Regional News

Police hunt gunman in Invercargill

A police cordon.

The Invercargill Armed Offenders Squad is hunting a gunman who held up a store in the suburb of Otatara just before 2pm today, but a local school is no longer in lockdown.

Baby snatched from Hamilton home


Police in Hamilton are trying to find a person they say went into a home and snatched a baby which was asleep in a bedroom, this afternoon.

Church must win Cantabrians' respect

ChristChurch Cathedral.

An Anglican minister says if the church wishes to be respected by Christchurch residents, it needs to rethink its stance on the quake-damaged cathedral.

Housing NZ picks up pace in Chch


After missing its first year target for repairing earthquake damaged homes in Christchurch, Housing New Zealand is now starting to pick up the pace.

Man sentenced for car ramming


A father has been sentenced at the Christchurch District Court for ramming his car into two men he says were about to attack his son after a fight.

Doctors 'mortified' at Queenstown plan

Queenstown is one of the country's most expensive places to live.

Queenstown doctors are seething at a behind-the-scenes plan by the Southern District Health Board to hive off the district's public hospital into a private trust. (AUDIO)

Fijian pastor to appear on sex charges

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A Fijian pastor based in Wellington is due to appear in Hutt Valley District Court court in two weeks on a raft of sex offences against two girls aged under 16.

Arrest made in Pukekohe attack case


Police say an arrest has been made over a brazen attack which left a 24-year-old man unconscious on the side of the road in South Auckland.

Men jailed after fatal gang shooting


A man found guilty of murder after a fatal shooting in Petone has avoided being jailed without parole, despite being on his second warning.

Review into prisoner bus break-down

Desert road

A review into a bus break-down that left prisoners stuck on the Desert Road in January, has recommended updating procedures and some staff training.

Fence critical factor in death - coroner

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A coroner says the killing of a woman by a patient who absconded from a mental health facility in Hamilton may have been prevented if the facility's fence had been more secure.

Boatyard neighbour predicts court bid

Opua  in the Bay of Islands.

Community groups working to protect a coastal reserve in Opua are angry that the Far North District Council has given a boatyard owner the right to use it for business.

Racecourse housing plan turned down

Wingatui Racecourse

A plan by the Otago Racing Club to subdivide part of Dunedin's Wingatui racecourse for 11 housing sections on the rural-zoned land has been refused resource consent.

Plan to protect Wellington's Cuba St

Cuba Mall on Cuba Street, including the street's iconic bucket fountain

Wellington's famous Cuba Street is at a crossroads as property owners work out the best way to protect their buildings against earthquakes. (AUDIO)

Forecast puts housing target in doubt

Nick Smith.

The Minister of Housing has suggested there may be changes to Auckland's Housing Accord after a Government-commissioned report lowered its consent forecast for the city. (AUDIO)

Armed robber sentenced for hold-ups

Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Domain.

An armed robber who targeted tourists at some of Auckland's hot-spots has had two-and-a-half years added to his 10-year prison sentence for home invasion.

Poll 'challenges' cathedral demolition

The Christchurch Cathedral, which was severly damaged in the earthquakes.

Supporters of the restoration of the Christ Church Cathedral say new survey results will challenge the building's owners to seriously reconsider their decision to demolish it.

Jail possible for dirty dairy farmer

Phillip Woolley in the Nelson District Court.

An Environment Court judge has described a Murchison dairy farmer's repeated and deliberate polluting as the worst in New Zealand and is not ruling out sending him to jail.

Reefton firm to mill storm-felled tree

Most roads have been cleared of fallen trees.

The first lot of West Coast native timber felled in a storm earlier this year has been approved for salvaging by a Reefton sawmilling company.

Women's murder convictions quashed


Murder convictions have been quashed against two women in relation to the death of a man in Whanganui six-years ago.

Pensioners protest housing plan

Garden Place, Hamilton.

A mock-coffin symbolising the possible demise of council-owned pensioner housing units in Hamilton was carried into the council building today as part of protest action.

Escapee recaptured by police

A police cordon.

The Armed Offenders Squad, dogs and a helicopter were called in to hunt for a prison escapee, who was caught hiding on the banks of the Manawatu River.

Police seize $175k worth of meth

About 150g of the drug was discovered.

Police in Hawke's Bay have seized methamphetamine worth $175,000 and also found $310,000 buried underground along with two pistols, in an operation this week.

Fewer homes to be built in Auckland

Auckland construction

Fewer new homes than previously thought are expected to be built in Auckland over the next four years due to a shortage of skilled workers in the city.

New bus card to patch security flaws

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Christchurch bus users will soon have access to a new public transport card the regional council intends to be hacker-proof after thousands of users had personal details compromised.

Toll would ease Akl congestion - mayor

Auckland mayor Len Brown.

Auckland mayor Len Brown says a motorway toll would help solve Auckland's transport problems and that it would have the added bonus of easing road congestion. (AUDIO)

App helping to wipe out graffiti

 Bill Johnson

A Christchurch man has developed a smartphone app which is helping to make a big reduction in the amount of graffiti in the South Island city.

How to pay for Auckland transport?

auckland motorway at dusk

Aucklanders say they would grudgingly pay a motorway toll or higher rates if it would ease the city's transport woes, amid warnings that congestion on motorways could treble.

Man in NRL shorts robs Hamilton bar

A police cordon.

A man wearing distinctive rugby league shorts is wanted by the police after an aggravated robbery of a central Hamilton bar overnight.

Assault charge in homicide case


Police investigating a homicide in Meremere nearly three weeks ago have charged a man with assaulting the dead man in the months leading up to his death.

New motoring charges for Auckland

auckland traffic jam through car mirror

Aucklanders will have to choose between a range of motoring charges such as paying up to $2.80 for each motorway journey and more expensive petrol - or worsening traffic congestion. (AUDIO)

Christchurch gas leak fixed - police

An aerial view of Christchurch shows post-earthquake demolition in progress (November 2012).

A gas leak which disrupted traffic and led to people being evacuated from central Christchurch buildings this afternoon has been fixed, police say.