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Auckland Uni rated top in NZ

The University of Auckland slipped three places but retained its position as the top NZ university.

New Zealand's eight universities have all been recognised in the top 3 per cent globally.

Auckland trains moving again

All trains across Auckland have been suspended due to signal failures.

17 min ago  Train services across Auckland were offline for about 30 minutes this morning, following three days of cancellations and delays.

'Unrepentant and hardcore' video

Philip Neville Arps, described as "an unrepentant, hardcore white supremacist", was jailed in the Christchurch District ...

Man jailed for sharing mosque attacks video was a "key part" of white supremacist scene.

Marae struck by fire again

The main building at Tapu Te Ranga Marae following the blaze on June 9.

Tapu Te Ranga Marae has been struck by a second blaze after its main building was razed.

Canterbury lake's murky change

A murky green Lake Grasmere in March 2018. Environment Canterbury says heavy precipitation has caused the discolouration ...

A second significant Canterbury high country lake has lost its clarity.

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5000 affected by train halt

All Auckland train services were down for 30 minutes on Wednesday.

KiwiRail apologises after all Auckland trains halted for 30 minutes at peak of rush hour.

Train and car crash

Emergency services were called to the crash on Pongakawa School Rd near Te Puke.

Several people are seriously injured after the collision between a train and a car in the Bay of Plenty.

The strategic case for gender equity

The growth of women's cricket is now a priority focus for NZ Cricket, who are already seeing the benefits of having ...

OPINION: Introducing gender quotas is a strategic and timely move to improve the capability and future success of NZ sport.

Freezing start to day video

Snow covers the slopes of Mt Taranaki early on Wednesday after overnight temperatures plummeted.

Overnight temperatures drop as low as -7C in the south and -4C in the north.

Twitch sues mosque attack trolls

The Christchurch terror attack video was streamed on Twitch.

Game streaming site takes legal action against users who posted Christchurch shootings video.

'Major concerns' over budget video

Russ Smith in front of the Marlborough Youth Trust's new cafe, which is budgeted to earn $182,000 in profit this ...

Youth trust to get "serious signalling" after coming to council with "very shaky" figures and "pretty big assumptions".

Pedestrian struck by car

A pedestrian is in a serious condition after being hit by a car in Takapuna.

The pedestrian was taken to Auckland City Hospital in a serious condition.

Waikato University's rankings lift

Waikato University Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley.

Its global reputation continues to soar, according to the latest QS World University Rankings.

Probe complete before 'sick leave'

On May 29, ANZ told staff its New Zealand chief executive David Hisco was on extended sick leave. The same day it told ...

ANZ told staff its CEO was on sick leave the day it told the Reserve Bank of the result of expenses probe.

Only girl told not to play video

Briar Hales, 11, loves rugby. She had been looking forward to an inter-school tournament but has pulled out because if ...

The only girl in school's first XV rugby team told her team won't get any points if she plays in tournament.

crime

Teens arrested for armed robbery

The four teenagers will appear in youth court on Wednesday.

Four males, aged 15 to 18, will appear in court after being charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated wounding.

Crash after police chase

A car involved in a police pursuit crashed in Manurewa on Tuesday, with a baby and woman inside.

SAS-linked soldier accused of assault

Temple indecencies denied

politics

Why stop at farm debt?

A new farm debt mediation scheme will mean banks and farmers having to go through mediation before any process to ...

OPINION: The Government has a plan to ensure mediation between banks and struggling farmers. But what of other businesses?

Relaxed about regulation video

Sir John Key, pictured with acting ANZ chief executive Antonia Watson on Monday, was characteristically calm during a ...

OPINION: Despite "Teflon John's" breezy manner, ANZ may attract scrutiny to entire sector.

Salam, Bishop Tamaki

170619. News. KEVIN STENT/STUFF. President of the International Muslim Association of NZ Tahir Nawaz wants to invite ...

Destiny Church leader has been invited to a Wellington mosque to discuss his anti-Muslim views.

Rocket attack near NZ base

A soldier gives a demonstration at Camp Taji, Iraq, during then Prime Minister John Key's visit to meet with NZDF personnel.

There were no NZ casualties after a rocket attack in Iraq where NZDF personnel are deployed, PM says.

education

Student's remarkable journey

Abbas Nazari, from Tampa boat refugee to Fulbright Graduate Award.

The remarkable life of Abbas Nazari, who fled Afghanistan as a boy and was one of hundreds of refugees at the centre of the "Tampa Crisis".

Caution plea after children's crossing collision

Drivers in New Plymouth are being urged to take care after two young girls were hit by a car while crossing the road ...

A New Plymouth principal is urging drivers to be vigilant near pedestrian crossings after one of his students was hit by a car while crossing.

Teachers voting on $1.4b offer

Ministry of Education Early Learning and Student Achievement deputy secretary Ellen MacGregor-Reid said non-union ...

Teachers and principals ready to cast votes on the Government's latest $1.4 billion offer from Wednesday.

Police investigate after school threat

Principal of Waimea College Scott Haines.

A threat made to Nelson's Waimea College in a social media post has seen police involved.

health

Hospital building botch up

Waikato DHB buildings don't currently have their warrant of fitness, which they're supposed to get each year (file photo).

Several Waikato buildings are without warrants of fitness because of potential fire safety problems.

Southland campaign to help all Kiwis video

Blair Vining, of Limehills, with some signed petition pages. Vining, who has terminal cancer, and his family are ...

A Southland family is campaigning on behalf of all New Zealanders for better cancer treatment.

Raw sewage 'likely from boats'

A sign at the Boulder Bank carpark showing the permitted sewage outfall.

Raw sewage found floating in Tasman Bay likely to be boat-related, not council pipe leaks, the council says.

Measles spike in south Auckland

In the past two weeks, Counties Manukau DHB has seen a big jump in the number of confirmed measles cases.

The number of measles cases in south Auckland has spiked, prompting the DHB to increase its messaging in the community.

māori issues

New $42m for 'underserved' Māori learners

Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis announced the initiative Monday morning in Porirua.

The budget allocated $42 million for Māori students in education. Now the funding has an initiative to go with it - Te Hurihanganui.

Bringing up bilingual kids

Broadcaster Stacey Morrison has never spoken English to her kids, choosing instead to bring them up as native te reo ...

How hard is it to teach your child to speak a second language?

Move over Jake 'the Muss' - that stereotype is being overtaken

The impact of the Once Were Warriors movie was profound, writes Jon Stokes

"One suspects the Heke whanau would be homeless today, their state house sold to developers, living with the new scourge of meth," writes Jon Stokes about the fictional Heke family from Once Were Warriors.

The te reo translator

Anne Frank's Diary has been translated into te reo by Te Haumihiata Mason.

Te Haumihiata Mason used to be beaten for speaking te reo Māori. Now she is paid to translate her language.

immigration

Skill shortage lists expand

Aged Care nurses have been added to the Long Term Skill Shortage List.

Aged care nurses, teachers and builders added to immigration lists in new regionalised format.

Escapism is the cure

Robert Downey Jr. portrays Iron Man in Marvel's latest blockbuster Avengers: Endgame which was released this week.

OPINION: Jacques Steenkamp writes that while Kiwis celebrated the lives of real heroes this week, many also mourned the loss of of their fictional heroes.

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.

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    Auckland

    5000 affected by train halt

    All Auckland train services were down for 30 minutes on Wednesday.

    KiwiRail apologises after all Auckland trains halted for 30 minutes at peak of rush hour.

    Auckland trains moving again

    All trains across Auckland have been suspended due to signal failures.

    Train services across Auckland were offline for about 30 minutes this morning, following three days of cancellations and delays.

    Freezing start to day video

    Snow covers the slopes of Mt Taranaki early on Wednesday after overnight temperatures plummeted.

    Overnight temperatures drop as low as -7C in the south and -4C in the north.

    Nepal benefiting from food growing study

    Save the Children New Zealand International's Andrew Johnson in Nepal.

    Pukekohe's food growing expertise is helping families in Nepal.

    Wellington

    Freezing start to day video

    Snow covers the slopes of Mt Taranaki early on Wednesday after overnight temperatures plummeted.

    Overnight temperatures drop as low as -7C in the south and -4C in the north.

    Cutlery influences appetite: chef video

    Charles Michel is best known for his work as an experience designer and artist.

    Big spoons and forks are unhealthy because you eat more, says top chef Charles Michel.

    Salam, Bishop Tamaki

    170619. News. KEVIN STENT/STUFF. President of the International Muslim Association of NZ Tahir Nawaz wants to invite ...

    Destiny Church leader has been invited to a Wellington mosque to discuss his anti-Muslim views.

    Teachers voting on $1.4b offer

    Ministry of Education Early Learning and Student Achievement deputy secretary Ellen MacGregor-Reid said non-union ...

    Teachers and principals ready to cast votes on the Government's latest $1.4 billion offer from Wednesday.

    Canterbury

    Freezing start to day video

    Snow covers the slopes of Mt Taranaki early on Wednesday after overnight temperatures plummeted.

    Overnight temperatures drop as low as -7C in the south and -4C in the north.

    Greening the skies video

    Electric aviation entrepreneur Gary Freedman hopes to bring this electric plane to Christchurch to help drive a green ...

    ​An aviation entrepreneur hopes to help lead a green revolution of New Zealand's skies by bringing electric planes to the air above Canterbury.

    Mosque attack victim's agony

    Sazada Akhter remained unconsious in hospital for two weeks after she was shot on March 15.

    At night, Mosque attack victim Sazada Akhter's stomach burns so much she screams for hours before she finally falls asleep.

    Athens Yacht Club now open

    The Athens Yacht Club is situated in the former Saggio Di Vino space on Victoria St.

    The menu at the new Victoria St establishment includes Greek classics with a modern twist.

    Waikato

    Train and car crash

    Emergency services were called to the crash on Pongakawa School Rd near Te Puke.

    Several people are seriously injured after the collision between a train and a car in the Bay of Plenty.

    Freezing start to day video

    Snow covers the slopes of Mt Taranaki early on Wednesday after overnight temperatures plummeted.

    Overnight temperatures drop as low as -7C in the south and -4C in the north.

    Kitchen blaze contained

    Fire crews were called to an ablaze house on Whatawhata Rd.

    Occupants escaped the early morning fire in the Hamilton home.

    Coldest night of the year

    Some areas of of wider Waikato experienced the coldest night of the year, as temperatures plunged below freezing ...

    Temperatures plunged below freezing overnight with most in Waikato waking up to frost.

    Northland

    Teens arrested for armed robbery

    The four teenagers will appear in youth court on Wednesday.

    Four males, aged 15 to 18, will appear in court after being charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated wounding.

    Anger at 'scary' cancer wait time

    The patient underwent surgery at Whangārei Hospital but claims she was told her surgeon 'forgot' to refer her for ...

    Better systems are needed to prevent a 'scary' cancer treatment wait, patient says.

    Man who died while surfing named

    Christie died while surfing at Northland's Sandy Bay.

    Surf club members tried to save Peter James Christie but he could not be revived.

    New heights for Kerikeri airport

    The new Bay of Islands Airport terminal in Kerikeri is open to passengers.

    A new airport terminal in Kerikeri will allow three times more passengers to fly into the Bay of Islands.

    Bay Of Plenty

    Grandmother's manslaughter sentence stands

    Donna Parangi has lost an appeal against her sentence for the manslaughter of her eight-month-old grandson (file photo)

    A grandmother jailed after a baby boy died in a hot car while she got high has had her appeal against sentence dismissed.

    Get active for Elyse

    At just three years of age Elsye Johnson became the youngest person to receive Ministry of Health approval for medical ...

    Taupō residents asked to help five-year-old Elyse Johnson keep defying the odds.

    Bail denied for carer

    Bruce Rangitutia, who died at the hands of his carers, was found with a litany of injuries after a second autopsy.

    Carer charged over the ill treatment of a vulnerable man has been denied bail.

    Shooting ruled manslaughter

    Colin Richard Jeffries-Smith was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter, and Casino Heta Williams guilty ...

    The killing of a Mob enforcer with two shots to the back is found not to be murder.

    Taranaki

    Freezing start to day video

    Snow covers the slopes of Mt Taranaki early on Wednesday after overnight temperatures plummeted.

    Overnight temperatures drop as low as -7C in the south and -4C in the north.

    New Plymouth rubbish plan out for consultation

    New Plymouth residents will be asked for their thoughts on the council's proposed rubbish collection changes. (File photo.)

    New Plymouth residents will be able to have their say on a draft rubbish bylaw.

    Caution plea after children's crossing collision

    Drivers in New Plymouth are being urged to take care after two young girls were hit by a car while crossing the road ...

    A New Plymouth principal is urging drivers to be vigilant near pedestrian crossings after one of his students was hit by a car while crossing.

    Taranaki Civil Defence HQ roof eruption risk

    Scientists predict there was a 81 per cent chance Mt Taranaki would erupt before 2065.

    The roof on Taranaki's Civil Defence headquarters is too weak to withstand an ash fall from a big eruption.

    Manawatu

    Freezing start to day video

    Snow covers the slopes of Mt Taranaki early on Wednesday after overnight temperatures plummeted.

    Overnight temperatures drop as low as -7C in the south and -4C in the north.

    The nuclear fallout of winter bugs

    It's pretty hard to avoid bugs that are going around but so far, I have managed to.

    By some miracle, I managed to avoid some pretty gnarly bugs that have moved through our household.

    Nearly empty buses continue in evenings

    Evening bus services will continue in Palmerston North, for now, despite low passengers numbers.

    Palmerston North's threatened evening bus services gain stay of execution.

    Pay offer doesn't please principals

    Hokowhitu School principal Lin Dixon says the latest pay and conditions offers is disappointing for principals.

    Primary teachers may have almost reached a settlement with the Government, but school leaders aren't happy with their latest offer.

    Nelson

    $250 to find me staff video

    Wax Bar owner Dee Caughtry is offering a $250 voucher to anyone who can help her find a beautician. Caughtry believes ...

    Salon owner says Nelson's high-cost housing means she can't find workers, so now she's offering a reward.

    Into the danger zone

    Notes for emergency services from families who evacuated during the Nelson wildfire were a huge help, civil defence ...

    Four months after the Nelson bushfire, an emergency volunteer shares advice and his story.

    Adapting to marine heatwaves

    Mitchell Chandler (centre) with Ambassador Scott Brown (left) and Rt. Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, ...

    Growing up "surrounded by the ocean" defines Fulbright graduate's career path.

    Police investigate after school threat

    Principal of Waimea College Scott Haines.

    A threat made to Nelson's Waimea College in a social media post has seen police involved.

    Marlborough

    'Major concerns' over budget video

    Russ Smith in front of the Marlborough Youth Trust's new cafe, which is budgeted to earn $182,000 in profit this ...

    Youth trust to get "serious signalling" after coming to council with "very shaky" figures and "pretty big assumptions".

    Riding 22.5 hours a day video

    Blenheim builder and endurance cyclist Craig Harper began the 12-day Race Across America last Tuesday (pictured here on ...

    Craig Harper smashed out 40 hours straight to start the race. At halfway, he's fatigued, focused and third.

    Lagoon a boy racer favourite

    A car without number plates has been abandoned at Grovetown Lagoon.

    Thick bush keeps car with no plates from plunging into natural lagoon in Marlborough.

    Erebus: 'We've moved on'

    Sisters Janene Meikle, left, and Rochelle Stevenson lost their father Tony Stevenson in the Erebus disaster.

    Rochelle Stevenson suggested a park bench for every family; 257 park benches all over NZ "could have been nice".

    South Canterbury

    Freezing start to day video

    Snow covers the slopes of Mt Taranaki early on Wednesday after overnight temperatures plummeted.

    Overnight temperatures drop as low as -7C in the south and -4C in the north.

    Drop in foreign driver 'hysteria' video

    Direction arrows were painted on the road on SH1 near Moeraki by NZTA after the death of Ruby Marris.

    New Zealanders are "maturing" in their response to foreign drivers involved in crashes, an NZTA official says.

    Remanded in custody

    Ricky Millar Rigby, 43, denied unlawfully possessing a weapon, unlawfully possessing methamphetamine, and refusing a ...

    A Christchurch man who was on the run from police for more than a month after allegedly stabbing another man has pleaded to three of the six charges he is facing.

    Oamaru man denied bail

    Tanera Malachi Otene, 21, is facing 21 charges including for kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

    An Oamaru man accused of committing 21 offences including kidnapping and aggravated robbery has been denied electronically-monitored bail.

    Otago

    Freezing start to day video

    Snow covers the slopes of Mt Taranaki early on Wednesday after overnight temperatures plummeted.

    Overnight temperatures drop as low as -7C in the south and -4C in the north.

    Drop in foreign driver 'hysteria' video

    Direction arrows were painted on the road on SH1 near Moeraki by NZTA after the death of Ruby Marris.

    New Zealanders are "maturing" in their response to foreign drivers involved in crashes, an NZTA official says.

    Injured woman left for hours

    Emergency services at the scene of the car crash in Queenstown.

    A man has been charged after a critically injured woman was abandoned in a crashed car in Queenstown.

    Wastewater into pristine lakes video

    A fly fisherman on the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown.

    Raw wastewater, including faeces and heavy metals, could flow into lakes Wakatipu and Wanaka for decades.

    Southland

    Freezing start to day video

    Snow covers the slopes of Mt Taranaki early on Wednesday after overnight temperatures plummeted.

    Overnight temperatures drop as low as -7C in the south and -4C in the north.

    Search for man continues

    The National Dive Squad and police were on Lake Hauroko on Tuesday to resume the search for a missing person.

    Search resumes on southern end of Lake Hauroko.

    Drop in foreign driver 'hysteria' video

    Direction arrows were painted on the road on SH1 near Moeraki by NZTA after the death of Ruby Marris.

    New Zealanders are "maturing" in their response to foreign drivers involved in crashes, an NZTA official says.

    Job losses for Bluff

    Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch. (File photo).

    Sanford is restructuring its South Island fish processing operations.