Regional News

Storm warning issued for Northland

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Civil Defence in Northland is warning farmers and residents to brace for a battering of heavy rain over the next two days, with up to 180 millimetres of rain expected.

Tourist missing in Queenstown

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Police hold grave concerns for a tourist who has not been seen for a week. Kwei Ying Wong, a Hong Kong national, was last seen at her hotel in Queenstown.

Ruataniwha Dam funding boost

The site of the proposed Ruataniwha Dam.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council has advanced $3.1 million to the company managing the resource-consent phase of the Ruataniwha Dam project.

Fine for Piako River effluent discharge

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A Morrinsville farming company has been fined nearly $50,000 for unlawfully discharging dairy effluent into farm drains that flow into a tributary of the Piako River.

Urgent meeting called for port death

The Port of Lyttelton.

WorkSafe New Zealand is requesting an urgent meeting with Lyttelton Port's management to discuss health and safety concerns after the third workplace death in the past year. (AUDIO)

Motorcyclist dead in Dannevirke crash

One man has died following a motorcycle crash in Tararua district in the early hours of this morning.

Rate rises expected for Christchurch

Christchurch City Council

Christchurch ratepayers landed with a 7.5 percent increase are likely to face more pain as changes to what the city council can charge property developers leave a $32 million shortfall.

Wingatui residents fear 'McMansions'

Otago Racing Club chief executive Andre Klein speaks at the Wingatui racecourse subdivision hearing.

People living opposite Wingatui racecourse say its subdivision will wreck their views with a row of "beige McMansions". The racing club wants funds to become a training centre.

Auckland needs Govt funding help

Auckland Council's draft budget proposes delaying major transport projects.

The Government is being called on to help after Auckland Council's draft budget proposed delaying major transport projects such as the north-western busway. (AUDIO)

Spring Hill prison rioters sentenced

A riot at Spring Hill Prison last year led to about $4 million of damage.

Two imates who between them attacked a Waikato prison guard with a metal pole, and used chairs to smash windows have each been sentenced to at least two years in prison.

Engineer's disciplinary hearing ends

A house hit by the Christchurch earthquakes

A three-day disciplinary hearing into the conduct of an Earthquake Commission engineer has finished and a decision will be released in about six weeks.

Westport whitebaiting era is over

A long tradition of whitebaiting on Westport wharf has come to an end after the council faced the threat of prosecution.

A long tradition of whitebaiting on Westport wharf has ended after Buller District council faced the threat of legal action over possible accidents at whitebaiting stations.

Arrests over stolen avocados

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Police, who were tipped off by a member of the public have arrested two men, aged 18 and 41, on burglary charges and seized a car after 400 stolen avocados were found in a garage.

Convicted murderer back in prison

A New Zealand prison cell.

Convicted murderer Daniella Bowman is back behind bars after admitting breaking a curfew imposed when she was paroled, smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol.

Auckland rates to rise in 10-year plan

Len Brown.

Aucklanders face higher rates rises over the next decade, and a stark choice about having to pay extra if they want all of the city's major transport projects delivered. (AUDIO)

Changes to luge emergency plan

The company says the track may be realigned.

The company that runs the Rotorua luge is updating its emergency procedures and possibly re-aligning the track after an accident that broke a man's leg. (AUDIO)

EQC engineer at odds with 41 reports

Christchurch's Crowne Plaza hotel was among many buildings demolished following the Feb 2011 quake.

A homeowner giving evidence against an Earthquake Commission engineer says her house in Lyttelton was deemed to be safe when it was not.

Council to help save Victoria Mansions

Earthquake damage to shops on Victoria Street, Christchurch, after the September 2010 earthquakes.

The Christchurch City Council has agreed to contribute $900,000 to the repair and upgrade of a severely damaged historic 1930s apartment block.