Stuff : New Zealand (283)

Hanmer Springs kidnapping victim forced to tie up family at gunpoint

A kidnapping√ā¬†victim was forced to tie up members of his family with a pistol√ā¬†pointed at his head.

As Walt Hamer's words taper off, his pen takes over

A politician is perfect fodder for satire, their blunders can be as obvious as the nose on their face√ā¬†or the hair creeping over their brow. √ā¬†

√Ö¬Ćhau residents in shock as man dies after train crash

A man in his 60s has died after his ute smashed into a passenger train in Horowhenua.√ā¬†

Teen jailed for role in dairy robbery where 175 packets of tobacco were stolen

A teenager who pointed a gun at a shop worker's face during a violent dairy robbery in which 175 cigarette packets were stolen,√ā¬†has been told he is not a lost cause yet.

Judith Collins says Auckland airport returning to business as usual after fuel crisis

Efforts to resupply Auckland airport's fuel are "going so well" the navy tanker√ā¬†HMNZS Endeavour is being put back on standby, Energy Minister Judith Collins said.

Quakes a concern but no need to fear monger

A GNS seismologist is "quite concerned" by the increased number of earthquakes√ā¬†in the south during the last fortnight, but there is no need to fear monger, he says.

Voters thwarted in Mt Albert, briefly

An√ā¬†Auckland voting booth briefly ran out of enrolment forms on Friday√ā¬†afternoon, meaning some would-be early voters had to go elsewhere to cast their ballot.

Installation of 606 pairs of shoes raises suicide awareness at Massey University

Wellington was supposed to be the last stop for 606 pairs of shoes on their way around the country in memory of those who had taken their lives.

Living wakes become memorial celebrations of life, before death

When doctors told Ken Turner he would die in weeks he held a "living wake" to celebrate life. The final festivity is a concept more Kiwis are embracing in the face of death.

Live: Last day of election race

It's been an exciting campaign with plenty of twists and turns and it appears National may spring one more surprise.

National says don't rule out an approach to Greens on election night

OPINION: It's been a campaign of twists and turns ... but could there still be one more twist?

Noisy basketball court turning Christchurch woman into a wreck

A Christchurch woman claims the√ā¬†thumping of basketballs from a nearby half-court is turning her into a wreck √ɬĘ√ā¬Ä√ā¬ď√ā¬†and she wants it gone before she's driven from her home.

Man who died after setting himself alight had been protesting Family Court issues

The man who died after setting himself on fire outside Parliament is understood to have come to Wellington recently to protest√ā¬†against his treatment by the Family Court.

Inter-generational project helps students learn about dementia

It's a project which breaks down many barriers: age, communication and isolation.

'Gnarly' wave reveals brain tumour for Mount Maunganui surfer

GRAPHIC CONTENT: There was so much blood.

Politically Correct: How to watch the election like a pro

Every day of this campaign has felt twice as long as the day before it - but it's finally almost over.

Lack of communication during Christchurch's Port Hills fires angers resident who lost home

The Selwyn District Council went nearly eight hours without giving the Christchurch mayor's office an update during√ā¬†February's Port Hills fires.

Train wagon derails, cause still unknown

KiwiRail is investigating after a train wagon derailed near Picton earlier this month.√ā¬†

Faster repopulation needed in central Christchurch for business survival

Christchurch has been warned it must speed up its central city population growth if√ā¬†new enterprises√ā¬†are to survive.

Man who set himself on fire outside Parliament dies - police

The man who reportedly set himself on fire outside Parliament has died, police say.

Live: Last day of election race

Jacinda Ardern says Labour's internal polling has the two main parties neck and neck.

Police arrest woman after pair flee booze bus in Hamilton

A woman will appear in court today after attempting to flee a booze bus with her accomplice who remains on the run.√ā¬†

'I feel like I've failed': Nelson mother's housing crisis

A Nelson single mother says she has been forced to split up her six school-aged children because she can't find an affordable rental that is big enough.√ā¬†Hannah Bartlett reports for the One in Five Million project.

Mainly dry election day, which is also spring equinox - and don't forget daylight saving

Most areas could get some rain on Friday but a mostly dry Saturday - election day - looks to be on the way for much√ā¬†of the country.

Saturday night: When the voting's done

Two will be at the pub, one will be at home, the incumbent has hired a hall.

High temperatures expected across country

Warm air from Australia√ā¬†is set to make its way to New Zealand from Sunday.√ā¬†With it will be√ā¬†windy weather and maybe the odd shower.

Hanmer kidnap victim fled as masked gunman fired

With a pistol held to his neck and blood pouring down his face, Andrew Cameron pushed open the door of the car he was driving and dived out.

Ticking Timebomb: The power of love in the battle against dementia

Ex-soldier Tom Matiaha√ā¬†helped his√ā¬†wife fight against her hidden enemy for more than a decade before it got a name.√ā¬†Deena Coster reports.√ā¬†

Ticking Timebomb: Meet the minds trying to unlock the secrets of dementia

Dementia, of which Alzheimer's Disease is the most common, is a life changing disease√ā¬†for which there is no cure. Helen Harvey and Andy Jackson went to the Centre for Brain Research in Auckland to find out about their world leading brain research.

Ticking Timebomb: living with a life-changing loss

Whatever name you give to it dementia is indiscriminate and cruel. And the figures are sobering, in New Zealand 62,287 people were diagnosed with it last year and that number is picked to grow to 170,212 by 2050. Yet our understanding of the disease is still limited, there's still no cure and ...

American company's bid to mine more than $120m of gold in Marlborough blocked over environment concerns

A proposed gold mine in rural Marlborough expected to make its American owners $7√ā¬†million a year has been turned down.√ā¬†

Trust announces it will seek review

The Community Trust of Southland will seek a ministerial review into the circumstances surrounding the departure of its former chief executive.√ā¬†

Moves afoot to honour one of Taranaki's most famous authors with statue at KFC

South Taranaki novelist√ā¬†Ronald Hugh√ā¬†Morrieson√ā¬†once remarked: "I hope I'm not another one of these poor buggers who get discovered when they're dead".

Palmerston North's new birthing centre expected to open in October

The wait is almost over for expecting mothers wanting to have their babies at Palmerston North's sleek new birthing centre.

Police thank public for help in tracking Gisborne escapers

Two youths escaped police custody on Thursday afternoon, but members of the public stepped in to help.√ā¬†

An extraordinary campaign will get the extraordinary election it deserves

We've had some wild election campaigns but nothing quite like this. On Saturday night New Zealand will vote in a new government and no matter what the outcome, history will be made.

Labour pledges full rebuild for Wainuiomata High to replace leaky buildings

Labour is promising Wainuiomata High School students a much-needed refurbishment for their tired and leaky buildings to the tune of $20 million.

Politically Correct: After all this time, it's still up to Winston

It's been a long campaign,√ā¬†full of twists and turns like we never imagined just a few months ago.

For some New Zealanders, the threat of crime is real - for others it's distant

As part of the√ā¬†One in Five Million√ā¬†project,√ā¬†Stuff reporter Brad Flahive√ā¬†looks at how Kiwis feel about New Zealand's thin blue line.

Women robbed by armed men in 'random, very nasty' attack in Hawke's Bay home

Police are appealing for information after an elderly woman and her daughter were robbed by armed men in their Hawke's Bay home on Thursday evening.

Tina from Taup√Ö¬ć won $30m Lotto jackpot with her friends

The winners of Saturday's $30 million Lotto jackpot are 10√ā¬†"dental professionals" from all round New Zealand.

Warm temperatures expected across country

Warm air from Australia√ā¬†is set to make its way to New Zealand from Sunday.√ā¬†With it will be√ā¬†windy weather and maybe the odd shower.

Domino's pizza delivery driver killed in Whangarei crash

A young man who had recently√ā¬†started a role as a pizza delivery driver for Domino's died in a crash in Whangarei on Wednesday night.

Bodi McKee sentenced to six years and three months in prison for shooting Leslie Putt

Bodi McKee yelled at his victim's family to "get f....." after being sentenced to six years and three months in prison for shooting dead Leslie Putt in Auckland last year.

State services commissioner should consider MSD chief's position, says lawyer

The fitness for office of Ministry of Social Development boss Brendan Boyle should be reviewed, in the wake of revelations that benefit review decisions were being issued under fake names, a lawyer says.

This has been an extraordinary election campaign - how will the cards fall?

We've had some wild election campaigns but nothing quite like this. On Saturday night New Zealand will vote in a new government and no matter what the outcome, history will be made.

Financial hardship no reason for skipping jury duty, minister says

Financial hardship is no reason for skipping jury duty, Justice Minister Amy Adams says.

Police receive calls in relation to Tirau murder

Police have received a number of calls in relation to the murder of Roma Joseph, who died in a house fire in Tirau in May.

CEDA warns shutting out migrants could put Manawat√Ö¬ę economy at risk

A√ā¬†development agency and employers√ā¬†in Manawat√ɬÖ√ā¬ę√ā¬†have raised concerns√ā¬†about the impact proposed immigration reforms could have on the region's economy.

Labour pledges full rebuild for Wainuiomata High to replace its leaky buildings and rundown services

Labour is promising Wainuiomata High School students a much-needed refurbishment for their tired and leaky buildings to the tune of $20 million.