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Advice for Kāpiti swimmers this summer

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has worked with the Greater Wellington Regional Council to update their advice for swimmers this summer. Kāpiti Coast District Council Regulatory Services Manager Natasha Tod, says current advice is to steer clear...... Read More

Rotorua HIV sex attacker jailed

A sex attack victim has revealed he is unable to continue with normal life after being assaulted by an HIV positive man he considered part of his family. Timi Tepo Robert James Hohepa, 49, was sentenced at Rotorua District Court on Tuesday to...... Read More

Whanganui crash victim named

Police have now released the name of a man who died following a crash in Whanganui. Twenty-three-year-old Isaac Oldale was killed in a crash in Castlecliff on Friday. "Police extend their condolences to his family," says police. "The...... Read More

Bill to speed up insurance claim process

A Members Bill to introduce a legal timeline for insurance companies to assess and present a settlement offer to claimants has been lodged by Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith. “We’ve just received the recommendations from the review into improving...... Read More

Thunderstorm watch issued as temperatures soar

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place again for parts of the North Island. The MetService issued the watch this morning saying humid conditions are likely to lead to showers and thunderstorms developing about the northeast of the North Island late...... Read More

Man arrested with BB gun after robbery

Police are planning to oppose bail for a man who is accused of robbing The Square in Palmerston North. Police were called to Main St just after 3pm when cash and a phone were taken from a young male by a person who was seen with a pistol. "Police...... Read More

Prison hosts marathon

In what is believed to be a first in New Zealand 25 young  offenders and 14 prison staff at Christchurch Men’s Prison competed in marathon events without leaving the prison. The idea was the brainchild of the Joshua Foundation’s Chris...... Read More

Dunedin man goes missing from hospital

Dunedin Police are appealing for sightings of 59-year-old Trevor Pont who has been missing since early yesterday morning in the Wakari area. Mr Pont was last seen leaving Wakari Hospital grounds at around 6am yesterday. He was later observed walking...... Read More

Tauranga’s appeal to retirees driving up house prices

An ageing population and lower overall salaries in the city have contributed to Tauranga's place as New Zealand's most unaffordable city, the mayor says. Survey results released yesterday show the city has taken over Auckland as the country's...... Read More

One Love crowds ready for magic

Canadian funk fusion band MAGIC! is about to receive a whole lot of love from reggae fans around the nation as they gear up for the coveted One Love festival, this weekend at Tauranga Domain. The band joins the line-up of more than 20 international...... Read More

Kinloch fatal motorcycle crash victim named

Police can now release the name of the motorcyclist who died following the crash on Whangamata Road, Kinloch near Taupo on Saturday January 20. He was 65 year old Mark Frecklington from Auckland. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends at...... Read More

NZ space industry reaching for the stars

Leaders of New Zealand's burgeoning space industry say the successful launch of a rocket at the weekend is a giant leap forward for the sector. Rocket Lab successfully launched a rocket into orbit for the first time on Sunday, deploying three miniature...... Read More

Axing BPS targets a backwards step - National

National Party Leader Bill English says the Government’s decision to axe the Better Public Services Targets is a recipe for dumb and lazy government that will make the public service less effective at improving lives. “These targets have...... Read More

House evacuated and road closed in Rangipo

State Highway 46, Rangipo is closed due to surface flooding. The road is closed between Mcdonnells Redoubt Road and Otukou Road. Seven people have been evacuated from a house on the road. Police are asking motorists to avoid unnecessary travel in the...... Read More

Iwi charitable trustee pleads guilty to fraud

A former assets manager for a publicly funded health provider and trustee of an iwi charitable trust has pleaded guilty to fraud in the Auckland High Court. Saul Roberts was the former assets manager for Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust and trustee...... Read More

100 jobs to go at Gisborne wood plant

A wood processing plant in Gisborne is looking to axe about 100 jobs, half its workforce, because of a weak Japanese housing market. Juken plans to cut production of plywood and laminated timber products at its Matawhero plant. The factory currently...... Read More

Sixth suspicious fire at Auckland site

Another suspicious fire has flared up this afternoon at the same central Auckland apartment building site where several fires occurred yesterday. Someone calling from inside the building today told Fire and Emergency a piece of paper on top of a stove...... Read More

Man nabbed after fleeing from police

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after a police pursuit in the Eastern Bay last night.  A police media spokesperson says the pursuit happened just before 11.40pm.  “Police received a call from a property near the Whakatane...... Read More