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Child fights for life after driveway accident in Takapau
A child was fighting for life after being hit by a vehicle in a driveway in Takapau last night.Emergency services were called to the address at about 7.15pm and the child was takento Hawke's Bay Hospital by helicopter in a critical...
01/21/2018 08:42 PM
Fishing mad Papamoa 8yo's goal: 10 world records by age 10
Olive Armistead has a fishing world record under her belt and two more pending - and she's still in primary school.The fishing mad nearly 9-year-old has set herself a big goal: 10 world records by her 10th birthday in 2019. Daughter...
01/21/2018 08:02 PM
Watch: 'Kung-fu criminal': Shop theft caught on camera
A man showing off his kung-fu moves and boxing poses has been caught on camera trying to rob a Hunting and Fishing store in Westgate, Auckland.CCTV footage posted on January 19 shows the man entering the store and looking through...
01/21/2018 08:00 PM
Whangarei adoptee stars in doco in his Russian homeland
After helping around 300 adopted youngsters trace their birth families, Whangarei-raised Russian adoptee Alex Gilbert's efforts are being featured in a documentary in the land of his birth. The Man from Nowhere is the name of...
01/21/2018 08:00 PM
Northland great-great-grandma: You're never too old to learn
Valmai Whyte reckons you're never too old to learn something new — and she should know.The Northland great-great-grandmother, who turned 87 on Thursday, has just completed her first formal qualification. Valmai, known as Nan to...
01/21/2018 07:00 PM
Two people killed in Dunedin house fire
Two people have died in a house fire in Dunedin this morning.Four fire crews remain at the scene on Wesley St, where a blaze broke out shortly around 5.15am.Fire communications spokesman Rewai Grace said the first firefighters...
01/21/2018 06:57 PM
Whanganui population growth biggest on record
The secret's out, Whanganui is the place to be.The city and district population has grown by 700 people in the last year - the biggest annual increase since population changes were first recorded in 1996.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​District...
01/21/2018 06:53 PM
Mike Hosking: The trouble with te reo Maori is a lack of relevance
I think it became a slightly bigger deal than it might have because Bill English (a) weighed in and (b) called it someone else's language. Technically I guess he is wrong - te reo is our language not someone else's. Unless you...
01/21/2018 06:39 PM
Driver flees after car crashes into Palmerston house
Police are looking for the driver of a car who fled the scene after crashing through a wall of a Palmerston house early yesterday.The car crashed off the railway overbridge on State Highway 1 in Palmerston at 12.50am yesterday ...
01/21/2018 06:20 PM
'Where's the affordable housing for young families?'
Dan Randall sees new retirement villages popping up across Tauranga and wonders – where's my village? "Where's the affordable housing for young families in a safe, quiet area?"The 28-year-old Mount Maunganui security worker, his...
01/21/2018 06:20 PM
Government close to securing new site for America's Cup bases in Auckland
The location of the America's Cup bases in Auckland is up in the air with a Government plan to house the syndicates on the old Tank Farm at Wynyard Point.Economic Development Minister David Parker says he has received an in-principle...
01/21/2018 06:00 PM
Finders Kepa: Whangarei man's return of the ring
A Northland ring finder has done it again, this time reuniting a Whangarei man with the ring lost at Ruakaka Beach.Kepa Earles, a youth worker at Te Hau Awhiowhio O Otangarei Trust, was at the beach on January 11 with a colleague...
01/21/2018 06:00 PM
Scorching temperatures, showers for most regions today
The heat is on over most regions today, but warm temperatures will be paired with widespread rain to kick the week off. Most spots around the North Island would peak at around 24C today, with Masterton scooping the hottest high...
01/21/2018 05:47 PM
Herald daily quiz: January 22
01/21/2018 05:30 PM
Students favouring health, engineering and IT over accounting, teaching
New Zealand is training a lot more doctors and nurses, but fewer accountants and teachers, as students seek out courses that will get them good jobs.New figures show declining proportions are studying the once-dominant degrees of...
01/21/2018 05:00 PM
Killings in an Auckland slum - Freemans Bay and the inner west side
Freemans Bay was an Auckland slum, an inner-city address of infamy that authorities feared was a home to sickness, crime and unrest.You wouldn't know it today, however, when little timber cottages in Ireland St carry valuation...
01/21/2018 05:00 PM
Heartland Bank rekindles UDC interest
NZX-listed Heartland Bank, which first raised the possibility of buying UDC from ANZ in 2016, said it remained interested in the finance company after the sale to China's HNA failed to achieve Overseas Investment Office approval late...
01/21/2018 05:00 PM
Susan St John and Dr Gerry Cotterell: Our social security safety net has unravelled
• Susan St John is an honorary associate professor in the economics department at the University of Auckland. Dr Gerry Cotterell is research operations manager for the university's institute for Pacific research. They are co-authors...
01/21/2018 05:00 PM
NZ Herald editorial: Trash talk can help us move huge mountain
Out of sight, out of mind. That still appears to be the attitude of many New Zealanders to the waste material we generate.That is not surprising. Garbage, rubbish, refuse, scrap ... it's dirty talk, but it's hardly a sexy subject....
01/21/2018 05:00 PM
More Kiwis than ever taking Uber to and from work
A growing number of people are using Uber to commute to work.The company says the number of people taking trips during regular commuting hours has more than doubled in the last year.Trips taken between 7am and 9am and 5pm and...
01/21/2018 05:00 PM