Orion in court over fires

DOC's Bruce Webster works on the smouldering remains of properties destroyed in Worsley Rd.

IAG and policy holders claim the Orion Group and the Christchurch Adventure Park caused the Port Hills fires.

'Novel science' gets Lundy video

Mark Lundy, pictured at his 2015 retrial, has twice been convicted of murdering his wife Christine and their 7-year-old ...

The experts agreed on the smoking-gun in the Mark Lundy retrial, but his lawyer says that's not enough.

New crossing barriers removed

Safety barriers put in at the corner of Rata and Miro Streets in Inglewood have been take down because people tampered ...

Temporary safety barriers installed at a pedestrian crossing have been removed because they were dangerous.

Earthquake jolts central NZ

The quake struck at 5.17pm at a depth of 18km, according to Geonet.

Short and sharp 3.8 magnitude earthquake near Lower Hutt rattled Wellington.

Woman killed in Waihi crash

A car and a truck were involved in the serious, two-car crash on State Highway 2, depicted in this Google Maps image.

Emergency services are responding to the State Highway 2 crash.

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Stolen cop car found abandoned

A person had stolen a police car in Murupara. (file pic)

The police car stolen in the Bay of Plenty was found dumped, but the offender is still on the run.

Dairy owner threatened with weapon

Police spokesperson says the man entered the dairy at 8.30pm.

Police are on the hunt for a young man who attempted to rob a dairy in Selwyn St, Christchurch.

Pack of councillors to pick watchdogs

A council meeting discussed the use of captive bolt guns. (FILE PHOTO)

A pack of city councillors will decide upon a public advisory panel to investigate the euthanasia of dogs at the city pound after a council meeting on Tuesday.

Abandoned house albaze

A St John Ambulance spokesperson said the house was abandoned and empty at the time of the fire.

Large fire tears through empty, abandoned property in Auckland suburb of New Lynn.

Secret meetings over government deal video

Bill English said he had a good meeting with Winston Peters.

Bill English "had a good meeting" with Winston Peters, as NZ First thrashes out final details with National and Labour.

Coalition talks gather pace video

Winston Peters - says the NZ First board has been unable to reach consensus on government formation yet.

OPINION: The NZ First, National and Labour leaders meet one on one, behind closed doors. Things finally get serious.

Featherston's identity crisis

Featherston's war memorial. The fact that the town has no official name is "weird", Napier says. (File photo)

It's a town that doesn't officially have a name. Now that's about to change.

Auckland beaches go smokefree

Auckland beaches will be smokefree as of November.

Smoking at outdoor dining areas has also been stubbed out just in time for summer.

Live: Waiting for Winston

With NZ First's board meeting again, will this be the day a new government is announced?

NZ First leader has been holding one-on-one meetings with Jacinda Ardern and Bill English tonight.

570km to get out of caravan video

Cindy is living with her two sons in a borrowed caravan at the Tahuna Beach  Holiday Park while trying to get a Housing ...

A Nelson mum and her two boys are moving to Timaru - just to get a Housing New Zealand home.

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crime

Life sentence for brutal murder video

Murderer Stephen Findlay appears in the High Court at Dunedin for sentencing.

Stephen Findlay used to drink and argue with his neighbour. Then one night he bashed her to death before shooting himself.

Neighbours' row turned to murder

When Miranda Clare heard about a murder in a small Otago town, she knew her father would be involved.

Uncle loses sex abuse appeal

Sex abuse complainant challenged

nz earthquake

Earthquake jolts central NZ

The quake struck at 5.17pm at a depth of 18km, according to Geonet.

Short and sharp 3.8 magnitude earthquake near Lower Hutt rattled Wellington.

7.8 - the aftermath on canvas

Kaikōura artists Susie Baker, left, and Jane Riley at the opening of Shaken Earth at Blenheim's Detour Gallery.

A new art show in Blenheim marks the anniversary of the Kaikoura earthquakes.

Weather slams quake rail route

A wet start to October has caused slips to come down on the Main North Line, which is expected to remain closed until ...

The newly rebuilt rail line from Picton to Christchurch could be closed for the rest of the month.

Trail shifts from idea to project

The proposed Coastal Pacific Trail has been given a boost with a $600,000 grant from the Rātā Foundation.

Funding has started to roll in for a proposed cycle trail from Picton to Kaikōura.

politics

Listen: Bill English's police tape

Bill English eventually released a transcript of the interview after media pressure.

The audio of Bill English's police statement concerning Todd Barclay has been obtained by Stuff. 

John Key: MMP not pretty

Former Prime Minister Sir John Key rings the bell to open the new Trading Room at the University of Canterbury.

The government will be judged by its performance, not how long it takes to form, says John Key.

Backroom deals hard to take

It pays not to take Winston Peters literally.

OPINION: You have to be a bit careful when it comes to deciphering the words of Winston Peters.

Who backed Winston?

Winston Peters' NZ First Party draw much of their support from the regions, especially the Bay of Plenty and Northland.

NZ First is set to decide who will govern. What do we know about its supporters?

education

College's new principal looking to build

Paul McKinley has joined Glenfield College after a decade at Mount Albert Grammar School.

Paul McKinley wants to build on the academic successes of his predecessor.

Career choices remain traditional

University might not be the best choice for all school leavers, says careers advisor.

Tertiary enrolment numbers are dropping but some teenagers still face family pressure to go to university.

Aparima College principal resigns

Nicola Hornsey, Aparima College commissioner.

Aparima College principal Kaye Day has resigned.

Pulling at the heartstrings

Social Socks school outreach founder Lesley Bates, with two of the puppets she uses to teach children about emotions.

Sock puppets and a home-grown learning programme are helping children with their feelings. 

health

Let's talk, Southland: Kirwan

Sir John Kirwan visited Northern Southland College, Lumsden, on Tuesday afternoon.

Mental health speeches "powerful, timely, relevant".

$4 million already raised for hospice

Te Omanga Hospice boss Biddy Harford is delighted with their temporary home in Petone.

Lower Hutt's Te Omanga Hospice has a temporary new home.

Virus closes hospital wards

A bad strain of norovirus has hit Hawke's Bay Hospital.

Thirty Hawke's Bay Hospital staff are showing symptoms of Norovirus

Harm of HIV questioned

Mikio Filitonga was found guilty of  knowingly infecting a lover with HIV.

Medical advances mean passing on infection is less harmful, lawyer tells court.

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

Affco manager resigns

Former Affco general manager Andy Leonard at this year's Mystery Creek Fieldays.

Affco general manager Andy Leonard left in a hurry but he's keeping mum about why.

Farm and manor for sale

Glenralloch Manor, built in 1912, is the centrepiece of the farm for sale that overlooks Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula.

An "immaculate" Banks Peninsula farm is up for sale after 174 years with one Canterbury family.

Precision agriculture arrives

Future sensor technology will be small and disposable and will allow farmers gather data to make their businesses more ...

Farms will soon carry biodegradable fingernail-sized sensors.

Fined $35k for effluent breach

Photo of the foaming effect and discolouration
within the tributary abouth 360 metres downstream from the discharge point.

About 150,000 litres of dairy effluent overflowed into a Taranaki stream, making it "highly toxic".

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    Auckland

    Sport: Louisa Gago a Kiwi Ferns rookie

    The Gago sisters, Louisa, left, the Kiwi Fern and Grace, the rugby player who helped her back from a broken ankle.

    Louisa Gago has her sister Grace to thank . 

    Abandoned house albaze

    A St John Ambulance spokesperson said the house was abandoned and empty at the time of the fire.

    Large fire tears through empty, abandoned property in Auckland suburb of New Lynn.

    Auckland beaches go smokefree

    Auckland beaches will be smokefree as of November.

    Smoking at outdoor dining areas has also been stubbed out just in time for summer.

    Fatal Auckland cliff fall

    Emergency services were called after reports a person had fallen from a cliff in Mairangi Bay in Auckland. (FILE)

    A person is dead after falling from a cliff in Mairangi Bay on Auckland's North Shore.

    Wellington

    Evans Bay camper trouble

    Neighbours complain that they regularly see freedom campers getting dressed in public, doing their laundry and cleaning ...

    Freedom campers doing laundry and getting dressed in public, say neighbours.

    Hitch in Basin plans?

    Concept drawings of new apartment block on Hania St, which has been granted resource consent by Wellington City Council.

    Consent for Wellington apartments may hinder possible solutions to traffic woes.

    Featherston's identity crisis

    Featherston's war memorial. The fact that the town has no official name is "weird", Napier says. (File photo)

    It's a town that doesn't officially have a name. Now that's about to change.

    Quake jolts central NZ

    The quake struck at 5.17pm at a depth of 18km, according to Geonet.

    Short and sharp 3.8 magnitude earthquake near Lower Hutt rattled Wellington.

    Canterbury

    Neighbours' row turned to murder

    Stephen Findlay in his younger days

    Miranda Clare knew her dad was involved when she heard of a murder near Dunedin.

    Court action over fires

    Fires burn in the Port Hills above Christchurch in February.

    IAG and policy holders claim the Orion Group and the Christchurch Adventure Park caused the Port Hills fires.

    Complaint at police conduct

    James Samson claims police holding a grudge have unfairly targeted his family's businesses.

    A convicted drug dealer and member of family behind a strip club claims police have unfairly targeted his family's businesses.

    570km to get out of caravan video

    Cindy is living with her two sons in a borrowed caravan at the Tahuna Beach  Holiday Park while trying to get a Housing ...

    A Nelson mum and her two boys are moving to Timaru - just to get a home.

    Waikato

    Mother's phone scam taxi ride

    Dimpi Nirmal, left and husband Vineet have $1900 worth of iTunes vouchers as a reminder of the phone scam.

    They hacked her husband's phone, threatened his life then ordered her a taxi to an iTunes store.

    Family want answers

    Neville John Maxwell Butler with his mum, Julie Donner.

    Days after leaving jail, Neville Butler was dead. 

    One dead in Waihi crash 

    A car and a truck were involved in the serious, two-car crash on State Highway 2, depicted in this Google Maps image.

    Emergency services are responding to the State Highway 2 crash.

    Shot before threesome

    Tiffani Jade Sutcliffe asked if a shotgun was loaded before pulling the trigger and killing Rhys Gordon Williamson

    It was meant to be an evening of drug-taking and group sex. It ended in anger and death.

    Taranaki

    Coops captured on canvas

    Jordan Barnes' portrait of Colin Cooper was commissioned by the TRFU as a farewell gift for the coach.

    He's painted All Blacks and Anna Paquin and now, as a farewell present, outgoing Taranaki coach Colin Cooper.

    Protection for breaks

    Pro surfer Courtney Conlogue, shreds a wave at Fitzroy Beach which is on a list of Taranaki Regional Council surf breaks ...

    Taranaki's top surf spots have been identified so they can be protected.

    New crossing barriers removed

    Safety barriers put in at the corner of Rata and Miro Streets in Inglewood have been take down because people tampered ...

    Temporary safety barriers installed at an Inglewood pedestrian crossing have been removed because they were dangerous.

    Climbing Everest in Taranaki

    Hasely Lobb will be climbing the equivalent height of Everest over the month of November, taking it a step at a time ...

    To climb the equivalent height of Mt Everest, you'd need to do Paritutu 90 times.

    Manawatu

    Circus will pay for muddy mess video

    Manawatu Standard reporter Janine Rankin in the muddy aftermath left by the Weber Bros Circus after their visit to ...

    After the fun and thrills of the circus, there was an expected muddy mess to repair.

    Damp house rehearing

    Jillian Sinclair is still struggling to find a house suitable for her special needs children, after months of searching. ...

    A pond formed under her rental property. Now compensation for that has been decimated.

    'Victim of science' video

    Mark Lundy, pictured at his 2015 retrial, has twice been convicted of murdering his wife Christine and their 7-year-old ...

    Rules are needed to police how "novel science" is used in court, says Mark Lundy's lawyer.

    Road repairs frustrate

    Partial closures to the Saddle Rd mean Tararua resident Judy Edmonds has to spend an extra half an hour in the car each ...

    A Tararua resident's time with her dying father has been limited by road closures.

    Nelson

    570km to get out of caravan video

    Cindy is living with her two sons in a borrowed caravan at the Tahuna Beach  Holiday Park while trying to get a Housing ...

    A Nelson mum and her two boys are moving to Timaru - just to get a Housing New Zealand home.

    Triumph after crash

    Louise Corbett can finally relax after her epic Ironman adventure.

    Six months after being broken in a cycle crash, Nelson's Louise Corbett finishes the Hawaiian Ironman. 

    Campaigner facing cannabis charges

    Medicinal cannabis campaigner and "green fairy" Rose Renton faces cannabis charges.

    Cannabis campaigner charged with supplying chronic pain sufferers with products.

    Poachers 'too lazy'

    Two hunters scaled a security gate to access a 580-hectare property near Pelorus River. (File photo)

    But they weren't too lazy to climb a 2-metre gate 18 times in 15 months.

    Marlborough

    Convoys on a roll

    Soldiers on Operation Exercise Southern Katipo give sentry duty while camp is set up at Omaka; from left, Private Weir ...

    Exercise Southern Katipo is underway in Marlborough with soldiers and equipment being transferred on the alternate Picton to Christchurch route this week.

    Revenge backfires

    Screen shots posted by Lisa Maree Moynihan attacking people she claimed ripped off her son were shared more than 100 times.

    A mum decided to shame an alleged dealer on Facebook when her son didn't receive his cannabis. 

    Furnace plans spark action group

    Alan Hall, foreground, is leading the resurrected Blenheim Residents and Ratepayers Association to fight a proposed ...

    After "investing their life's savings" into their new homes, residents have banded together to fight the furnace to the bitter end.

    Poachers too lazy to go around

    Two hunters scaled a security gate to access a 580-hectare property near Pelorus River. (File photo)

    But they weren't too lazy to climb a 2-metre gate 18 times in 15 months.

    South Canterbury

    First crack at musical direction

    Matt Deavoll is trying his hand as musical director for upcoming South Canterbury Drama League show Variety.

    Deavoll's been in the orchestra, and on the stage. Now, for the first time, he's the musical director

    Loan nearly paid off

    Phar Lap Charitable Trust member Noel Walker says the trust is chipping away at the loan it received to cover the ...

    Trust still chipping away at loan eight years after Phar Lap statue was erected outside race track.

    Shearing shed gutted

    Bruce Rogers surveys the damage to his shearing shed after the fire on Monday night.

    Fire crews forced to cut holes in wool shed to extinguish "well involved" fire near Geraldine.

    'Ripped from my life'

    Oamaru pensioner William Arthur Lee arrives at Timaru District Court on Monday morning with defence counsel Michael de Buyzer

    Oamaru pensioner sentenced after killing a man he drove into on a pavement.

    Otago

    Telford transitions to Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre

    Happier days for Telford, with its long-awaited transfer to the new tertiary provider, Taratahi Agricultural Training ...

    New Telford era to provide "one hell of a lot of good farmers for the industry".

    Newbee MP plays hurry up and wait during coalition talks

    National party Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker.

    It's hurry up and wait for new MP Hamish Walker during coalition talks.

    Life sentence for brutal murder video

    Murderer Stephen Findlay appears in the High Court at Dunedin for sentencing.

    Stephen Findlay used to drink and argue with his neighbour. Then one night he bashed her to death before shooting himself.

    Neighbours' row turned to murder

    Stephen Findlay in his younger days

    When Miranda Clare heard about a murder in a small Otago town, she knew her father would be involved.

    Southland

    Bravery awards for Nightcaps fire

    Nightcaps men Conrad Waihape, left, and Phil Manson were presented with Bravery awards at a Southland District Council ...

    "It was pretty dark and bloody hard to see..."

    Let's talk, Southland: Kirwan

    Sir John Kirwan visited Northern Southland College, Lumsden, on Tuesday afternoon.

    Mental health speeches "powerful, timely, relevant".

    Aparima College to get new principal, board of trustees

    Aparima College commissioner Nicola Hornsey.

    Embattled Aparima College in Riverton is set to have elections to form a board of trustees after its new principal is recruited.

    Shears leader quietly determined

    Winton shearer Troy Pyper in the Open heats at the 50th Waimate Shears on Saturday.

    Up-and-coming Southland shearer not taking anything for granted.

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