Regional News

Search for missing child to resume at dawn

Search headquarters at Mount Maunganui.

The search for a boy swept into the sea at Mount Maunganui will resume at dawn. The five-year-old was playing with his cousins when a rogue wave took him. (AUDIO)

Delays in teen death inquiry - coroner

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A coroner says there were significant delays in a police investigation into the death of a teenage boy from Lower Hutt. Michael Lafou died of alcohol poisoning in August 2012. (AUDIO)

Woman's body found in burning house

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The body of a woman has been found in a burning house in Waikato this afternoon. The body was found soon after the Fire Service arrived at the house in Springvale.

Charges over Taranaki jogger's death

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A Hawera man has been charged in relation to the death of jogger DeAnne Cooper in Taranaki earlier this year. The mother-of-three was running when she was hit by a car.

150 jobs under threat at Sealord

A Sealord fishing boat at sea.

More jobs than previously thought are under threat in a proposed restructure of Sealord's processing plant in Nelson and supporting offices. The company says 150 jobs could go.

Ministry to act over Waitaki Boys'

Waitaki Boys' High School.

The Ministry of Education is to intervene in a troubled South Island school following two reports highlighting a breakdown in communication between the board and senior staff.

Man dies after North Canterbury crash


Police have named a 19-year-old man who died in Christchurch Hospital this morning, following a crash in North Canterbury. He was Aaron Thomson-Clark, from Leithfield.

Silver Fern water plan last resort

The Waimakariri River.

The lawyer for a meat processing company has told a resource consent hearing in Christchurch its application to discharge treated wastewater into the Waimakariri river is for emergencies only.

Council: not enough to fix all roads

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Preliminary projections by the Christchurch City Council show there will not be enough money to fix damaged roads to pre-earthquake conditions.

New track to rival Tongariro Crossing

The Pouakai Range, Egmont National Park.

The Department of Conservation is planning to establish a new tramping route in Egmont National Park to rival the hugely popular Tongariro Crossing.

Huffing teen still in hospital

The Mangere house where three teenagers were badly injured while huffing.

A teenage girl seriously injured in a butane explosion in an Auckland house remains in hospital nearly three weeks on. The girl and two others were hit by a fireball after a cigarette was lit.

Woman's dog 'known' as menacing

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The dog that bit a Hamilton woman's neck and face was already known to local authorities because of its behaviour.

Quake recorded in North Canterbury

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A magnitude 3.9 earthquake rattled the North Canterbury town of Oxford early this morning. Emergency services said there were no reports of damage.

Hamilton woman attacked by own dog

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A Hamilton woman attacked by a dog she has owned since it was a puppy has been taken to Waikato Hospital. She suffered bites to her face and neck in the attack today.

Taranaki polytech's CFO resigns

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Another senior staff member at Taranaki's Western Institute of Technology, which is being investigated over irregularities in its Maori programmes, has resigned.

Pair targeting elderly in Southland

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Two men are wanted in Southland for a number of burglaries targeting rest homes and elderly people. Police say the pair look over people's shoulders while they are using cash machines.

Footage helps to catch vandals in act

Security guard John Donaldson monitors CCTV footage from the region's trains.

Live footage from Wellington train stations is being used to catch vandals in the act in a move police say has saved tens of thousands of dollars in graffiti clean-ups.

Christchurch Cr calls for city currency

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Christchurch could have its own currency if a city councillor's idea comes to fruition. Raf Manji's idea involves linking the currency back to rates.

Tourist dies in South Canterbury crash

One of the cars involved in the fatal crash between Geraldine and Fairlie

A female tourist is dead after a head-on crash between Geraldine and Fairlie, in Canterbury, and three other people have been taken to hospital. Police say the road is closed.

Man carrying pole, not gun - police


A man thought to be armed with a gun in South Auckland was carrying a metal pole, police say. A member of the public had reported seeing a man with a long-barrelled gun.

Woman says she was bullied by EQC

A house being demolished in Burwood following the February 2011 earthquake.

A Christchurch mother has told the High Court the four-year battle she has had with the Earthquake Commission and insurer Southern Response has been soul destroying. (AUDIO)

Court hears man in park was punched

The New Zealand coat of arms, seen here at the Rotorua High and District Court.

A witness has told the High Court about seeing a man being punched several times then crumple to the ground at a central Auckland park after one last, strong hit.

Lawyer seeks to keep name suppressed

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A Wellington lawyer accused of drug offending has taken his bid for interim name suppression to the High Court. The decision has been reserved today.

Otago fruit company in receivership

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A Central Otago fruits business which employs several hundred casual workers over the peak summer fruit picking season, has gone into receivership.

Man given 10 times prescribed dose

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A coroner is recommending that a Christchurch hospice review its medication education for staff, after the death of a man who was given 10 times the medication prescribed.

Chch counselling service to close

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A Christchurch counselling service's plea for funding has failed and it is set to close on Friday. Rata made the appeal for $50,000 in June, but says it is no longer sustainable.

Man dies after setting fire to himself


A man who doused himself in petrol and set himself alight in Tauranga has died from his injuries. He had been in Auckland's Middlemore Hospital since the incident.

Motorcyclist injured in hit and run

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Police are seeking the driver of a car involved in a hit and run in Whanganui last night.

Waterview tunnel halfway there

The tunnel boring machine after it broke ground in Waterview.

It will now be several months before the world's largest operating tunnel boring machine is turned around and started again after it emerged deep from underground. (VIDEO)

Waterview tunnel milestone reached

The tunnel boring machine after it broke ground in Waterview.

A giant tunnel-boring machine known as 'Alice' has broken through into daylight today, after 10 months underground digging New Zealand's longest road tunnel in Auckland. (VIDEO)