Regional News

New legal challenge to Ports of Auckland

Fresh legal action is being taken in the wrangle over Ports of Auckland's controversial expansion plans.

Fatal capsize near Auckland wharf

A man is dead after a small dinghy with three people on board capsized just 10 metres from shore in Auckland.

Police suspect hit-and-run in Waikato

Police say they have identified a car that may have been involved in a suspected hit-and-run in Waikato.

New Anzac honours boards for Alton

About three hundred people turned out to see new honours boards unveiled at Anzac Day commemorations in the South Taranaki village of Alton today.

Rotorua crash victim identified

The police have identified a man who was found dead in a crashed car in Rotorua this morning.

New highway proposal gets council support

The Southland District Council is supporting a proposal for a new highway in Fiordland and is asking for public feedback.

Roster change may put patients at risk, says union

Following the death of a patient and the escape of two others, workers at a Waikato mental health clinic fear a proposed roster change may put patients at risk.

Poor weather expected for Anzac weekend

MetService is warning of deteriorating weather starting late today throughout the South Island over Anzac weekend, including heavy rain and northerly gales.

Investigation into Greymouth toddler's death

Police are investigating the death of a toddler taken to Greymouth Hospital's emergency clinic early on Tuesday.

Loud bang before body found - police

A resident reported hearing a loud bang several hours before a man's body was discovered in a car in Rotorua, police say.

Call to stop Wellington lab restructure

The senior doctors' union is calling on the Health Minister to stop a major laboratory restructure in Wellington.

New baby giraffe for Auckland zoo

The stork has paid a visit to Auckland Zoo, bringing with it a brand new baby giraffe, who is already six feet tall. (VIDEO)

Fight for Auckland's train services

Three separate companies, including the current operator, are in the running to operate Auckland's commuter trains from the middle of next year.

Charity accused of sex industry link opts out

A Christchurch charity accused of having links with the sex industry is opting to deregister following an investigation by Internal Affairs.

Teenagers attack woman, say police

Nelson police say if members of the public had not intervened, an attack on a woman by three teenagers could have been more serious.

Swift response sought from port company

Auckland councillors and senior legal advisors will meet on Tuesday, in the latest twist in a standoff with its port company. (AUDIO)

Arrest after attack on Anzac tribute

Police say children at a Hamilton school were hugely upset when they saw the crosses they had put up for an Anzac tribute had been smashed up and ripped out. (AUDIO)

Longest serving Southland mayor dies

New Zealand's longest continuously serving mayor has died, two years after leaving a 21-year post as the Mayor of Southland.

Councillor faces possible suspension

A Dunedin city councillor could be suspended from all council committees for two months as punishment for what is described as unprofessional and bullying behaviour.

No jail time for ex-director

A former media agency director has avoided jail after being found guilty of charges relating to offending involving payments to media suppliers.