Real Life

Hometown hero takes first D1NZ win

Team DMNZ drifter Drew Donovan took a seemingly unlikely win on his return to the Link ECU D1NZ National Drifting Championship at this home round in Tauranga. Having qualified 18th on Friday, Donovan battled through the order and managed to take out...... Read More

Surfer defends title in Papamoa

Auckland surfer Thomas Kibblewhite (Red Beach) defended his Men’s Longboard Division title at the Barrett Homes New Zealand Longboard and SUP Open held at Papamoa Beach on Saturday. Kibblewhite had not competed since his 2017 win at the event...... Read More

Jones best of kayaking Kiwis

Tauranga's Luuka Jones has finished sixth in a highly-competitive K1 women’s final at the Australian canoe slalom championships in Penrith overnight. Jones was the only Kiwi to progress to the finals on the second day of competition and her...... Read More

Activists picket Waikato rodeo

About 100 animal rights activists turned out at the Waikato Rodeo in Te Awamutu yesterday to protest at what they say is cruel treatment of animals. The Direct Animal Action activists, brandishing large 'STOP' signs, set themselves up at the...... Read More

PM takes a bow at Auckland Pride Parade

Auckland's Pride Parade kicked off with the cutting of rainbow-coloured ribbons and an address from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The event is dubbed by its organisers as the 'largest and loudest carnival of equality and diversity in Aotearoa...... Read More

Animal effluent warning for popular swimming river

Stockyards are the most likely source of a significant discharge of animal effluent into Feilding waterways, the regional council says. Residents have been told not to swim, wade or fish the Makino Stream and Oroua River because of the waste contamination. Manawatu-Whanganui...... Read More

Touring cyclists warned against riding at night

Touring cyclists riding at night have been warned that they are putting all road users at risk. Road Transport Forum chief executive Ken Shirley said truck drivers were reporting an increasing number of near-misses with cycle tourists as they ride at...... Read More

West Coast hit by 1500 lightning strikes

The West Coast has been hit by more than a thousand lightning strikes as a thunderstorm and heavy rain works its way up the South Island. MetService forecaster Cameron Coutts said the West Coast, from Fox Glacier and up to northern Westland, had heavy...... Read More

Fatal work place incident in Puni

A person has died following a workplace incident at a farm in Puni, Waikato. Emergency services were called to the scene at 12.47pm. The person died at the scene. WorkSafe has been advised. ... Read More

Tax fraudster granted parole on fifth attempt

A Wellington accountant who received the country's longest sentence for tax fraud, has been granted parole on his fifth attempt. In 2012, Barrie Skinner was convicted of 80 counts of dishonesty using a document, seven charges of attempting to pervert...... Read More