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Matthew Backhouse

Senior reporter, NZ Herald


  • 17 Nov, 2016 5:00am
  • 4 minutes to read
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
  • 4 minutes to read
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
  • 7 minutes to read
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
  • 6 minutes to read
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.