Regional News

$500m cost cut in Auckland rail plans

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Nearly half a billion dollars has been cut from the upfront cost of Auckland's downtown rail project because of a decision to drop an underground station and delay buying trains.

Fog delays flights out of Auckland

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Fog is causing some disruption for passengers at Auckland airport. Three domestic regional departures have been delayed but international flights are not affected.

Pedestrian dead after being hit by car

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A male pedestrian is dead after being hit by a car on State Highway 3, near Palmerston North, the New Zealand Transport Agency says. The road is closed and a diversion is in place.

Doctors sick on the job

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Most Wellington Regional Hospital doctors continue working when they're sick, even if they have an infectious disease and could be putting patients at risk, a survey shows.

85% of Christchurch claims settled

A quake-damaged Lyttelton house.

The Earthquake Commission has settled 85 percent of Canterbury building claims and paid $6.8 billion in settlements, it says. All up, 143,900 claims have been resolved.

Council documents found on street

Documents were found in a bin in Cashel Street.

The Christchurch City Council says it is aware of a privacy breach where parking enforcement documents were found blowing out from an unsecured storage unit.

Guilty verdict in homeless man murder

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A teenager collapsed and had to be held up by security guards at the High Court in Auckland after being found guilty of murdering a homeless man off Queen Street. (AUDIO)

Further charges likely after shooting

The scene where a man allegedly shot at police following a pursuit in Tauranga.

An Auckland man has appeared in court charged with firing a gun at a police officer in the Bay of Plenty. The police say the incident happened after a pursuit in Mt Maunganui.

Long jail term for family abuser

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A man who sexually offended against young family members has been jailed for 17 years. The man who can't be named for legal reasons was sentenced on a range of charges.

Guilty plea in Octagon bar death

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A Dunedin demolition worker has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for killing a stranger at a central city bar. Ryan Court died in the bathrooms of the Craft Bar in the Octagon. (AUDIO)

Mayor promises film studio rebuild

The fire damaged a workshop.

Auckland mayor Len Brown is promising to rebuild a council-owned film studio destroyed by fire where the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 is being filmed. The blaze is not thought to be suspicious.

Film producer wants Southland studio

Roxy Cinema in Miramar.

A New Zealand film producer believes it's time a major movie studio is built in Southland. But some are urging caution saying it would be a very risky venture in a fickle industry.

Christchurch council considers flood funds

The Flockton area has suffered from increased flooding since the earthquakes.

The Christchurch City Council is investigating whether its flooding grievance group can allocate $20,000 each to some households to help with temporary solutions to flooding.

Police charge critically hurt man

A man has been charged with two offences in relation to an alleged home invasion in Napier at the weekend. He has head injuries and remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Kawerau locals have their say

Kawerau town centre.

Kawerau people are fighting back after having welfare statistics in their Bay of Plenty town mentioned in Parliament. Kawerau's mayor says he's fighting to create jobs for locals.

Haast to Makarora highway reopens

State Highway 6, Haast to Makarora.

State Highway 6 from Haast township to Makarora has re-opened after it was closed by a slip at Clarke Bluff 10km north of the Gates of Haast on Wednesday.

Govt 'under pressure' over quake land

The NZ Coat of Arms on the Supreme Court building in Wellington.

The Crown was under pressure to give Christchurch residents timely decisions about quake-damaged land in 2011, the Supreme Court has been told.

Teacher struck off for abusing students

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A teacher who physically and psychologically abused year nine students has been censured and deregistered. The man hit, kicked and swore at misbehaving students in 2011 and 2012.

Man who killed wife denied parole

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A Timaru man who has served 20 years in prison after murdering his wife, and dumping her body in Lake Tekapo, has been denied parole. The Parole Board says he lacks remorse.

Woman admits murder, arson charges

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A woman has admitted murdering an elderly man and arson charges when she appeared at the High Court in Auckland on Wednesday.

Jury in homeless death case retires

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The jury deciding the case of a teenager accused of beating homeless man Edwin Linder and leaving him for dead in an Auckland alleyway has retired to consider its verdict.

Banks woo first-home buyers

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First-home buyers are finding it easier to get a loan as a slowing housing market prompts banks to drum up new business. Lending to those with low desposits has risen. (AUDIO)

Train drivers back safety campaign

Hawke's Bay Regional Council has earmarked $5.5 million to invest in re-opening the line.

Train drivers who have been involved in fatal level-crossing accidents hope a safety campaign starting next month will help reduce the growing number of crashes, their union says.