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Frantic search for survivors at Mexico school

At least 21 children and five adults died at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City during yesterday's major earthquake, the government says. The shallow, 7.1 magnitude quake, which struck Tuesday afternoon local time (Wednesday morning...... Read More

Christchurch: Are you prepared for a tsunami?

With Sunday marking the start of daylight saving Christchurch residents living near the coast are being urged to think about how prepared they are for a tsunami. The tsunami warning sirens installed along the coastline between Brooklands and Taylors...... Read More

6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Vanuatu

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has hit Vanuatu, 85km northwest of Isangel, the US Geological Survey says. In a post a short time ago, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected. The quake...... Read More

Wanaka couple star in My Kitchen Rules NZ

A couple from Wanaka is one of six teams on the new series of TV show My Kitchen Rules New Zealand (MKR NZ), which starts on Monday (September 25). Chris and Bex Wright will take part in the ten-part cooking show, which comes with a top prize of $100,000,...... Read More

Investigation into graffiti attack on train

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is welcoming the announcement by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission of the opening of an enquiry into the attack on an Auckland passenger train by a graffiti gang at the weekend. ‘’The...... Read More

Manawatu Mountain Bike Club take out top community

The Manawatu Mountain Bike Club took home the Supreme Award at Palmerston North’s biggest annual celebration of volunteers, the Trustpower Community Awards. Voluntary groups from around the city gathered with representatives from Trustpower,...... Read More

Lack of sleep could affect your safety at work

Daylight Saving this weekend is a good time to check on the amount of sleep you are getting to keep yourself and others healthy and safe as you work, says WorkSafe Chief Executive Nicole Rosie. “People who are tired and fatigued are 30 per cent more...... Read More

MSD staff used false names, fearing attacks

Ministry of Social Development staff have used false names on legal documents because they say they fear attacks by volatile clients. The staff were on the ministry's Benefit Review Committee, which hears complaints from beneficiaries. The Social...... Read More

Fleeting visit from America’s Cup

Southland fans of the America's Cup will have a less than two-hour window to check out the trophy in person next month in Bluff. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Emirates Team New Zealand will be displaying the America's Cup at the Bluff...... Read More

Transporting fuel by sea and land

The New Zealand Defence Force will help transport fuel around the country by sea and road to help ease a jet fuel shortage triggered by a damaged oil pipeline in Auckland last week. Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, says the...... Read More

Honouring 25 years of service

More than 100 attendees came out in Te Anau to honour two long-standing firemen last Saturday night. Te Anau Fire Brigade firefighter Ray McPeake and senior firefighter Daryl Whipps were honoured with double gold stars at a packed award ceremony...... Read More

Large slip prompts council warning

Waikato Regional Council staff are due to assist in assessing the impacts of a massive slip of soil beside and across the Mangaokewa River near Te Kuiti. The event has also prompted a reminder about potential slip hazards when catchments are heavily...... Read More

Te Anau’s final flush

A public appeal for alternative suggestions for the future disposal site of Te Anau's wastewater has so far come up empty. Last month the Southland District Council (SDC) released criteria for landowners in the Te Anau basin who may want to offer...... Read More

Fuel tanker fleet to hit road for Auckland

Up to 20 tankers will hit the road today to transport as much jet fuel to Auckland Airport as possible, as airlines say they are confident the worst of the disruption is over. Today marks a week since the main pipeline that feeds the city ruptured,...... Read More

Lightning blows up garden and fusesboxes

A Cockle Bay couple are counting their lucky stars after lightning struck their property, blasting the garden and blowing up two fuseboxes. The couple, known as Ashley and wife Lorna, have had to move out of the Trelawn Place house along...... Read More

Hurricane Maria rips through Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria, the devastating storm pushing north-west through the Caribbean, has landed in Puerto Rico reports the BBC. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said it arrived in Yabucoa in the east of the US territory, producing winds of 150 mph...... Read More

BP station targeted in suspected armed robbery

Two people believed to be carrying a firearm and a meat tenderiser robbed a BP in Palmerston North last night. Police say the petrol station on Main Street was robbed shortly after 8:30pm on Wednesday evening. A police spokeswoman told Stuff: "Two...... Read More

Rural school gets new tech

Pyes Pa School pupils will be well-prepared for a future filled with technological changes, thanks to the assistance of TECT. The local community trust has made a significant contribution towards the purchase of new iPads and Chromebooks for the country...... Read More

Aucklander’s $1 million Lotto windfall

A Lotto-playing Aucklander is $1 million richer this evening after striking it lucky in Wednesday's First Division draw.  The winning ticket was purchased at Countdown Browns Bay on Auckland's North Shore.  Powerball...... Read More