Boris likens hongi to headbutt

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (centre) arrives at Takahanga Marae in Kaikoura about 9am on Monday with Civil ...

0 min ago  Flamboyant UK Foreign Secretary calls hongi beautiful but "might be misinterpreted in a pub in Glasgow".

Immigration backdown

Prime Minister Bill English says there is big demand for skilled migrants

Government's proposed immigration crackdown will be watered down after a backlash from provincial bosses.

Much-loved student drowns

Tamsyn Whiteman died on Sunday at her home in south Auckland.

Tamsyn Whiteman was looking forward to the new school term starting. On Monday her seat will be empty.

Broken lift strands skiers

Whakapapa skifield on Mt Ruapehu, where skiers got stranded on a broken lift for more than an hour. (File photo)

14 min ago  Skiers stranded for 80 minutes on cold, broken chairlift offered hot chocolate after being freed.

Farms 'under for weeks'

Tairei farmer Ross Farquhar surveys the water surrounding his property on Saturday.

The rain has stopped, but floodwaters are still rising on Otago farms.

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Battle over billboard fence spot

A campaign poster for National MP Nuk Korako was nailed over top of one for Labour MP Ruth Dyson in St Martins, Christchurch.

Nuk Korako's blue sign was nailed directly over Ruth Dyson's red one, but both say they were in the right.

No longer a pipe dream

Seddon residents should be able to drink water straight from the tap once the treatment plant is completed by May.

Clean water coming soon. Filtration Technology Ltd will design and build treatment plant in Seddon.

Floods: roads still closed

The clean up begins after two months of rain fell in two days. Pictured: Diana McKay cleans flood debris off Waimea Tce ...

More than 25 Christchurch roads are still closed after two months of rain fell in 48 hours.

Mystery as man found dead

Police tape guards the scene in Te Awamutu.

Police are treating the death of a man found in a Waikato town as unexplained.

Cats suffer anxiety too

Vet Centre Marlborough senior veterinarian Mark Wiseman says some cats have to take anxiety medication long term.

Some of our feline friends are so stressed they need anti-anxiety pills, just like humans.

The calm after the storm

Bad weather subsides, allowing flood-stricken Canterbury and Otago to get on with the clean-up, including Tairei farmer ...

School's back and so is the regular winter weather.

Car lands in bushes

Shane Williams looks at the scene where his friend drove off the scenic lookout at Wainuiomata hill.

Car crashes through barrier on busy road and lands in bushes above Lower Hutt.

Back-to-school traffic warnings

NZTA warned motorists to pass the incident with care and allow extra time if travelling south from Dominion Rd.

Two crashes snarl motorways, drivers urged to be patient as Auckland traffic slows to crawl.

'Serious' crash at roundabout

Traffic backed up at the Mungavin roundabout following the crash.

Single vehicle involved in 'serious' morning crash at busy Porirua roundabout that crosses SH1.

Chart: Voter turnout

In 2014, close to 1 million enrolled voters from across the country didn't vote.

There's quite a gap between the younger New Zealanders casting their ballot and our keenest group of voters.

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crime

Masterton bar attackers sought

The assault happened at the Jackson Street Bar, in Masterton, on Sunday, July 16. The victim is still in hospital, a ...

Police are still hunting for a group who bashed teen outside bar.

Conman allowed to sue

A serial conman says probation officers' negligence cost him, and he's going to sue.

Escaping the Beast of Blenheim

Gran cheated welfare of $250k

nz earthquake

Forecasting the next big quake

The Adelphi Hotel, in Kaikoura, was pulled down due to earthquake damage.

It's impossible to say when an earthquake is going to strike. But the predictable patterns of aftershocks can help.

Temporary quake houses open

Waiau was one of the most badly affected towns in November's magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

Eight months on from the quakes, affected Waiau residents have access to warm dry homes.

The road stealing the workers

More than 1300 workers are involved in the earthquake repairs to SH1.

They don't want to work in the local town anymore - as their heads are turned by the promises of higher wages and more hours on the road.

Wrapping comes off Queensgate

The damaged section of Queensgate Mall is getting a "rigid air barrier", overlaid with steel cladding.

Rebuild plans for mall are still unclear, as damaged section gets a face change.

politics

Chart: Voter turnout

In 2014, close to 1 million enrolled voters from across the country didn't vote.

There's quite a gap between the younger New Zealanders casting their ballot and our keenest group of voters.

Manawatu Gorge alternative urgent

Contractors work in the Manawatu Gorge earlier this year. Their efforts have so far been futile.

OPINION: For over 130 years, bits of the Manawatu Gorge have been falling down. But this time it might be closed forever.

Offer tax cuts for the childless

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has opened a can of worms.

OPINION: It's not just cows who are gross producers of waste. The Greens should realise this, writes Jane Bowron.

Immigration U-turn?

Prime Minister Bill English won't rule it backing down on the proposed changes.

The Government is likely to scrub out major changes to immigration law that were announced in April.

education

Troubled school 'business as usual'

Aparima College principal Kaye Day. The latest Governmental report on the College said "urgent" improvement in ...

A troubled Southland secondary school is to continue as usual, despite its leadership coming under fire.

Zealandia plans bush classroom

A concept drawing of Zealandia's bush classroom, which has been granted resource consent.

Wellington eco-sanctuary to expand educational offerings for schoolchildren.

Students: an $83m workforce

Sea Digital general manager Felicity Douglas and head of creative Nick Schuler with student employee Adam Scott (standing).

While hitting the books, students are collectively earning more than they have in nine years.

Ngaio Marsh Theatre under way

The new Ngaio Marsh Theatre will be open to students and the wider community in 2019.

Start of $28m build realises a six-year dream for University of Canterbury Students' Association.

health

Giving away AEDs

Himatangi Community Beach Patrol were one of the three recipients of the June defibrillators.

Thousands more automated external defibrillators are needed in NZ, so a campaign has been launched to help

Urgent sugary drinks tax needed

An expert panel says the Government needs to do more to improve New Zealanders' health.

Experts call for action to fill gaps on healthy food policies

Kapiti calls for hospital

K Gurunathan says: "We have particular needs with more than 26 per cent of our population over 65 years old. You can't ...

Nearly 10,000 people have signed a petition, citing "critical need" for better care.

DHB boss's spending questioned

Waikato District Health Board chief executive Nigel Murray.

Waikato DHB remains tight-lipped over private meeting.

women of influence

Women of Influence 2017 finalists

Alison Mau is one of the finalists this year for our Women of Influence.

From the boardroom table to the farm stable, women of influence finalists have stories from every corner of the country.

Cerebral palsy blogger nominated for leadership

Grace Stratton has been nominated in the Young Leader category of this year's Women of Influence awards

Born with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, 17-year-old Grace Stratton uses her disability to inspire others.

Joan Withers: A woman's place

Joan Withers: "My approach to life and business boils down to this: there are no shortcuts. No silver bullets."

... is anywhere she wants it to be, according to the high-profile businesswoman, but it's not easy.

We still need feminism

"I know I'm not the only person that came to feminism later in life," says Anna Guenther.

OPINION: I never thought I was a feminist, but three things made me realise it's still important:

farming

Otago farm 90% underwater

Parks' farm after the water rushed through.

John Parks has seen some bad floods on his Taieri Plains farm, but this one was different.

Farmers combat deluge

Federated Farmers branch chairman Mark Adams said farmers always prepared for bad weather and made sure they had extra ...

Reports of farmers stranded after storm damages culverts, creeks and fences.

Don't spare the cream cheese

A tea macchiato with a topping of cream cheese is all the go in China.

Chinese consumers are finding 'bold' new ways of using cream cheese and Fonterra is capitalising on the trend.

Weeds: counting the cost

The cost of the giant buttercup to the dairy industry could be as high as $592 million a year if it spread across its ...

New Zealand's farms and forests could be even more productive if it weren't for weeds.

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    Auckland

    Are you dating a psychopath?

    Things may start out great, but keep an eye out for certain danger signs.

    The relationship might start out great but keep an eye out for these 14 danger signs.

    Pope Francis sends his blessings

    Peter Gilmour, at the organ, his wife Eileen, right, with Father John Fitzmaurice, and members of the choir of Our Lady ...

    Decades of devotion to an East Auckland Catholic church and its music has been given the papal seal of approval.

    Back-to-school traffic warnings

    NZTA warned motorists to pass the incident with care and allow extra time if travelling south from Dominion Rd.

    Two crashes snarl motorways, drivers urged to be patient as Auckland traffic slows to crawl.

    Much-loved student drowns

    Tamsyn Whiteman died on Sunday at her home in south Auckland.

    Tamsyn Whiteman was looking forward to the new school term starting. On Monday her seat will be empty.

    Wellington

    Drains: Not sexy, but needed

    When the drains block, fixing them isn't pleasant.

    OPINION: Most Kiwis just want the country to not turn into Atlantis every time it lightly drizzles, rather than fancy council projects.

    Car lands in bushes

    Shane Williams looks at the scene where his friend drove off the scenic lookout at Wainuiomata hill.

    Car crashes through barrier on busy road and lands in bushes above Lower Hutt.

    Broken lift strands skiers

    Whakapapa skifield on Mt Ruapehu, where skiers got stranded on a broken lift for more than an hour. (File photo)

    Skiers stranded for 80 minutes on cold, broken chairlift offered hot chocolate after being freed.

    'Serious' Porirua crash

    Traffic backed up at the Mungavin roundabout following the crash.

    Car crashes at busy Porirua roundabout that crosses over SH1.

    Canterbury

    Boris Johnson has landed

    British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (centre) arrives at Takahanga Marae in Kaikoura about 9am on Monday with Civil ...

    Flamboyant British Foreign Secretary jokes hongi "might be misinterpreted in a Glasgow pub".

    Flood roads still closed

    The clean up begins after two months of rain fell in two days. Pictured: Diana McKay cleans flood debris off Waimea Tce ...

    More than 25 Christchurch roads are still closed after two months of rain fell in 48 hours.

    Floodwater breaches home video

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Deborah Buchanan stands in her water damaged house looking located in Clarendon ...

    Resident returned to find floodwater has washed through her quake-damaged home.

    Dad dies on West Coast farm

    Bryan Edmonds leaves behind his partner Alana Tait and two sons Rawiri,1, and 11-month-old Tipene.

    Bryan Edmonds stopped for a glass of water. An hour later he was found dead.

    Waikato

    Escaping the Beast in Hamilton

    Stewart Murray Wilson talks to journalist Harrison Christian while fishing at the Whanganui river mouth.

    Even though he's under strict conditions, Stewart Murray Wilson still haunts his former partner.

    Death 'unexplained'

    Police tape guards the scene in Te Awamutu.

    Police are treating the death of a man found in a Waikato town as unexplained.

    DHB boss's pending questioned

    Waikato District Health Board chief executive Nigel Murray.

    Waikato DHB remains tight-lipped over private meeting regarding chief executive Nigel Murray's expenses.

    Giving kids a sporting chance video

    Anaru Williams, 12, went from playing zero sport to playing four. That wouldn't have happened without support from The ...

    Thomas Nabbs tried most sports and was shocked to discover not everyone had the chance.

    Taranaki

    Author writes for herself

    The book follows the story of a New Zealander who goes over to fight in the Vietnam war.

    "I like to write what I like to read, and I figure if I'd like to read it than other people will want to read it as well."

    The queens are coming

    Priscilla, Queen of the Desert has been announced as the New Plymouth Operatic Society's 2019 show.

    Get ready for the ride of your life, the battered old bus Priscilla is coming to New Plymouth.

    High steaks for cattle breeders

    Jacqueline and Robin Blackwell have a friendly rivalry.

    It's just as much about bragging rights at home as it is about national recognition for the Blackwell family.

    NZ's first virtual medical centre

    Dr Lance O'Sullivan is running the pilot project in Patea.

    Patea's only doctor left, so the small town is now embracing new virtual technology to find a solution to its vacancy.

    Manawatu

    Holiday park up for award

    Former owner of Himatangi Beach Holiday Park Dennis Penney with his most recent hospitality award.

    The Himatangi Beach Holiday Park is a finalist in the 2017 Spirit of Hospitality Awards.

    Conman allowed to sue

    Brian Hunter has multiple convictions, including for impersonating a pilot and a lawyer.

    A serial conman says probation officers' negligence cost him, and he's going to sue.

    Manawatu Gorge alternative urgent

    Contractors work in the Manawatu Gorge earlier this year. Their efforts have so far been futile.

    OPINION: For over 130 years, bits of the Manawatu Gorge have been falling down.

    Two injured in crash

    Two people were flown to Palmerston North Hospital with serious injuries on Sunday after a car crash. (file photo)

    Two people flown to hospital after crash which shunted two cars into paddock.

    Nelson

    Koha Shed turns two video

    21072017 NEWS photo / MARION VAN DIJK / STUFF
 
The Koha Shed Nelson  founders Cara Glenhill, left, and Janine Brennan ...

    Hundreds of items have passed through the Nelson Koha Shed, helping thousands of people.

    Pain relief battle

    Yvonne Gill has been using opioid painkillers for 10 years to manage pain from a medical mishap.

     A Nelson woman has been left fearful and angry after doctors halted her use of strong pain relief drugs.

    Nelson reign supreme

    22072017 NEWS PHOTO MARTIN DE RUYTER/ STUFF

Nelson players and support staff after winning the  Nelson Bays Division 1 ...

    Nelson turn it on to hammer Wanderers in Nelson Bays club rugby final. 

    Tin foil hat wearers

    12052017 News Photo: TOM LEE/FAIRFAX NZ - MP Peter Dunne speaks at Cafe Agora in Hamilton. 4 members of the audience ...

    OPINION: The concept of "alternative facts" is alive and well here in Nelson.

    Marlborough

    Save yourself from antibiotic resistance

    People who take antibiotics too often could create bacteria that become untreatable.

    Play your part in keeping superbugs at bay: Doctors urge patients to learn what's good for them.

    End of the Manhattan

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The Manhattan Cafe has been sold after 28 years of ownership by 
Murray and Mary ...

    Blenheim's longest-running cafe calls it a day.

    Bin the bag?

    Marlborough District Council solid waste manager Alec McNeil said more than 800 people have completed an online survey ...

    National push for plastic bag change sees Marlborough survey canvas opinion on use, disposal and levy.

    Legal battle over aquaculture space

    New Zealand King Salmon has filed for a judicial review to try stop a mussel farm extension threatening one of its ...

    NZ King Salmon seek judicial review to quash a mussel farm extension muscling in on a public space proposed for salmon farming.

    South Canterbury

    A metre of snow in one day gallery

    Staff clear snow from the base building at Mt Dobson on Sunday.

    South Canterbury's ski fields will be primed for the rest of the season after huge snow dumps.

    Response praised gallery video

    A car stuck in the middle of Evans St with two occupants. Two police officers pushed the car off the road.

    Timaru mayor praises response to storm, as attention turns to the clean up effort.

    Working in the wild weather video

    Lance Corporal Gerald Hart, Third Combat Support Services Battalion member, left, and Staff Sergeant Jason Segal look at ...

    Hundreds of people worked tirelessly behind the scenes during SC's wild weekend.

    Chickens lost in flood video

    The Tin Shed owner Lesley Limbe at her property in Rangitata, which was hit by extensive flooding.

    Retailer left questioning why her property was hit so badly by rapidly rising floodwaters.

    Southland

    "The culinary world has just lost a gentleman"

    Scott Richardson, pictured here in 2015, in his role as a catering and hospitality teacher at Southland Boys' High School.

    Well-known Invercargill chef Scott Richardson died this morning in Dunedin Hospital.

    'Business as usual'

    Aparima College principal Kaye Day. The latest Governmental report on the College said "urgent" improvement in ...

    A troubled Southland secondary school is to continue as usual, despite its leadership coming under fire.

    Hotel facing potential delays

    Invercargill Licensing Trust general manager Greg Mulvey in front of the proposed site of the ILT's new multi-million ...

    The Invercargill Licensing Trust has unearthed some speed bumps in its plans to build a new inner city hotel.

    Defending champions on fire

    Wensley's Fire cyclists from left to right, Nick Barclay, Marty Jillings, Ben Coley and Tai-Anne Blair set off in the ...

    The fire service team has confirmed its the fastest emergency service in Invercargill.

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