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Man arrested after fire

Police have arrested a man who allegedly fled on foot after a fire broke out in Woodhill, Whangarei.

Man taken into custody after blaze breaks out at Whangarei house following domestic disturbance.

Rewa guilty of murder

Malcolm Rewa denied murdering Susan Burdett but had previously been convicted of her rape.

Serial rapist Malcolm Rewa has been found guilty of the murder of Susan Burdett.

Student contracts measles

A University of Otago student has contracted measles. (File photo)

Health authorities are urging people to be on notice after a university student contracted the disease.

Man killed in shooting named

The scene of a fatal shooting near Te Teko, Eastern Bay of Plenty.

The 29-year-old Mongrel Mob member was shot dead after robbing a bank.

Thieves steal from kids' graves

Items have allegedly been moved and taken from the graves of infants at the Papakura South cemetery.

Toys, trinkets and sentimental items have been disappearing from children's graves in south Auckland.

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Hundreds without power in Kumeu

Vector has confirmed 250 west Auckland households are without power following an outage on Friday night.

A non-weather related power cut has left hundreds of west Auckland households in the dark on Friday night.

Late dismissal claim quashed

SaveMart director Thomas Doonan claims Leanne Tiraha was fired because she refused to follow instructions.

Worker raised a personal grievance claim too late because she feared she had contracted Aids at work.

Stark warning for P dealer

In the Palmerston North District Court, Scott Charles Oliver admitted letting his house be used for drug dealing (file ...

Judge tells offender he'll be off to prison if he stays in the drugs trade.

Choc allergy triggers recall

Eight brands of chocolate have been recalled this week for failing to declare the presence of milk.

Some gourmet chocolates found to have high levels of milk protein were sold as "dairy free".

Lone red zoner costs $74k video

The Christchurch City Council has recently laid about 750 metres of pipe to connect services to Martin Francis' red zone ...

Martin Francis refused to leave the red zone. Now it's costing ratepayers thousands to pipe out his waste.

Uncertainty over tootmania video

Thousands are expected to take part in Wellington's "world record" tunnel tooting attempt in the Mt Victoria tunnel on ...

Mt Victoria tunnel tooting extravaganza "postponed", but thousands already commit.

Ambo graffiti 'not meant to offend'

On the ambulance, a message handwritten in paint said: "'You must see awful things'. Yes we do. Our payslips. Help us ...

Provocative ambulance message sparks the ire of some, support from others.

New quake images released video

The photos of the earthquakes' devastation were taken by engineers who descended on the broken city.

The photos of the earthquakes' devastation were taken by engineers who descended on the broken city.

PM: 'No better friend than Aus'

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is welcomed to Government House in Auckland.

Australian PM Scott Morrison is in town to meet our PM. Detainees and China were among the agenda items.

Anzac commitment to Five Eyes

Scott Morrison did not give any ground over the issue of detainees.

PM Jacinda Ardern and Australian PM Scott Morrison downplayed suggestions Huawei could dent Five Eyes alliance.

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Pony stabbing case ramps up

Veterinary staff worked for five hours on Star, a miniature pony who was stabbed 41 times in an attack overnight Sunday. ...

Detectives have identified ''people of interest'' as they investigate the fatal stabbing of a miniature pony.

Decapitation defendant named

Frank Tyson's decapitated body was found in Petone late last year.

Brett left out in the cold

Rewa 'capable of murder' video

nz earthquake

Crawling with a broken back video

She still struggles with a head injury and the loss of her colleague, Matti McEachen, but finds peace running all-female ...

Bonnie Singh crawled through rubble to safety after the earthquake. Eight years on, she's still recovering.

Clock ticking on earthquake repairs video

The sudden closure of Courtenay Central took many by surprise but was the work of a 'responsible' property owner, ...

Wellington City Council wants to chop years off quake strengthening times for about 200 buildings.

Quake risk confined to cinema video

Wellington's Courtenay Central closed suddenly during the weekend.

Courtenay Central's structural problems aren't an issue for neighbouring shops, council says.

NZ's largest fault will go

An earthquake from the Hikurangi subduction zone could devastate the east coast of NZ with a tsunami. This graphic ...

Kiwi scientists say the rupture of our largest faultline, off the east coast of the North Island, is a case of when, not if.

politics

Anzac commitment to Five Eyes

Scott Morrison did not give any ground over the issue of detainees.

PM Jacinda Ardern and Australian PM Scott Morrison downplayed suggestions Huawei could dent Five Eyes alliance.

Coffey slams 'bizarre' baby dig

Tamati Coffey is the Labour MP for Waiariki electorate. He and partner Tim Smith are expecting a child together.

Fijian MP's homophobic slight dismissed by expecting NZ politician Tāmati Coffey.

Town not ready for refugees

Horowhenua mayor Michael Feyen does not think Levin will be able to support refugees.

Levin mayor: "I don't want them to come here to a life of nothingness."

An 'agitator' in the weather world

Niwa chief executive John Morgan told the economic development, science and innovation select committee there was a ...

Niwa chief executive John Morgan has warned MPs about the presence of an "agitator" in the sector.

education

Teaching to inspire 'digital natives'

Ormiston Senior College curriculum leader Subash Chandar noticed a disconnect between written equations and problem ...

An Auckland teacher has taken out a top award for inspiring mathematics students through technologies.

Prisoners on track to rehome dogs

Sugar, now known as Archie, enjoyed meeting some of his former handlers at Rimutaka Prison. He was part of a trial where ...

A greyhound named Sugar was the unlikely star of a visit by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters to Rimutaka Prison.

Claims sex offender teaching

Island Bay School has admitted procedures were too lax (File photo).

Music classes taught at south Wellington school suspended after sexual offence allegations against relief teacher.

An upcycled education

Former primary school principal John Elliott now owns Aspect Signs and has repurposed signage waste to use in a new ...

Sign-maker's creative use of waste materials inspires leadership programme for kids.

health

Maternity research scrap reaches minister

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield will face questioning over the Ministry's treatment of controversial research.

The Director General of Health will questioned by a government minister over his department's attempt to discredit maternity research.

Four months and $73k for fruitless CEO search

The embattled Waikato District Health Board has been without a chief executive since October 2017.

The embattled district health board has been without a chief executive since October 2017.

Girl's feisty determination to live video

Vickie Hamilton, with her daughter, Keira Hubball, 8, who has methylmalonic acidemia.

She has gone blind, needs a kidney and liver transplant and is only 8 years old.

Crawling with a broken back video

She still struggles with a head injury and the loss of her colleague, Matti McEachen, but finds peace running all-female ...

Bonnie Singh crawled through rubble to safety after the earthquake. Eight years on, she's still recovering.

immigration

Refuge says no to R. Kelly

In January, R. Kelly became the subject of documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, which highlighted decades of alleged ...

Women's Refuge asks immigration minister to deny controversial singer entry to NZ.

Suspected 'slave' boss to deny charges

Viliamu Samu, aka Joseph Matamata, in the High Court in Napier

Viliamu Samu appeared in the High Court at Napier on Monday.

In hiding over 'dodgy' licence

Jodhbir Singh could be deported at any time.

Due to be deported over a fake driver licence, a forklift driver has gone into hiding.

Failure led to detainment

Mark Middleton, step-father of murdered school girl Karla Kardno,was detained by Immigration New Zealand due to ...

Immigration NZ had incomplete information when detaining the stepfather of murdered teenager Karla Cardno.

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    Auckland

    Pussy Riot packs a punch

    Pussy Riot founding member Maria Alyokhina's recollection of her time in a Siberian prison forms the backbone of Riot Days.

    REVIEW: Infamous Russian protest group delivers an urgent call to arms - for those who can bear the barrage.

    Hundreds without power in Kumeu

    Vector has confirmed 250 west Auckland households are without power following an outage on Friday night.

    A non-weather related power cut has left hundreds of west Auckland households in the dark on Friday night.

    Choc allergy triggers recall

    Eight brands of chocolate have been recalled this week for failing to declare the presence of milk.

    Some gourmet chocolates found to have high levels of milk protein were sold as "dairy free".

    Kids bite into mouldy BK burgers

    An Auckland woman claims she found mould in the buns she bought from Burger King Westgate.

    Children complained of blackened buns in the car, then their mum found hers was mouldy too. And they're not the only ones to find 'green spots'.

    Wellington

    Uncertainty over tootmania video

    Thousands are expected to take part in Wellington's "world record" tunnel tooting attempt in the Mt Victoria tunnel on ...

    Mt Victoria tunnel tooting extravaganza "postponed", but thousands already commit.

    Decapitation defendant named

    Eugene Daniel Baker at the High Court in Wellington.

    Frank Tyson's decapitated body was found in Petone late last year.

    Is it time for water meters?

    Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says water meters won't be on a council agenda anytime soon.

    Wellington faces a looming water shortage with water meters being put forward as a way for the region to cut back.

    Weather could spoil events

    Ahirana Waata, from Te Whanau a Kai Tairawhiti, performs at the Te Matatini kapa haka festival at Wellington's Westpac ...

    The capital is awash with events this weekend, and the weather looks likely to follow suit.

    Canterbury

    Student contracts measles

    A University of Otago student has contracted measles. (File photo)

    Health authorities are urging people to be on notice after a university student contracted the disease.

    Lone red zoner costs $74k video

    The Christchurch City Council has recently laid about 750 metres of pipe to connect services to Martin Francis' red zone ...

    Martin Francis refused to leave the red zone. Now it's costing ratepayers thousands to pipe out his waste.

    Lantern fans 'share the same joy'

    2019 is the Year of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac cycle.

    Fans out in force South Island Lantern Festival lights up Christchurch for the first of three nights.

    New quake images released video

    The photos of the earthquakes' devastation were taken by engineers who descended on the broken city.

    The photos of the earthquakes' devastation were taken by engineers who descended on the broken city.

    Waikato

    Ambo graffiti 'not meant to offend'

    On the ambulance, a message handwritten in paint said: "'You must see awful things'. Yes we do. Our payslips. Help us ...

    Provocative ambulance message sparks the ire of some, support from others.

    Water surrounding Huka Falls cleared video

    Dirt and pumice from a holding pond has swept down the Waikato River, turning the Huka Falls brown.

    The disturbing discolouration of Huka Falls won't affect water users, the Waikato Regional Council says.

    Kawerau retirees recall shootout

    The scene of the fatal shooting near Te Teko, Eastern Bay of Plenty, on Thursday.

    Calls for surrender were followed by an exchange of gunfire, witnesses say.

    Man killed in shooting named

    The scene of a fatal shooting near Te Teko, Eastern Bay of Plenty.

    The man shot dead after robbing a bank and fleeing police has been named.

    Northland

    Man arrested after fire

    Police have arrested a man who allegedly fled on foot after a fire broke out in Woodhill, Whangarei.

    Man taken into custody after blaze breaks out at Whangarei house following domestic disturbance.

    Trust manager stole $1.2m

    Wallace Te Ahuru was sentenced at the Papakura District Court on Friday to three years and eight months imprisonment.

    Man who stole from trust that administers Waitangi Treaty grounds spent it on travel, clothes and cosmetic surgery.

    Baby girl's death 'tragedy'

    The baby girl was discovered dead on Tuesday at an address in Kaitaia (file photo).

    The death of the baby girl in Kaitaia, Northland, is being treated as suspicious.

    Heavy rain Friday, much colder Sunday

    Heavy rain was also possible in Auckland north of Orewa. (File photo)

    A cold shock, heavy rain, severe gales in the weather mix through weekend.

    Bay Of Plenty

    Ambo graffiti 'not meant to offend'

    On the ambulance, a message handwritten in paint said: "'You must see awful things'. Yes we do. Our payslips. Help us ...

    Provocative ambulance message sparks the ire of some, support from others.

    Kawerau retirees recall shootout

    The scene of the fatal shooting near Te Teko, Eastern Bay of Plenty, on Thursday.

    Calls for surrender were followed by an exchange of gunfire, witnesses say.

    Man killed in shooting named

    The scene of a fatal shooting near Te Teko, Eastern Bay of Plenty.

    The man shot dead after robbing a bank and fleeing police has been named.

    Alleged murderer pleads not guilty

    The man charged with the murder of Trevor Akuira Rikihana appeared at Rotorua District Court on Friday.

    Man pleads not guilty to murdering Trevor Akuira Rikihana.

    Taranaki

    Fatal crash victim named, charges laid

    Darrellee Waireti Tuhoro, 27, died after a road crash at Mahoenui, north of Awakino on February 20.

    Police have charged a 46-year-old man in connection with a fatal crash which killed Hamilton woman Darrellee Waireti Tuhoro.

    Yarrow Stadium options revealed

    A range of options are on the table on the future of New Plymouth's Yarrow Stadium.

    The options range in price from $6m, for demolition of stands and re-grassing, up to $271m for a new roofed stadium.

    An American at Americarna

    US Ambassador to NZ, Scott Brown, pictured with wife Gail, included a stop off at  Americarna during their stay in the ...

    Seeing the American flag makes Taranaki feel instantly like home for US Ambassador to NZ.

    Man guilty of violent assault

    A man has been found guilty of nine charges related to a violent assault on a woman after a trial in the New Plymouth ...

    A jury has delivered nine guilty verdicts against Derek Manihera Stubbings.

    Manawatu

    Stark warning for P dealer

    In the Palmerston North District Court, Scott Charles Oliver admitted letting his house be used for drug dealing (file ...

    Judge tells offender he'll be off to prison if he stays in the drugs trade.

    Excellence in music teaching

    Freyberg High School music teacher Ricky Chan, right, here playing with student Troy Scott, has won a national ...

    Freyberg High School teacher and music maestro Ricky Chan wins national award.

    Long-serving Te Manawa employee set for redundancy windfall

    Te Manawa has been told to recalculate redundancy pay for a long-serving technician laid off in a controversial restructure.

    Museum ordered to pay technician compensation back to mid-1980s, despite him leaving for several months in 2006.

    More than 30 ethnicities represented at annual football tournament

    The Rohingya people will be represented at Ethkick for the first time this year. From left, Jani Shofi Rahman, Yakook ...

    Rohingya people take the field for the first time at Palmerston North's Ethkick this weekend.

    Nelson

    School kids thank 'heroes' video

    Zac Parr, 4, Tyler Parr, 6, and Zeb Lewis-Marshall, 6, try on some gear during the visit.

    The students of Wakefield School invited volunteer firefighters to their assembly to thank them for their hard work.

    Murchison fires drive home message

    Helicopters with monsoon buckets fight a fire in trees in Iwa Road, Nelson. The risks of the public being stranded when ...

    As the smoke clears on another Tasman fire, the message to motorists is clear - think before you throw.

    Rabbit Island cycle trail to reopen

    Cyclists can get back on board the Mapua Ferry from Saturday and have limited, guided access across the Rabbit Island ...

    After a two-week wait, cyclists can finally get back on their bikes for limited, guided access along the Rabbit Island section of Tasman's Great Taste Trail.

    Help at hand for those in need

    Nelson mayor Rachel Reese says there has been a region-wide rush to help people affected by the fire.

    Financial help is there for those affected by the Tasman fire, with more than $300,000 available to individuals, businesses and community groups.

    Marlborough

    Brett left out in the cold

    Blenheim man Brett says he is considering leaving town even though his name has been cleared.

    Falsely accused of rape, there was little agency help for a man who found he had nowhere to go.

    'Old bomb' on Kaikōura beach

    Police are on their way to Kaikōura Beach to investigate reports of an "old bomb".

    "Cylinder-shaped, rusty-looking thing" reported to authorities prompts police callout.

    NZ's 'new punk hot spot' video

    From Los Angeles, via Australia, No Age arrive in New Zealand on Monday.

    Tempted by tempeh: California noise-rock duo take their Australia-NZ tour off the beaten track.

    Rape lie that ruined a man's life

    Blenheim man Brett says he is considering leaving town even though his name has been cleared.

    A man falsely accused of rape says it "destroyed" his life as rumour spread around town.

    South Canterbury

    Call for cameras on Waihao River video

    Roger Small stands at the bank of the Waihao River where he says rubbish from an old dump site is creating havoc in the ...

    The chairman of the Waihao Wainono Catchment Community Group wants cameras set up in the area to catch those responsible for the pollution.

    Barkers developments on track gallery

    Michael Barker at the site of the eatery under construction at the rear of the old St Mary's Church Vicarage in Geraldine.

    Two projects in Geraldine mark some of the biggest commercial developments in the South Canterbury township for several years.

    Walsh dared to dream big

    Tom Walsh with his trophies and partner Dana Mulcahy at the 56th Halberg Awards in Auckland.

    New Zealand's top sportsperson dared to dream big because of the words of advice his former coach drummed into him after each practise.

    Renovations herald historic papers gallery

    Michael Barker with old copies of The Timaru Herald found in the old St Mary's Church Vicarage old St Mary's Church ...

    The upgrade of an old Geraldine landmark has taken its renovators on a journey back in time with newspapers dating back to 1900 found in its walls.

    Otago

    Student contracts measles

    A University of Otago student has contracted measles. (File photo)

    Health authorities are urging people to be on notice after a university student contracted the disease.

    Pony stabbing case ramps up

    Veterinary staff worked for five hours on Star, a miniature pony who was stabbed 41 times in an attack overnight Sunday. ...

    Detectives have identified ''people of interest'' as they investigate the fatal stabbing of a miniature pony.

    Lime off Auckland streets video

    Lime scooters have proven hugely popular since being launched in Auckland and Christchurch in October.

    Auckland e-scooter trial temporarily suspended due to safety concerns, while scooters voluntarily pulled from Dunedin.

    Running three marathons a day video

    Curly Jacobs plans to break the 44-year-old record of running the length of New Zealand

    Curly Jacobs has a birthday party to go to, but to do so he needs to run the length of New Zealand.

    Southland

    Cause of fire undetermined

    The remains of an Oreti Plains house burnt to the ground with only a brick fireplace and shed left standing.

    With no witnesses and no evidence left behind, the cause of an Oreti Plains house fire will remain undetermined.

    Pony stabbing case ramps up

    Veterinary staff worked for five hours on Star, a miniature pony who was stabbed 41 times in an attack overnight Sunday. ...

    Detectives have identified ''people of interest'' as they investigate the fatal stabbing of a miniature pony.

    Stand up for SIT campaign launched

    Invercargill businesswoman Carla Forbes has launched a Stand up for SIT campaign opposing the Government's proposed ...

    Invercargill businesswoman Carla Forbes says if she could paint the town orange in support of SIT she would.

    Retailer backtracks on $2 'baby' charge

    Southland mum Ash Skevington and her daughter Maddie.

    A Southland mother says The Warehouse Group has been 'cashing in on mums' by charging $2 more for a baby moisturiser.

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