Regional News

Witnesses sought after tourist punched

Police are appealing for witnesses after a tourist was pulled over and punched in the face on the West Coast.

New Plymouth to spend $80k on poll

New Plymouth is to spend about $80,000 to conduct a poll over whether Maori should have an automatic right to a council seat.

Wellington likely to get cheaper power

Wellington residents and businesses can look forward to cheaper power this winter, with the region's electricity lines company reducing its charges.

Tourist in critical condition after crash

A Japanese tourist whose rental car collided with a truck and trailer near Christchurch Airport remains in a critical condition in Christchurch Hospital this evening.

Drought confirmed in parts of Wairarapa

Wairarapa mayors and farmers are asking the Ministry for Primary Industries to declare a localised drought, the first stage of a formal state of drought declaration.

French national dies in BoP crash

Police have named the French driver killed in Bay of Plenty yesterday after swerving to avoid an object that fell from a truck.

Chch school seeks donations for memorial

A prestigious Christchurch high school is seeking $300,000 of public donations to repair its earthquake-damaged war memorial.

Call for Ministry of Education to step in

The Ministry of Education's intervention is needed to help resolve the contentious issue a Canterbury school has over a piece of farmland, an ex-board member says.

Swimmers warned to avoid Takapuna Beach

One of Auckland's most popular beaches will be off-limits to swimmers after a bacteria scare.

Charge laid over Lyttelton Port death

Worksafe has laid a charge in relation to the death of a worker at Lyttelton Port last year.

Northland man given 17 years for murder

A Northland man has been given a life sentence for the murder of his partner, Barbara Ann Moka.

Mall fire likely to be 'routine fire'

Police say there is nothing to suggest the fire at the Westfield West City mall at Henderson this morning was anything more than a vehicle fire. (AUDIO)

Eighth fruit fly found in Auckland

The Ministry for Primary Industries says an eighth Queensland fruit fly has been found in Auckland.

Wellington anti-amalgamation group forms

A group of Wellingtonians has formed a group resisting the amalgamation of Wellington's councils.

Four people involved in West Coast crash

Four people, reported to be Chinese tourists, have escaped without serious injury after their rental car went into the Whataroa River on the West Coast.

Missing Malaysian man named

A Malaysian man missing, presumed drowned, at Tolaga Bay on the East Coast has been named as Kuan Loon Loh.

Tourist pleads guilty to causing death

A German tourist who ran a stop sign in Christchurch has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a Canterbury woman.

Wellington facing water shortage

The Wellington Regional Council says a key water treatment system is just days away from closing if there is no rain.

Police name two who died in Whangarei

Police have named the two people who are the subject of a homicide inquiry in Whangarei.

Auckland Council first-half surplus $638m

The country's biggest local body, the Auckland Council has made a half-year surplus of $638 million.