Stuff : New Zealand (308)

One dead, one woman in hospital after boat sinks

One person is dead and a 31-year-old woman is in hospital after a boat sank off a notoriously rough stretch of the Taranaki coast.

The Lost: What happened to Jefferie Hill?

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Sure to rise up: Edmonds family campaign for proper street name

Cooking icon Thomas Edmonds' descendants are rising up over Christchurch street name that commemorates him - but has a typo.

New mobile emergency alert to be tested on Sunday

If your phone starts to make a sound you've never heard before, don't be alarmed - it's probably just the Civil Defence testing its new emergency mobile alert. 

Johnnie Puna found guilty of murdering Marke Beale

A jury has found Johnnie Puna guilty of the murder of Hawke's Bay man Mark Beale.

Coroner confirms New Zealand woman Toni Kelly fell from window to her death

A London coroner has confirmed Dargaville woman Toni Kelly died after falling from a second-storey window. 

High HPV vaccine uptake in boys will strengthen 'herd effect' in Auckland

A high uptake of young boys getting vaccinated against a range of cancers is contributing to a "herd effect" in Auckland, lowering the chances of an outbreak of genital warts.

Calmer waters on the horizon as rescue skipper eyes life after Coastguard

Dick Chapman doesn't like to give up.

Woman crushed by one tonne irrigation system in Tuakau

A woman was flown to hospital after being crushed beneath a portable irrigation system. 

Ngāi Tahu's new kaiwhakahaere 'humbled' by support

Lisa Tumahai has been elected Ngāi Tahu's kaiwhakahaere, or chair, of the South Island iwi â€“ the first wāhine in the role. 

Two $19 million Powerball prizes still unclaimed

Almost two days after one of the biggest Lotto jackpots in history, tickets sharing the $38 million haul are still yet to come forward.

Charges imminent after brutal gang assault at Otago Corrections Facility

No-one has been charged weeks after a brutal gang assault left a prisoner with critical injuries.

Bus and car crash near Basin Reserve in Wellington

A bus and car have crashed near the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

Mass deaths of smelt at Ōtaki River mouth blamed on stranding not estuary pollution

Thousands of dead fish have blanketed Ōtaki's river mouth in what authorities say is a mass stranding.

Ben McLean, police officer accused of murdering his wife, to appear in court

Invercargill policeman Ben McLean is expected to appear in court this morning to face charges of murdering his estranged wife Verity and the attempted murder of Garry William Duggan in Invercargill on Anzac Day. 

Kei te kimi kaiako mātou: Kaupapa Māori school's ongoing search for te reo teacher

The first kaupapa Māori school in Marlborough cannot find a te reo teacher, putting its January opening date in doubt. 

Taranaki doctor wins Australasian medical award for doctor training programme

Creating a programme to help new doctors make decisions in high pressure situations has seen a Taranaki doctor recognised by the medical fraternity. 

Christchurch man extradited to Australia over alleged $1.3 million scam

Australian police are extraditing a New Zealand man wanted over an alleged million-dollar boiler room scam.

Nine people injured after 'concertina' crash near Leeston, south of Christchurch

Seven ambulances were called to a "concertina" bicycle crash that resulted in nine people being injured.

Summer-type weather continues but hottest places mostly a little cooler

Another hot day is on the way for many inland areas but most of the warmest places are not expected to reach the highs of Thursday.

Bullying rife among senior doctors, symptomatic of health system strain - union

New Zealand's most senior doctors say they are being exposed to unmanageable workloads while at the same time being pressured not to access entitlements like leave.

Cromwell in Central Otago heats up the record book

The South Island town of Cromwell has soared to its hottest spring temperature on record, according to Niwa.

WorkSafe decision to drop case against Pike mine boss Peter Whittall 'unlawful': Supreme Court

The mother of a miner who died at Pike River hopes a Supreme Court ruling will spell the end of "chequebook justice". 

Myrtle rust discovered in West Auckland

A fungal threat to native plants has been found in Auckland for the first time, and there are fears it could spread rapidly throughout the region.

Man arrested after stabbing in Takaka, Golden Bay

A man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing another man in the leg in central Takaka.

Nine people hospitalised after 'concertina' crash near Leeston, south of Christchurch

Seven ambulances were called to a "concertina" bicycle crash that resulted in nine people hospitalised.

Terminal cancer patient 'very angry' after spending thousands on useless cannabis treatment

A terminal cancer patient scraped together $4000 for a black market cannabis treatment, but found it didn't work.

Woman critical in Waikato Hospital after car hit pedestrian

A woman is in a critical condition in Waikato Hospital after being hit by a car. 

Game-changing learnings: How New Zealand is all across plain English

Going forward, stakeholders in NZ Inc could be in for a game-changing, ideated and deliverable future – in plain English.

Indecent assault allegations recounted at trial of Christchurch doctor Rakesh Chawdhry

The trial of a Christchurch doctor alleged to have indecently assaulted or sexually violated 14 men has revealed claims of groping patients' genitals, inappropriate touching and a sexual encounter during a consultation.

How to talk to your teen about sex

It's the talk no teen wants to have with their parents, but having open, honest conversations about sex will help teens make healthy decisions, experts say. 

Scrabble sharks scramble for supremacy in Christchurch

Scrabblers from around the world are yexed and bumbazed after five intense days of oppugnancy.

The trial of Hurimoana Dennis: how the love between two teens put one of the country's most respected police inspectors in the dock

When Hurimoana Dennis and Vaughan Perry appeared on kidnapping charges in the High Court in Auckland this month, the result was legal arguments over police strategy and the place of tikanga Māori in law. But at the trial's core was a teenage love story. Harrison Christian was ...

Car found crashed after police search for Blenheim man missing a week

Police have found the crashed car of a Marlborough man missing almost a week.

Hamilton Boys' High overflows as mourners farewell deputy principal

As an 11-year-old, Graham Robinson wrote his own report card.

Tampon tax break on the table in sweeping system review

Giving women a tax break on sanitary products such as tampons and sanitary pads could be part of the Government's plan to create a "better and fairer" tax system for all New Zealanders. 

Woman charged with arson of Hamilton property

A woman has been charged with arson of a Hamilton property in October. 

Suicide prevention advocate among Taranaki's local heroes

The Herlihy family never talked about suicide because it was never going to happen. And then it did.

NZTA data points to distracted pedestrians as main cause of crashes in Wellington's CBD

Pedestrians mostly have themselves to blame for being hit by buses on a dangerous stretch of road in central Wellington, official figures show.

Jail sentence for Christmas Eve shooting in Stokes Valley

A man who shot a resident in the arm in Stokes Valley on Christmas Eve last year has been sentenced to one year and eight months' jail, after he pleaded guilty to a range of charges part way through his jury trial.

Government to announce tax working group details

The Government is set to announce the details around its controversial tax working group.

Tiffani Sutcliffe jailed for shooting friend after drink and drug binge

A Hamilton woman who shot her flatmate in a drug and alcohol induced haze has been jailed. 

Steven Joyce sticks to $11.7 billion hole in Government budget

National Party finance spokesman Steven Joyce says Government spending announcements indicate he will be proven right about his widely derided $11.7 billion "fiscal hole", although he welcomes what he sees as policy "back-downs".

Council chief executive denies advising daughter over $10,000 tenancy dispute

Vic Inglis received a text a day after a tenant left his property.  

Family's fire escape plan works for mum and seven kids

A mum and her six young children escaped from their burning Taranaki house in the early hours of the morning after a passerby  spotted flames and banged on the window to wake them.

Missing hunter found after text from Hawkes Bay

A hunter who disappeared, leaving his dogs at home and his family worried, has been found.

Divers called in to assist in search for boatie missing in Bay of Plenty

Police divers are being assisted by high-tech New Zealand Navy sonar equipment as the search for a missing boatie near Waihi continues. 

Council asked to fork out $20,000 to feed conference delegates with $250 dinner

A slap-up dinner for civil defence staff in the heart of wine country is expected to cost $250 a head - and organisers want help with the bill.

Floating a picnic table across Lake Taupō

A picnic table will be powered across New Zealand's largest lake in a bid to raise $20,000.

Widow shows extraordinary dedication to help Arohanui Hospice

As Daphne Sowerby watched her husband lose a painful fight with cancer, it ignited a desire to repay the hospice that made his few remaining months bearable.