Regional News

Man hit with hammer while trying to stop thief

A man was struck with a hammer after he stepped in to stop a thief fleeing with $40,000 worth of jewellery at an Auckland store this morning.

Attempted child abduction in Hastings

Hawke's Bay police are investigating an attempted abduction, after a five-year-old boy was grabbed by a man on his way to school this morning.

Waves batter Wellington's south coast

Cook Strait ferry services have resumed after heavy seas earlier today cancelled one service and swells washing over Wellington's south coast today are now easing.

Man who died in cell regularly checked - police

South Auckland police say they regularly checked on a man being held overnight in the cells, who was found dead this morning.

Man injured as boiler explodes at school

A man has been taken to hospital with moderate burns after a boiler exploded at an Auckland school this afternoon.

Police investigate wild bus ride

A bus trip home for some west Auckland teenagers has been described as so bad that some chose to jump from the moving vehicle. (AUDIO)

Body found in Rotorua stream

A body has been discovered in a stream in Rotorua and police had cordoned off the area, while they investigate the death.

Diver who drowned in Charlotte Sound named

Police have named the man who died in a diving incident in Momorangi Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, yesterday.

Whanganui to push on with sale of pensioner flats

Whanganui is to push ahead with plans to sell all or some of its 275 pensioner units. (AUDIO)

Stockton workers to be given job loss details

An announcement is imminent about jobs at the Stockton coal mine near Westport.

Death in Manukau police cell

Police are investigating the death of a man in the cells in South Auckland.

Son's 'relief' after 30-year wait for answers

The son of a Wellington man whose remains have been found 30 years after he went missing says he is relieved, but still has unanswered questions. (AUDIO)

PM invited to see town's hardship

A Northland teacher says the invitation is still open to the Prime Minister to visit her town and see just how hard it is for some families to get ahead.

Blessing for vandalised graves

About 200 friends and family members have attended the blessing of the repaired children's section at the Papakura Cemetery in south Auckland.

Diver's body recovered

The police have recovered the body of a diver reported overdue in Momorangi Bay, in Queen Charlotte Sound today.

Boy found unconscious at school

A nine-year-old Hawkes Bay boy is in an induced coma after being found unconscious and struggling to breathe at his school.

Cissy's neighbour heard argument, court told

A neighbour of Cissy Chen and her partner reported hearing a heated exchange coming from the couple's North Shore home before she disappeared.

Hazardous drinking halved since quakes

A health study in Canterbury has found hazardous drinking has halved since the 2011 earthquakes, well below the national average. (AUDIO)

Accused driven by jealousy and anger, jury told

A jury had been told a man was not insane when he killed two men at an Auckland pawn shop, and that he did it because of jealousy and anger.

Police investigate serious assault in central city

The police in Hamilton are investigating a serious assault on a man in the central city this afternoon.

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