fine this summer as the Whangarei District council tightens up its stance ahead of peak season.

    Court of Appeal recall application declined

    On  December 4 the Court of Appeal dismissed the Rogan's application to have its November 6 judgment recalled.

    A Mangawhai couple who have lost a long running battle with two Northland councils over rating issues say they will likely have to sell their house and leave the district.

    Sick mum's breast milk plea

    Melissa Crockett-Joyoue says her baby Hinemarie is running low on donor breast milk.

    A baby with a life-threatening allergy is running out of breast milk after her mum was hospitalised.

    Crash victim's body coming home

    Michael Kemp, pictured with boxer Joseph Parker, died on Sunday in Rarotonga.

    Body of Michael Kemp, who died in Cook Islands, to be flown home to his family this weekend.

    Bay Of Plenty

    Vigils for Grace Millane

    Grace Millane vanished at the start of the month.

    Vigils planned around New Zealand to express grief at the alleged murder of the British backpacker.

    Mum's fatal midnight drive

    Nadia Asalemo's daughter Tulia Asalemo and father Peter Perez outside the Rotorua Coroner's Court.

    House moving truck was 'lit up like a Christmas tree,' but that didn't prevent the fatal collision.

    $50m super yacht pranged

    The superyacht Encore was damaged as it tried to leave Tauranga after receiving a new coat of paint.

    The super yacht, worth $50m, was damaged after captain misjudged tidal flow.

    Armed pair rob gas station

    Two men armed with a firearm stole cigarettes and cash at 2am on Monday.

    Two men armed with a firearm stole cigarettes and cash from Rotorua's BP Connect at 2am.

    Taranaki

    CanTeen Taranaki to close

    CanTeen offices in regional centres across the country are set to close this week because of organisational restructure.

    Kelly Skedden-Tainui has worked for CanTeen for 10 weeks and will lose her job less than a week before Christmas.

    Cannabis cat cruelty caught on camera video

    In the video the man lights a bong and blows smoke into a young kitten's face.

    GRAPHIC CONTENT: Police and the SPCA have launched an investigation after video of a man blowing smoke into a kitten's face was posted online.

    Hapū not happy over 'health hazard' houses

    The New Plymouth District Council can exercise powers under the Building Act regarding dangerous and unsanitary ...

    Derelict houses could put residents and reef in harm's way, says hapū member.

    Why Selwyn's world famous in Matau

    Selwyn's journey to Huiakama School takes one hour roads through rural Taranaki.

    Selwyn Iremonger walked the red carpet to his premiere in the Matau Hall.

    Manawatu

    Sister city potential developed

    Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith says links with Missoula provide great opportunities.

    Trip to the United States was ratepayer money well spent, Palmerston North mayor says.

    Voters reject small parties

    Cabinet minister Andrew Little says there may be a referendum on possible adjustments to the political system.

    OPINION: Minor parties struggle to get into Parliament, but that may not be the system's fault.

    Expressway route revealed

    Peter Staples says the state will need to buy his farm, which has been in his family for four generations.

    Affected Horowhenua residents have received a letter revealing the route of the Ōtaki to Levin expressway.

    Santa cruises into carols concert

    Santa chats to his helper, Clive Robertson.

    Santa arrives at a Palmerston North school on a motorbike.

    Nelson

    Fuel pump foils escaping driver

    After evading police, Corren Indigo Anderson-Melville was undone after she got a fuel pump bowser stuck in her car while ...

    The lights were out and no one, apparently, was home after a Nelson driver's high-speed attempt at freedom unraveled at the petrol pump.

    Tasman industrial subdivision splits opinion

    The proposed subdivision at Tasman village has split opinions.

    Residents in the small village of Tasman, near Nelson, are concerned about the impact of a plan for a contracting yard.

    Māori Santa shocked by racist backlash

    Robert Herewini played the role of Santa in the 2018 Nelson Santa Parade. Not everyone was happy.

    Māori Santa backlash takes its toll on man who played Hana Kōkō.

    Mayor condems attack

    The tourists were assaulted and robbed by a group of up to six when confronted the alleyway leading from Bridge St to ...

    Nelson's mayor has condemned a robbery and attack on three tourists which left one with a broken jaw.

    Marlborough

    Legless before Christmas

    The Christmas themed reindeer in Seymour Square have had their legs broken.

    They boost festive cheer but reindeer scattered in Blenheim's parks have been crippled by vandals.

    Bee-keeping it in the family

    Tamahae Elkington inspects a honey frame.

    With plenty to sell and some to take home, Ngāti Kuia's honey business keeps everyone sweet.

    Greater iwi representation sought

    Te Ao Māori sub-committee chair and councillor Nadine Taylor hopes the upcoming hui will establish a stronger ...

    More iwi representation is being sought around the Marlborough District Council table.

    The money of power

    Marlborough Lines managing director Ken Forrest received $331,932 in back pay this year.

    It would take a Marlborough councillor about 13 years to earn Ken Forrest's base salary.

    South Canterbury

    Smoke alarm 'worth its weight in gold'

    A smoke alarm going off in a house in Timaru was heard by a passerby. (File photo)

    The value of working smoking alarms has been highlighted in a fire callout in Timaru.

    Strong opposition to proposal

    South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce chief executive Wendy Smith says there has been strong opposition among Chamber ...

    Call for three month delay for decision on proposal by Timaru District Council's holdings company to sell its shares in Alpine Energy.

    Channel widening work underway video

    New Zealand's largest backhoe dredge, GPK, owned by Heron Construction, is being used as part of project to remove about ...

    Timaru's port is expanding with a $2.5m project which aims to make easier for bigger vessels to come and go.

    DOC appeals for witnesses video

    Timaru Penguins co-ordinator Peter Bennett says he is an advocate of having a slower speed limit down Marine Pde which ...

    An appeal for witnesses has been made by the Department of Conservation after a little blue penguin was hit and killed by a car at Timaru's Marine Pde on Saturday night.

    Otago

    Man needed drug for narcolepsy

    Phillip David Green was convicted and discharged by the Queenstown District Court for importing GHB without an ...

    A British man working in New Zealand imported a class B drug because he needed it to treat his sleeping disorder.

    Ex-cons bringing Xmas cheer

    Moana House programme director Claire Aitken

    These ex-cons are cultivating Christmas trees as they cultivate a new life.

    Garden of taonga plants

    One of the first contour paths built on the property giving access into the overgrown gully now filled with natives.

    This treasure trove of native plants is tended to by an expert in their traditional use.

    Parrot's pie diet video

    Buddy has his own plate from which he frequently enjoys a Jimmy's Pie.

    A steady diet of Jimmy's Pies could be an Otago cockatiel's secret to a long life.

    Southland

    Community 'shocked' by fatal crash

    Emma Bagley died and her husband was seriously injured 
in a two-car crash at the intersection of Newcastle and Clifton ...

    An Invercargill primary school has extended its sympathies to the family involved in a fatal crash on Friday.

    Council building proves costly

    The Invercargill City Council's investment building at 20 Don St, which is facing a budget blow out.

    An Invercargill City Council building appears to have blown up in size and budget.

    Life sentences for stadium murder video

    Brayden Whiting-Roff in the Invercargill Court sentencing for murder

    Two men jailed for murdering a teen lured to his death with the promise of sex.

    Murder victim smeared - family

    Murder victim Jack McAllister, also known as Jade Fearn.

    A man lured to his death couldn't defend himself as his killers went on trial, his family says.

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