Regional News

Severance pay labelled 'hush money'

Tony Marryatt.

A former Christchurch City councillor has labelled severance pay to the outgoing chief executive 'hush money'. Tony Marryatt received almost $800,000 in final payments.

Conduct complaint about principal

The New Zealand coat of arms, seen here at the Rotorua High and District Court.

The Teachers' Council is investigating the actions of a Hawkes Bay principal over his handling of allegations against a teacher found guilty of indecently assaulting children.

House can be sold over unpaid rates

Penny Bright.

Auckland activist Penny Bright's hopes of stopping authorities from selling her home for unpaid rates have been dashed. She owes $33,000 after not paying rates since 2008.

Arrest made for indecent assault on girl

police sign on fence

A man has been charged with the indecent assault of a five-year-old girl at Cooks Beach on the Coromandel last year.

Call for Taranaki unitary council

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A candidate in New Plymouth's by-election wants Taranaki's four councils to merge, saying ratepayers are paying about four times as much for governance than Aucklanders.

Ratepayers facing $500k bill for sculpture

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A sculpture incorporating a giant chandelier proposed for Auckland's waterfront could cost ratepayers about $500,000, although the council is hoping for more donors.

Lifejacket rules for Auckland boaties

Life jacket hanging on life buoy, Lake Ruataniwha

New boating rules requiring everyone sailing in the Auckland region to wear life jackets start this weekend. Skippers could also face charges if something goes wrong.

Over 200 cases left in earthquake list

Quake damage to building in September 2010.

The Chief High Court Judge says 238 cases are yet to be resolved in a special earthquake list set up in Christchurch, from a total of 359 cases filed since September 2010.

Rugby fever grips Taranaki

Taranaki Rugby Team

New Plymouth has been gripped by rugby fever ahead of Taranaki's attempt to make history tomorrow night and win the National Provincial title for the first time.

Preferred Flockton option announced

More flooding for Flockton.

Flood-prone residents in low-lying parts of Christchurch are welcoming city council moves to help protect their properties, but warn even those would not be enough.

RSA condemns brass plaque theft

The RSA is denouncing thieves who stole brass plaques from soldiers' graves in Dargaville.

The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA) is denouncing the thieves who stole brass plaques from the graves of soldiers in Dargaville this week.

Worker injured on job in Kawerau

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A worker has been flown to Rotorua Hospital after being hurt while working with machinery in Kawerau. Police say their injuries are not life-threatening.

Body found in Lake Wairarapa

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Police have found a man's body in Lake Wairarapa near Featherston. The body has not been formally identified but the cause of death is not regarded as suspicious.

Cash-strapped DHB cuts new hospital

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A new hospital for Queenstown is the latest casualty as the Southern DHB looks for ways to stem a bleeding deficit by developing a new strategy to cut costs.

Not everyone happy about dam plan

map of tasman dam site

News that ratepayers in the entire Tasman district are being expected to foot the bill for a controversial dam in the Lee Valley is being met with anger by some residents. (AUDIO)

Milk driers could create hundreds of jobs

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Fonterra says projected demand for dairy is behind its plan for two high-efficiency milk powder driers at its Studholme site in South Canterbury.

Minister threatened special legislation

Amy Adams.

Former Environment Minister Amy Adams threatened to pass legislation to fast-track planning rules if Christchurch City Council did not do the job itself. (AUDIO)

Hopes of more support for giant Santa

The Queen Street Santa

The owners of an Auckland construction company say their childhood memories of Auckland's giant Santa prompted them to step in to save him.

Christ's College takes top heritage award

Christ's College

One of Christchurch's oldest schools has been named as the winner of the Canterbury Supreme Heritage award. Christ's College beat 100 others to take the award.

Capital to consider drug sales sites

Synthetic cannabis and a pipe.

Wellington residents will soon be able to have their say on where any legal psychoactive products could be sold in their city - if they return to the shelves.

Teacher jailed for indecent assaults

The New Zealand coat of arms, seen here at the Rotorua High and District Court.

Former Havelock North music and drama teacher Charles Harter has been sentenced to three years and four months in jail for indecently assaulting children.

Santa saved in spirit of Christmas

The Queen Street Santa.

Auckland's giant Santa has been saved for the next three years thanks to businesses which have stepped in to cover the costs of putting him back up on Queen Street. (AUDIO)

New housing announced for Chch

Nick Smith

Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith has announced the development of 237 homes in the Christchurch suburb of Halswell. About 90 will be sold for under $400,000.

Activist begs judge to stop house sale

Penny Bright.

Activist Penny Bright has begged a judge in the District Court to stop the Auckland Council selling her $533,000 mortgage-free home to recoup unpaid rates.

Public's help sought over shooting

Paeroa shooting

Police investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a man on the Hauraki Plains on Tuesday night are seeking help from the public.

Teens remanded on murder charge

040714. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Wellington High Court. Courtroom 1.

The two teenagers charged with the murder of Whangarei man - Michael Griffin - have again been remanded in custody with continued name suppression.

Santa victim of Auckland cost cutting

The Queen Street Santa.

The six-storey-high Santa which has been a part of an Auckland Christmas for 54 years has been axed as a city promotion agency cuts costs after sacking its chief executive. (AUDIO)

Possible civil action against Swney

court

Auckland's downtown promotion agency Heart of the City hinted at possible civil action against sacked chief executive Alex Swney, who's facing tax evasion charges, which he denies.

Search for fisherman scaled back

Coastguard crew look for the missing boat north of Auckland.

The search for a fisherman missing off the coast north of Auckland for more than a week has been reduced to one police launch and one aerial sweep every second day.

Police continue death inquiry

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Police are continuing to investigate what they say is the suspicious death of a man in West Auckland on Tuesday. Another man found injured has been released from hospital.

City councillor reopens legal fight

Dunedin City Council Civic Centre.

Dunedin city councillor Doug Hall has reopened a four-year road dispute with his own council by threatening to sue it for $1 million in damages.

Motorists 'uneasy about Akl charges'

Driving Auckland

The Automobile Association says its Auckland members are unconvinced about the benefits of new charges such as road tolls or congestion charges.