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Live: New Zealand Election 2017, on the campaign trail

Bill English goes to school and Jacinda Ardern campaigns in Tauranga. Both are set to announce new policy.

Gareth Morgan compares Jacinda Ardern to 'lipstick on a pig'

Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan is under fire for comparing Labour leader Jacinda Ardern to "lipstick on a pig" when calling for Labour's policies.

Thieves take chocolate, cigarettes and till in one of two Hamilton smash and grabs

Two Hamilton stores have been targetted by thieves in a duo of smash and grabs overnight. 

Crackdown on cruel comments on police Facebook pages

Canterbury police are getting tough on their social media policy after Facebook posts for wanted people attracted sexist, racist and humiliating comments. 

Criticism of SAS actions before and after Willie Apiata's VC firefight

The firefight at the centre of one of New Zealand's proudest military episodes is under scrutiny amid calls for an investigation, an apology and punishment for the New Zealand forces involved.

Fleeing driver crashes into Lower Hutt house

A driver fleeing police ended up crashing into a house, ending the ill-fated getaway.

A clearing Monday, then several fine days in many areas

Showers or drizzle are expected to clear across much of the country on Monday, and will be followed by several days of fine weather in many areas.

Police appeal for witnesses of Hamilton Lake carpark assault

Police are looking for witnesses to an assault that unfolded at Hamilton Lake on Sunday night. 

Jane Bowron: Poker faces, dunny dalliances and no room at the inns

OPINION: ï»¿Green Party leader James Shaw is showing a great poker face with disaster polls threatening extinction for his party.

Dave Armstrong: Council should welcome robust debate, not outsource it to lawyers

OPINION: Over the years, I have witnessed some pretty churlish behaviour by some Wellington City councillors and staff. Insults have been hurled, councillors have been locked out of their own building, and free lunches costing very little have been hotly debated while massive expenditure has been ...

Afghanistan: New Zealand public didn't know full story - Defence boss

A former Defence Force boss has called on New Zealand to examine our part in the war in Afghanistan, as a new documentary reveals secret details about operations involving our soldiers.

New Zealand Defence Force leaves too many unanswered questions

EDITORIAL: The New Zealand Defence Force's silence around our 12-year-long deployment to Afghanistan is a disservice to all those who served there.

Stuff Circuit: Meet the investigators behind The Valley

It pays to keep a low profile in Afghanistan. 

Off-duty cop among bystanders who saved pair in Waikato River crash

Bystanders, including an off-duty police officer, are being praised for jumping into a fast-flowing Waikato River to pull two people from a submerged car to safety. 

One dead, several injured in Napier-Taupo Highway crash

One person has been killed and four others injured in a two-car crash in the central North island.

Middlemore Hospital apologises for 'totally unacceptable' care of Auckland woman

A woman has received an apology for the "unacceptable" care her mother received while at an Auckland hospital.

Two charged over Bay of Plenty robbery in which cash was stolen, hammer used

Two people have been charged following the robbery of a store, in which cash was stolen and a staff member was assaulted, in the Bay of Plenty.

Mum, baby, spin out swerving to avoid head-on crash near Whanganui

A mum was left shaken and her baby crying after the pair spun out into the path of oncoming traffic in order to avoid a head on crash.

National announce $10.5 billion roading plan

The Manawatu Gorge is one of 10 major roading upgrades that form a new multibillion dollar vision announced by the National Party.

Trapped woman freed after four vehicle crash in Karangahake Gorge

A young woman was left trapped in a crashed car with one wheel hanging over the safety barrier of the Karangahake Gorge. 

One dead, several injured in Napier-Taupo Highway crash

One person has been killed, while four others have been injured in a two-car crash in central North Island.

Driver of car in crash with bus near Taupo dies in hospital

The driver of a car involved in a crash with a 20-seater bus near Taupo on Thursday has died.

One year on from gastro crisis, communities hold 'vigil for water'

One year on from the Havelock North water contamination crisis, groups around New Zealand held twilight vigils to underline the importance of safe fresh water.

Town avoids developing unsightly bulge after council dumps plastic wall plans

Bureaucrats have ditched plans to use plastic as a replacement for a seawall after a report reveals it would have likely left their town with a $10.9 million bulge into the sea.

Cliff collapse swallows back yard in Bucklands Beach, east Auckland

A sudden collapse of a 10-metre cliff has swallowed a back yard in east Auckland.

Injuries, road closures and power outages after cars hit power poles in Auckland

A person has been taken to hospital after their car collided with a power pole in south-east Auckland.

Ardern goes 'green' with climate change pledge while English promises roads

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has declared climate change the "nuclear free moment" of this generation in a speech outlining her vision for a Labour-led government.

9-year-old boy in serious condition following crash in North Canterbury

A nine-year-old boy was hospitalised after a crash in North Canterbury.

Crack down on cruel comments on police Facebook pages

Canterbury police are getting tough on their social media policy after Facebook posts for wanted people attracted sexist, racist and humiliating comments. 

Maia Foundation feast raises $250k for Christchurch Hospital beds, helipad

In a night, generous Cantabrians raised more than $250,000 to support the region's cash-strapped health system. 

Boy, 3, burnt after pulling pot of boiling oil on himself

A toddler has suffered burns to his face and chest after pulling a pot of boiling oil on himself. 

'Looking for the pot of gold': Spectacular rainbow spotted over the Coromandel

A usually routine trip trough the Coromandel Peninsula was interrupted by a dazzling spectacle - leaving one motorist wondering about a pot of gold. 

Bill English goes big on roading knowing Labour had no new policy to counter with

ANALYSIS: Word the Labour Party had no new policy announcements planned for their launch on Sunday would have been music to the Prime Minister's ears last week.

7000 performers due at Polyfest 2017

The Polyfest event in Invercargill this week is costing $150,000 to put on, with more than 7000 performers from 130 school and community groups due to strut their stuff at Stadium Southland over the next six days.

West Coaster, 82, still swimming 140 laps a day

He's had a quadruple bypass, two spinal fusions and is a type 2 diabetic, but that does not stop an elderly West Coast man from swimming.

Manawatu mental health crisis demand 'highest that it's ever been'

Demand on Manawatu's mental health crisis services is the highest that it's ever been, according to MidCentral District Health Board's chief executive.

Man's hat collection targeted for good cause

Southland man Bruce Fraser has collected hundreds of hats over the years, and now he wants to put them to good use.

Search for pair in Tongariro National Park continues

More than 100 people - most of them volunteers - joined the search for two men missing in Tongariro National Park on Saturday, but only a beanie was found.

South Auckland police cases twice as likely to fall short of prosecution

Fifteen per cent of serious criminal charges in one of New Zealand's busiest crime districts are not making the grade for prosecution – double the national average. 

Hamilton police arrest 22 and make significant cannabis find

Hamilton police were kept busy overnight, with 22 arrests made and a significant amount of cannabis found.

Fire destroys house in Mayfield, mid-Canterbury

Fire has destroyed a house in the mid-Canterbury town of Mayfield.

Alison Mau: Fundamentalist pastors, councillors, bigotry – and don't forget shambolic Julie Bishop

OPINION: Logan Robertson and Garry Mallett are two middle-aged white men who really should come with their own content warning.

Swedish murders: Clothing found near murder site sparks renewed interest in case

To get to Crosbie's Clearing in the Coromandel Ranges you have to hike uphill for at least four hours along a scraggly, steep track through dense native bush.

Apology to Roger Moses and Donald Young

On 2 April 2017 Stuff published an exposé article under the headline 'They owe their victims millions in reparation, but some refuse to pay back even a few dollars a week'. The article contained a sidebar "Top 10 reparations debtors", which listed the top 10 New Zealanders who were failing or ...

Show us the money: Donors bankrolling Greens lead way in fronting up to public

The Green Party has fronted up two of its secret campaign donors as pressure mounts on the bigger parties to do the same.

More good news for Labour as Jacinda Ardern prepares for campaign launch

Labour leader  Jacinda Ardern kicks off her campaign with an official launch in Auckland on Sunday buoyed by a new poll that puts her party within striking distance of a softening National vote.

Four out of every five dollars donated to big parties in secret, sparking new push for transparency

At least four out of every five dollars donated to the two big parties is given secretly, as transparency around their political funding dwindles.

Discovered: Roald Dahl's letter to the kids of Apanui School and their 'gorgeous, wonderful' teacher, Miss Hoko

When the kids at Apanui School sent off their letters to Roald Dahl more than three decades ago, they never expected a reply. 

Jonathan Milne: MPs arrive with best of intentions; we must constantly remind them of need for openness

OPINION: One might think the Greens would be over transparency. That they would be done with being bold.

Launch buttons prepped – the race for power in 2017 set to be anything but predictable

OPINION: "Bill droned on quite a bit, but I wasn't sure if it was kosher to interrupt him".