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House ablaze in Christchurch

A house has been damaged by fire in Parklands, Christchurch, on Monday.

One person has been treated for smoke inhalation after a house fire in Christchurch.

Driver abandoned injured girlfriend

It was about six hours after this Queenstown car crash that the car and victim were discovered wedged behind a building.

A Queenstown man says he does not remember the crash nor leaving the scene, but DNA evidence places him in the driver's seat.

Kiwi banker pleads guilty: reports

Andrew Pearse worked as head of Credit Suisse's Global Financing Group.

The Christchurch-born man admitted to accepting millions of dollars in kickbacks.

Dog on loose after attack

A hunt is on for a rogue dog, possible a Rhodeisan ridgeback or bull mastiff cross, which attacked a woman on July 9. ...

 A woman was hospitalised and the dog responsible has not been found.

Tamihere sues Council: No conflict

John Tamihere is seeking the Auckland mayoralty in October

Social housing dispute sees Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere set to sue the council he hopes to lead in October.

Fog disrupts Wellington flights

The cenotaph is barely visible as fog settles on Wellington.

A flight carrying the All Blacks was turned back amid fog disruptions in Wellington.

Spotlight on postnatal depression

Shaun Neville is looking at the effects New Zealand's mobile society has on parenting.

Study aims to help immigrant parents who are almost twice as likely to fall into despair after birth.

$1000 meat 'theft'

The meat was allegedly taken from Countdown stores in Glenfield and Hobsonville. (FILE PHOTO)

Kimiora Daniel is said to have taken $1074 of meat from stores in Glenfield and Hobsonville.

Covering the risk of gas

Christchurch explosion damage seen from the air.

Gasfitters are expected to have $1m cover - that's being rethought after the scale of Friday's blast.

Green School site takes shape

A driveway, paths and parking areas on the Koru Rd site have been laid.

The world's second Green School is planting roots in Taranaki in more ways than one.

'Indecent act' at pool

The alleged incident happened at West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre in Henderson. (FILE PHOTO)

A man is charged with committing an indecent act at an Auckland public swimming pool.

Meningococcal disease facts

An unusual cry - such as a high-pitched, moaning cry - can be a symptom of meningococcal disease in infants.

It's the start of the "season" for the potentially deadly meningococcal disease, with 50 cases and two deaths already in the first half of this year.

Blast neighbour still stunned

The blast damaged Ken Glassenbury garage door.

John McGill is still "like a zombie" three days after a house in his street blew up.

Auckland traffic: Motorway delays

A truck breakdown is causing delays on SH1 between Drury and Takanini.

The 11.4km commute between Drury and Takanini is taking an hour and three minutes to complete following a breakdown.

Kind act stuns refugee family

Red Cross volunteer Ngaire Young was stunned when a man paid for a refugee family's groceries, umprompted.

A simple act of kindness prompted a Muslim mother to a hug stranger in public.

A new generation of campaigning

Jacqueline Paul has served on the local youth council and youth advisory board. Now she's seeking a seat on  Auckland ...

A secret Facebook page and networking is part of the biggest push yet by young people to make their mark in October's local body elections.

Is John Banks the big issue?

Former city mayor John Banks is eyeing up another tilt at the greater Auckland mayoralty

OPINION: Will a likely John Banks mayoral campaign be a tune-in or a turn-off moment for October's election?

This Cup’s for you, Casey Kopua video

Casey Kopua, a legend of netball, sealed the Silver Ferns' incredible World Cup victory.

One of netball's legends sealed the Silver Ferns' incredible World Cup victory.

Goff: 'I can be relied upon'

Auckland mayor Phil Goff photographed during a "Meet the Candidates" video series on ...

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff conveys a sense of stability, but he says there will be changes if he wins a second term.

Quake rocks Chch

Another earthquake for Christchurch.

Another big jolt for the city - after a shake on Saturday night.

Morning fog disrupts

A thick blanket of early morning fog is causing widespread disruptions for Christchurch travellers. (File photo).

A thick blanket of fog has delayed flights into Christchurch and sparked warnings for motorists.

AA: build Auckland roads faster

The AA fears progress on tackling congestion is too slow.

The AA fears transport projects planned for Auckland won't happen soon enough to ease traffic jams.

Close call for Air Force helicopter

The helicopter was seen flying "fast and low" through the Wairoa Valley, near Nelson, just moments are a suspended cable ...

An Air Force helicopter missed crashing into a logging cable because it was lowered for smoko avoiding a potentially catastrophic crash.

Quiz: Morning trivia challenge July 22

Which ABBA song begins: ''I been cheated by you since you know when"?

Which ABBA song begins: ''I been cheated by you since you know when"?

Riverbank chainsaw massacre

Twelve plantation trees were cut down at the Wairau River Reserve earlier this month.

Residents on rural street often hear chainsaw noises from nearby reserve.

Strewth - Australia did what?

Prime ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern likely had plenty to talk about during her visit to Australia, ...

OPINION: Everyone is concerned about China's expansion into the Pacific, but Australia may have left the front door open.

Principals battle 'white flight' video

Former Avalon Intermediate School principal Ian Hastie with pupils Viliami Feki 12, Jacinta Franklyn 11, Dezzyanaye ...

Principals from lower decile schools are calling for the decile system to be scrapped amidst fears it is reducing diversity in classrooms.

Call for daytime headlights

By law, motorists must have their lights on by 30 minutes after sunset.

Motorist urges people to turn on headlights during the day in winter.

Hit-and-run driver at large

Anna Roguski has been recuperating at her parents' Stratford farm since she was hit by a car in the early hours of July ...

Anna Roguski was walking home from work when she was hit by a car. No-one knows who was behind the wheel.

'White flight' from schools video

Retiring Avalon Intermediate School principal Ian Hastie wants a national debate on white flight.

Principals say the label "low decile" has come to mean poor education - and that's not true.

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