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Motorway reopened, delays remain

Roadworks ran overtime on Auckland's northwestern motorway, closing SH16 southbound. (File photo)

Overrun roadworks have left big delays on Auckland's northwestern motorway after it was closed to southbound traffic.

'Shattered' by treatment delay

East Auckland woman Fiona Tolich has written an open letter to Pharmac saying the decision "will not break us".

Pharmac subcommittee says it wants more evidence before it commits to a $1 million treatment for spinal muscular atrophy.

Highway hazard in middle of town

Blink and you'll miss it. Grovetown resident John Gridley stands in front of the Grovetown Hotel.

It's 100kmh all the way through this tiny Marlborough town that straddles SH1.

Woman dies in single-car crash

Police were called to the single-car crash on Massey Rd in Reporoa shortly after 8.30pm.

A woman has died following a car crash near Rotorua on Sunday evening. 

What price a 2.5 per cent rate rise?

Might Auckland's proposed 2.5 per cent rate rise put the political cart before the horse?

OPINION: Auckland Council has effectively locked in this year's rate rise at 2.5 per cent, but is political pride trumping doing what's needed ?

Roundup ban busts council budget

Weeding in Christchurch has become more expensive since Roundup use was reduced three years ago.

A $2m budget blow-out as Garden City takes tough stance on toxic weedkiller.

Grape harvest starts early

Harvest will kick off this week, which is a week to ten days earlier than the long term average.

Workers get unusual early call up as Marlborough's hot weather ripens grapes early.

Nelson forestry company assesses loss video

Tasman Pine Forests lost an estimated 1400ha in the recent wildfires. The company hopes to begin replanting trees in winter.

The forestry company that lost 1400 hectares of plantation is confident of replanting trees by winter.

'Crying need' for training change video

Can the polytechnic sector be reformed so we get students trained for the jobs we need?

OPINION: We all agree we need more skilled workers. How we train them is up for debate.

Road tripping to conservation

Zealandia Senior Ambassadors Elizabeth Werner, centre, and Aneesa Delpachitra get a lesson from Rotorua Canopy Tour's ...

A road trip was the perfect way for five teens to round off a year of conservation work.

Te Papa’s rare moa egg

Among the new exhibits at Te Papa's renewed nature zone will be a rare moa egg.

700-year-old moa egg, one of only 36 in the world, will be at the heart of a new attraction.

Triathletes past retirement age

All four triathletes are extremely passionate for the sport and do it for a mix of fun and competitiveness.

Doing a triathlon at any age sounds daunting, but not for four Taranaki athletes - three of whom are over 65.

One dead following Whangarei crash

One person has died in a serious crash in Whangarei this evening.

Diversions are in place following a fatal crash in Northland this evening.

'Critical' Pike River evidence missing

This electrical cabinet cover has been lost.

Missing electrical cabinet cover was blown to the surface in one of the deadly explosions.

Lagoon death: 'we'll miss her dearly'

Family of Sarah Pauline Louise Mayne, 48, say her death will leave a big gap in their lives.

Family pay tribute to Sarah Mayne, 48, after she was found dead in a Wellington lagoon.

'About $1 million a fruitfly'

Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor was in Devonport on Sunday to field questions, shadowed by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff ...

Cost of fruit fly discovery revealed by minister who says trading partners have also been notified of the issue.

Chopper crashes fighting fire

A helicopter has crashed fighting a massive wildfire in the Tasman district.

A pilot fighting the Nelson bush fire has been injured after his helicopter crashed.

Quake victim's mum's triple tragedy video

It has been a wretched eight years for Gaye Fisher, since her son was killed in the Christchurch earthquake.

Gaye Fisher's son died in the quake, her grandson got leukemia - and now she has just months to live.

Sex-for-rent: Students, travellers targeted

Experts say students and backpackers are most at risk of agreeing to sex-for-rent arrangements due to their typically ...

Sex-for-rent deals are riskier than prostitution - and it's students and backpackers who are most likely to suffer.

Home wanted for Porirua centre

Boston Talataina, Jean Skilton and Ella White at First Five Childcare centre in Porirua. Skilton has taught at the ...

A popular childcare centre has found itself homeless for the second time in two years.

Killer to appeal sex convictions

Convicted killer David Noel Roigard, pictured here in 2016, is asking the Court of Appeal to take another look at his ...

Convicted killer now asking court to review his convictions for historical child abuse.

Pungarehu Golf Club battlers aren't sheepish video

Club secretary Sue Crowley says the club was in a strong position with an enthusiastic group of young club members.

Some golf clubs do raffles to raise funds. A rural Taranaki golf club keeps sheep on its course to sell.

Strong dose of regulation needed

Medicinal cannabis has been legalised, and a regulatory regime is currently being developed.

Man discovered the "therapeutic" cannabis used by his epilepsy-suffering grandson was more akin to "psychoactive".

Guests find light bulb spy camera

Wedding photographer Michal Kouk says the light bulb was making a buzzing sound and was hanging at a weird angle.

The light bulb looked "odd" and was making a buzzing sound, a wedding photographer says.

Coastguard vehicles trashed

A routine callout was slowed down after responders found their vehicles had been broken into and damaged.

Coastguard finds emergency response vehicles broken into: "We may have to stand down ... we can't operate without them".

Counting their losses video

Emergency teams maintain a strict control of the cordon to Pigeon Valley, making sure to register everyone returning, so ...

Pigeon Valley resident Alison White estimates up to two thirds of her property has been affected by the fire.

Chong steps down from working party

New Plymouth councillor Murray Chong has stepped down from a working party  chairmanship role, just days before he could ...

Councillor resigns chairmanship ahead of special council meeting which could have stripped him of role.

House fire in Waikato

A large farm house is on Mangatutu Rd, near Ōtorohanga in the Waikato.

Three crews are at the scene.

Church facilitator blames victim

A Destiny Church Man Up facilitator has been removed from duties after telling a domestic violence survivor it was her ...

"You wouldn't be a victim if you never provoked him simple!" Man Up facilitator tells victim.

Critical injuries from bike fall

10022019  NEWS  photo: WARWICK SMITH/STUFFMTBNZ North Island XCO Championship  Arapuke Forest Mountain Bike Park  -  ...

A mountain bike rider has fallen heavily on a four-wheel-drive road near Cromwell.

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