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School left 'unrecognisable' after fire
School left 'unrecognisable' after fire

Photographs taken inside Westland High School show the devastating extent of the damage after the fire on Monday.

Dargaville principal faces four charges

A Northland school principal has appeared in court on four charges after allegedly being found on two different properties…

Man injured in fire at mini-golf course

Emergency services were called to the blaze at Carlucci Land in Happy Valley about 5pm.

National MP to marry Simon Bridges' sister

A change of heart meant Simon O'Connor wasn't ordained after priesthood training and now the MP for Tamaki is getting married…

Defence bosses barely scrape pass mark
Defence bosses barely scrape pass mark

Defence bosses have barely scraped a pass mark from their minister Gerry Brownlee because of their poor-quality, slow advice…

Recycling bin dropped at Council office
Recycling bin dropped at Council office

Auckland Council had a hard time missing Vinko Bosnyak's complaint today -- he parked it at their front door.

Timing of killer's release upsets victim's family
Timing of killer's release upsets victim's family

The timing of a teenage murderer's release from prison could be reviewed if it clashes with the anniversary of her victim's…

Cyclist killed was well-known local
Cyclist killed was well-known local

The Christchurch man was killed in a collision with a train today.

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Auckland's Chinese New Year celebrations could extend
Auckland's Chinese New Year celebrations could extend

Future Chinese New Year celebrations in Auckland may include dragon parades and firecrackers, and could…

Lamborghini owner: 'I couldn't believe it at first'

The owner of a car worth half a million dollars has described the moment he heard his "dream car" had been crashed into…

Man caught with baby sex abuse images

A West Coast man was sentenced to eight months' home detention when he admitted possessing child sex abuse pictures, including…

Revealed: Alleged $2.3m SOE fraud

A former Mighty River Power engineer set up secret companies to rip the state-owned company off, the Crown says.

Body found at Nelson address
Body found at Nelson address

Nelson police are at the scene of an address in Stoke, where a person's body has been found.

Larry Williams: Stats show child abuse on rise

Family First have released an analysis of the 2007 anti-smacking law. It proves beyond doubt that the law has been ineffective…

Jake Bailey: Nurse convinced me to give 'that' speech

WATCH: The Christchurch Boys High School senior has vowed to use his experiences in beating cancer to help other young people…

Fresh charges after fatal Masterton crash

A 14-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with causing the deaths of two Featherston boys.

Teen Maori cupid stealing hearts online

A near-naked, teenage Maori cupid from an Auckland high school is stealing hearts online, after a group of students posted…

Cyclone predictions divided
Cyclone predictions divided

Weather boffins are divided in their forecast on whether a severe tropical storm developing in the Pacific…

Second big lotto win for Tauranga store

Chinese New Year has smiled on Tauranga's lucky Lotto shop, AJ's Lotto, with another big multi-million dollar win last night…

video Jake Bailey on his cancer fight

Jake Bailey has vowed to use his experiences in beating cancer to help other young people. The Christchurch Boys High School…

Yelling heard before body found

Police will continue investigating the circumstances that led to the death of a woman outside her South Auckland home.

'I have been set up'

The man charged alongside a Kiwi over an alleged Kenyan gold mine heist claims they've both been set up and has grave fears…

Man gets 13 years for toilet murder
Man gets 13 years for toilet murder

A Hamilton man who bludgeoned an elderly man to death with a bottle of bourbon has been sentenced to…

Police seeking Kate, the good Samaritan

Police are looking for a good Samaritan named Kate who helped another woman in Wellington.

Winston Peters barred from school bus

The New Zealand First leader is demanding an explanation from the Education Minister.

NZ@Noon: Phantom children & happy hens

Families invented 12 children for booking so they could have a hut all to themselves and a viral video of happy hens making…

Poverty causing kids to fall behind

A new report has given New Zealand one of the worst rankings in the developed world.

Crashed car driven by banned driver
Crashed car driven by banned driver

Police say they had no idea a five-month-old baby girl was in a car being driven by a disqualified driver…

Man stumbles across shark in surf

A man walking his dogs came across a shark rolling in the surf this morning, near where five sharks were seen yesterday.

Armed man threatens hotel patrons

A Bay of Plenty hotel was held up at gunpoint, with an armed man threatening drinkers and making off with the night's takings…

$7.1m Lotto win remains unclaimed

One lucky punter who purchased a ticket from AJ's Lotto in Tauranga is $7.1 million richer today but they are yet to come…

Is Napier's new 'pier' in disrepair?

Napier's mayor has defended the city's much-criticised $700,000 "pier to nowhere".

Kiwi claims cancer ointment cure
Kiwi claims cancer ointment cure

A Kiwi woman claims to have cured a melanoma on her chest using black salve ointment, a controversial…

Murder charge following Whangarei death

A man has been charged with murder after the death of a 61-year-old man at a house north of Whangarei last night.

One injured in school bus crash

One person has been taken to hospital with moderate injuries after a crash between a school bus and two cars in Christchurch…

Cyclist's death witnessed by students

The horror death of a cyclist who was hit by a train this morning was witnessed by Christchurch school pupils.

Trampers invented kids to book out hut

Families invented 12 children for booking so they could have hut all to themselves.

Jake Bailey: The headline I didn't want
Jake Bailey: The headline I didn't want

EXCLUSIVE: Inspirational teen tells Mike Hosking he's taking it one day at a time since beating cancer…

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Opinion

Time for serious rethink on dairy Time for serious rethink on dairy

It is time for the industry and the politicians to…

Gwynne Dyer: North Korea's nuclear ambition makes sense Gwynne Dyer: North Korea's nuclear ambition makes sense

Here we go again. North Korea launched a ballistic…

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Element magazine

To anti foul, or not to anti foul?
To anti foul, or not to anti foul?

Anti foul paints work like this: you slap them on, and put the boat back in the water. From that day forth, the bottom of…

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Weather: Cyclone to head towards NZ
video Weather: Cyclone to head towards NZ

A significant tropical cyclone is developing north of New Zealand near Vanuatu and may grow in to a severe tropical cyclone…

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