Regional News

Man sets himself alight in Tauranga

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Police in Tauranga say a man who doused himself in petrol and set himself alight at a city intersection has critical injuries. An investigation is underway.

Auckland Council cuts up to 90 jobs

Auckland Council

The Auckland Council is making its biggest single staff cut, chopping up to 90 jobs in its planning and strategy department and reducing spending by up to $14 million.

Winds cut power in North Island

Dark clouds gather during a previous storm over Castlepoint, Wairarapa.

Power was cut to hundreds of properties in the lower North Island this afternoon as strong winds and heavy rain lashed the area. Electricity should be restored in the next hour.

Residents protest pohutukawa felling

Fiona Clark, Andrea Moore and Mark Jury are not convinced 23 mature pohutukawas in Waitara need to be felled.

A group of Waitara residents is vowing to fight a decision to fell 23 pohutukawa trees as part of a "one-in-one-hundred-year" flood protection scheme.

NZ's oldest regiment turns 150

Queen Alexandra’s Mounted Rifles at Linton Military Camp on its official birthday, 16 September 2014.

A military parade will be held in Palmerston North this morning to mark the 150th anniversary of one of this country's oldest regiments.

Chch's Twin Towers sculpture moved

A piece from one of New York's twin towers in Christchurch.

A piece of one of New York's twin towers that has sat as a memorial in Christchurch for the past 12 years is to be moved for safekeeping while earthquake repairs are made.

New lease of life for Wanganui port

Wanganui is to breathe new life into its derelict port.

A joint venture between Tupoho Whanau Trust and Wanganui District Council is to take over the running of the city's port once an upgrade of its facilities is completed.

Top US universities recruit in Auckland

University of Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn building, Auckland

Leading American universities including Caltech, New York University and UCLA are recruiting students in Auckland on Saturday.

School bus, tanker in Canterbury crash

Emergency services were called to the crash in Cheviot just after 3pm this afternoon.

No serious injuries are being reported after a crash involving a school bus, a milk tanker, a campervan, and a four-wheel drive in Canterbury this afternoon. (AUDIO)

Prison after fatal boy racer crash

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Police say the prison sentence handed down to a fourth person involved in a fatal Hawke's Bay boy racer incident sends a strong message to illegal street racers.

Jury will resume next week

court

Jurors in the case of an Auckland teacher accused of inappropriately touching his students in class will resume considering their verdicts on Monday morning.

Council staff shuffle cost over $1m

Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch City Council has revealed a restructuring of its staff has cost the city more than $1 million, including nearly $700,000 in redundancy payments.

Grenades found at redzone site

Poilice

Part of central Christchurch has been cordoned off following the discovery of several grenades at a redzone site. Bomb disposal experts have been sent to the scene.

Thieves target elderly at checkouts

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Police say elderly women who have had tens of thousands of dollars stolen by thieves who stole their pin at supermarket checkouts are traumatised.

Man in court over chemical incident

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A 45-year-old man is due in court today charged with criminal damage, after chemicals were poured on a clothing rack outside a Richmond shop, yesterday.

Former scout leader pleads guilty

Court

A former scoutmaster has pleaded guilty in the Hamilton District Court to sex charges against five boys aged between seven and 18 that occurred between 1983 and 2010.

Watercare head retires due to ill-health

Mark Ford

One of the country's highest-paid public servants is retiring on health grounds. Auckland's Watercare head Mark Ford has been on sick leave since the start of the year.

Bowling hall destroyed by fire

The charred remains of the Christchurch Indoor Bowls Association building in Linwood

An indoor bowling hall in Christchurch has been destroyed in an overnight fire. The building in Linwood was in the middle of earthquake repairs.

Scots in Chch share a wee dram

Alastair Campbell of Christchurch's Whisky Galore where Scots gathered before Scotland's historic independence vote

Politics and whisky mixed in Christchurch where some of the city's Scottish residents got together to share a wee dram as Scots went to the polls for a historic vote on independence.

Traffic delays near Wellington

Police

Strong winds caused trees to fall on power lines and cause significant delays on State Highway two, north of Wellington, tonight.

Testing for contamination in Bluff

Fishing boats in Bluff Harbour

A burst pipe that spilled sewage into Bluff Harbour has been repaired but people are being advised not to swim or take shellfish from the harbour until further notice.