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video Watch: 12-year-old swims Cook Stait
Watch: 12-year-old swims Cook Stait

Caitlin O'Reilly has swum the Cook Strait before she turns 13, making her the youngest ever to achieve the marathon swim

Can't afford a house? Blame environment

The high cost of housing "hanging over" young families is a result of the efforts to protect the environment, PM says.

Diver overdue in the Marlborough Sounds

Emergency services are responding to a report of an overdue diver in the Marlborough Sounds.

Missing father, daughter found

A man aged 73 and his 46-year-old daughter were cold and thirsty after a night in a broken-down boat.

Two men arrested after serious assault
Two men arrested after serious assault

One person is in hospital after a serious assault in central Auckland.

'Ball of fire' sightings: Expert explains
'Ball of fire' sightings: Expert explains

An expert has weighed in on reports of a bright light shooting across the skies over New Zealand last night.

Wanaka blaze: No flare-ups overnight
Wanaka blaze: No flare-ups overnight

There've been no flare-ups overnight following a lakeside scrub fire at Wanaka, which sent huge fireballs into the sky.

One dead after crash in Hawke's Bay
One dead after crash in Hawke's Bay

A man has died after a vehicle crash in Hawke's Bay overnight.

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New school trip guidelines will save lives - coroner
New school trip guidelines will save lives - coroner

Coroner Wallace Bain is pleased his recommendation has been adopted as a guideline to schools during…

Fire gutted paintball park in Auckland

A man who owns a paintball park south of Auckland is devastated a building there has been destroyed by fire.

Strong 4.7 quake hits near Gisborne

The magnitude 4.7 quake is described as having a "strong" intensity, and hit 15km south-west of Te Araroa at 6.34am.

Why Singapore wants to invade NZ

Singapore is eying Ohakea air base in Manawatu as a potential base for one of its own Air Force squadrons of F15 fighter…

Grieving mum: 'They weren't listening'
Grieving mum: 'They weren't listening'

The heartbroken mum of a baby who died of respiratory failure wants answers after she says only one…

Govt's 'resistance' to online voting

A veteran Auckland councillor is concerned change is being held back by political fears of activating young voters.

'Pack of lies' says Kiwi in sex case

A prominent New Zealander is before the courts on a sexual assault charge.

Time for a political check-up

Isaac Davison takes the pulse of the parties to reveal who is in good health and who is a dead man walking.

John Roughan: So much for tunnel vision

COMMENT: Traffic lights will be needed to control the flow in the Waterview tunnels.

Twins a dime a dozen
Twins a dime a dozen

A visit to Masterton Intermediate School may leave you wondering if you are suffering a severe case…

Wilderness beckons for David Seymour

COMMENT: David Seymour's greatest success is that he is not reviled, writes Audrey Young.

photos Cartoons: February 20th - February 26th

Our cartoonists Rod Emmerson, Guy Body and Peter Bromhead share their views of events from around the world this week.

'Ball of fire' in skies over central NZ

Some people posted on social media about seeing the sky light up, while others described the light as being green in colour…

Body found in Manawatu River
Body found in Manawatu River

Police are working to notify relatives and complete formal identification of the body.

Tourism entrepreneur on life support

Bishop Brian Tamaki, the leader of Destiny Church, said in a tweet that he was praying for a "miracle" for his little brother…

Heavy traffic after Huntly crash

One lane is closed following a crash between a motorcycle and car on SH1 in Huntly tonight.

video Watch: Wanaka fire

A scrub fire in Wanaka was quickly put out by fire crews

Big changes for Lotto

More and bigger prizes are promised, but a wager will also cost more.

Task force to tackle meth-related theft
Task force to tackle meth-related theft

A six-month rise in meth-related motorcycle burglaries has led to the creation of a new task force in…

Origin of dog skin remains a mystery

It is still unclear how a piece of freshly-skinned dog flesh ended on Takapuna Beach.

Crashes add to motorway chaos

Commuters who live in South Auckland and work in the city are likely to spend well over an hour in traffic this evening.

Fiery lakeside blaze extinguished

A lakeside Wanaka scrub fire that was shooting "huge, big fireballs" into the sky has now been contained.

Collins: fuel intervention last resort

Energy Minister Judith Collins has put the petrol industry on notice to cooperate with a fuel inquiry but says she is reluctant…

Remuera's hot cops cause a stir online
Remuera's hot cops cause a stir online

A pair of "model" police officers have taken the internet by storm.

Political Roundup: A boring but important by-election

COMMENT: The Mt Albert by-election result could be more crucial than many realise.

Aircraft completes Whenuapai landing

Emergency services responded to an incident at Air Force Base Whenuapai earlier this evening.

No sign of missing child in house fire

Firefighters have put out a house fire in South Auckland this evening after reports a child may be inside.

Overhaul of spy agencies to go ahead

Government has agreed to changes to an overhaul of the spy agencies legislation.

Massey students break world record
Massey students break world record

Massey students have broken a Guinness World Record for O'Week this year.

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Nicky Harrop gets ready for tonight's Springsteen…

Helping family, without a feud Helping family, without a feud

Done properly, loans between family members can benefit…

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Property

Former Starbucks space for lease
Former Starbucks space for lease

A high-profile premises for lease at 291 Queen St, Auckland, was previously occupied by Starbucks' flagship New Zealand…

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Gas Service Station at Pauanui
Otara properties' retail, industrial cachet
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