Robber's demand 'demeaning'

Valley Shaun Harrison tried to make one of his robbery victims put on a lace dress, the Palmerston North District Court ...

Not content with just robbing a man, Valley Harrison tried to make him put on a lace dress.

Hunter shot man in 'stag fever'

Quentin Clay Mccreedy, right, arrives at the Hamilton District Court for an earlier appearance, accompanied by his ...

Quentin Clay Mccreedy, 37, failed to properly identify his target, which turned out to be another hunter.

Auckland's 'convenience' fuel tax

The Z Energy service station in Tom Pearce Dr, near Auckland Airport, was offering 91 octane petrol for $2.33 per litre ...

5:13 PM  Airport fuel stations cost 29c a litre more than down the road. That's business, Z says.

Heli pilot guilty of lying

Helicopter pilot Ricky Lucas failed to provide medical information to be his pilot's licence.

Helicopter pilot fails to disclose his medication in order to keep his licence to fly.

Man dies after walking out of hospital video

A man's body was found in central Hastings on the morning of May 12, after he had been delivered to Hawke's Bay Hospital ...

Police took a man threatening self-harm to hospital. He left and was dead the next day.

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New West Coast rail trip mooted

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones Jones has announced another $625,000 funding package for the West Coast.

A passenger train along the West Coast from Westport to Hokitika is a step closer.

'Cruel and torturous condition' video

Lydia and Alicia Knell now provide support for others who suffer CRPS in New Zealand.

OPINION: To do what was best for our child we could not shelter or protect her from extreme pain. We had to insist she intensified it.

Meth impact devastates family

Methamphetamine use is on the rise in Southland, police say. [File photo, not real]

Parents despair as P addicted son spirals out of control.

Shirtless tradie fired for 'flirting'

Alleged flirting with a customer lead to a roofer unjustifiably losing his job.

Tradie awarded $23k after annoyed husband's complaint got him sacked.

Wellington bus drivers to strike

Hutt Valley bus drivers are set to strike on Monday. (File photo)

Extra pressure to be heaped on new bus network as 50 drivers vote to strike on Monday.

Teens were in hidden wreck

Pakuranga Rd was closed while police investigated the crash.

Two people killed when a car crashed into a building in Auckland were high school students.

How to attract millennials video

Carina Esguerra helps coordinate workshops for the more than 250 young people involved in Inspiring Stories' Future ...

How can New Zealand companies compete for top young talent in a global marketplace?

New bullying complaints committee

Dame Margaret Bazley was commissioned to write a report on the law firm Russell McVeagh, triggered by complaints of ...

Lawyers are wanted for a committee to hear complaints of bullying and harassment in the profession.

Park and ride at Mt Cook?

A park and ride system for Aoraki/Mt Cook could be on the cards as the Department of Conservation looks to minimise the ...

Park and ride system floated to minimise visitor impacts in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

Iwi buys medical practice

Ngati Ruanui Holdings Limited chairwoman Debbie Ngarewa-Packer and Brett Honeyfield, Pātea and District Community ...

A small town left without a doctor for more than a year has received a dose of good news.

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crime

Zoo targeted by thieves yet again

Wellington Zoo captured these CCTV images of the two people alleged to have stolen the conservation fund donation box.

First it was the squirrel monkeys, now robbers have gone after Wellington Zoo's donation box.

Cannabis oil found in socks

A dog at Manawatū Prison sniffs out drugs in a prisoner's incoming mail.

Man shot, AOS called video

Arrest after shooting

nz earthquake

Capital's slopes put to the test

The three-year drilling project was contracted to GNS Science for $1.5m.

Scientists are drilling across Wellington in the hope of learning more about the city's stability.

14 buildings still a quake risk

145 Cuba St has been removed from Wellington City Council's unreinforced masonry buildings list, but 54 building remain ...

Time is running out for Wellington's quake-risk buildings with just three months left to secure dangerous masonry

Hospital warned of risk years ago

Wairarapa people were rocked by revelations earlier this week that their main hospital may not be up to its required ...

Extra workload in wake of Kaikōura earthquake delayed the hospital's safety assessment.

Canyon life finds a way

Researchers are starting to see new life at the bottom of the Kaikōura canyon more than a year after the earthquake.

The earthquake destroyed one of the world's most productive seafloor ecosystems, but tiny creatures are making a comeback.

politics

Low-wage NZ 'a myth' video

BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope says New Zealand's problem is not low wages, but economic performance.

OPINION: The head of BusinessNZ says claims that New Zealand is a "low-wage economy" are wrong.

NZ 'less attractive' to migrants

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Immigration eases as big decision looms on international student work rights.

Far-Right pair get NZ visas

Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux have been granted visas, it was announced on Friday.

Canadian speakers to come to Auckland as planned - but are still on the hunt for a venue.

Teo-Sherrell joins race

Former Palmerston North City councillor Chris Teo-Sherrell is the third person to be nominated for the Horizons Regional ...

Former city councillor the third person to put hand up for vacant Horizons Regional Council seat.

education

Flavell to lead Te Wānanga

Te Ururoa Flavell is the new chief executive of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Te Ururoa Flavell is the new boss of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Teacher makes child bite another

An early childhood teacher has been censured after asking a child to bite another (file photo).

A teacher was at her "wits' end" trying to stop a child from biting, but her method of prevention has come under fire.

Fake flower fundraiser

Chris Bricknall inside the now empty shop after $500 worth of orchids were stolen at the weekend.

People have been selling flowers as school fundraisers in New Plymouth - but it's all a hoax, the schools say.

Drugs blight early learning video

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A preschooler pulled a synthetic cannabis bag from her lunchbox - just one of the challenges reported in early childhood education.

health

Staff assaults: 1100 days off work

A nurse has described a "staffing crisis" inside one of Hillmorton's secure units. The CDHB disagrees, instead calling ...

Nurse says staffing at a Christchurch mental health unit is in "crisis" because of vacancies and patient assaults.

Health care model welcomed

The Southern District Health Board and WellSouth Primary Health Network announced the first 16 general practices to ...

A new model for care services is expected to optimise medical staff and offer better care to people in Otago and Southland.

Hawke's Bay DHB budget blow-out

June was a very busy month at Hawke's Bay Hospital.

Hawke's Bay DHB was supposed to end year with a surplus of $1.5, not a deficit of $6.7m.

Flu numbers unseasonably low

Flu numbers are unseasonably low but emergency department figures are still higher than last year.

The number of flu cases is below average but expected to increase in coming weeks.

women of influence

NZ's next rebel women

Pania Newton is a lawyer and activist in South Auckland.

Meet the Kate Sheppards of the modern era.

'Having it all' still a struggle

The problems for women in the workplace are "systemic" says Dr Sarah Oxenbridge.

"This is what happens, everybody knows it." Mums say working environments still hold them back.

Quiet women need to be heard

Sunday magazine columnist Leah McFall.

OPINION: Have you heard the one about the columnist afraid of her own opinion?

Hit comedy a win for female film-making

Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek are the writers, directors and stars of The Breaker Upperers.

How the team behind hit comedy The Breaker Upperers are changing the movie industry.

farming

Where's this piggy from

NZ Pork spokesman Ian Carter says the industry has introduced its own country of origin labeling.

OPINION: You might be surprised where your bacon comes from.

Dairy outlook positive

AgFirst economist Phil Journeaux says last season was a season of two halves for Waikato dairy farmers.

It should be a profitable season for Waikato and Bay of Plenty dairy farmers.

Carbon plan could hurt rural NZ

Palmerston.

Rural communities could suffer if climate change policy drives costs up, farming groups warn.

Farming's filthy third

The majority of farmers who are meeting their environmental obligations are starting to lose patience with those who are not.

It's time to crack down on old farmers who won't spend money to stop polluting, rural expert says.

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    Auckland

    Shirtless tradie fired for 'flirting'

    Alleged flirting with a customer lead to a roofer unjustifiably losing his job.

    Tradie awarded $23k after annoyed husband's complaint got him sacked.

    Teens were in hidden wreck

    Pakuranga Rd was closed while police investigated the crash.

    Two people killed when a car crashed into a building in Auckland were high school students.

    Auckland's 'convenience' fuel tax

    The Z Energy service station in Tom Pearce Dr, near Auckland Airport, was offering 91 octane petrol for $2.33 per litre ...

    Fill up beside the airport and be stung up 29c a litre more than down the road. Z says that's business.

    Car crashes into building, 2 dead

    The car in which two people died after crashing into a building in Auckland.

    The wreck of a crash which killed a man and woman was only discovered hours later by a man arriving for work.

    Wellington

    Rockstar magician on his way

    Magician Dynamo has wowed audiences around the world but is stopping in Wellington for the first time.

    Magician Dynamo has walked on the Thames, fallen from skyscrapers and now he's bringing his best tricks  to Wellington.

    Bus drivers to strike

    Hutt Valley bus drivers are set to strike on Monday. (File photo)

    Extra pressure to be heaped on new network as 50 drivers vote to strike on Monday.

    Wellington Zoo hit by thieves again

    Wellington Zoo captured these CCTV images of the two people alleged to have stolen the conservation fund donation box.

    First it was the squirrel monkeys, now robbers have gone after the zoo's donation box.

    Man dies after leaving hospital video

    A man's body was found in central Hastings on the morning of May 12, after he had been delivered to Hawke's Bay Hospital ...

    Police took a man threatening self-harm to hospital. He left and was dead the next day.

    Canterbury

    One lane, 11,000 bits of gum

    Total Stone Care technician Arthur Schafer cleans gum from the footpaths of central Queenstown.

    Six-figure price tag to remove 31,459 pieces of gum from tourist towns' foopaths.

    1100 days off work

    A nurse has described a "staffing crisis" inside one of Hillmorton's secure units. The CDHB disagrees, instead calling ...

    Mental health unit in "crisis" because of vacancies and patient assaults.

    Begging to become a bolthole

    The Westhaven Lodge straddles a ridge, giving all round views.

    Luxury lodge near Farewell Spit with huge $24m price tag likely to be snapped up by overseas millionaire.

    Park and ride at Mt Cook?

    A park and ride system for Aoraki/Mt Cook could be on the cards as the Department of Conservation looks to minimise the ...

    Park and ride system floated to minimise visitor impacts in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

    Waikato

    Hunter shot man in 'stag fever'

    Quentin Clay Mccreedy, right, arrives at the Hamilton District Court for an earlier appearance, accompanied by his ...

    Quentin Clay Mccreedy, 37, failed to properly identify his target and killed another hunter.

    Farming's filthy third

    The majority of farmers who are meeting their environmental obligations are starting to lose patience with those who are not.

    It's time to crack down on old farmers who won't spend money to stop polluting, rural expert says.

    Street reels over note video

    Mary Astle and her husband Riki Astle say they live in a welcoming neighbourhood.

    Brian Cowley Place was just another sleepy street until a handwritten note was left in letterboxes.

    Many hands turn teen around

    Myles South, pictured here with his mum Pam South, wants to be a police officer.

    He was an angry teen, but now he's back on the rails and wants to help others.

    northland

    Face burnt in explosion

    Affco freezing works in the main street in Moerewa was open again on Friday.

    WorkSafe investigation launched following an explosion that left a man with severe burns.

    Man seriously injured after blast

    A man has serious burns after reports of an explosion at Affco freezing works in Moerewa, Northland.

    The man with serious burns has been transported to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.

    Flotation devices placed at beaches

    Pat Millar with flotation devices at Cable Bay in the Far North.

    After losing a whānau member in a tragic drowning earlier this year, a woman hopes flotation devices at Far North beaches will prevent a recurrence.

    Tasman trespasser dies at 73

    Colin Quincey made history in 1977 by being the first person to cross the Tasman solo, from New Zealand to Australia.

    Unsung Kiwi hero Colin Quincey, first person to row from NZ to Australia, has died after a short battle with cancer.

    Bay Of Plenty

    Housing First on way to Rotorua

    Help is on the way, but  there are no quick fixes to the homeless issue, said Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick.

    Mayor promises help on way for Rotorua's homeless.

    Home invasion in Mt Maunganui

    A man and woman were home at the Valley Rd house at 4.20am.

    Police say it was mistaken identity in early morning home invasion where armed trio stormed a Mount home.

    Barrett a 'cool challenge' for McKenzie

    Damian McKenzie is looking forward to his matchup with All Blacks team-mate Beauden Barrett in the Chiefs' Super Rugby ...

    Chiefs playmaker Damian McKenzie will be trying to contain the man he describes as "obviously the best 10 in the world".

    Can Chiefs avoid capital punishment? video

    The Chiefs will be hoping to carry on their winning feeling from against the Hurricanes last weekend when they meet them ...

    The Hurricanes have been superb at home of late, but the Chiefs are confident of doing the job.

    Taranaki

    Devastated by deaths

    Ani and her eight-year-old daughter Nivek who died in hospital following a head-on crash. (file photo)

    Sole survivor of crash which killed 7 learns to walk while struggling with the loss of her daughters and partner.

    Man jailed for assault

    A man became enraged over something trivial and assaulted his partner, Hāwera District Court heard.

    A man's remorse for assaulting his partner was genuine, a judge said.

    Drug dealer's jail shock

    A Taranaki drug dealer appeared shocked at the news he would be spending the next 21 months behind bars. (File Photo)

    After blowing a chance at rehab, a dope dealer went into shock in the dock when he heard the word "jail".

    Fugitive hiding in Taranaki

    Taranaki police are seeking information about Rambo Barton who is believed to be on the run in the region after failing ...

    He skipped bail and now Rambo Barton could be hiding out in Taranaki.

    Manawatu

    Tractor gets Turbo power

    Manawatū Turbos lock-cum-loose forward Brad Tucker on the pull as the team take part in a promotional tractor pull in ...

    It turns out loose forwards can pull a tractor the fastest.

    Village in for shake-up

    Ashhurst resident Shaun Betts, 9, looks at the NZ Transport Agency's suggested improvements to Ashhurst roads.

    Ashhurst may get traffic lights to handle Manawatū Gorge refugee traffic.

    Levin winner scoops Lotto prize

    A woman who won Lotto first division wrote the winning numbers down on a shoebox lid as she didn't have any paper.

    The $200,000 winning ticket was sold at the Shannon Four Square.

    Chris Teo-Sherrell joins race

    Former Palmerston North City councillor Chris Teo-Sherrell is the third person to be nominated for the Horizons Regional ...

    Former city councillor the third person to put hand up for vacant Horizons Regional Council seat.

    Nelson

    Misty eyes at reunion video

    Natasha Luff was shocked to see how much weight Misty had lost after two months away from home in hiding.

    A bloody, broken collar found days after Misty the bull mastiff went missing didn't give her upset owner much hope.

    Not-so-tasty treat

    Denver Tomlinson was enjoying his chocolate chip waffle when he found
this nail clipping in his mouth

    Some snacks offer a surprise inside the pack - this one certainly nailed it.

    Building floor heights 'ridiculous'

    Golden Bay councillor Paul Sangster says the building height for some buildings in town, such as Hammer Hardware, is ...

    'Ridiculous' flood height rules for new buildings is hurting Takaka, residents say.

    Begging to become a bolthole

    The Westhaven Lodge straddles a ridge, giving all round views.

    Luxury lodge near Farewell Spit with huge $24m price tag likely to be snapped up by overseas millionaire.

    Marlborough

    Is this NZ's best Irish bar?

    Irish bar owners, Ben Evans and Vanessa Evans believe the warm welcome at Semus's Irish Bar helped them win votes.

    A popular Irish pub tucked away in small town New Zealand might just be one of the best in the world.

    New dog-on-ute law video

    Marlborough farmer Rick Hammond says it's about time animal welfare laws got updated - but the bit about dogs on trucks ...

    It's a quintessential Kiwi image, but farmers could be fined for the way the transport man's best friend.

    Dog stung by stingray

    Toto and his owner Emily Swallow after he survived a dangerous encounter with a stingray.

    A golden retriever with a penchant for ocean swims has survived a close shave with death.

    Bach razed in Sounds

    Very little remains of a split level bach in Flagg Bay after a fire on Wednesday.

    Orange glow in night sky alerts neighbours, but all that's left are a few poles in the ground.

    South Canterbury

    Waipopo fire suspicious

    The large fire which destroyed two holiday huts in a small South Canterbury settlement is being treated as suspicious.

    Large fire which destroyed two Waipopo holiday huts is being treated as suspicious.

    Speed limit to stay

    The intersection at the turn off to Pareora on SH 1, The Avenue, and Pooke Rd, near Timaru. Pareora residents are ...

    NZTA dismisses safety concerns about SH1 near Pareora, suggests minor changes.

    Park and ride at Mt Cook?

    A park and ride system for Aoraki/Mt Cook could be on the cards as the Department of Conservation looks to minimise the ...

    Park and ride system floated to minimise visitor impacts in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

    Hit by 1400kg switchboard

    The crush injury suffered by the man would have been worse if not for a small steel stand, WorkSafe found.

    Worker crushed by 1400kg switchboard had a lucky escape, Worksafe says.

    Otago

    One lane, 11,000 bits of gum

    Total Stone Care technician Arthur Schafer cleans gum from the footpaths of central Queenstown.

    It cost more than $100,000 to get rid of a "pre-apocalyptic cockroach" from Queenstown and Wanaka footpaths.

    Dixon fronts for Highlanders video

    Highlanders loose forward Elliot Dixon

    Elliot Dixon has never been one to plaster everything with fairy dust and slap a perfect bow on it.

    Seasonal bases possible for rescue choppers

    A woman injured by a sea lion pup in the Auckland Islands arrives at Southland Hospital after being transported by the ...

    A letter from the Minister of Health states rescue helicopter services could run from seasonal bases, but all communities would continue to have access to services.

    Consultant steps down over hall leader's ousting

    Irene Mosley, of Results Consulting in Dunedin, has stepped down from the Balclutha War Memorial Hall redevelopment project.

    The consultant tasked with setting up the Balclutha War Memorial Hall redevelopment as a charitable trust no longer wishes to be involved in the project.

    Southland

    Invercargill to have pop-up cat cafe

    SPCA Southland inspector Jenny MacDonald and lawyer Anna Goble with SPCA cats Trevor and Mynee who will feature in the ...

    Invercargill is getting its first cat cafe, albeit for a short time only.

    100k gum cleanup

    Total Stone Care technician Arthur Schafer cleans gum from the footpaths of central Queenstown.

    Six-figure price tag to remove 31,459 pieces of gum from Queenstown and Wanaka foopaths.

    Team officially named

    Director of coaching and Stags head coach Dave Hewett.

    The will to succeed is strong in the Southland Stags, coach Dave Hewett says.

    New home for Invercargill i-SITE

    Venture Southland chief executive Paul Casson with a design of the new i-SITE building in Wachner Place, where it will ...

    Plans to rejuvenate the Invercargill have been boosted with the i-SITE centre confirmed to move to the inner-city location.

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