Quake rattles central NI

The earthquake near Pongaroa was felt widely.

4.6-magnitude earthquake that struck near Palmerston North widely felt.

Concern over failed cases

Gonzalo Pavon's cocaine charges were withdrawn by the Crown in May.

A man allegedly involved in NZ's largest cocaine bust had charges withdrawn. His case is one of a growing number not making the grade,

Powerball jackpots to $14m

The winning tickets were sold at New World Stonefields in Auckland and Waihi Paper Plus and Toyworld in Waihi.

Powerball jackpots, but two lucky punters take home winnings from striking Lotto Strike Four.

Socialite apologises to friends

Angela Merrie tried to set up a company to take on My Food Bag.

Her businesses have failed, but Angela Merrie still wants people to give her money.

Police search for Heke fails video

Police and ambulance staff at a cordon on Hargest Terrace in Mt Albert.

Police armed offenders squad have conducted an operation to find fugitive Rollie Heke in Mt Albert.

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Apology to Moses and Young

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Stuff unreservedly retracts incorrect statements.

Kiwi startup starts up in Taiwan

Bobby Lin, chief executive of Valoso

Video production company opens its sixth international office in its first year.

Big party donors kept secret

Out campaigning on Saturday in Henderson, west Auckland, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern said there needed to be a balance ...

At least four out of every five dollars donated to National and Labour is given secretly.

Two-party club hides secret donors

Green Party leader James Shaw goes out on a perilous limb today, demanding openness even as his partner Labour faces ...

OPINION: Most politicians enter Parliament with the best of intentions. But when it comes to putting public interests ahead of their own, they have a poor track record.

High insulation fees a 'rip off'

Eric Dunkley and one of the heat pumps he has to have running 24/7 at a cost of $300 a month.

Councils are charging ratepayers up to $800 to insulate their homes.

Push for change on plastic bags

Marlborough District Council solid waste manager Alec McNeil says more than 900 people have taken part in a survey on ...

The results are in, and the people are pushing for a charge on plastic bags.

The untold story of the battle

Former NDS soldier Abdul Hamid, who was injured in the Battle of Baghak.

 Afghan soldiers who fought alongside NZ troops in deadly firefight speak for the first time.

Batteries not included

How would you feel to know the surgical pliers used in your operation could have been picked up cheap at the local ...

OPINION: It's a good thing to see people finding No8-wire solutions to everyday problems – but in the operating theatre, not so much, writes David Slack.

Some people need a content warning

Hamilton councillor Garry Mallett took umbrage with the pink papers set in front of him, asking "what's with the homo ...

OPINION: When councillor uses the words "gays", "fags" and "homos", jokes or not, it's with disdain and hurts people.

Miss Hoko, champion of the class

Roald Dahl in the midst of his celebrated children's book writing career,
 1971.

Revealed: The enduring words celebrated author Roald Dahl wrote to a small Whakatane class and their inspirational teacher.

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crime

Clothing found near Heidi murder site video

Alan Ford found a bag of clothing buried under a layer of pine needles in a patch of pine forestry near Whangamata that ...

Bushman's discovery sparks fresh interest in one of NZ's most enduring murder cases.

Group tried to help dying man

Police treating death of 25-year-old as suspicious after "noisy" party turned fatal in the early hours.

Woman dies in police cells

Books behind bars

nz earthquake

Finding firmer ground

Rotary Club of Blenheim South members, from left, Tony Smale, Ian Bond and Laurie Saunders hope to raise $100,000 to ...

Children struggling with emotional trauma after several years on shaky ground are to get a helping hand.

Landmark building gets boost

Building co-owner Ben Van Dyke, left, Lambretta's co-owner Leanne Odey and Nelson MP Nick Smith outside the Hardy St ...

The home of a landmark Nelson cafe is getting Government help to meet new earthquake strengthening requirements.

Earthquake repairs for Hutt building

Tenants of 22 Daly St have been advised to move out of the earthquake prone building.

Lower Hutt building declared earthquake prone.

Rail could open in weeks

A work train travels between Spring Creek and Grassmere, in Marlborough, in January. (File photo)

Freight is close to returning to the South Island railway line, which will take 2000 trucks off the roads.

politics

Struggling artists or rich donors?

Auckland artist Stanley Palmer did not realise the Labour Party had named him as a big political donor. All he had done ...

Labour is hiding tens of thousands of dollars in donations behind over-inflated art auctions – and naming clueless artists as donors.

James Shaw takes a bath video

There hasn't been much time for introspection for James Shaw. Just a long bath last Saturday night, and an episode of ...

The Greens leader's the last man standing – or on this occasion, sitting. In the bath. Watching Game of Thrones.

Labour closes on National

Better news for Green Party leader James Shaw and his MP in a new poll.

Better news for beleaguered Greens, steady on 8 per cent

Greens disclose secret donors

Simon Anderson has been a supporter of the Green Party for the past 10 years.

Two campaign donors step forward, waiving anonymity to back our campaign to identify who is bankrolling political parties.

education

Miss Hoko, champion of the class

Roald Dahl in the midst of his celebrated children's book writing career,
 1971.

Revealed: The enduring words celebrated author Roald Dahl wrote to a small Whakatane class and their inspirational teacher.

Turning learning into real life video

Rebecca said she was a painfully shy child and Richard helped her find her confidence.

New Zealand's favourite teacher Sue Gunn inspires a new generation to the chalkface.

Books behind bars

Research shows study can "significantly reduce the risk of re-offending following release" according to Corrections.

Two inmates invite us into their world to show how study is transforming them.

National Standards slip

National Standards results have remained mostly static over the past three years, ministry figures show.

Figures show National Standards results aren't improving, despite Government targets.

health

Hospital protest for PM video

Dunedin Hospital

PM rushed out a side entrance of Dunedin Hospital when protesters stormed an announcement of a $1 billion rebuild.

Funding cut for GP patients

Collingwood Health on Collingwood St, Nelson.

A Nelson GP practice has had its funding for patients cut.

Solidarity against new hospital

Residents held hands in a cirle around the current Buller Hospital in a passive protest against plans for a new hospital ...

"Get up, stand up" could be heard in harmony from a group of concerned West Coast residents protesting a proposed new hospital in their town.

Cut leaves couple in cold video

John and Bona Sinclair have been trying to resolve suspension of John's pension payments leaving them $55 a week to live ...

Christchurch man who married US woman "disgusted" as his pension is slashed from $375 to $80 a week.

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

Woman first to win grower crown

Te Puke fruit grower Erin Atkinson is the first woman to win the Young Grower of the Year title.

Erin Atkinson is the first woman to win the Young Grower of the Year title in its 11-year history.

Japan tariffs hit NZ beef

Beef prices have slipped slightly from a year ago but  tight supply will mean falls will not be significant.

The outlook for the primary sector is positive overall in Rabobank's summary of the market.

Cheese factory rises from fire

Fonterra chairman John Wilson speaks at the opening of the co-operative's new cheese factory in Victoria, Australia.

A new $149 million cheese plant has been opened by Fonterra in Australia.

Pollen, Psa evidence in court

Russell West, a partner in the Olympos Orchard at Te Puke, inspects the shoot die back caused by Psa. The photo was ...

The second week of the Kiwifruit Claim case focused on the part imported pollen may have played in introducing the disease Psa.

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    Auckland

    A musical love story

    Stephen Amos and Katrina Talbot, who are from Auckland and Christchurch respectively, live in Melbourne with their two dogs.

    Stephen Amos met his partner Katrina Talbot when casting for the production of Mamma Mia!

    Who sits on NZ's top boards?

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    Are New Zealand's highest-paying boards still pale, male and stale?

    Concern over failed police cases

    Gonzalo Pavon's cocaine charges were withdrawn by the Crown in May.

    A man allegedly involved in NZ's largest cocaine bust had charges withdrawn. His case is one of a growing number not making the grade,

    Police search for Heke in Mt Albert video

    Police and ambulance staff at a cordon on Hargest Terrace in Mt Albert.

    Police armed offenders squad have conducted an operation to find fugitive Rollie Heke in Mt Albert.

    Wellington

    Piano man hits the road

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    Grit and determination are as necessary as a pair of hands if you want to be a soloist.

    Books behind bars

    Research shows study can "significantly reduce the risk of re-offending following release" according to Corrections.

    Two inmates invite us into their world to show how study is transforming them.

    Tory St's imaginary makeover

    Wellington's takeaway coffee cups would be re-used in a unique way in this Victoria University student design.

    Victoria University landscape architecture students reimagine quake-hit Wellington street.

    Electric car runs on $10 a week video

    Nathan Murrell says his Nissan Leaf is "dirt cheap" to run, and loves Wellington's hills.

    Owner sings praises as electric vehicle numbers in Wellington double in a year.

    Canterbury

    The final running of the balls? video

    The Cadbury Jaffa Race on Baldwin St.

    Welcome to the annual, and potentially last, Cadbury Jaffa Race.

    Saved by phone light

    Chris Coory, of LandSAR, with the rescued group, from left, Melissa Bowley, Lauren Rees, Meg Pidegeon and Skyla Bowley, ...

    "Another five seconds later we wouldn't have seen it," says rescue pilot.

    PM hospital protest video

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    PM rushed out side entrance of Dunedin Hospital after protesters stormed building.

    Missing women, young girl found

    Chris Coory, of LandSAR, with the rescued group, from left, Melissa Bowley, Lauren Rees, Meg Pidegeon and Skyla Bowley, ...

    Light from phone screen helps helicopter find missing women and child in the early hours.

    Waikato

    Sir Colin Meads 'very unwell'

    Sir Colin Meads in Te Kuiti at the unveiling of his statue in June.

    Rugby great is very ill, his wife says, but "holding his own".

    Woman survives crash

    The scene shortly after the car and trailer plunged into the river.

    A woman reported dead earlier today following an incident in Cambridge is alive but in a critical condition.

    $4.6m for SH1B

    Associate Minister of Transport Tim Macindoe, left, and NZ Transport Agency regional relationships director Parekawhia ...

    Work to make the road  near Gordonton safer will start in September and be finished by early 2018.

    Shops under siege

    Police at the scene of a robbery on Rifle Range Dairy.

    Manning the counter of the corner dairy these days merits combat pay.

    Taranaki

    A long awaited sickness

    Taking a day off to look after sick kids is the worst decision you will ever make. (File photo)

    You could take a day off work to look after sick kids or you could just run for the hills.

    Person trapped in car

    Police attended a car crash in Inglewood on Saturday. (File photo)

    A person was trapped in their car after their door caved in when they crashed.

    Dancing Key fails to raise cash video

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    Naive organisers got thousands, including John Key, dancing for a fundraiser which made very little money.

    Community fridge launches

    Sean Warren organised the fridge as a way to help people in the Inglewood community.

    Instead of throwing away their spare food, Inglewood's residents are being encouraged to pass it on to those who need it.

    Manawatu

    Volunteering in Jordan

    Zoe Dekker will head to Jordan to help Syrian refugees. She is walking 100km with her father, Paul Dekker, to raise money.

    Zoe Dekker is heading to Jordan to help Syrian refugees.

    No injures after crash

    Police attended a one-car crash on Manawatu's Saddle Rd.

    Police were called to a one-person car crash on Friday night.

    Roller derby dreams come true

    Swamp City jammer Helen Burke, aka Menace, on the burst against the Dead End Derby at CET Arena 3.

    Roller derby is one of the fastest-growing women's sports in the world and it's on a roll in Palmerston North.

    Call for warning signs

    Jodeci Day, 6, was hit by ute on Highbury Ave and her mum Casey Bush is now calling for more school sings down the road.

    The mother of a young girl hit by ute while walking home from school is calling for more signage.

    Nelson

    The long road back

    Dan and Andrea with son Andre and daughter Yasmina. The Nelson family are recovering from the impact of a serious road ...

    It was a routine trip home after a long weekend, but in seconds a Nelson family's lives were turned upside down.

    Funding cut for GP patients

    Collingwood Health on Collingwood St, Nelson.

    A Nelson GP practice has had its funding for patients cut.

    Art Expo draws crowds

    More than 1000 people have already attended the  the sixth running of  Art Expo Nelson 2017, held at the Trafalgar ...

    Nelson's Art Expo Nelson has returned to its original home.

    Richmond on the rise

    Andrew Spittal says he expects the first stage of The Meadows residential development will have either 66 or 80 sections.

    A whole new community will spring up in Richmond, with more than 1000 homes and a new school.

    Marlborough

    Her brain said they wouldn't survive

    Dan and Andrea with son Andre and daughter Yasmina. The Nelson family are recovering from the impact of a serious road ...

    Andrea screamed "like a banshee" as the car ploughed into her family at 100kmh. Then, a moment of reason.

    Man named after logging death

    The fatal accident happened near Blowhard Ridge in the Wairau Valley, about 40 kilometres west of Blenheim.

    The Marlborough man who died in a logging accident has been named by police.

    OK children, back in your couches

    Whitney Street School pupils, from left, Paige La Frentz, Mason Moffatt, Blake Shefford and Danae Perkin work at a group ...

    Gone are traditional desks and chairs, it's all stools, cushions, teaching tables and group desks these days.

    Family wins $1 million

    The winning ticket for Wednesday's draw netted a Blenheim family syndicate $1 million.

    Playing the same lottery numbers week in, week out for 30 years finally pays off for family syndicate.

    South Canterbury

    Timaru man eyeing Tai Chi gold video

    David Thew will be attending the World Kung Fu Championships in China this November.

    A Timaru man has his eye on bringing home his third gold medal when he competes at the World Kung Fu Championships in China.

    Hospital services key 

    Timaru Hospital.

    Services key to Timaru Hospital rebuild, observers and sector groups say.

    Pye Group supreme winner

    South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce chief executive Wendy Smith said the Business Excellence Award finalists were named ...

    South Canterbury businesses recognised at gala awards function.

    480 pieces of plan feedback

    People were given the opportunity to comment on the Timaru District Council's future spending commitments, what kind of ...

    Instead of formal submissions to Timaru's long-term plan, residents were invited to answer an online survey entitled "Our Place, Our Future?"

    Southland

    Robotic seal helping dementia patients

    Enliven Southland quality of life co-ordinator Shannon Tokona and nurse Julie Worner with Paro the robotic seal, who is ...

    Meet Paro, the robotic seal helping elderly dementia patients.

    Car hits cop, dog

    The scene on Dee St, Invercargill, where a police officer and dog were hurt as a spiked car came to a halt.

    A policeman and dog went under a car as officers tried to subdue a driver in Invercargill.

    Teen murder accused can be named

    Name suppression has been lifted for teen accused of murder in Invercargill.

    An Invercargill teenager accused of murder can now be named.

    Bottled water improvisation

    Invercargill woman Christine Brown, with husband Lee, before her face reconstruction at Dunedin Hospital on Tuesday.

    Surgeons reconstructing Christine Brown's face were thrown curveball when operating theatre's water was contaminated.

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