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NZ First refuses to say if Kermadec plans are afloat

The proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary could still be blocked by New Zealand First in its coalition deal with the Labour Party, new information suggests. Labour and the Greens say the sanctuary is still on the table and the two parties have rejected...... Read More

Strong quake hits near Kaikōura

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck near Kaikōura. Geonet said the quake hit at 5.10pm, at a depth of 13 kilometres, 10km west of Kaikōura. Fire and Emergency said so far they hadn't received any reports of damage or calls for help. The owner...... Read More

Fatal shooting in Greymouth, West Coast

A woman has died following a shooting incident in Greymouth this afternoon just after 4pm. Police are making inquiries to understand the facts surrounding the incident and no further information is available at this time. ... Read More

Raupunga fatal crash victim named

Police can now release the name of the woman killed in a car crash on SH 2 near Raupunga, Wairoa on Friday.  She was 65-year-old Judith Shadbolt from Wairoa. Police’s thoughts are with her family at this time.   ... Read More

Police seek information about Waitati burglary

Dunedin Police are investigating the aggravated burglary of a Waitati store early this morning. Police were called to the store on Waikouaiti-Waitati Road at 3.45am. Four people used a vehicle to gain entry to the store and took a large amount of cigarettes. The...... Read More

Police respond to Wellington kayakers in trouble

The Police Maritime Unit has co-ordinated the rescue of two kayakers in a tandem kayak this afternoon who were in trouble on the southern end of Taputeranga Island near Island Bay beach. Emergency services received a call from nearby residents just after...... Read More

Drunk teenager crashes driving with drunk parent

Alexandra Police attending a motor vehicle crash on Saturday evening were shocked to find the driver was a heavily intoxicated, unlicensed 15-year-old. Emergency services were called a single vehicle crash on Little Valley Road in Alexandra just after...... Read More

Rock fall crash blocks SH2 lane

A section of State Highway 2 is partially blocked after a car crashed into rock fall this afternoon. The accident occurred at around 2.45pm in the Karangahake Gorge, between Waihi and Paeroa. A police spokesperson says it is the eastbound lane that...... Read More

Ronald McDonald rejection ’perplexing’ - charity CEO

The charity behind Ronald McDonald House is "perplexed" by Middlemore Hospital's decision to turn down one of the houses for families of its young patients. Counties Manukau District Health Board said it had considered the offer from...... Read More

Westerlies to dominate this week

The end of the working week brought some much-needed settled weather, which also saw a warm air mass dragged over from Australia push temperatures in the South Island to above average. A southwest flow which covered the country midweek brought showers...... Read More