Is a coal ban next? video

Energy Minister Megan Woods says banning coal exploration isn't currently on the table for the government.

Coal is being phased out of the national electricity grid but Government insists there's no plans for a ban.

Payout in will stoush

Mark Sandman at a Gus Fisher Gallery exhibition in 2010 (file photo).

Artist, supported by his mother for 20 years, accuses law firm of influencing her to disadvantage him in her will.

Foreign inmates cost millions

A lawyer and justice advocate says foreign prisoners should be deported as soon as they become eligible for parole - ...

When foreign prisoners are eligible for parole, should they be deported?

Cops take the saddle

Wellington Community Police officers- Constable Ben Hopkins and Sergeant Hamish Knight are part of a new Police on Bikes ...

Bicycle cops will patrol Wellington street, knocking on the window of any text-drivers.

Thames crash couple mourned

A tribute left at the scene of the crash that killed three people on Thursday.

Anne and Ian Fielder were planning to travel to Europe in October with friends.

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Winter a tough time for Kayla

Kayla White, 8 with her mother Angela White. Kayla has multiple medical conditions that could shorten her life.

Kayla White is a little girl with a heart of gold, but her lungs are letting her down.

'We're slow - really slow'

Superfad hosts Katie Kenny and Laura Walters

ANALYSIS: We like to think we're the super innovative little country that could. The truth is a lot less flattering.

Whanganui death investigated

The police and ambulance were called to the man's Whanganui address just before 7pm on Sunday.

The CIB have been called to investigate the death of a man at a property on Wikitoria Road in Whanganui.

House fire 'well involved'

The fire service arrived at a "well involved" house fire in South Auckland on Sunday night.

No one was in the Wattle Downs home at the time of the blaze.

Defence Force LAV in crash

The crash near Wairoa on Saturday, between a NZDF LAV and a people mover, saw two flown to hospital with serious ...

Serious crash near Wairoa involved a people mover and a Defence Force LAV, which ended up 'nose-down' in a river.

Down but not out

Jan Knowles was on the critical list in the hours after the January 19 crash in north Taranaki.

Nearly two months after a horror crash left her seriously injured, Jan Knowles is home for the first time.

9 in 10 burglaries not resolved

Police attended more than 3200 dwelling burglaries in Canterbury between January 2017 and February 2018. (File photo).

Canterbury police want to improve their response to burglaries, with one in five dwelling break-ins not attended by any officer for over two days.

Man missing at waterfall

Inside the cave mouth at Omanawa Falls.

Two people were rescued from the water by police, but a third person remains missing.

Man fails to get treatment; rapes woman

A West Coast man who violently raped a Nelson woman while suffering psychosis had earlier sought help from the Nelson ...

A man suffering psychosis sought hospital help. It never came and hours later he violently raped a woman.

What is a 'small' dog? video

Is 1-year-old Gaston too big for the little Milton Memorial Dog Park in Rangiora? A group enforcing the rules thinks so.

The 'Lap Ladies' are enforcing their own rules at this Canterbury small dog park. Is your canine too big?

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crime

Undercover cops, drug deals and a cottage

Police were granted a restraint order on the Burns St, Milton home.

A deep South home worth just $94,000 is at the centre of a legal battle.

Competition for compo

Michael Marino was awarded $50,000 for being held in custody too long, now a victim has called dibs on it.

Waikaia residents should 'remain vigilant' after alleged home invasion

Earthworks started at Waikeria

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Bell tolls for church closure

Members of St Paul's Waiwhetu  are meeting in a hall after their church was declared earthquake prone.The Reverend Karl ...

St Paul's congregation moves to hall as parish fundraises to fix church.

Preschool in the vast green

Casa Dei Bambini Montessori is tucked amongst the trees next to the Avon River.

A preschool is amongst the businesses still thriving in Christchurch's red zone despite the lack of locals.

BNZ quits Wellington HQ

A photo which emerged after the 2013 earthquake, apparently of the BNZ dealing room. The bank returned to the building ...

After almost 18 months of insisting it would return, BNZ has finally admitted it is quitting principal Wellington building.

Power out? Try your neighbour

Callum Davies is trialing the Wellington City Council's  solar homes initiative.

If disasters strikes, solar-powered homes across the city have been set up as charging hubs.

politics

Earthworks started at Waikeria

There has been basic earthworks done at Waikeria Prison after initially having been given the go-ahead for an expansion ...

A final decision on the Waikeria Prison expansion, planned by the National Government, could come before May 17.

Running into the fire

Adrian Orr speaks while Finance Minister Grant Robertson looks on, minutes after the pair signed the policy targets ...

New Reserve Bank boss Adrian Orr is not for backing down.

PM breaks through Russian cloud

Jacinda Ardern arrives to attend The Queen's Dinner during The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham ...

OPINION: Equivocations over Russia have not gone away, but the PM can count her European tour a success.

The Shape of Water, and the shallowness of our age

The Shape of Water, winner of four Oscars.

Opinion: When everything is reduced to slogans it's left to a movie to provide depth, writes David Slack.

education

Julie Chapman: tackling child poverty

KidsCan CEO and founder Julie Chapman.

Kiwi kids are worse off then ever, says KidsCan founder Julie Chapman.

Ready to rock again

Stage Challenge has been granted a reprieve with Rockquest picking up the competition for 2018.

Rockquest are planning to run a performing arts event at the TSB Stadium in term three.

Principal back despite probe

The Employment Relations Authority has ordered the immediate reinstatement of Marco School principal Jennifer Vincent.

The principal of a small rural school has been reinstated despite an investigation into alleged misconduct.

Massey enrolment issues a 'big bang'

Massey University software glitches caused problems for enrolments this year.

Sudden rollout of glitchy software blamed for student hardship.

health

The real cost of care

Alison Mau has been inundated with letters since writing about a mate of hers who uses a wheelchair.

OPINION: It's time we started unlocking the economic potential of special needs kids, writes Alison Mau.

New boss by July

Counties Manukau Health, which runs Middlemore Hospital, have been in headlines for leaky buildings and financial issues.

Troubled Middlemore Hospital, revealed as need extensive work to remove mould in its walls, has been without a chief executive for a year.

Julie Chapman: tackling child poverty

KidsCan CEO and founder Julie Chapman.

Kiwi kids are worse off then ever, says KidsCan founder Julie Chapman.

Turning a blind eye to care crisis

An extra funding boost last year helped reduce patient wait lists but concerns remain that long wait times will balloon ...

Why are people losing sight waiting to see an eye doctor?

women of influence

'Dreams can come true' video

Women of Influence 2017 young leader Sharnay Cocup says influential women give others the "knowledge and power to be ...

Young leader launches this year's Women of Influence awards in Auckland with rousing speech to other youth.

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.

farming

Skin creams made from deer milk

Landcorp is milking 80 deer from November to March.

Landcorp is milking 80 red deer near Gore for milk powder and cosmetics trials.

Disaster response 'stronger'

Minister of Civil Defence Chris Faafoi and Horizon's chairman Bruce Gordon meet with emergency responders in Manawatū.

Civil Defence is in a stronger position to deal with farming disasters, says Minister Chris Faafoi.

Wool prices up across board

Wool prices were on the up for crossbred fleece.

Crossbred wool prices moved in the right direction at the Christchurch auction.

Kind autumn helps farmers

Tararua Federated Farmers president Neil Filer says milk production is down a bit in the Tararua district.

Warm, wet conditions have helped set up some Manawatū/Rangitīkei farmers for the winter ahead.

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    Auckland

    Dance to avoid post-65 falls

    Don't let your age stop you from doing the things you love.

    Most people don't feel ''old'' at 65 and want to stay well and independent for as long as they can.

    House fire 'well involved'

    The fire service arrived at a "well involved" house fire in South Auckland on Sunday night.

    No one was in the Wattle Downs home at the time of the blaze.

    Semifinal in the balance

    Cameron Howieson of Auckland City and Mario Ilich of Team Wellington compete for the ball.

    Team Wellington and Auckland City couldn't be separated in the first leg of their OFC Champions League clash.

    Payout in will stoush

    Mark Sandman at a Gus Fisher Gallery exhibition in 2010 (file photo).

    Artist, supported by his mother for 20 years, accuses law firm of influencing her to disadvantage him in her will.

    Wellington

    Cops take the saddle

    Wellington Community Police officers- Constable Ben Hopkins and Sergeant Hamish Knight are part of a new Police on Bikes ...

    Bicycle cops will patrol Wellington streets, knocking on the window of any text-drivers.

    New state houses plans

    In Strathmore Ave, the two-bedroom homes will be terraced town houses and the four-bedroom houses will be standalone ...

    Strathmore is getting 12 new state houses as Housing New Zealand ups investment in Wellington.

    Defence Force LAV in crash

    The crash near Wairoa on Saturday, between a NZDF LAV and a people mover, saw two flown to hospital with serious ...

    Serious crash near Wairoa involved a people mover and a Defence Force LAV, which ended up 'nose-down' in a river.

    Sea level rise before your eyes video

    Wellington City Council innovation officer Sean Audain tries out a new virtual reality headset that what climate change ...

    It's hard to imagine what sea level rise will do to the capital, but now you don't have to.

    Canterbury

    What is a 'small' dog? video

    Is 1-year-old Gaston too big for the little Milton Memorial Dog Park in Rangiora? A group enforcing the rules thinks so.

    The 'Lap Ladies' are enforcing their own rules at this Canterbury small dog park. Is your canine too big?

    4WDers rescued video

    The salvage operation on Sunday afternoon.

    With his 4WD rapidly sinking in the middle of the Ashley River, Mark Nicholl thought he was "buggered".

    No help before rape

    A West Coast man who violently raped a Nelson woman while suffering psychosis had earlier sought help from the Nelson ...

    A man suffering psychosis sought hospital help. It never came and hours later he violently raped a woman in her home.

    Scam numbers, losses rising

    Cyber crime alone is estimated to cost the country between $250m and $400m a year.

    It it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, so lose the hang ups and hang up on scammers.

    Waikato

    Dogs put through their paces

    Caitlin Frater with Geuse, her toy poodle, at the dog agility show at Melville Park over the weekend.

    Around 400 people and a range of different dog breeds competed in the agility show held at Melville Park over the weekend.

    Housing fast-tracked

    Housing New Zealand can now fast-track the Jebson Place consent after the Government approved Hamilton's first special ...

    Hamilton mayor believes a new three-bedroom home could go to market below $500,000.

    Waikeria work starts

    There has been basic earthworks done at Waikeria Prison after initially having been given the go-ahead for an expansion ...

    A final decision on the Waikeria Prison expansion still due, but earthworks have begun.

    Thames crash couple mourned

    A tribute left at the scene of the crash that killed three people on Thursday.

    Anne and Ian Fielder were planning to travel to Europe and the UK in October.

    Bay Of Plenty

    Man missing at waterfall

    Inside the cave mouth at Omanawa Falls.

    Two people were rescued from the water by police, but a third person remains missing.

    Chiefs bye at just the right time

    The Chiefs put on a dominant display against the Reds to go into their bye in good spirits.

    Second and final bye well-timed, as team looks to refresh and push on.

    No way home for ill man

    Bella Vista couple Lee and Denese Konowe are not allowed to re-enter their home, despite medical requirements.

    Tauranga City Council refuses to let couple sign a legal waiver to go home for medical treatment. 

    Chiefs make it 35-0 for NZ video

    Charlie Ngatai celebrates his try with Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi as the Chiefs cantered to victory over the Reds in Brisbane.

    No sign of an Australian improvement as the Chiefs roll the Reds despite losing Damian McKenzie in a HIA.

    Taranaki

    Gardening for the millennial

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Kaitake Farms owners Toby Dixon and Ryan Gut have purchased an electronic ...

    Tech-savvy millennials are getting their hands dirty to ensure fresh produce makes it to our tables.

    Dead woman at school

    Police and an ambulance were crew were sent to the school, on New Plymouth's Calvert Rd, on Sunday after being alerted ...

    Police were called to a city school where they found a woman dead in the playground.

    17 days alone at sea

    Graeme Francis spoke to Stuff in New Plymouth before the race. Here he is pictured on his yacht Robbery.

    Graeme Francis was running out of food, and crossing the finish line was his only hope.

    Surviving hairy times

    He loves being a barber because of the happy faces he sees.

    A Taranaki barber said he is lucky to be alive having lived through the Kosovo war. 

    Manawatu

    Horns blare for nurses

    Palmerston North nurses rally in The Square for better pay and conditions.

    Palmerston North motorists toot as nurses rally for better pay and conditions.

    Bat signal spotted

    Long-tailed bats have been found in Dannevirke, where they were previously thought to not reside. (File photo)

    Improved recording technology helps in discovery of critically endangered bats in North Island.

    Yellows claim derby 

    Feilding Yellows prop Sean Rankin had a strong game up front.

    CLUB RUGBY: Feilding Yellows' win in the wind blows them to the top of the table.

    'Face of meth' freed

    Caleb Kovaleski, who put a Palmerston North suburb into lockdown after pointing a gun at a detective, has been released ...

    Offender who put a Palmerston North suburb into lockdown is released from jail.

    Nelson

    Framing a piece of life

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Mu Phou, left with the Gill Starling of The Framing Rooms in Nelson, ...

    A framed portrait of a treasured past is the perfect gift for one Nelson woman battling stage three cancer.

    No help before rape

    A West Coast man who violently raped a Nelson woman while suffering psychosis had earlier sought help from the Nelson ...

    A man suffering psychosis sought hospital help. It never came and hours later he violently raped a woman.

    Winter hard for Kayla

    Kayla White, 8 with her mother Angela White. Kayla has multiple medical conditions that could shorten her life.

    Kayla White is a little girl with a heart of gold, but her lungs are letting her down.

    Report makes for bad reading

    Nelson Multicultural Council co-ordinator Jenni Bancroft, left,Professor Colleen Ward and chairwoman Luz Zuniga at the ...

    Discrimination a barrier to migrant employment and social inclusion, new research suggests.

    Marlborough

    Train on track for expansion

    The Marlborough Flyer hopes to expand the heritage journey to Seddon and also to Kaikōura.

    A World War I steam train is set to boost tourism with new trips to Kaikōura and Seddon.

    Celebrating survival

    Divers Kevin Sim, left, and Garry Ham flicking through old photographs and newspaper cut outs from when they went ...

    What was meant to be a half-hour dive for crayfish turned into a 27-hour battle to stay alive.

    Burning braziers in hot demand

    Artist Summer Weir at her Waihopai Valley studio, midway through cutting another brazier - made from a recycled metal ...

    American-Kiwi Summer Weir has made a name for herself turning braziers into works of art.

    Display honours soldier's memory

    An Anzac day tribute to John Doggett created by Gerard Verkaaik, left, is an honour for the family says Doggett's niece ...

    Fighter pilot Sergeant John (Jack) Leonard Doggett died 74 years ago but his bravery has never been forgotten.

    South Canterbury

    Big crowds get war experience video

    On a German sidecar motorcycle are Glen Hewison, left, Mitchell Soper, Tommi Hewison, 9, Antony Smith, and Rod Harvey at ...

    A biennial Anzac event that re-enacts the sights and sounds of WWI drew in about 4000 people over two days.

    'Recruitment' call

    Fish and Game NZ has been told it must find new ways to recruit more members to mitigate its ageing membership.

    Fish and Game NZ could face declining membership due to lack of youth interest, major report says.

    Close match between builders

    Connor Dowling from Timaru won the apprentice challenge to build a castle playhouse in eight hours at Timaru ITM in ...

    There was a close battle in the South Canterbury round of a nationwide building competition.

    Whitebait worries

    Whitebaiting is a New Zealand tradition.

    The Government has been warned NZ's whitebait population could be wiped out within the next 16 years.

    Otago

    Undercover cops, drug deals and a cottage

    Police were granted a restraint order on the Burns St, Milton home.

    A deep South home worth just $94,000 is at the centre of a legal battle.

    Two $500,000 Lotto wins

    It's an excellent start to the week for those lucky enough to have won Second Division, taking home $14,368.

    Two players split $1 million prize as $9m Powerball rolls over.

    'Old white men' dominate

    London-based arbitrator Wendy Miles and executive director of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute in New Zealand ...

    A pledge to bring equality to an industry dominated by "old white men" has gained supporters at an international conference in Queenstown.

    $4.20 coffees Cannabis Museum video

    Abe Gray, curator of Dunedin's Whakamana Cannabis Museum.

    The country's latest museum is setting high standards on all things cannabis.

    Southland

    By way of illustration

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    Stuff cartoonist illustrator Shaun Yeo is heading for a freelance future, adapting yet again to a constantly changing industry.

    Cop 'killed for control'

    Verity Ann McLean was shot and killed by Constable Ben McLean on April 25, 2017.

    Verity McLean's best friend wants people to know the truth about the husband who murdered her.

    Six playhouses to be built

    Kelvin Haywood, front, Matt Escott, left, and Corey Mennell are competing in the New Zealand Certified Builders ...

    Competitions throughout the country on Saturday will determine finalists for the New Zealand Certified Builders Apprentice Challenge Final in Rotorua.

    Artwork in the spotlight

    Southland Arts Festival director Angela Newell, left, and Invercargill Public Art Gallery assistant curator Gemma ...

    The 10th edition of the Southland Arts Festival starts in Invercargill on Anzac Day.

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