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New flag: McCullum v Lady Hillary

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum and Lady June Hillary go head to head in the flag debate.

Revealed: Plots to derail flag referendum

Four shortlisted flag designs will be put to the vote in November but opponents of the process plan to gerrymander the vote…

Motel puts itself in pole position

Auckland motelier Peter Ranson says his five-month head start on flying one of the referendum flags came about entirely…

Flat packs give teens a leg up
Flat packs give teens a leg up

"These kids just need a chance, it's really hard at 17, they are too old to be in the system but too young to have rights."…

Rants & Raves: Unruly pedestrians
Rants & Raves: Unruly pedestrians

I am astounded by the number of fellow pedestrians who are either unaware of or don't care about the road rules.

Editorial: First winds of change blow in flag debate
Editorial: First winds of change blow in flag debate

A Herald-Digipoll survey published yesterday - the same day the Flag Consideration Panel released its shortlisted four designs…

Police officer assaulted while making arrest
Police officer assaulted while making arrest

A police officer has received injuries after he was assaulted while making an arrest in Waikato tonight.

National

Student stood down for upskirt photo
Student stood down for upskirt photo

The Year 11 pupil at Francis Douglas Memorial College used his cell phone to take a picture up the skirt…

Season makes entrance with wet and wild blast

Gale-force winds and heavy rain have heralded the first day of spring for much of the country today.

Drain dumpers cause city waste log jam

Dental floss and nappies flushed down household toilets are among indestructible items causing costly blockages to an Auckland…

Parking ticket blitz u-turn

Auckland Transport has done a 180 on more than two dozen fines issued in a 2am parking blitz.

NZ close to joining Ultimate Frisbee top 10
NZ close to joining Ultimate Frisbee top 10

Forget the Rugby World Cup - Ultimate Frisbee is where it's at, now that New Zealand has jumped two…

Deaf community rally to get RWC captions

New Zealand's deaf community has gone to the Human Rights Commission to try to get captions for televised Rugby World Cup…

'Everybody else knew about it but us'

Auckland councillors have been kept in the dark about a Maori word being added to the name of a new development agency for…

Gay marriage revolt

Presbyterian congregations are defying the church's national ban on performing same-sex weddings.

Key: Flag not timed to coincide with World Cup

John Key says the first referendum on the flag was not deliberately timed to coincide with the Rugby World Cup in a bid…

Sex allegations involving students
Sex allegations involving students

The allegations, involving students at Opotiki College in the Bay of Plenty, are being investigated…

Ex-nurse suspended for shopping spree

A former Auckland nurse has been suspended after stealing a friend's credit card and clocking up purchases worth more than…

Complaints for motorcyclist before crash

A motorcyclist who died after a collision with a car in Waikato last week had been the subject of a complaint about his…

Research reveals seabird 'safe havens'

Ancient DNA analysis has revealed the safe havens where New Zealand seabirds found sanctuary from early human hunting.

Shootout victim's fight for compensation

An innocent man injured in a motorway shootout will appeal the High Court's decision to throw out his bid for compensation…

Singapore lifts ban on HIV travellers
Singapore lifts ban on HIV travellers

Kiwis infected with HIV can now visit Singapore, after the city state lifted a ban that has stood for…

Students return to school following fire

Students and staff were back on deck at South Westland Area School today, five days after fire destroyed a senior block…

Home invasion victim may have known attackers

Police are carrying out a scene examination after a man was found suffering severe facial injuries at 2am.

Karl Puschmann: Flag designs a disgrace

Looking at the uninspiring final four designs unveiled this morning it's tempting just to flag the whole flag changing thing…

ASA upholds Hell Pizza complaint

A pizza flyer using expletive-laden language and another showing a silhouette of a man with an erection are among the advertisements…

First spring kiwi chick born
First spring kiwi chick born

Auckland Zoo has welcomed its first kiwi chick of the season just as the zoo said goodbye to winter.

New Defence Force chiefs announced

New Zealand's new Defence Force chiefs have been announced after Cabinet approved Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee's recommendation…

Mystery shrouds death of Porirua man

Police say there are unusual circumstances regarding the length of time the body of a deceased man was in a Porirua home…

Lawyer admits meth charges

An Auckland lawyer has admitted three charges of possessing methamphetamine and has been declined name suppression.

Chch church moves forward with recovery plans

The Catholic church in Christchurch has welcomed permission to carefully deconstruct its earthquake-ravaged cathedral and…

video Rain over McLaren Falls in the Kaimai Ranges
Rain over McLaren Falls in the Kaimai Ranges

Huge amounts of water pour over McLaren Falls in the Kaimai Ranges near Tauranga after the storm that…

One year on: Ashburton victims remembered

Friends, colleagues and community members gathered this morning to mark one year since two women were killed during a shooting…

New policy 'unlikely to boost regions'

The Government's lead economic advisor warns a new policy aimed at attracting more migrants to the regions would achieve…

Nz@Noon: Bird murder and good Samaritans

Poisoned birds in Northland and good Samaritans in the Wairarapa are just two of the stories making headlines around the…

Grammar teacher admits $67K fraud

Teacher from top Auckland school pleads guilty to using colleagues' personal details for swindle.

Weather misery: week-long soaking
Weather misery: week-long soaking

It will be a week before there's any glimpse of a reprieve from the wild weather currently lashing the…

National Archives

Opinion

Paul Rush: Opening the access road Paul Rush: Opening the access road

Consider the pleasure of many rather the wants of…

Sideswipe: Escape to the offie Sideswipe: Escape to the offie

An unusual sales pitch at a Waikato plant nursery..…

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Quizzes

Herald daily quiz: September 2 quiz Herald daily quiz: September 2

Current events, geography, history, trivia ... Test…

3pm Distractions Quiz September 1 quiz 3pm Distractions Quiz September 1

Test your knowledge and sharpen your mid-afternoon…

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Maori

Marae visit reconnects ABs with haka
Marae visit reconnects ABs with haka

The All Blacks will travel to the Rugby World Cup with a fresh understanding of the haka and what it means to be a New Zealander…

DNA clue to earliest settlers
Former AB's 'haka' pub a step too far?
Movie review: Ever the Land
Greenpeace pic from iwi talks
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Sideswipe

Sideswipe: Butternuts with attitude
Sideswipe: Butternuts with attitude

On Saturday, Steve returned to where he had parked in a seniors park at the Glenfield Shopping Centre and found an anonymous…

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Element magazine

Recycling pacemakers
Recycling pacemakers

Jude Mannion is not shy when it comes to talking about death. As a firm believer in bucket lists, her final wishes are planned…

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Weather Watch

WeatherWatch: (Aug 31) Rough weather coming
video WeatherWatch: (Aug 31) Rough weather coming

The spring pattern continues to emerge and this week we get a classic spring set up with a couple of big lows crossing the…

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