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South Island main roads open

The country has been battered by the tailend of a cyclone.

All major roads in the South Island are open, but motorists are advised to drive with caution. Meanwhile MetService has issued a warning for Bay of Plenty and Rotorua.

Updated 15 minutes ago

Theft, traffic offences common for people on bail

Offender in handcuffs

Theft and vehicle offences are among the most common acts committed by people on bail.

Updated 34 minutes ago

Kiev govt must go - E.Ukraine rebels

A flag of the 'Donetsk republic' is displayed outside a regional state building.

Pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine say the government in Kiev must step down before they leave all occupied buildings and lay down their arms.

Updated 34 minutes ago

Campers rescued from rising river

Fire crews had to ferry more than 20 trapped people from a camping spot on the flooded Selwyn river, south of Christchurch late on Friday night. The operation at Coes Ford took about two hours.

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