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January 22, 2018
Witness haunted by horror Kingston crash that killed two Americans

Witness haunted by horror Kingston crash that killed two Americans

The truckie who witnessed a horror double fatal accident says the "nightmare" stretch of State Highway 6 is one of New Zealand's most dangerous roads.Gore truck driver Bruce Moffatt's still struggling to come to terms with seeing...

Serial offender who shot at police fails to get lengthy sentence quashed

Serial offender who shot at police fails to get lengthy sentence quashed

A serial offender's claim that a lengthy jail sentence he received for shooting at three Whangārei police officers and unlawfully taking two cars was "wholly out of proportion" has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.Joshua...

Health Minister David Clark scraps plans for a School of Rural Medicine

Health Minister David Clark scraps plans for a School of Rural Medicine

The Government has scrapped plans to establish a School of Rural Medicine.The previous Government, before last year's election, promised to create the school in a bid to attract more doctors to the regions. But Health Minister...

Letting fees replaced by 'tenancy fees' and 'admin fees' as property managers look to recoup costs

Letting fees replaced by 'tenancy fees' and 'admin fees' as property managers look to recoup costs

Property managers are making up for a ban on letting fees by introducing a new charge for landlords.And some of them are suggesting or encouraging landlords to pass the costs on to tenants.Parliament passed a law banning letting...

Wellington ferry captain fined after crashing at speed and grounding vessel at Karaka Bay

Wellington ferry captain fined after crashing at speed and grounding vessel at Karaka Bay

A Wellington ferry skipper admitted speeding at least seven times before eventually crashing the passenger-laden boat into a rock.Iain David Wilson was travelling at 17 knots, in a 5-knot zone, in the City Cat ferry with 16 passengers...

Jilted wife sentenced for exposing sex worker online

Jilted wife sentenced for exposing sex worker online

A sex worker outed online by an angry wife and labelled a "diseased town bicycle" says she has not spoken to her daughter in two-and-a-half years since being exposed.Margaret Herewini-Te Huna posted "derogatory and unpleasant" comments...

NZ medical organisations call for boxing ban following charity fight death

NZ medical organisations call for boxing ban following charity fight death

Two national medical organisations have today made a call for ban boxing.The call comes following the death of Christchurch man Kain Parsons after a charity boxing match on November 3.He was seriously injured in the fight and...

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones admits Northland tree scheme was hurried

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones admits Northland tree scheme was hurried

Shane Jones has been defending what some have called unseemly haste regarding the first pines in the ground in the "one billion trees" project.At an announcement on Tuesday about another Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) coming Northland's...

'Unforgivable' - Homeless react to Tauranga ban on begging and rough sleeping

'Unforgivable' - Homeless react to Tauranga ban on begging and rough sleeping

Two homeless people have labelled a decision to restrict begging and rough sleeping in the city's main shopping areas as "disgusting" and "unforgivable".A Tauranga City Council committee narrowly passed a controversial recommendation...

Hall of Fame status for Mount Maunganui icon

Hall of Fame status for Mount Maunganui icon

A local icon at the base of Mauao has just been inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame.Mount Hot Pools has received "Excellence" status from customer reviews for the past five years. Trip Advisor, an international online...

Shane Jones announces suite of regional funding worth more than $80m

Shane Jones announces suite of regional funding worth more than $80m

More than $80 million from the $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund will boost rural broadband, expand a driver-training centre near Fielding, and look into building a new freight hub near Palmerston North.Regional Economic Development...

Man stable after electric shock incident near Rotorua

Man stable after electric shock incident near Rotorua

A man who suffered an electric shock in an incident near Rotorua is recovering in hospital this morning.Waikato District Health Board spokeswoman Lydia Aydon said the man was in a stable condition on a ward at Waikato Hospital....

Drug could prevent effects of gluten in people with coeliac disease

Drug could prevent effects of gluten in people with coeliac disease

A vaccine to protect people with coeliac diseases from the harmful effects of gluten is being developed.Coeliac disease is caused by an immune reaction to the gluten protein and is estimated to affect 1 in 70 New Zealanders and...

Second teen with allergic nut reaction - airlifted to Starship from Motutapu Island

Second teen with allergic nut reaction - airlifted to Starship from Motutapu Island

A second teen with an allergic reaction to nuts has been rushed to Starship Hospital - this time from Motutapu Island.The teenaged girl, who was not named, was picked up from the Motutapu Island camp by the Westpac rescue helicopter...

Embattled Wintec head Mark Flowers announces retirement

Embattled Wintec head Mark Flowers announces retirement

Under-fire Wintec chief executive Mark Flowers has announced his retirement.He will retire in March next year, describing the past several years in the top post as "challenging due to the vexatious allegations made against me by...

Two shootings and another fatal incident in 36 hours; Sth Auckland asked to rally

Two shootings and another fatal incident in 36 hours; Sth Auckland asked to rally

A Manurewa community leader says residents should not be scared despite two shootings and another fatal incident in South Auckland in the past 36 hours.The community is being asked to support each other after a man was critically...

Dunedin family forgive driver over death of 'local identity'

Dunedin family forgive driver over death of 'local identity'

A Dunedin man whose driving caused the death of a ''local identity'' has avoided conviction because of the unique nature of the case.Otago Rugby's operations administrator Clinton Wayne Austin (30) was driving his work ute through...

Shane Jones announces $48m funding for aviation and rail in Whanganui and Manawatu

Shane Jones announces $48m funding for aviation and rail in Whanganui and Manawatu

Whanganui apsirations to be a destination for aviation training have been given a fresh injection - with $400,000 Government funding announced this morning.The $400,000 investment from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will be used...

Auckland skydiver seriously injures leg in fall

Auckland skydiver seriously injures leg in fall

An Auckland woman has fractured her leg after a failed skydive landing in a Waikato airfield.She was now recovering in Waikato Hospital after she crashed into a fence on Sunday.The woman, an experienced skydiver, was jumping by...

Mike Hosking: Is the Pike River Mine fight really worth it?

Mike Hosking: Is the Pike River Mine fight really worth it?

OPINION: I note Bernie Monk wants some sort of justice. One of his great hopes out of the Pike River Mine re-entry plan is that charges are laid. And in that is the trouble of Pike, and my overarching feeling that no matter...

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