Teen and 63-year-old survive dramatic falls; Wellington Hospital's backup power supply fails again; Teschemakers Chapel altar stays for now; seal pups turn scenic waterfall pool into playground.
An 18-year-old North Shore girl is lucky to be alive after falling multiple storeys from a central Auckland carpark during a night out taking Ecstasy and drinking.
In another dramatic incident, a 63-year-old council contractor has survived a 40-metre plunge down a sheer rock face on Mt Maunganui.
The World Trade Organisation has ruled against Canberra over its block on New Zealand apples.
Wellington Hospital's backup power supply has failed again, just months after an outage that forced surgeons to abort an operation, the paper reports.
After the deaths of five more rare birds, a former conservation worker claims little brown kiwi are dying unnecessarily at a Wairarapa sanctuary because of poor predator controls. The kiwi death toll at the National Wildlife Centre at Pukaha Mt Bruce now stands at nine in the past month.
More than 130 sex offenders are said to be living under supervision in Christchurch, and over half have committed crimes against children.
A Christchurch company has been fined $48,000 for trying to dupe overseas tourists by passing off souvenirs as New Zealand-made.
A group of boisterous, partying youngsters is not your usual tourist attraction - but that's what's happening just north of Kaikoura, where scores of seal pups have turned a scenic waterfall pool into their own playground. Dozens of pups can be seen frolicking in the pool, and the Department of Conservation may have to consider crowd control - for the human spectators, that is.
Otago Daily Times
The lead story covers a legal dispute over the future of the altar at Teschemakers Chapel near Oamaru. An interim enforcement order issued by the Environment Court means the altar will remain in place - for now.
Prime Minister John Key says the Government is adopting a wait-and-see approach to the future of the South Island's neurosurgical services.