Regional News

Crash closes Nelson-Blenheim road

The main route between Nelson and Blenheim is closed after a serious crash. It is expected to reopen early evening.

Updated 11 minutes ago

Nelson shack to be taken down

The Environment Court has ordered the owner of an illegal structure anchored to the seabed in Nelson's harbour to take it down.

Updated 29 minutes ago

Villages planned for central Christchurch

Nick Smith.

The Government is proposing to build two villages with 180 homes in central Christchurch as another step to tackle the city's housing crisis.

Auckland rail link section confirmed

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The route for an underground part of the Auckland city rail link project has been confirmed.

Plea for return to 'localism'

A Northland meeting hosted by the Focus Party has been told the Government's obsession with Auckland is draining the life-blood out of the province.

Arrest over fire at self-storage building

Fire crews were called to the blaze at 12.45am on Friday.

Police have made an arrest over the fire that seriously damaged a self-storage facility in the Wellington suburb of Kilbirnie. A 34-year-old man has appeared in court charged with arson.

WWI events announced for south

Otago and Southland mayors and armed forces have launched a five-year programme of regional events to commemorate World War I.

Dog chained up, left to starve

A Kaikohe woman has been fined about $600 and banned from owning a dog for five years after chaining one up and starving it to death.

Island fence plan to keep out predators

Stewart Island, looking towards Halfmoon Bay.

A group of residents on Rakiura-Stewart Island say building a predator-proof fence on the island would both lock them in and out of their community.

Police chase ends with man in hospital

A teenager allegedly linked to a crime spree on Auckland's North Shore has been treated in hospital after the stolen car he was in crashed following a police pursuit.

Hotel 'benefits' from taxpayer cash

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A privately-owned luxury hotel is to be built in a waterfront area Auckland ratepayers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars improving.

Company aims to save New Brighton

As shops rapidly close their doors in Christchurch's New Brighton, concerned business owners have launched a company to rejuvenate the seaside suburb.

Quakes in Bay of Plenty, Marlborough

Residents of Murapara in Bay of Plenty may have felt a jolt fromin the early hours of Wednesday morning. Earlier, a 3.7 tremor was recorded near Seddon.

Fire at Wellington school suspicious

Police are investigating a fire that is believed to have been deliberately lit at a primary school in Wellington's eastern suburbs.

Tourist missing on popular track

A swing bridge on the Heaphy Track

A search has been mounted for an American tourist missing after a tramp on the Heaphy Track.

Faulty pipes blamed for sinkholes

A sinkhole in the Marsden City development.

The developer of a multimillion-dollar subdivision near Marsden Point says sinkholes in its roads are the result of faulty underground pipes approved by the local council.

Police name hunting trip victim

A hunter who died after he was shot in the chest in western Southland has been named as 25-year-old father-of-two Adam David Hill.

Future of Civic building uncertain

In 1973 the building still dominated uptown Auckland. This photo is taken from the corner of Albert and Wellesley Streets, the location of Auckland Council's new HQ.

The future of building once considered a central Auckland landmark is uncertain as Auckland Council considers demolishing its 1960s-era Civic Administration Building.

Not guilty plea in homeless killing

The man charged with murdering a homeless man in Auckland has pleaded not guilty.

Dunedin luxury hotel plan abandoned

An artist's impression of the waterfront hotel.

The developers of a 27-storey luxury hotel on Dunedin's waterfront have dumped the plan, blaming the city council for holding up the project. The council rejects the accusation.

Heavy rain forecast for Nelson region

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People in Nelson and Richmond are being asked to clear their drains ahead of heavy rain forecast for the region.

CORRESPONDENT, with Todd Niall

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Auckland Council's budget may only be small fry compared to the national budget - but it's still worth a staggering $5 billion. So is it something Aucklanders should get excited about?

Protestors causing distress - DHB

Anti-abortion protesters are refusing to stop their weekly picket near Thames Hospital despite claims they are distressing the women they are targeting.