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Manchester attack: Images of bomber released

Sun, 28 May 2017 13:23:43 +1200

CCTV images showing suicide bomber Salman Abedi on the night he attacked Manchester Arena killing 22 people, have been been released by police.

Trucks burned in suspicious Auckland blaze

Sun, 28 May 2017 12:30:27 +1200

A fire that burnt four trucks at a south Auckland commercial property is being treated as suspicious.

Father charged after West Coast drownings

Sun, 28 May 2017 11:09:20 +1200

A man has been charged with dangerous driving over the deaths of two people, including his daughter, in a West Coast river last year.

Two injured after car flees police

Sun, 28 May 2017 10:47:33 +1200

One person has suffered serious injuries while another has minor injuries after a car crashed in Lower Hutt while fleeing police.

Bid to save historic Marlborough church

Sun, 28 May 2017 10:25:58 +1200

A Christchurch landscape architect is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to save a quake-damaged stone church near the Marlborough coastline.

Schapelle Corby back home in Aus

Sun, 28 May 2017 09:16:23 +1200

Schapelle Corby has arrived in Australia, touching down in Brisbane more than 12 years after she was convicted of taking marijuana into Bali.

IT crash causes flight chaos in UK

Sun, 28 May 2017 08:26:45 +1200

Serious problems with British Airways' IT systems have led to thousands of passengers having their plans disrupted.

Trump isolated over Paris climate change deal

Sun, 28 May 2017 06:49:31 +1200

Leaders of the G7 group of rich nations have failed to agree a statement on climate change, with the US refusing to commit to the Paris accord.

Liquor store robbed in Palmerston North

Sat, 27 May 2017 22:07:00 +1200

Police are dealing with a robbery at a liquor store in Palmerston North this evening.

Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails end hunger strike

Sat, 27 May 2017 20:31:09 +1200

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have ended a 40-day hunger strike over their conditions in Israeli jails, says the Israel Prisons Service and a Palestinian official.

Motorists warned to avoid Tamaki Drive due to king tide

Sat, 27 May 2017 19:53:38 +1200

Auckland police are warning a king tide could cause flooding on Tamaki Drive.

Man seriously injured after being impaled on fence

Sat, 27 May 2017 19:46:18 +1200

A man is in Auckland's Middlemore Hospital with serious injuries after being impaled on a fence this evening.

Clean-up of Christchurch's 'dirty 30' building list

Sat, 27 May 2017 19:37:23 +1200

A Christchurch city councillor admits some buildings have been mistakenly added to a hit list of derelict central city properties and they need to be taken off.

Taranaki wind farm will have huge impact, say opponents

Sat, 27 May 2017 19:23:13 +1200

Opponents of a proposed Taranaki wind farm have told a consents hearing that the project will have a huge impact on their lives.

Kushner 'discussed secret line to Moscow' - US media reports

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:44:50 +1200

Donald Trump's son-in-law explored the possibility of setting up a secret line of communication with Moscow, according to US media reports.

Prison safety concerns after Serco's latest loss

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:19:40 +1200

Serco New Zealand lost $10.5 million last year as the consequences of losing its Mt Eden Prison contract continued to bite.

Solar project to light up Auckland's harbour bridge

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:11:29 +1200

Auckland's harbour bridge is to be decked out with permanent coloured lighting, powered completely by solar energy and batteries.

Virgin flight forced to turn back

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:56:28 +1200

A Virgin Airlines flight from Rarotonga to Auckland on Thursday night was turned back as a precautionary measure.

Fog disrupts dozens of Auckland flights

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:44:00 +1200

Fog restrictions at Auckland Airport have been lifted, but at least 84 domestic flights were either delayed or cancelled earlier today.

Prayer meeting to be held for Egyptian attack victims

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:43:55 +1200

The Coptic Christian community in Auckland is meeting this evening to pray for the victims of a deadly attack in Egypt.

Man sentenced after knowingly infecting partner with HIV

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:49:50 +1200

An Auckland man convicted of knowingly infecting his partner with HIV has received a lesser sentence because of advances in treating it.

Tonga officers dismissed for abusing military recruits

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:26:16 +1200

Two military officers in Tonga have been fired, and two others demoted for abusing recruits.

One dead after crash south of Motueka

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:15:54 +1200

A crash south of Motueka has killed one person and seriously injured another.

Schapelle Corby completes sentence, due to leave Bali

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:36:33 +1200

Schapelle Corby has been freed from prison in Bali and is preparing to be escorted to the airport and then fly home to Australia late tonight, after 13 years behind bars for drug smuggling.

Police seek 'armed and dangerous' man

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:02:06 +1200

Police are looking for a man they say is armed and dangerous, travelling in a stolen car in the South Island.

Cars trapped in Tauranga flood waters

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:10:18 +1200

Several properties have been flooded in the Bay of Plenty after heavy rain early this morning.

G7 fail to agree on climate accord

Sat, 27 May 2017 11:06:40 +1200

Leaders from leading industrial nations have failed to agree on the Paris climate agreement, but have made a 'united commitment' in their fight against terrorism.

Ariana Grande plans benefit gig in Manchester

Sat, 27 May 2017 10:07:33 +1200

US pop star Ariana Grande is to return to Manchester to play a benefit gig for the victims of the attack at her concert on Monday.

How seriously to regard North Korea's missile tests?

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:41:47 +1200

First Person - Waking to the news of another missile test by North Korea takes on a whole new perspective when you're in a country that's within range, writes Philippa Tolley.

Egypt hits 'jihadist camps' after bus attack

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:38:35 +1200

Egyptian forces have struck "terrorist training camps" in Libya in retaliation for an attack on Coptic Christians.

Frustrations over mining coming to a head in Temotu

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:32:27 +1200

Opposition to bauxite mining is coming to a head in Solomon Islands' most remote province.

Sport: Boas embraces leadership role with PNG Hunters

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:19:06 +1200

Papua New Guinea Hunters rugby league captain Ase Boas is embracing the added responsibly of leading the Queensland Cup front-runners.

Sport: Vanuatu beaten by Germany at FIFA Under 20

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:04:11 +1200

Vanuatu has been beaten by Germany 3-2 at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Korea.

Sport: Kangaroos will face Fiji and PNG in historic tri-contest

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:45:46 +1200

The Australian Kangaroos will face Fiji and Papua New Guinea in an historic tri-contest in Suva ahead of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Aboriginal leaders call for representative body in Aus

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:39:02 +1200

Indigenous leaders from across Australia have rejected a bid for recognition in the country's constitution, instead opting to push for representation in parliament.

Sport: Cook Islands say door open to former coach

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:34:21 +1200

Ten months after terminating his contract, the Cook Islands Rugby Union says they are open to the idea of former national captain and coach Stan Wright returning to the fold.

One dead, one injured in Auckland car crash

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:25:19 +1200

One person has died and another is in a critical condition after a car collided with a taxi in West Auckland.

'Dangerous' man located at hospital

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:22:22 +1200

A man who the police believed had escaped from a Dunedin hospital has been found - at the hospital.

Company denies seabed mining would wreck environment

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:58:26 +1200

A company wanting to mine iron sand off the South Taranaki coast has rejected accusations its proposal would wreck the marine environment.

Tough debate expected at G7 summit

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:46:23 +1200

US President Donald Trump is to attend a G7 summit with leaders of the world's major economies on the last leg of his first foreign trip.

Wellington measles case confirmed

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:33:18 +1200

A case of measles has been confirmed in Wellington.

Wellington Port still three months from being fully operational

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:21:23 +1200

It will take another three months of repairs before Wellington's port can use its cranes again to load container ships.

Mt Everest's Hillary Step 'still there' - Peter Hillary

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:21:20 +1200

A mountaineer's claim that the famous feature is gone appears to be mistaken, Sir Edmund Hillary's son says.

Dairy owner killer released on parole

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:04:50 +1200

A teenager who stabbed a West Auckland dairy owner to death has been released from a youth justice facility.

Man jailed for murder of Te Atatu woman Cun Xiu Tian

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:59:26 +1200

Jaden Lee Stroobant, who was 19 when he sexually violated a 69-year-old woman in her home before murdering her, has been jailed for at least 17 years.

Pacific researchers tackle taboo over suicide

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:54:52 +1200

Pacific researchers in Auckland have joined forces to produce the first ethnic specific framework on suicide prevention among Tongan youth in New Zealand.

PNG party promises swift action against corrupt leaders

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:49:08 +1200

The leader of one of Papua New Guinea's main opposition parties says that if it forms government, it will look to have corrupt leaders prosecuted within 100 days.

Tears as plug pulled on school rebuild

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:45:39 +1200

An internal investigation has been launched after the Education Ministry pulled the plug on a school rebuild it had promised two years earlier.

'We'll turn up the heat ... until we turn this around'

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:36:02 +1200

Police have a plan to pay people to dob in those selling booze and cigarettes stolen in armed hold-ups.

Ross investors closer to receiving payments

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:16:58 +1200

Investors in a Wellington Ponzi scheme are closer to receiving some money back after the Supreme Court ruled those who received 'fictitious profits' from it must repay them.

Kiribati using trust fund for short term climate financing

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:13:04 +1200

Kiribati will use its trust funds to address a shortage of fresh water and coastal damage because, according to the president, it can't waste time.

Police identify body found on Auckland street

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:06:07 +1200

Police now know the identity of a woman found dead on a west Auckland street corner early Thursday.

Joyce not ruling out further tax cuts

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:51:39 +1200

Further tax cuts could be on the cards as part of National's election campaign.

Chch cathedral should be repaired, report recommends

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:37:32 +1200

The Anglican bishop's claim that it's unaffordable to restore the Christ Church cathedral is contradicted by a report which says the church would only need to contribute its insurance payout.

Manus detainees want NZ asylum as PNG 'not safe'

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:59:20 +1200

Men detained by Australia on Manus Island say they requested asylum from New Zealand as it is not safe for them to settle in Papua New Guinea.

NZ govt. disputes claim that budget failed Pacific people

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:21:13 +1200

The New Zealand government has disputed an opposition claim that its budget failed Pacific people on housing.

SOS mystery in Western Australia

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:08:23 +1200

An SOS sign spotted in a remote, inaccessible part of Western Australia has sparked fears a person or group of people could be missing.

Gang member refused help after fatal stab wound

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:48:56 +1200

A patched Black Power member laughed and yelled 'bring it on bitch' when his partner pulled out the pocket knife that killed him.

Let the America's Cup rivalry begin

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:27:48 +1200

First Person - It wouldn't be the America's Cup without psychological warfare, and the first shot has been fired at Team New Zealand, writes Todd Niall.

Dunedin schools given all-clear for lead levels

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:49:02 +1200

There is no need to do further testing at five primary schools where raised lead levels were found in soil, Southern DHB says.

Tongan fishermen rescued after three days lost

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:22:23 +1200

Six Tongan fishermen, missing since Tuesday, were rescued early this morning.

Two men missing in Canterbury

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:15:22 +1200

Police in Canterbury are searching for two men missing in separate parts of the region.

Court decision against prisoner voting ban upheld

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:13:13 +1200

A court decision that banning prisoners from voting breaches their human rights has been upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Dome Valley: Three handed more than 12 years prison

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:03:20 +1200

Two women and a man have been sentenced to 16, 13 and 12-and-a-half years respectively for the attempted murder of a 19-year-old woman in the Dome Valley, north of Auckland.

'Taxpayer money ... into the pockets of private landlords'

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:56:35 +1200

Without a major boost to housing supply, accommodation supplement increases could put yet more pressure on renters, the Green Party says.

Softly-softly in the face of NZ's housing crisis

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:56:32 +1200

Opinion - It was a chance to turn around 30 years of poor leadership on housing but Budget 2017 delivered more of the same, writes Shamubeel Eaqub.

Lack of science spending disappoints farmers

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:42:05 +1200

Farmers say the Budget missed out on investing in biological and environmental science to back up their work to improve water quality.

Dairy farmers warned of moving day pest risk

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:42:04 +1200

Dairy farmers are being warned to be careful not to spread pests and diseases as they move between farms next week.

Zespri more than doubles full-year profit

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:42:02 +1200

Zespri has more than doubled its full-year net profit despite a challenging season for green varieties of kiwifruit.

Sound of 'explosion' as high-rise catches fire

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:41:48 +1200

A multi-storey downtown Auckland building has been evacuated because of a fire, with one witness saying she heard an explosion.

Fiji's northern cane farmers march in Labasa

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:30:07 +1200

Cane farmers in Fiji have staged a protest march dissatisfied at what they say is a lack of government support.

American Samoans urged to protect Aua coral

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:10:28 +1200

American Samoa has been urged to prioritise protection of its precious coral reef system.

Sport: Rival PNG football factions hold talks

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:01:51 +1200

Football Federation PNG President John Kapi Natto says he's in discussions with the Papua New Guinea Football Association about bringing the rival sporting bodies back together.

Contributor wants PNG womens anthology in more hands

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:01:33 +1200

A contributor to a Papua New Guinea book about women's equality says it's important that it reach more hands.

Sport: Redesign on track for Fiji International golf tournament

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:53:05 +1200

The redesign of Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course is on track, with less than three months until the Fiji International tees off.

Deadly crash with log truck closes SH15

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:35:26 +1200

A man has died after his vehicle collided with a log truck on a road notorious for crashes, near Whangarei.

FBI investigating Kushner-Russia links - reports

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:35:26 +1200

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is under scrutiny from the FBI investigation into links between the administration and Russia, US media report.

Sport: Vanuatu U20s expect Germany to be toughest test

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:25:08 +1200

Vanuatu need maximum points against Germany to have any hope of reaching the Round of 16 at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Korea.

Surge in sex crime reports in Fiji linked to awareness

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:24:45 +1200

The head of Fiji's Women's Crisis Centre says a surge in reported sex crimes shows the willingness people now have to come forward.

US attack on IS killed more than 100 civilians

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:11:30 +1200

The US military says the March air strike detonated explosives militants had hidden in the building, killing at least 105 civilians.

NZ seventh-worst on emissions of 41 nations

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:01:44 +1200

New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 were 24.1 percent higher than 1990 levels - a far cry from its commitment under the Paris climate change agreement.

Manchester bombing: Arrested men charged

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:44:24 +1200

Four men arrested in the UK over the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena have been charged, three accused under the Terrorism Act and the fourth for firearms offences.

About 100,000 will still be under housing stress - Joyce

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:36:41 +1200

Video - Finance Minister Steven Joyce admits many will still be under severe housing pressure despite the accommodation supplement boost in yesterday's Budget.

Trump's travel ban 'drips with intolerance' - judge

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:56:41 +1200

A US appeals court has refused to reinstate Donald Trump's temporary travel ban, potentially pushing the case to the Supreme Court.

Fairfax, NZME to appeal blocked merger

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:50:23 +1200

Media companies Fairfax and NZME are appealing against the Commerce Commission's decision to turn down their merger.

Trump vows probe into Manchester attack leaks

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:27:45 +1200

US President Donald Trump is promising to look into how American media obtained investigation details, saying prosecution would be an option.

Anger over delay on Chch sex worker rules

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:16:53 +1200

Sex workers and Christchurch residents are both angry that the city's council has not been able to decide how to deal with street prostitution.

VIDEO: Budget tax cuts 'poorly focused' - Labour

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:16:53 +1200

Budget 2017 - Labour supports the Budget's lift to the accommodation supplement but the tax cuts are unfair and poorly targeted, the party's finance spokesperson says.

Will the Budget help mums and dads sleeping in cars?

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:03:30 +1200

The accommodation supplement will be increased but Te Puea Marae's Hurimoana Dennis, who has helped the homeless, doubts how much it will do for families struggling with a gamut of problems.

Budget 'dismal' for early childhood sector

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:33 +1200

Parents will face increased creche fees or lower quality education after the government's "unfair" Budget, early childhood education groups say.

Solomons' police now on Facebook

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:56:45 +1200

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has launched a Facebook page.

EU to help Fiji's coffee industry post Winston

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:37:19 +1200

The European Union is providing help to restore Fiji's coffee industry in the wake of Cyclone Winston.

Labour quiet on what it would adopt from Budget

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:26:22 +1200

Labour will not say if it will adopt the families income package that would benefit more than 1,000,000 New Zealanders announced in yesterday's Budget.

Budget boost only a 'slight change' for the struggling

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:21:16 +1200

A single mother on minimum wage says changes announced in yesterday's budget would only make a small difference to her life.

US patrols 'very likely to cause unexpected accidents' - China

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:31:46 +1200

China is warning that the US risks severely disrupting negotiations after an American warship sailed close to one of its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea.

Vanuatu chiefs to advise govt. on custom land issues

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:12:15 +1200

Vanuatu council of chiefs to advise government on proposed customary land laws.

Fatal crash in Palmerston North city centre

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:48:37 +1200

One person has died in a car crash in central Palmerston North overnight.

Manchester police suspend info-sharing with US - BBC

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:38:20 +1200

Police investigating the deadly attack have temporarily stopped sharing information after a second leak to US media, the BBC understands.

Wellington drivers want conditions maintained

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:38:19 +1200

Wellington's bus drivers have decided they will not work for a new company unless their pay and conditions are maintained.

Budget 2017: Lower-income families are the winners

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:16:31 +1200

The election-year budget includes a $2bn a year boost for Working for Families and the accommodation supplement, and a rise in tax thresholds.