Winning ticket kept under pillow

The Auckland woman knows exactly what she's going to do with the money.

Powerball's latest millionaire spent a restless night waiting to claim her $8 million Lotto prize.

'Treated like a criminal'

New Plymouth pensioner Sandra Watson has questioned the security policies of Work and Income after a recent run-in with ...

New Plymouth pensioner's run-in with security guard prompts apology from Work and Income.

BoJo's day with the birds

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson holds a tuatara or "tuatora" as he repeatedly called the reptile.

Boris Johnson compares evolutionary wing loss with nuclear disarmament, congratulates us on "campaign of slaughter".

Let sleeping seals lie

The seal is believed to have travelled up the nearby Waiau river, and was found about 10kms from the sea.

The Department of Conservation is asking the public to trust its judgement when it comes to dealing with wild animals.

Council: Wharf-jumping OK

Wharf-jumping - or dive-bombing - is a popular Kiwi summer past-time, but left 100s injured in the past year.

Popular pastime leaves Kiwis seriously injured or even dead - but Auckland Council says previous bans have failed.

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'Have-not' airports in crisis

Regional airports help in transporting patients to base hospitals and medical specialists to isolated communities.

A campaign is underway to get more money for 12 of our smallest airports to help cover critical maintenance and passenger services.

The Catholic question

Tony Blair converted to Catholicism after his term as Britain's prime minister.

OPINION: Catholic leaders should nail their election colours to the mast.

School rebuilds years late

Construction continues at Waltham School. The school's redevelopment was meant to be completed last year.

Education Ministry officials say everything's on schedule to finish in 2022, but just 12 of the 115 wider Christchurch schools are complete.

Arrest in armed robbery

Victory Discount Dairy manager Darshini Chauhan's store was robbed at gunpoint earlier this month.

The man was part of a group who allegedly used a shotgun to rob a dairy of cigarettes and cash.

Rain, snow bring flood fears

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Flooding at Lower Selwyn Huts.

New Christchurch flood warnings sparked by another front bringing downpours, snow down to 300m.

New gorge route likely

A third slip fell on the already-closed Manawatu Gorge road this weekend.

Rocky old road could remain closed as officials turn their attention elsewhere.

Protecting Taranaki's historic bridge

A cyclist has absolutely no problems with the new width restrictions at the Bertrand Rd suspension bridge.

"It's not something that you need to race over anyway, just take your time."

Our rotten teeth epidemic

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More than 6600 kids in one year needed general anaesthetic to have teeth pulled.

Rescuers win race against time

The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter was able to get to the couple in time before the cloud came in. (File Photo)

If the helicopter hadn't reached the injured German couple, it would have meant an extra six hours stuck on Mt Taranaki.

Matterhorn to close

Matterhorn restaurant has called Cuba St home for 54 years.

Restaurant and bar to shut to allow redevelopment of neighbouring Wellington building.

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crime

Crash a 'wake-up call' for offender

Firefighters had to use the jaws of life to rescue Rheece John Hudson from his car after a crash last month. (File Photo)

Rheece John Hudson drove carelessly after drinking, and nearly died.

Woman watches brother die

Family arrived to find paramedics trying to revive Anthony Hallmond on a Te Awamutu street.

Man allegedly stabbed love rival

Blank round fired in court

nz earthquake

Do we have hazard fatigue?

Civil Defence says it's important to follow a trusted source for official warnings.

Half of Kiwis don't trust official disaster warnings, with the "cry wolf effect" making younger and more educated people sceptical.

$231m boost for SH1

A slip on State Highway 1 after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

New cycleway announced for 60km section of quake-hit highway north of Kaikoura.

Forecasting the next big quake

The Adelphi Hotel, in Kaikoura, was pulled down due to earthquake damage.

It's impossible to say when an earthquake is going to strike. But the predictable patterns of aftershocks can help.

Temporary quake houses open

Waiau was one of the most badly affected towns in November's magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

Eight months on from the quakes, affected Waiau residents have access to warm dry homes.

politics

Don't punish kids for parents' choices

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has had a trying week.

OPINION: There are many reasons women don't name fathers, and the children aren't to blame, writes Metiria Turei.

'Local MP' not an MP, but is local

An election billboard for Labour's Tukituki candidate Anna Lorck. She is local, but she is not an MP.

Candidate says she will work with the ASA over billboard complaints.

Can Google searches prevent disease?

From parents posting they're home looking after sick children, to those wading through a sea of tissues - it could all ...

Anything from tissue sales to complaining on Facebook could stop the next flu epidemic.

Peters asks if English interfered with Barclay dispute

What exactly Barclay has been doing in his electorate has been in the spotlight as he continues to sit on a $170,000 ...

Disgraced MP arrives back at work with smile on his face after barely being seen over the last three weeks.

education

Writing improves overnight

Northcross Intermediate principal Jonathan Treadway said marking writing was subjective.

A new method of teaching writing has seen achievement rise at one Auckland intermediate school

From Porirua to Cape Town

There is no spare time for Kate Powell, Jemma Brisk, and Cerys Poore as they research, revise and rehearse for their ...

Debating has paved the way for three Porirua teens to represent NZ in South Africa.

'Technical assault' ends career

The relief teacher grabbed the boy's backpack, but the strap broke and the boy fell between closing doors.

Teacher grabbed the boy's backpack for a word, but the strap broke and the 12-year-old fell between closing doors.

Cool mural for Rata St

The mural finishes above the school office.

 Former Naenae College art teacher making a splash with murals.

health

Our rotten teeth epidemic

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More than 6600 kids in one year needed general anaesthetic to have teeth pulled.

Going blind with no warning

Andy Dickerson says he's "very lucky" an eye exam revealed he had glaucoma - before he went blind.

Andy Dickerson had no symptoms, no family history, and good eyesight – but he was going blind.

Can Google searches prevent disease?

From parents posting they're home looking after sick children, to those wading through a sea of tissues - it could all ...

Anything from tissue sales to complaining on Facebook could stop the next flu epidemic.

Hospital full to the brim

Palmerston North Hospital is often operating at capacity.

More staff and resources are needed to deal with high patient numbers.

women of influence

Women of Influence 2017 finalists

Alison Mau is one of the finalists this year for our Women of Influence.

From the boardroom table to the farm stable, women of influence finalists have stories from every corner of the country.

Cerebral palsy blogger nominated for leadership

Grace Stratton has been nominated in the Young Leader category of this year's Women of Influence awards

Born with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, 17-year-old Grace Stratton uses her disability to inspire others.

Joan Withers: A woman's place

Joan Withers: "My approach to life and business boils down to this: there are no shortcuts. No silver bullets."

... is anywhere she wants it to be, according to the high-profile businesswoman, but it's not easy.

We still need feminism

"I know I'm not the only person that came to feminism later in life," says Anna Guenther.

OPINION: I never thought I was a feminist, but three things made me realise it's still important:

farming

Migrant workers boost dairy

Dairy farmer Michael Woodward thinks the Government should change its migrant dairy worker policy to reflect realities.

Immigrants are valuable for both the dairy industry and the communities in which they live, dairy argues.

Cow disease reaches NZ

Cows on a South Canterbury farm have been found infected with the disease Mycoplasma bovis, the first time it has been ...

A highly contagious cattle disease has infected a South Canterbury dairy herd in the first recorded case in NZ.

When will the rain ever stop?

Waikato farmers have had to put up with steady rain since April.

The cows may need snorkels when they leave the milking shed if the wet weather continues, says Marc Gascoigne.

Pioneers' risky days are past

Stuart Taylor, with son Miller, says it is no longer acceptable to take a risk on the farm.

Marton dairy farmer Stuart Taylor now has a health and safety "conscience" on his 1200-cow farm.

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    Auckland

    Sport: Ten in starting XV

    Auckland and Aorere College No.8 Glory Aiono was named player of the tournament at the combined Blues/Chiefs regional ...

    South Auckland players dominate the champion Auckland under-15 girls' rugby team. South Auckland players dominate the Auckland's champion under-15 girls' rugby team.

    Winning ticket kept under pillow

    The Auckland woman knows exactly what she's going to do with the money.

    Powerball's latest millionaire spent a restless night waiting to claim her $8 million Lotto prize.

    Writing improves overnight

    Northcross Intermediate principal Jonathan Treadway said marking writing was subjective.

    A new method of teaching writing has seen achievement rise at one Auckland intermediate school

    Blank round fired in court

    Gustav Sanft is on trial for the manslaughter of his two-year-old daughter.

    Gustav Sanft wailed in court as the sawn-off shotgun which killed his two-year-old daughter was fired as evidence.

    Wellington

    Sports fields turn to mudbaths

    Wellington City Council may be forced to close some of the city's traditional grass sports fields, or restrict play on ...

    All Wellington's grass sports fields are closed, with many now "sodden bogs".

    Porirua rates shock 

    The hilltop suburb of Camborne, overlooking Pauatahanui Inlet, has had the highest average rates increase in Porirua ...

    Many residents have been flabbergasted by double-digit increases on their bills.

    'Always challenge parking tickets'

    Consumers should challenge "unreasonable" parking tickets,  Consumer NZ advises.

    Pay what's reasonable and let them chase you for the rest, says Consumer NZ.

    Matterhorn bar to close

    Matterhorn restaurant has called Cuba St home for 54 years.

    Wellington bar will have to shut so old Farmers building can be strengthened.

    Canterbury

    Going blind with no warning

    Andy Dickerson says he's "very lucky" an eye exam revealed he had glaucoma - before he went blind.

    Andy Dickerson had no symptoms, no family history, and good eyesight – but he was going blind.

    Rebuilds years late

    Construction continues at Waltham School. The school's redevelopment was meant to be completed last year.

    Education Ministry says all on schedule to finish in 2022, but just 12 of the 115 rebuilds are complete so far.

    Assault ends career

    The relief teacher grabbed the boy's backpack, but the strap broke and the boy fell between closing doors.

    Teacher grabbed 12-year-old's backpack for a word, but the strap broke and the boy fell.

    Sheep to the rescue

    Rabbits catch a ride out of floodwaters on a flock of sheep on a Taieri Plains farm.

    A small colony of rabbits rode a flock of sheep to safety from the floodwaters in Otago.

    Waikato

    Storm set to roll in from Tasman

    A brief respite from rain won't last long, with more forecast towards the end of the week.

    Heavy rain and possible thunderstorms on horizon before cracker weekend.

    Brother's final minutes

    Anthony Hallmond died on Sunday night after what was believed to be an altercation on a Te Awamutu street.

    Family arrived to find paramedics trying to revive Anthony Hallmond on a Te Awamutu street.

    ACC U-turn on glasses

    Hamilton man Glenn Hodges' eyesight was damaged following a crash at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park in December.

    After an eight-month battle, motoring enthusiast Glenn Hodges has scored a win.

    Outrage over skids on cemetery

    Skid marks from vandals are all that remain at the Ngaruawahia Cemetery

    The Ngaruawahia Cemetery has been targeted three times since June by drivers skidding on the grass.

    Taranaki

    Protecting Taranaki's historic bridge

    A cyclist has absolutely no problems with the new width restrictions at the Bertrand Rd suspension bridge.

    "It's not something that you need to race over anyway, just take your time."

    Couple rescued 

    The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter was able to get to the couple in time before the cloud came in. (File Photo)

    If the helicopter hadn't reached the injured German couple, it would have meant an extra six hours stuck on Mt Taranaki.

    Man attacked abuser

    On Monday in the New Plymouth District Court, a man avoided convictions for burglary and assault, after a successful ...

    After he was taken advantage of while drunk, a man sought retribution against his abuser.

    Agency in liquidation

    Liquidators were able to recover fees from a failed debt collection business.

    High Court gives liquidator permission to recover fees but customers owed almost $200,000 will miss out.

    Manawatu

    America's Cup secret weapon

    Palmerston North's secret weapon in the America's Cup racing Ryan Thomas.

    Engineer Ryan Thomas was programming machinery for factories when he was discovered.

    New gorge route likely

    A third slip fell on the already-closed Manawatu Gorge road this weekend.

    Rocky old road could remain closed as officials turn their attention elsewhere.

    House prices spike

    Feilding's Smeaton family sold their home in just eight days. From back left: David holding Evie, 1, and Hayley holding ...

    House sales prices in Feilding are at a 20-year high but that hasn't stopped them selling fast.

    When rural pests invade the city

    A possum trapped.

    UNDER THE RADAR: What to do if you live in suburbia and spot a stoat or possum.

    Nelson

    New plan to save grandstand

    The fight goes on to save the grandstand.

    It all looked done and dusted for Takaka's grandstand. But could it get a last gasp reprieve?

    Shooting 'justified'

    The shooting of Ford Hurinui, by police during an alleged armed standoff in Motueka in 2015 was justified, an inquest ...

    Nelson police officer who shot a wanted man cleared of any wrongdoing after inquest.

    Time to fix 'scary' highway

    The section of State Highway 6 from Okaramio to Havelock is the most dangerous stretch on the Blenheim to Nelson road, ...

    The Nelson-Blenheim road has claimed 12 lives in 10 years. NZTA says it's unacceptable.

    Judge's blunder boosts jail time

    A woman convicted in the Nelson District Court earlier this year on drugs charges has had her sentence quashed and ...

    Woman convicted of meth dealing will spend longer behind bars after a sentencing error.

    Marlborough

    Burglar caught by paper trail

    The diamond ring was pawned at a Cash Converters in 2010. (File photo)

    Seven years after burglar pawns diamond ring, police realise he gave Cash Converters his real name.

    Picture perfect

    Marlborough photographer Jessica Jones won four awards at the annual Iris Awards for professional photographers.

    Professional photographer Jessica Jones impresses judges in one of New Zealand's most prestigious competitions.

    Guerrilla knitters yarn-bomb town

    West End retailers Stephanie Thompson and Jacqui Harnett are behind Kaikoura's yarn-bombing project.

    Many a good yarn has come out of quake-hit Kaikoura over the past few months, and that doesn't seem to be wrapping up anytime soon.

    Teen denies knifepoint robbery

    Dylan Joseph Dredge admitted seven charges at the Blenheim District Court. (File photo)

    He wasn't trying to rob the woman, he was just attacking her with a knife, court hears.

    South Canterbury

    Keeping culture alive

    Ti Kouka Kindergarten children sang some of the waiata they will perform at the festival in front of Beaconsfield School ...

    Hundreds of children are gearing up for events designed to help keep Maori culture alive in South Canterbury.

    Disease reaches NZ

    Cows on a South Canterbury farm have been found infected with the disease Mycoplasma bovis, the first time it has been ...

    A highly contagious cattle disease has infected a South Canterbury dairy herd in the first recorded case in NZ.

    Insurers face expensive year

    The Plains Irrigators business in Washdyke was flooded on Friday. Technician Theo Joubert looks at the mud.

    Flooding expected to generate about 2000 claims nationwide, adding to expensive year for insurers after two cyclones and the "Tasman Tempest".

    New burner rule pitched

    The warm glow of a good log fire: a residents' group says the resource consent process could keep older burners burning ...

    Retrofitting old burners should be made official, group says.

    Southland

    ILT prank 'disappointing'

    The "GET LIT" T-shirts are advertised on the Bunker Bar Facebook page.

    Young people using the Invercargill Licensing Trust's logo to promote drinking is being called "disappointing".

    Pedestrian hit by car

    Emergency services were called to the intersection of Don and Kelvin streets, Invercargill, after an elderly pedestrian ...

    An elderly man was struck by a car in central Invercargill.

    Early start for Barclay

    What exactly Barclay has been doing in his electorate has been in the spotlight as he continues to sit on a $170,000 ...

    Disgraced MP arrives back at work with smile on his face.

    Factory worker awarded $30,000

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    An Invercargill factory worker has successfully claimed over $30,000 from his former employers, after being unjustifiably dismissed.

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