Regional News

Doctor calls for real change over drink

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Earlier closing times for bars and off-licence premises is only a first step to addressing levels of hazardous drinking in Wellington, the region's Medical Officer of Health says.

Man gives new meaning to stick shift

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A man who has no use of his legs has been blasted by the police in Manukau after allegedly being caught using a shortened walking stick to operate his car's brake and accelerator.

Fears lasers will lead to air tragedy


The Airline Pilot's Association fears it will take a tragedy before there are changes to the way the courts deal with people who shine lasers at airplanes.

Good Samaritan due home this week

Husband and wife Peter Thomas and Lucy Knight.

The Auckland woman who was seriously hurt when she was attacked while trying to help another woman having her bag snatched, will leave a rehabilitation centre this week.

Biggest drill yet on rail tunnel plan

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The biggest street works yet in preparation for Auckland's downtown rail tunnel are starting. Auckland Transport will drill for a month near the proposed Karangahape Rd station.

Shellfish ban for Port Underwood

People should avoid shellfish in the Port Underwood area until further notice.

A shellfish ban is in place at Port Underwood in the Marlborough Sounds after routine testing showed the presence of a toxin which can cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.

Car and mobile library crash, one dead

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A man in his twenties has died and another has been taken to hospital with moderate injuries, after a crash between a car and a mobile library bus in Tauranga this morning.

Man in hospital after shooting


A man is undergoing surgery after being injured in a shoot-out with police near the Waikato town of Paeroa, following a domestic incident last night. (AUDIO)

Three men caught with 867 paua


Three men face serious fisheries charges after a stash of 867 paua was seized near Wellington - the recreational fishing limit for paua is 10 per person a day.

Homicide inquiry after killing in Akl

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The body of a man who died in West Auckland last night is still at the scene and is expected to be removed this afternoon, police have said.

Hagley Oval gets ICC accreditation

Hagley Oval is one step closer to hosting the opening match of the Cricket World Cup next year

The grounds in Hagley Park have been given International Cricket Council accreditation, which confirms it will be able to host the Boxing Day test against Sri Lanka.

Man accused of killing baby named

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The man accused of murdering a baby in South Auckland can now be named. The five-month-old baby girl, whose name is suppressed, died in Pukekohe in August.

Coromandel search for missing man

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Search and Rescue teams are scouring the Coromandel Ranges for a 59-year old Pukekohe man who has not returned from a day trip.

No charges over Christchurch asbestos

Homeowners in Canterbury are being warned they could be putting themselves at risk of asbestos contamination.

WorkSafe will not be laying charges following an investigation into allegations of unsafe handling of asbestos in quake-damaged buildings in Canterbury, it says. (AUDIO)

Revival for Auckland's St James

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Auckland's St James Theatre has been sold and is a step closer to opening its doors again. What was once one of Auckland's most famous venues will soon incorporate apartments. (VIDEO)

Fears families will suffer over fire ban

Auckland Council is considering a ban on open fires and old woodburners.

There are fears thousands of Auckland families will be left in the cold and at risk of health problems if they are not given financial help to replace their indoor fires. (AUDIO)

Tourists targetted near Tauranga

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The police are talking to a man after complaints from tourists at a popular campsite near Tauranga. One tourist was woken by a man trying to steal his van, police say.

Police want earlier closing times

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Police officers are being pulled from communities around Wellington to focus on preventing alcohol-related crimes in the city on Friday and Saturday nights. (AUDIO)

Buller Gorge reopens after fatal crash


The main route between the West Coast and Nelson has reopened after a fatal crash in the Buller Gorge which forced motorists to take a lengthy detour through Reefton.

Irrigators say it's now or never for dam

The proposed Ruataniwha dam site.

Irrigation New Zealand says it is now or never for the Ruataniwha Dam scheme and is urging Hawke's Bay farmers and growers to back it by Christmas.

Drugs, firearms seized in Taihape raid

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Police have recovered a significant quantity of drugs, firearms and more than $20,000 in stolen property after a raid on a house in Taihape. A 55-year-old man has been arrested.

Better service for West Auckland

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A new-look public transport network for West Auckland has been unveiled, offering simpler routes and more services, but will not be introduced for another two years.

Buyers pushed beyond city fringe

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The head of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand says first home buyers priced out of less-fashionable Auckland suburbs could be pushed even further into the city's outskirts. (AUDIO)

Hunters rescued from snow storm


Three young hunters caught in a snow storm in the Otago bush have been rescued, after early attempts by search and rescue teams were unsuccessful.

Huntly murder accused granted bail

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An 18-year-old man accused of killing a Kevin Rimaha in Huntly earlier this month has been granted bail in the High Court in Hamilton today.

Nitrate level limit 'not strict enough'

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The Canterbury Medical Officer of Health says a proposed new limit on nitrate leaching from farms in the Selwyn District is not strict enough, and could jeopardise the region's drinking water. (AUDIO)

Canterbury economy picked to slow

Canterbury's economy is strong, but growth is slowing down as the rebuild peaks.

Economic development group, the Canterbury Development Corporation, says Canterbury's economy is strong, but growth is slowing down as the rebuild boom peaks.

Suspected huffing incident hurts teens


The ambulance service was called and three teenagers are in hospital in Auckland with burns, believed to have been suffered in a huffing incident.

Surgeon not told about blood refusal

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A surgeon who operated on a woman who died of blood loss at Wairau Hospital was not told she had refused blood products for religious reasons, the public health watchdog says. (AUDIO)

Elderly Gore couple die in crash

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The police have confirmed the bodies of an elderly couple found dead in a car near Gore this morning were the same couple reported missing yesterday.

CD equipment stolen in Christchurch

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Up to $70,000 of Civil Defence equipment has been stolen in Christchurch, including tool boxes and generators. A member of the public noticed the theft.

Otago Boys' reviewing safety policies


Otago Boys' High School is reviewing its safety policies after a rowing coach lost control of his power boat, crashing it into eight students, rector Ian Rennie says. (AUDIO)

Council to review social housing

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The Wellington City Council may look at co-owning its social housing stock with private sector community organisations and will prepare a terms of reference for a review. (AUDIO)

Fire service remain at Blenheim fire

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Marlborough's Rural Fire Officer says it is fortunate a large scrub fire believed to have been started by two boys playing with matches did not happen in the summer. (AUDIO)