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'Sacred' cenotaph desecrated

Ngāruawāhia's cenotaph at The Point has been damaged.

An attack on a small town's cenotaph has sparked outrage from Waikato's mayor.

Water turned off over venue dispute

The old shared water supply to Mark and Julie Caldwell's Dunedin property has been turned off by the resident of a ...

Dunedin man cuts off the shared water supply to the neighbours over wedding venue fight

Aucklander wins $5.3m on Lotto

It's the second time Powerball has been struck in one week.

The winning ticket for Wednesday night's Lotto draw was sold online.

Child injured by fallen brazier

A lit brazier tipped over onto a child in a driveway in Taupo, causing serious injuries.

A child has received serious burns at a home in Taupo after they were hit by a fallen lit brazier.

Chch 'hate speech' before attack

Sri Lankan officials allegedly knew of the terror cell responsible for the Easter Monday attacks that killed 320 people ...

Sri Lankan officials had a memo mentioning the Christchurch attacks 10 days before the Easter bombings.

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Remembering uncles who never grew old

Darcy and Bill Batten both died in the war. Picture from the Swainson Studios collection at Puke Ariki.

Three families tell their stories about their uncles who all died during World War II.

Fog halts flights in Wellington and Auckland

Low cloud was to blame for the disruptions at both airports.

An Auckland Airport spokeswoman said three domestic flights were returned from Wellington and six were cancelled.

One seriously injured in crash

The road is closed between Ellison Street and Awatoto Road.

A person is seriously injured in Napier following a collision with a tree.

Abused Muslim woman mocked

Shahed Omar Abu Jwaied,​ a minority group community worker, was racially abused and assaulted on an Auckland street in ...

Muslim hate crime victim overhears court workers mocking her about Christchurch terror attacks.

Number of WWII veterans unknown

The number of World War II veterans still alive is not known by the government.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark says he is "staggered" to know there is no up-to-date record of living veterans.

Prince William visits NZ

Prince William will be in New Zealand on Thursday. (Photo by Richard Stonehouse - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Duke of Cambridge will attend an Anzac service in Auckland before meeting with mosque attack victims in Christchurch.

Chch linked to 'positive change'

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she is thrilled at the name of the new pledge, which she believes will link the ...

A pledge to crack down on extremist content online forever links Christchurch to positive change, its mayor says.

Crying kids welcome at service

Richmond Scouts at the Richmond Anzac Day service at the Richmond War Memorial.

Hanmer Springs veteran calls for more parents to bring their kids to dawn services, saying that's what makes the day so special.

Bomb scare in central city

Commuters are asked to leave buses as police close Willis Street after a bomb scare in central Wellington.

Willis St in Wellington has reopened after being in lockdown for just over an hour.

Crash rescue pilot: 'We won Lotto'

Sir Richard Hayes says the chances of finding "his guys" were almost zero.

Veteran rescue pilot says the Auckland Islands chopper crash survival story is among the best he's heard.

crime

Prison population increasing

Arohata Women Prisoners participate in a Royal New Zealand Ballet workshop.

The prison population has once again surpassed the 10,000 mark but officials are putting it down to a trend.

Meth addiction fuels thefts

A man with a meth addiction stole more than $5000 worth of goods from Nelson businesses.

Denials on mosque disturbance charges

Ram-raiders steal outdoor clothes

politics

Prison population increasing

Arohata Women Prisoners participate in a Royal New Zealand Ballet workshop.

The prison population has once again surpassed the 10,000 mark but officials are putting it down to a trend.

Facebook applauds Paris summit

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the way in which social media was used to disseminate  the terrorist attack was ...

Facebook quick to confirm it will send 'top exec' to summit hosted by Ardern and Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Breast cancer funding 'mean-spirited' video

Women who have had breast cancer took to Parliament in 2018 for a protest about funding breast cancer medication.

Speculation is swirling that Pharmac has ignored pleas to fund a 'game-changing' breast cancer drug due to weak evidence.

Calling the world to action

We all have a responsibility to "look outside our own echo chambers and listen to the voices of others," says ...

OPINION: The Christchurch Call is in the name of our city and we all have a responsibility to participate.

education

Schools push play on wellbeing video

Te Ao Mārama School principal Tony Grey said the Taakaro-Ora Active Wellbeing initiative includes rural and urban ...

A major schools-based initiative aims to keep students fit, healthy - and happy.

Anne Frank's Diary goes te reo Māori video

The diary will be published as Te Rātaka a Tētahi Kōhine [The Diary of a Young Girl].

Anne Frank never hid her emotions or how she felt about everything and that's pretty much a Māori approach to life, says Te Haumihiata Mason, who has translated her diary into te reo Māori.

School zone pushes house prices up

Parent Olly Rickets said she felt "politically bullied" into switching her daughter to her nearest school, so her ...

Some Nelson families are shifting to get into preferred school zones and house prices in some zones have gone up.

Teacher 'shattered' over probe video

Retired Ōtorohanga College teacher Sean Cassidy says he was the victim of bullying at the school.

A Waikato teacher investigated by police says he was targeted by former colleagues.

health

21 measles cases in Auckland

Twenty-one Aucklanders have contracted measles so far this year, including a 10-month-old baby. (file photo)

More than 1600 Aucklanders may have been exposed to measles, with four new cases confirmed.

Breast cancer funding 'mean-spirited' video

Women who have had breast cancer took to Parliament in 2018 for a protest about funding breast cancer medication.

Speculation is swirling that Pharmac has ignored pleas to fund a 'game-changing' breast cancer drug due to weak evidence.

I was wrong about assisted suicide stuff nation

The End of life Choice Bill comes with a dark side that we cannot ignore, writes Claire Freeman.

OPINION: The End of Life Choice Bill comes with a dark side that we cannot ignore, a tetraplegic writes.

Marching for change

Pania Te-Paiho Marsh is worried New Zealand isn't focusing enough on the mental wellbeing of our youth.

After losing a niece and a nephew in suspected suicides, Pania Te-Paiho Marsh is taking her concerns to Parliament.

māori issues

Anne Frank's Diary goes te reo Māori video

The diary will be published as Te Rātaka a Tētahi Kōhine [The Diary of a Young Girl].

Anne Frank never hid her emotions or how she felt about everything and that's pretty much a Māori approach to life, says Te Haumihiata Mason, who has translated her diary into te reo Māori.

Nats MP may go for Māori seat

National List MP Jo Hayes said she'll be watching to see if Labour's Māori MPs make good on their promise to secure ...

National List MP Jo Hayes is not ruling out going home to represent her people in Te Tai Hauauru, one of seven Māori electorates.

Ministers with little to show video

Deputy PM Winston Peters, Shane Jones and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

ANALYSIS: The Māori ministers are yet to deliver much of anything for their people.

$12m to help educators teach te reo video

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis was all smiles ahead of his Māori lesson in Parliament on Monday.

Government takes "first step" towards normalising te reo's use in the education sector.

immigration

Mental distress 'inevitable' after attack

An extra 80 staff have been called in to the National Telehealth call centre in Auckland to help respond to just under ...

Some counselling providers are taking the brunt of increased demand after the Christchurch terror attack.

Shooting survivor pleads for residency

Mohamed Tofazzal Alam says the government should grant him residency.

A survivor of the Linwood mosque attack says he's unable to work due to mental trauma, and begs government to help with visas.

Victims' families residency plea

Former immigration minister Tuariki Delamere.

Families of mosque shooting victims should get NZ residency, so none are forced to leave, says former minister.

Migration ticking up

Statistics for the year ended January 2019 showed a 151,500 person annual increase in visitor numbers.

'Strengthening trajectory' tipped for immigration.

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    Auckland

    Billie Eilish in Auckland video

    Billie Eilish is known for her dark lyrics, but she was also having a lot of fun on stage (file picture).

    Forget her morbid lyrics, the star was clearly having a hell of a lot of fun at the Spark Arena.

    Fog halts flights in Wellington and Auckland

    Low cloud was to blame for the disruptions at both airports.

    An Auckland Airport spokeswoman said three domestic flights were returned from Wellington and six were cancelled.

    Aucklander wins $5.3m on Lotto

    It's the second time Powerball has been struck in one week.

    The winning ticket for Wednesday night's Lotto draw was sold online.

    Abused Muslim woman mocked

    Shahed Omar Abu Jwaied,​ a minority group community worker, was racially abused and assaulted on an Auckland street in ...

    Muslim hate crime victim overhears court workers mocking her about Christchurch terror attacks.

    Wellington

    Wellington artist's medal tops podium

    Wellington designer Zakea Page says his winning design was inspired by one of his favourite poets Maya Angelou and her ...

    Massey University student Zakea Page designed the winning entry entitled "beauty in diversity".

    Bomb scare in central city

    Commuters are asked to leave buses as police close Willis Street after a bomb scare in central Wellington.

    Willis St in Wellington has reopened after being in lockdown for just over an hour.

    'No justification' for scale of proposed parking price rise video

    Residents of Brougham St in the Wellington suburb of Mt Victoria will be among scores of locals who will need to pay ...

    Several Wellington councillors ignore legal advice, push for residents' parking permit increase $50 more a year than recommended.

    Capital's trolleys gathering dust

    Wellington's retired trolley buses are still sitting in a Kilbrinie yard, 18 months after they were taken down. (File photo)

    They were meant to be back on the road 18 months ago, but Wellington's trolley buses are still idle.

    Canterbury

    Abused Muslim woman mocked

    Shahed Omar Abu Jwaied,​ a minority group community worker, was racially abused and assaulted on an Auckland street in ...

    Muslim hate crime victim overhears court workers mocking her about Christchurch terror attacks.

    Chch linked to 'positive change'

    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she is thrilled at the name of the new pledge, which she believes will link the ...

    A pledge to crack down on extremist content online forever links Christchurch to positive change, its mayor says.

    Crash rescue pilot: 'We won Lotto'

    Sir Richard Hayes says the chances of finding "his guys" were almost zero.

    Veteran rescue pilot says the Auckland Islands chopper crash survival story is among the best he's heard.

    Crash survivor came to in sea

    Rescue helicopters prepare to land at Southland Hospital in Invercargill.

    Helicopter crash survivor remembers a hole in the cloud, falling unconscious, and coming to in the Southern Ocean.

    Waikato

    Child injured by fallen brazier

    A lit brazier tipped over onto a child in a driveway in Taupo, causing serious injuries.

    A child has received serious burns at a home in Taupo after they were hit by a fallen lit brazier.

    Person seriously injured after being struck by car

    Emergency services have been called to the intersection of Te Ngae Road and Sunshine Avenue after a person was struck by ...

    A person was struck by a car in Rotorua.

    Board bails before sacking, member says

    Board members met behind closed doors on Wednesday, planning what to say to health minister David Clark (file photo).

    A letter on the fate of Waikato DHB is heading to the Health minister, reportedly with offers to resign from all but two members.

    'Sacred' cenotaph desecrated

    Ngāruawāhia's cenotaph at The Point has been damaged.

    An attack on a small town's cenotaph has sparked outrage from Waikato's mayor.

    Northland

    Child found riding in footwell

    Police were pleased there were no fatalities in Northland but are left shaking their heads at the actions of some motorists.

    Road safety advocate said actions were "child neglect" and would have given the child no chance of survival in a crash.

    O'Neill on target to realise Paralympic dream

    Neelam O'Neill is aiming to be the first woman in 35 years to represent New Zealand in shooting at the Paralympic Games, ...

    Neelam O'Neill hopes to become the first Kiwi woman in 35 years to shoot at the Paralympics Games,

    House razed by two fires

    A three-storey house was razed with two fires in 12 hours in Ahipara.

    Investigation underway into why fire engulfed the Northland house twice in just 12 hours.

    Stabbed man's compassion for attacker

    A teen was seen attempting to break into a vehicle behind Resene on Broadway in Kaikohe, Northland before allegedly ...

    Stabbed in the head with a screwdriver, he thought "I'm going to die" - but harbours no animosity towards the teen responsible.

    Bay Of Plenty

    All Black's loosehead battle video

    Chiefs prop Angus Ta'avao has found the switch from tighthead to loosehead tough in the last two rounds of Super Rugby.

    Chiefs prop simplifies struggle of positional switch akin to learning to go to the toilet with your wrong hand.

    Rāhui after Easter drowning

    A two-year-old boy died near Sullivan Lake on Easter Sunday.

    A post mortem has indicated that a toddler found dead near Sullivan Lake probably drowned.

    Toddler murder accused named

    The death of Sadie-Leigh Gardner, 17 months, at a Maungatapu Rd address was treated as a homicide and later resulted in ...

    The man accused of murdering a Tauranga toddler has been named at his court appearance.

    Māori sacrifice to be honoured

    The pou maumahara begins its journey from Rotorua to Belgium and the Passchendale Memorial Park.

    A pou will be unveiled at one of Europe's most prominent battle sites to honour the Māori Battalion.

    Taranaki

    Remembering uncles who never grew old

    Darcy and Bill Batten both died in the war. Picture from the Swainson Studios collection at Puke Ariki.

    Three families tell their stories about their uncles who all died during World War II.

    Clean up your own beach

    McAlpine wants to see more people picking up waste on the Coastal Walkway.

    Every day Ian McAlpine walks along New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway and watches hundreds of people blithely walk past the rubbish that litters the beach.

    Off-duty emergency staff worked in vain

    Off-duty emergency workers were first to the scene of a car crash in Awakino on Monday but were unable to save revive ...

    The best efforts of a doctor, firefighter, police and two nurses were not enough to save a driver involved in a crash north of Taranaki.

    All Black's loosehead battle video

    Chiefs prop Angus Ta'avao has found the switch from tighthead to loosehead tough in the last two rounds of Super Rugby.

    Chiefs prop simplifies struggle of positional switch akin to learning to go to the toilet with your wrong hand.

    Manawatu

    Teacher training numbers up

    Massey University's John O'Neill says the number of people studying to become teachers has risen.

    More people are studying to become teachers, but that increase is yet to make a positive effect on classroom life.

    Four in hospital after crash

    Four people are still in hospital after a  three-car crash on the intersection of Number 1 Line and Karere Rd, near ...

    Three cars involved in smash at intersection of Number 1 Line and Karere Rd.

    Festival worth repeating

    Alexander Sparrow as DJ Trump and Katie Boyle as Pat Goldsack entertain at Palmerston North's first Fringe Festival.

    Some participants who took part in a survey thought Palmerston North audiences were not "fringe ready" yet, but we might be by 2020.

    Knight's back for Jets

    Guard Daishon Knight is returning to the Manawatū Jets.

    Anthony O'dunsi has left the Manawatū Jets due to personal reasons.

    Nelson

    Fire starter gets home detention

    Kauri Irirangi Hawke Uerata set fire to a skip behind Chokdee restaurant in Nelson while the Pigeon Valley forest fire ...

    A man who deliberately lit two fires during Nelson's state of emergency in February has been sentenced to home detention. 

    Rising tides to shape growth

    25092018  NEWS PHOTO MARTIN DE RUYTER /THE NELSON MAIL

An aerial photograph of Port Nelson.

    Planning for sea level rise and protecting high-value land are priorities in the latest round of Nelson and Tasman's Future Development Strategy.

    Car accident on Waimea Road

    A three-car crash on Waimea Road near the SPCA has reduced traffic to a single lane.

    A three-car accident on Waimea Road has blocked one lane near the SPCA.

    Teen plays unexpected role in win

    Callan Elliot, left, joins in the celebrations after Roy Krishna scored a stoppage time match-winner against Melbourne ...

    Callan Elliot was not supposed to take the corner that led to Wellington last-gasp winner against City.

    Marlborough

    Missing woman's family seeks counselling

    The family of Renwick woman Jessica Boyce, 27, is concerned for her wellbeing.

    Not sure if they should be "grieving or waiting", Jess Boyce's family cling to hope when things seem hopeless.

    The deer-friendly 1080 trial

    Hunters are urged not to shoot collared deer or retrieve dead collared deer while Ospri tests its new deer-repellent bait.

    The test is simple. Drop new bait in one area and old bait in another. Count the dead deer.

    Tiny island's watery fate?

    Sentinel Rock is a tiny, remote island near the edge of the Marlborough Sounds that is threatened by predicted sea level ...

    "Salt-laden spray" off Cook Strait makes Sentinel Rock, half a hectare in size, the perfect place for some seabirds.

    Speed bump survey says ... don't know

    Beaver Rd residents Neroli and Peter Edwards will most likely submit on the speed bump trial, now that public ...

    Hardly any feedback on cycleway project with no shortage of critics prompts second round of consultation.

    South Canterbury

    Top prize for iconic snap

    Highway Storm won gold for Best Landscape Projected Image and the Eric Young Memorial Trophy.

    Aoraki/Mt Cook has been photographed countless times, but Geoff Cloake's snap of a storm clearing above the mountain has impressed.

    High demand for aged-care

    The increase in beds will also mean more staff, but chief executive Carolyn Cooper was unsure as to how many until they ...

    Timaru aged-care facility eyes dementia level care as it announces million-dollar expansion.

    Audit clears Rooney

    A wide-ranging audit of Central South Island Fish and Game's practices found that its chairman and businessman Gary ...

    A wide-ranging audit of Central South Island Fish and Game has found former chairman Gary Rooney did not act inappropriately and declared conflicts of interest.

    Kinship, love and war

    Pvt Alfred Huston in his New Zealand Medical Corps uniform during World War I.

    The story of a South Canterbury WWI soldier is one of fellowship, romance and fascination.

    Otago

    Holiday park tenants fear for future

    Queenstown hospitality worker Maria Aparecida Da Silva, 51, of Brazil, has to move out of her cabin at the Lakeview ...

    About 300 people living at a Queenstown holiday park face homelessness when their cabins are removed to make way for a new development.

    Water turned off over venue dispute

    The old shared water supply to Mark and Julie Caldwell's Dunedin property has been turned off by the resident of a ...

    A pair of Dunedin neighbours - one with reticulated water and the other without - have stopped sharing water after a dispute over a wedding venue.

    Weather radar race is on

    The MetService's weather radar unit near Hokitika, which provides coverage from Jacksons Bay to Karamea and 200km out to sea.

    After a more than 25-year wait for a weather radar, Otago could end up with two of them.

    Armed intruders rob man

    Police are investigating an alleged home invasion in Dunedin on Monday night.

    Two intruders brandishing a shotgun and a machete allegedly robbed a man at a Dunedin house.

    Southland

    Crash survivor came to in sea

    Rescue helicopters prepare to land at Southland Hospital in Invercargill.

    Helicopter crash survivor remembers a hole in the cloud, falling unconscious, and coming to in the Southern Ocean.

    New war memorial for Wendon

    Doug Wing with the new Wendon war memorial, which will be unveiled on Anzac Day.

    When the Wendon Church was demolished, the community needed somewhere new to hold its Anzac Day services.

    Holiday park tenants fear for future

    Queenstown hospitality worker Maria Aparecida Da Silva, 51, of Brazil, has to move out of her cabin at the Lakeview ...

    About 300 people living at a Queenstown holiday park face homelessness when their cabins are removed to make way for a new development.

    Councillor praises survivors

    Two Otago Rescue helicopters arrived at Southland Hospital on Tuesday to transport three men who survived a helicopter ...

    Te Anau councillor Ebel Kremer says the trio who survived a helicopter crash in the ocean 465kms south of Bluff are a credit to Southland.