Regional News

Body and vehicle found in Whanganui River

A search for an 86-year-old man missing in the Pipiriki area has ended with the discovery of his body and his vehicle in the Whanganui River.

I would have dived in - retiree rescuer

A man who drove his farmbike into the sea to rescue a mother and her son from drowning in Hawke's Bay says the woman was exhausted. (AUDIO)

Commissioners to decide if Rena will stay on reef

Four commissioners have been named to decide whether the Rena will stay on Tauranga's Astrolabe Reef.

Lyttelton Port threatened with six day strike

Lyttelton Port has been threatened with six days of strike action from 11 February by the Rail and Maritime Union.

Push for declaration not expected so soon

Otago Federated Farmers says it did not expect a push for an official state of drought declaration so soon, but they would not oppose such a decision.

Mt Ruapehu crater lake heats up

Mount Ruapehu's crater lake is showing signs of heating up - rising from 15 degrees celsius to 41 degrees in the past few days - but alert levels are low.

Sovereignty hui underway in Northland

Nearly 200 people have gathered at Northland's Otiria marae for a two-day seminar and debate on Maori sovereignty.

Bones found on lake foreshore

Police are examining a site at the foreshore of Lake Wakatipu near Kingston, after bones were discovered there yesterday evening.

Teen pleads guilty to assault on elderly couple

A teenager accused of attacking an elderly couple in their Waikanae home in December has pleaded guilty to all the charges he faced.

Council seeks declaration for Otago drought

The drought gripping much of the Otago region is now worse than the last big one 15 years ago, according to the regional council.

Queenstown's duty free binge

Queenstown bar owners, health workers and hoteliers are calling on the Government to take a closer look at how much duty free alcohol people can buy.

Disused Auckland flyover to be cycleway

A disused motorway flyover in central Auckland is to become a cycleway, in an announcement due from the Government this afternoon.

Crossing death 'accident waiting to happen'

An local board member says a death at an Auckland railway crossing was an accident waiting to happen for a decade.

Hovercraft at ready for rescues

Auckland Airport has shown off its multi-million dollar upgrade to its marine rescue fleet, with a $3 million hovercraft at the centre. (VIDEO)

Auckland train death

A pedestrian is dead after being struck by a train at Auckland's Morningside station. About 140 people were on the train.

Fire fight to continue during weekend

Firefighters battling a blaze at Flock Hill Station near Arthur's Pass, which has been burning since Monday, will work over the weekend to dampen down its perimeter. (VIDEO)

Council defends move to sue rate rebels

The heavily-indebted Kaipara District Council is defending its move to sue people who have not paid their rates, in protest at the council's unlawful borrowing.

Crash closes SH1 near Whangarei

State Highway One south of Whangarei is closed to all traffic after a serious crash.

Cycleway to go through bird sanctuary

Part of Christchurch's proposed $156 million cycle network has been criticised for being unnecessarily costly and for endangering a bird sanctuary.

Water damage to Wellington's Unity Books

Wellington bookshop Unity Books has lost about 20 percent of its stock after a sprinkler went off this morning.