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Matthew Backhouse

Senior reporter, NZ Herald


  • 17 Nov, 2016 5:00am
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Modern buildings in central Wellington should never have been so badly damaged in Monday's quake and only lucky timing prevented any deaths, a seismic engineer says.

Maori Party calls for law change

  • 10 Apr, 2016 5:00am
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The Maori Party is calling for a "long overdue" law change to establish Maori wards on every district council in New Zealand.
  • 14 Mar, 2016 5:00am
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Six teams of Kiwi explorers will attempt to become the first to climb challenging new routes on some of the most precarious peaks on Earth.

Inmate dies at Mt Eden prison

  • 12 Mar, 2016 4:47pm
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A prisoner kept in solitary confinement at Mt Eden prison has died this week.

Russell Crowe drops by Cornwall Park

  • 12 Mar, 2016 2:52pm
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Russell Crowe made a poignant tribute to his late cousin Martin by visiting the club where he developed into New Zealand's greatest batsman.
  • 31 Dec, 2015 5:00am
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From extreme weather to a ponytail-pulling Prime Minister, it's been an eventful year in NZ. We take a look back at some of the biggest stories.

2015 a year of quirky headlines

  • 25 Dec, 2015 3:38pm
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2015 saw a lot of strange news and strange headlines come through the New Zealand Herald.

Stoptober - Diary of a Quitter: Day 3

  • 3 Oct, 2015 5:00am
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It's easier not to smoke when you're asleep. I'll try not to wake up this month.

Stoptober - Diary of a Quitter: Day 1

  • 1 Oct, 2015 8:06pm
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Journalist Matthew Backhouse chronicles his efforts to quit smoking for Stoptober in a daily diary.

Retired helicopter fleet sold

  • 17 Sep, 2015 8:40pm
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Ten of the Royal New Zealand Air Force's Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopters, known as Hueys, will be sold to Dakota Air Parts.
  • 10 Dec, 2014 1:15pm
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Former boss of arrested Kiwi Peter Gardner says he's "hard-working, loyal guy" as Mfat says girlfriend's release down to China.

Man in serious condition after digger incident

  • 20 Nov, 2014 9:04pm
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Blackout: More delays

  • 6 Oct, 2014 6:41pm
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Auckland suburbs that have been without power for more than a day and a half face a further delay until the lights come back on.
  • 27 Aug, 2014 10:30pm
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A "stunning" biography of a Wellington art dealer has beaten Eleanor Catton's acclaimed novel The Luminaries to win the top New Zealand Post Book Award.
  • 26 Aug, 2014 5:00am
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Twelve alleged sexual assaults were among almost 200 formal complaints laid against taxi drivers and companies with NZ Transport Agency in the past year.
  • 25 Aug, 2014 10:37am
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Kim Dotcom says he's not behind the hacking of the Whale Oil blog, and he's not paid out any of a $5m bounty he'd offered for information to help his legal case.
  • 20 Aug, 2014 7:27pm
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Auckland University's student union was justified in sacking its general manager for financial mismanagement involving a loan to cover $1.4m in debt, a court has ruled.

Commission conservative in law interpretation

  • 19 Aug, 2014 7:08pm
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A public law expert says the Electoral Commission — which has recently cautioned against the Planet Key song — is very risk averse and conservative in its interpretation of electoral law.

Key: Ede was 'briefing the bloggers'

  • 18 Aug, 2014 8:10am
  • 8 minutes to read
Prime Minister John Key says a staff member has been “briefing the bloggers” but has distanced himself from Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, saying: “He’s not my guy.”
  • 15 Aug, 2014 5:37pm
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Gable Tostee has been charged with murder a week after Kiwi woman Warriena "Rrie" Wright plunged 14 storeys to her death from his Gold Coast apartment balcony.
  • 15 Aug, 2014 5:00am
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Fighting back tears, the sister of a young Kiwi woman who fell to her death from a Gold Coast balcony has described the pain of not knowing what happened.
  • 14 Aug, 2014 5:00am
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A fast food chain's move to display nutritional information on menu boards has been called a step in the right direction, but dietitians say food outlets could do more.

Fatal fall: Social media posts taken

  • 12 Aug, 2014 2:44pm
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Police have taken copies of online comments made by the man who was with a young Kiwi woman before she plunged 14 storeys to her death from a Gold Coast balcony.
  • 7 Aug, 2014 9:55am
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A chef who walked off the job after a heated morning in which she allegedly threw a pan and reduced a staff member to tears has failed in her bid to claim more pay.
  • 7 Aug, 2014 7:32am
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Gale-force winds are hammering the lower South Island this morning as a front moves over the country, bringing a cold change that is likely to dump snow to sea level.
  • 6 Aug, 2014 10:02am
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A man seen in the area where a Taranaki grandmother was struck and killed as she tried to remove barriers from a busy highway is being urged to contact police.
  • 4 Aug, 2014 9:30am
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Housing New Zealand is to look into how a young boy was mauled by a dog on one of its properties, despite a dog ban being in place.
  • 22 Apr, 2014 9:53am
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Women earn less than men because they are seen as pushovers when they don't negotiate hard and are seen as "ball-breakers" when they do, a psychologist says.
  • 16 Apr, 2014 1:20pm
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The sun finally shone on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the last public appearance of their 10-day visit to New Zealand.
  • 16 Apr, 2014 10:16am
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The remnants of ex-cyclone Ita are set to sweep across the upper North Island today, bringing heavy rain and gales, while the rest of the country is also in for a soaking.