Hat oversight delays body find

Posters of missing man Lucas Cochrane were put up throughout the Coromandel town.

18 min ago  Seven searches failed to turn up Lucas Cochrane's hat - a key clue - which had been put on a fence.

Digital school shakeup

Education MInister Nikki Kaye acknowledged it could be controversial given there were already  concerns about the amount ...

12:01 PM  The primary school curriculum, right from year 1, is set to change to prepare children for their digital futures.

Homosexual convictions wiped

Justice Minister Amy Adams hopes the bill will address some of the stigma suffered by those who were charged with ...

12:59 PM  A bill to expunge the historical convictions of gay men charged with homosexual activity has been introduced to Parliament.

Axle's a water baby

Axle is an elite armed-offenders-trained dog, one of only four in Auckland.

12:21 PM  It's surgery, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy for the much-loved veteran police dog.

Mistrial declared in case

On Wednesday, Judge Chris Sygrove declared a mistrial and discharged the jury. The reasons for the mistrial have been ...

12:38 PM   A week and a half after a case involving three men started, it came to a sudden end.

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NZ's most expensive car wreck?

It appears every single exterior panel on the 2015 McLaren 650S was ruined in the high-speed flip.

Brand new it cost about $480,000, but someone's bought it, shall we say, a little used.

Sharing shed's selfish side

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Too much take spoils concept of shared community space to swap produce and a good yarn.

Graves under former play yard

The newly renovated memorial, listing the names of those buried in the field.

Children played on the field for years. But beneath them, more than 350 people had been laid to rest.

Shot fired at Masterton home

A shot was fired through this kitchen window, according to police.

A shot was fired through a kitchen window of a Masterton house in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

'Oh, I wish I knew how to use a computer'

Max Barnard has learned things he never knew about through the Stratford library's computer classes.

Can you remember when you learned when to use a mouse?

War Memorial may get a home

Napier's War Memorial Centre in 2015 before a major refurbishment that removed its memorial features.

RSAs demand reinstatement of 'War Memorial' title on Napier conference centre

Boards too revealing

A board showing defendants' names, and parties in civil cases, can be read from the footpath outside the court.

Defendants are identified before they get a chance to ask for suppression.

Transfer station employee hurt

The Cromwell Transfer Station has reopened after a man was hit by a truck and fell into the pit.

The man injured in an accident at the Cromwell Transfer Station was an employee of the company that manages the facility. ​ 

Cost cutting measures proposed

The Northern Southland Health Company is in negotiations with the Southern District Health Board over funding of the ...

A two-day stay will be recommended to mothers who have normal, healthy births at the Lumsden Maternity Centre in an effort to cut costs.

Off-road pastor gets round disaster

Taking deliveries to those still isolated by the earthquake are pastor Tom Hatch, left, and Matthew Tempest from Elim Church.

They're a church group devoted to their 4WDs, but this weekend they have good reason to tackle some rough terrain.

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Diversion for Norman?

Russel Norman swims in front of oil ship

12:11 PM  The ex-Greens co-leader head of Greenpeace may avoid a conviction following an open-sea protest.

Prison staff to carry pepper spray

Prison guards will soon be allowed to carry pepper spray, and use it without getting permission from higher up.

Alleged child killer pleads

Man critical after shooting

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Behind the facade

The building at 17 West End used to house homewares shop Detail and Kaikoura Surf.

As the first earthquake-damaged buildings start to come down on Kaikoura's West End, layers of history are being revealed.

Exploratory drilling in Wellington Harbour video

Preparations are made for exploratory drilling of Wellington Harbour to help secure the capital's water supply.

Government money helps fast-track alternative water supply projects.

Street still finding its feet

Trade My Craft owner Sandy James says she is happy to be back in a building after months of post-quake limbo.

Sudden, literal shakeup of Blenheim town centre sees street in recovery.

Decade-long paua ban

Fish, paua, seaweed and crayfish all flounder above the tide line immediately following the November 14 earthquake.

Paua protection on South Island's earthquake-hit coastline could be enforced for 10 years.

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Start-up incubators get Govt millions

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith rings the bell on more Government funding for tech start-up services on ...

The Government says it will provide almost $4 million in funding to support technology start-ups nationwide.

Diversion for Norman?

Russel Norman swims in front of oil ship

The ex-Greens co-leader head of Greenpeace may avoid a conviction following an open-sea protest.

Prison staff to carry pepper spray

Corrections Minister Louise Upston says pepper spray is safer than other uses of force.

Prison guards will soon be allowed to carry pepper spray, and use it without getting permission from higher up.

Foster has sights set on Beehive

Wellington City Councillor Andy Foster is understood to chasing  seat in parliament with NZ First.

Wellington city councillor Andy Foster pondering a run at Parliament with NZ First.

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Science fair ready to go

Verdon College student Ryan Conner, 12, with his science fair project 'Man Vs Possum' which is on trapping and possum ...

Hundreds of Southland students have lined the Invercargill Workingmens Club with their science fair projects.

Getting girls into ICT

One of the many mentors, Amber Johnson shows Canterbury schoolgirls what her job as part of the Ara IT department entails.

"Those boys they play with that they think are real idiots... they run companies and get better jobs than them."

$5m for new classrooms

Goldfields Primary School principal Sharon Booth, Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe and Cromwell Primary School ...

 Libraries, corridors and reading resource rooms have been converted into classrooms at a Cromwell school. That is set to change.

Funding boost for 'bursting' school

Waimea College principal Scott Haines overlooking the site for new classrooms with Associate Minister of Education Tim ...

The top of the South Island's biggest school has been given $4m for new classrooms after roll "sky-rocketed"

health

Cost cutting measures proposed

The Northern Southland Health Company is in negotiations with the Southern District Health Board over funding of the ...

A two-day stay will be recommended to mothers who have normal, healthy births at the Lumsden Maternity Centre in an effort to cut costs.

Paris dream a step closer

Michelle Calderwood at her Viva la Paris fundraiser evening which raised more than $13,000 towards her trip to France.

Michelle Calderwood has less than one year left to live. Her final wish to visit Paris is in her grasp.

Twitch-inspired NZ doco

Analise, centre, with a fellow camp buddy at the Camp Twitch in Rotorua in 2016.

"I'm weird... I'd hate to be normal, it's so boring."

NZ kids 'becoming sugar-coated'

Plenty of people don't actually know what is best for them, much less their children, says Mike Lee of University of ...

Crack-down on advertising to children is coming, but junk food packaging isn't included.

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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:

Success isn't a straight line

Dallas Kete with Terry Shubkin, Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme chief executive.

OPINION: Telling the story of the bumps, the hiccups and the flaming crashes will hopefully encourage young women.

We need female role models

Sarah Trotman.

OPINION: Never underestimate the impact of opening the eye of young women to opportunities they never knew were possible.

First woman in 118 years

Katie Milne, the newly voted national president of Federated Farmers on her Rotomanu, West Coast farm.

Katie Milne is the new face of Federated Farmers, and is the first woman to hold the role.

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What really gets my goat

Kieran Read leads the All Black haka before the first test against the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park.

OPINION: Stones inside gumboots, ads before kick-off - these are a few of my least favourite things.

Kiwifruit golden times to come

Economics Professor Frank Scrimgeour from the University of Waikato predicts a big increase in the value of kiwifruit ...

Kiwifruit will be a big job creator as well as income earner, a report looking ahead 13 years says.

Women shaping agriculture

John King, centre, talks about differences in communication at one of his sustainable agriculture courses.

Women are spearheading changes in farm practice, says John King.

Clock ticking on rule changes

Bobby calf.

Dairy farmers have just four weeks to meet new bobby calf regulations.

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    Auckland

    NZ's most expensive car wreck?

    It appears every single exterior panel on the 2015 McLaren 650S was ruined in the high-speed flip.

    Brand new it cost about $480,000, but someone's bought it, shall we say, a little used.

    Early childhood teacher makes top 20

    The 18-year-old took up the challenge as it supports children and youth in need.

    Whangaparaoa early childhood teacher Brooke Houia has made the top 20 in the Miss Universe NZ competition.

    Whangarei Boys win Northland Stage Challenge

    Whangarei Boys won the Northland Stage Challenge with five  award wins and placings in four other categories.

    Whangarei Boys High School takes the Northland Stage Challenge win.

    Axle's a water baby

    Axle is an elite armed-offenders-trained dog, one of only four in Auckland.

    It's surgery, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy for the much-loved veteran police dog.

    Wellington

    'League must be banned forever!'

    Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson's silky skills are a welcome sight on most footy fields, with the possible exception of ...

    Masterton is keen to lure the NZ Warriors to town, but an archaic rule may present a problem.

    Diversion for Norman?

    Russel Norman swims in front of oil ship

    Greenpeace chief may avoid conviction following an open-sea protest.

    Boards too revealing

    A board showing defendants' names, and parties in civil cases, can be read from the footpath outside the court.

    Defendants are identified before they get a chance to ask for suppression.

    Shot fired at Masterton home

    A shot was fired through this kitchen window, according to police.

    Police say shotgun was fired through kitchen window in the early hours of Wednesday.

    Canterbury

    Beautiful, but abandoned gallery video

    This beautiful Colonial mansion in North Canterbury, built in 1885, has been abandoned by its UK owners whose dream fell ...

    UK owners abandon North Canterbury colonial mansion after their dream falls through.

    Graves under play field

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    Rangiora school children played on the field for decades. Beneath them were more than 350 graves.

    Cows tarnishing NZ image

    Is it my fault?

    Greenpeace launches campaign to decrease cow numbers.

    A tiny house for $26k video

    A tiny house built by Queenstown's Ayumi Gallagher and her partner near Arrowtown.

    Ayumi Gallagher built a house in Queenstown for a fraction of the cost others pay. 

    Waikato

    Rail trail contributes millions

    The Waikino Station Cafe is a popular stop on the Hauraki Rail Trail.

    The Hauraki Rail Trail has brought an estimated $39m return to the region.

    Seeking answers

    Lucas Cochrane went missing in September 2016.

    Seven searches failed to turn up Lucas Cochrane's hat - a key clue - which had been put on a fence.

    League ref fleeces club

    Dwayne Hibbs stole $13,620 from Waikato Rugby League Referees Association coffers.

    Ref siphoned $13,620 from Waikato Rugby League Referees Association to feed his gambling addiction.

    Cuts to sand mine jobs

    Kaumatua Patrick Maikuku, pictured on the Taharoa Destiny, is unhappy about the prospect of job losses at the sand mine.

    Part of Waikato iron sands operation is going and so are 16 jobs, worker says.

    Taranaki

    Jetstar reduces flights

    01022016 News Photo Charlotte Curd/Fairfax.  First day  of Jetstar doing domestic flights into New Plymouth started ...

    The weekly number flights will drop from 40 to 28.

    Mistrial declared 

    On Wednesday, Judge Chris Sygrove declared a mistrial and discharged the jury. The reasons for the mistrial have been ...

     A week and a half after a case involving three men started, it came to a sudden end.

    Firm, but go easy on the swing

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Superindendent Domenico Squatriti and committee member Craig Waite in a new ...

    Enjoy a cold one after fighting to escape a firm and fluffy glass sand bunker

    Woolshed burns down 

    Fire crews were dampening down the scene after it burnt down overnight.

    A woolshed has burnt down overnight at a rural property in South Taranaki.

    Manawatu

    History comes alive

    The Fantasy in Lights display returns to Feilding this month, but with a new host.

    Bright lights will dawn on the Coach House Museum in this year's Fantasy in Lights display. 

    Glimpsing alcohol OK

    Melody's New World's proposed alcohol display area passes the test.

    Impulse booze buying not encouraged by shoppers catching a look at packaging.

    Elderly fear road crossings

    Joy Carter and Doreen Broadbent lead a group of elderly residents across the Kimbolton Rd and Aorangi St intersections.

    Elderly residents are crossing the road in fear as concerns about Feilding traffic grow.

    Black in blue

    Otere Black is leaving the Hurricanes to join the Blues.

    Manawatu's Otere Black has signed with the Blues for Super Rugby next year.

    Nelson

    Bauer set for third Tour de France

    Jack Bauer will be hoping for better fortunes in his third Tour de France start.

    Takaka rider to start his third Tour de France among Kiwi quartet.

    Jobs 'in jeopardy'

    Waimea Nurseries director Bruno Simpson warns the company may have to move its operations to the North Island if it ...

    Waimea Nurseries boss could move from Nelson to North Island if dam doesn't get built, taking 75 jobs with him.

    Naval salute for Nelson's 'ice man'

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Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin, left, appointed Ice pilot Andrew ...

    One of the country's most respected ice pilots has received a major naval accolade.

    Funding boost for 'bursting' school

    Waimea College principal Scott Haines overlooking the site for new classrooms with Associate Minister of Education Tim ...

    Region's biggest school given $4m for new classrooms after roll "sky-rocketed".

    Marlborough

    Swimming deer stuns mussel farmer

    Clearwater Mussels owner John Young spotted this deer taking a swim through one of his mussel farms, on the western side ...

    Deer makes like a dolphin and takes a midwinter dip in the Marlborough Sounds.

    Car crash on SH6

    Fire and police attended a two-car crash on Wednesday about 7.30am.

    A car is blocking the middle of a state highway after crashing into another car.

    Church burglar steals children's money

    Harvest Life Church elder John Etheredge outside the Nelson St church after it was burgled.

    Burglar ransacks church, steals money raised by children for children.

    Pools reopen

    Four pools at the Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 aquatic centre have been chemically treated.

    After three tests and a chemical treatment, the aquatic centre is back in action.

    South Canterbury

    Tears, relief on Grasmere St video

    Grasmere St resident Don Boot gives one of the remaining condemned pin oaks a final hug before it is cut down on Tuesday.

    Some residents watched in horror as condemned pin oaks were cut down on Grasmere St.

    Vets support proposals

    Dr Dries Meyer at Vetlife Timaru with a stray cat, found injured.

    Proposed changes to cat ownership bylaws supported by Timaru vets.

    Sugar policy difficult

    A national policy on sugary drinks in council workplaces would be difficult to regulate and pose problems when ...

    Councillors unimpressed by proposed national sweet drinks policy.

    Timaru's annual plan adopted

    Timaru mayor Damon Odey. The district's council voted to adopt their annual plan for the next financial year in about an ...

    Rates for an average Timaru household are expected to be in the region of $2000.

    Southland

    Steel netball fever builds video

    Southern Steel captain Wendy Frew surrounded by Waverley Park Kindergarten kids, including son Archie, at their Steel ...

    Stadium Southland boss Nigel Skelt has challenged the crowd to transfer the stadium into a sea of Steel colour.

    Steel's dedicated fans video

    Alva, 88, and Jack Faul, 92, are dedicated Southern Steel supporters and are excited about Wednesday night's grand final.

    Are Jack Faul, 92, and his wife Alva, 88, the Southern Steel's most dedicated couple?

    Recycling habits slammed

    Southland disAbility Enterprises workers John Kemp and Mary-Ellen Joyce sort recycling on the conveyer belt.

    From sex toys to live ammunition and even dead animals, South recycling habits are a cause for concern.

    Speeding up transport for mums

    Southland Hospital run by Southern District Health Board, in Invercargill.

    Pregnant mums in rural areas are getting improved access to emergency transport because of a new policy, the Southern DHB says.

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