5 years of pain, battling ACC

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Christchurch woman relies on morphine to dull the constant pain from a back injury, but ACC won't help.

UK won't let Kiwi work

Kiwi woman Carol Babbage, 62, has lived in the United Kingdom over 50 years.

Carol Babbage, 62, has lived in the UK from age 12, and served in the British Army. But now she can't work.

'I was a bad father'

An Exclusive Brethren man told the Palmerston North District Court he did terrible things to his son, but denies raping him.

Exclusive Brethren says he wouldn't be on trial for raping son if he'd been a better dad.

One of world's bumpiest streets video

Cars queue at the Worcester St and Stanmore Rd intersection.

Christchurch road makeover adds 10 speed bumps and 60 islands in an 800m stretch.

Pasta-worshipper newest Kiwi video

Pastafarian Bjorn Oback at the citizenship ceremony in Hamilton Gardens on Friday.

Pastafarian Björn Oback is the first carb-worshipper to swear an oath of allegiance to New Zealand on his religion's new holy book.

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NZDF explodes underwater bomb video

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Metre-long bomb found off north Auckland blown up by dive squad.

'Youthquake' word of the year

Oxford Dictionaries word of the year for 2017: youthquake.

In these tumultuous times, the phrase spells out hope.

Weinstein denies blacklisting video

Harvey Weinstein says he and his brother, Bob, "had no input into the casting whatsoever" for the Lord of the Rings.

Peter Jackson says Harvey Weinstein "blacklisted" actresses. Weinstein says he had nothing to do with casting.

Missing on the mountain

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After months of trying to decide, the decision to leave Seven Sharp became quite simple.

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Wasp Wipeout.

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Duncan Garner: A year of winners and losers

Winston Peters played us like fools in 2017.

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Kirk Hope, chief executive of Business NZ, says ''there aren't that many people on welfare".

Shane Jones blasted unemployed layabouts and vowed to make them work for the dole. But is it that simple, and how will he do it?

Paula Tesoriero - fighting for equality

Disability Commissioner Paula Tesoriero.

A sense of determination and fairness are the drivers behind Paula Tesoriero's fight for equality.

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Man 'poisoned' cake

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Eight of the man's colleagues were hospitalised after eating the allegedly poison-laced cake.

Bad decisions and broken hearts

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Homeless hit the beach

Jail for rape, indecent assault

nz earthquake

The long, less winding road

New road markings were painted on this section of SH1, near Tirohanga, hours before the traffic arrived.

"The reopened highway wasn't the old road repaired, this was brand new road." 

SH1: Free-flowing

Motorists queue to take the first trip south on State Highway 1.

The weird experience of driving the new highway: "Wow, that's the old road up there."

Bikers back road reopening

Beatnik owner Mike Gilbert has organised a group of bikers to ride down to Kaikōura on Saturday.

What's the best way to support Kaikōura? Get down there.

Welcome, with reopen arms

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politics

Tempers fray in the House video

National senior whip Jami-Lee Ross yelled "this is outrageous", before telling the Chair Adrian Rurawhe he was acting in ...

Following a bout of yelling, one MP was thrown out while another got lippy with the Chair, calling him "grossly disrespectful".

Top 20 political moments video

Jacinda Ardern on election night - who saw this coming?

OPINION: The political year has been a wild ride on a speeding bullet train.

HNZ will not be restructured

Housing Minister Phil Twyford, left, has decided not to restructure Housing New Zealand.

Despite election promise, Labour Government decides social housing body should stay as a State Owned Enterprise - for now.

Super Fund payments restart video

"This isn't a policy about tomorrow, or next year, or even the next decade; it's about investing responsibly to enhance ...

PM and Finance Minister make symbolic $71m payment, nine years after contributions stopped.

education

Free fees, changing degrees video

Older university architecture, such as the Otago University Clock Tower, conjures images of knowledge as a public good ...

A university education is not just about making yourself more employable, Education Minister says.

Crime stoppers

Amarjot Parmar and Brooke Barnes are creating an app for front-line officers to issue summonses to court in real time.

Students from Waikato University have taken their skills to police and both are winning.

'Proud' graduation after 7 years

About 1300 students graduated at four University of Canterbury ceremonies this week.

Her PhD in classical studies "isn't going to cure cancer", but it was a rich experience.

Student bulge hits schools

The population bulge is about to hit secondary schools - some of which are already packed.

Your chosen secondary school may soon be harder to get into as mini bulge strikes.

health

Will the government reform ACC?

Hugh Donald, 63,  said poor treatment by ACC caused him to throw pig poo around the Dunedin ACC office. ACC acknowledged ...

Before the election Labour said ACC was "mean-minded", but will it deliver and reform the corporation?

Auckland DHB chair resigns

Levy has been appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Health System, formed by new Minister of Health David Clark.

Lester Levy will step down as chairman of the Auckland, Waitematā and Counties Manukau health boards.

Who you gonna call? Not always 111 video

During November police received over 77,000 111 calls, more than any month this year.

One woman called 111 because her dyed hair did not match the colour on the box and she wanted a refund.

Susie Ferguson back on air

Susie Ferguson hosts RNZ's Morning Report alongside Guyon Espiner.

Six weeks after her hysterectomy, the Morning Report host is ready to get back in the hot seat.

women of influence

Influential women celebrated

Women of Influence 2017 supreme award winner, My Food Bag founder, Cecilia Robinson.

My Food Bag founder and a former Prime Minister were among those recognised.

Xero's Anna Curzon's success

Xero chief partner officer Anna Curzon.

Anna Curzon from accounting software giant Xero was a finalist in this year's Women of Influence awards.

Woman of Influence named video

My Food Bag founder Cecilia Robinson.

Cecilia Robinson, who founded My Food Bag, is the Supreme Winner in the 2017 Women of Influence awards.

Women of Influence Forum video

Former prime minister Helen Clark calls for the next generation of female leaders to get organised to get a level ...

The Women of Influence Forum celebrated New Zealand women and their achievements.

farming

Strait could be closed to cattle

Cook Strait could soon be off limits for cattle as a move to stop the spread of Mycoplasma.

Damien O'Connor wants to close Cook Strait to cattle and lift farmer anonymity as he steps up fight against cattle disease.

Isolated farmers get road access

Vehicles head along State Highway 1 north of Kaikoura.

What a relief - highway access to the south has opened up for north of Kaikōura farmers.

No official drought yet

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Officials are holding off declaring a drought until the criteria are met.

Bank helps drought-hit farmers

Westpac wants to help farmers deal with the dry conditions.

Westpac is offering to help its hardest hit customers, as drought-like conditions take hold in large parts of the country.

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    Auckland

    NZDF explodes underwater bomb video

    The damaged casing was all that was left of a potential depth charge after dive crews blew it up.

    Metre-long bomb found off north Auckland blown up by dive squad.

    Auckland DHB chair resigns

    Levy has been appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Health System, formed by new Minister of Health David Clark.

    Lester Levy will step down as chairman of the Auckland, Waitematā and Counties Manukau health boards.

    Tasman, not Madrid, for City

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    'Mermaid' footage delights video

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    A drone video appearing to show a mermaid is causing a splash on Auckland's Hibiscus Coast.

    Wellington

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    A woman is seriously injured after a rental car and tour bus collided near Christchurch airport.

    5 years battling ACC

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    Chch woman relies on morphine for constant back injury pain, but ACC won't help.

    Is this NZ's bumpiest street? video

    Cars queue at the Worcester St and Stanmore Rd intersection.

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    Free fees, changing degrees video

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    Crime stoppers

    Amarjot Parmar and Brooke Barnes are creating an app for front-line officers to issue summonses to court in real time.

    Students from Waikato University have taken their skills to police and both are winning.

    Pastafarian Kiwi video

    Pastafarian Bjorn Oback at the citizenship ceremony in Hamilton Gardens on Friday.

    Björn Oback the first carb-worshipper to swear an oath of allegiance to New Zealand on his religion's new holy book.

    Price of progress

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    OPINION: When a typically 40-minute drive turns into 90, frustration, and nostalgia, set in.

    Botulism victims home

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    Two of the three family members struck down by suspected botulism are back home in Putaruru.

    Bay Of Plenty

    Million dollar views, unliveable homes

    House on Clem Elliot Dr, Matata, will be impacted.

    Council declares 34 coastal homes in the Bay of Plenty unliveable, to the fury of those who own them. 

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    There was something dodgy in this backyard garden: an interloper from Australia.

    Living tiny

    Chris and Kerris Browne outside their Tiny House.

    Cheaper for tenants, more profitable for landlords. Are these 3 bedroom Tiny Homes the answer for New Zealand?

    Monstrous challenge for multisporter Clark

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    The Coast to Coast champ hopes his paddle board skills will be up to scratch.

    Taranaki

    The wiles of the waves

    Coastguard Taranaki President Lee Drummond believes lifejackets should be mandatory at all times.

    "About two-thirds of recreational boating deaths may have been prevented if people wore life jackets."

    Farmers face dire time

    Large areas of the lower North Island have been classed as extremely dry or drought by NIWA's New Zealand Drought Index.

    Taranaki looks headed for drought and it's taking its toll on the rural communities.

    Ohh baby, baby it's concert time

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    Just relax, take it easy...the weather forecast is looking good.

    One dead in bulldozer accident

    Taranaki police are attending an accident involving a bulldozer. (file photo)

    A man has died in an accident involving a bulldozer in remote North Taranaki.

    Manawatu

    Robots win in battle

    St Peter's College robotics team won multiple awards at the NZ champs. 
Charlie Mollard, 14, and Reuben Mascarenhas, 14, ...

    Young Manawatū robot enthusiasts are preparing to do battle in the United States. 

    Ashhurst bypass delay

    Novena Jorgensen and her son, Tarrell Jorgensen, 10, watch traffic pass on Salisbury in July. Traffic flow is still ...

    Court and property negotiations hold up construction of Ashhurst bypass near closed Manawatū Gorge.

    Bad decisions and broken hearts

    Luke Keenan, 25, died after a car he was a passenger in crashed down a bank on Tennent Drive, near Massey University, in ...

    A mother's plea to young people, three years since a car crash claimed her son's life.

    The history behind Emma's Place

    Young Frank and Emma Vandenberg in their art deco home, 1970s.

    MEMORY LANE: A politician's "unidentified" house had a happy history.

    Nelson

    Wasp War Two video

    The hot, dry spring means this summer will be buzzing with wasps.

    We're heading for a perfect storm and we need your help.

    Expanding the battle plan

    Vespula wasps have invaded our country. Join us as we battle the villain of the forest.

    OPINION: We all hate wasps and together we can combat one of our country's worst predators.

    Meet our wasp invaders

    Wasp Wipeout.

    To explain why we're targeting German and common wasps, meet Gunter and Carrie.

    Mail photographer's top shot video

    Award winning photo shows the Royal New Zealand Air Force Black Falcons team perform a spaghetti break in their new T-6C ...

    A photo of the RNZAF Black Falcons was awarded a top prize in an international aviation photography competition.

    Marlborough

    Is this goat the G.O.A.T? video

    Boing the goat loves his boat ride out to collect the mail from the Pelorus Mailboat.

    What do you call a mail goat? Boing.

    Long, less winding road

    New road markings were painted on this section of SH1, near Tirohanga, hours before the traffic arrived.

    "The reopened highway wasn't the old road repaired, this was brand new road." 

    Bikers back road reopening

    Beatnik owner Mike Gilbert has organised a group of bikers to ride down to Kaikōura on Saturday.

    What's the best way to support Kaikōura? Get down there.

    The underground brew kings

    Homebrewers of Marlborough chairman Mark Rea says any craft beer enthusiast is welcome to join the club.

    With beer score sheets in hand, they supped their way through a dozen home brews to find the best.

    South Canterbury

    Free filtered water in Temuka video

    Plumber and drain layer Callum Bartlett said it was not hard to set the tap up, and he was happy to help people out.

    A Temuka business is being praised for providing residents with free filtered water.

    Protection money nod

    Lake Tekapo's Church Of The Good Shepard is bening fenced off to protect it and the surrounding from increased tourist ...

    A funding grant of $294,000 for upgrades to protect Tekapō's iconic church has been approved.

    Tekapo crash victim named

    The man killed in a car and truck crash near Lake Tekapo on Thursday was Fairlie man Gregory James Hormann.

    Fairlie man Gregory James Hormann died in a crash between a car and a truck near Lake Tekapo.

    Cattle disease farms may be named

    Cook Strait could soon be off limits for cattle as a move to stop the spread of Mycoplasma.

    Agriculture Minister signals a change of direction over naming farms affected by M.bovis.

    Otago

    Man swims after boat, disappears

    A person has reportedly drowned by Stevensons Island, near Lake Wanaka, on Friday. (File photo)

    A man is feared drowned after he swam out to retrieve a drifting boat in Lake Wanaka.

    Bad decisions and broken hearts

    Luke Keenan, 25, died after a car he was a passenger in crashed down a bank on Tennent Drive, near Massey University, in ...

    A mother's plea to young people, three years since a car crash claimed her son's life.

    Couch-surfing for a year

    Matheson Brown couch surfed in Dunedin for a year.

    Meet the student who saved thousands of dollars by couch-surfing, showering at a local gym, and eating leftovers for a year.

    Glenorchy boil water notice

    A boil water notice has been issued for Glenorchy.

    Residents of a small settlement in Otago have been told to boil their water after E coli was detected in the water.

    Southland

    Aparima College gets new principal

    Cameron Davis, from Central Southland College in Winton, has been appointed to the principal's job at Aparima College in ...

    A new principal has been appointed at  Aparima College, which remains under the leadership of a school commissioner.

    Southern dealings video

    Often people buy methamphetamine, use some of the drug themselves and sell the rest, police say.

    A high methamphetamine price in Southland is enticing dealers from outside the region to sell their drugs here.

    Bus driver retires after 40 years

    Gorge Road Bus Service operator Alastair Crosbie is selling his business and retiring after almost 40 years of driving buses.

    The good children, the bad children, Alastair Crosbie has a pretty good memory of those he has dropped of to school over the years.

    Minister hears CTOS concerns

    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson.

    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has met with a group of prominent Southlanders.

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