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Tutukaka Landcare releases three female kiwi to breed

Matchmaking on the Tutukaka Coast took a leap forward on Friday when three female kiwi were released near where three male birds were let go last year.More than 200 people turned up at the Bowden family's Tawapou property to see...


Waikato health board director mysteriously resigns

A key member of former Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr Nigel Murray's inner circle has resigned, effective immediately.Waikato Hospital executive director Brett Paradine's resignation was announced this morning...


What would you need to do to out-earn your Auckland property?

Does your house earn more than you do? For almost every Aucklander the answer is yes. So, asks Don Rowe, of The Spinoff , what sort of job would you need to do if you wanted to earn as much as the home you live in? With the new...


Russell glider pilot's death shocks club

The death of a life-long pilot in a gliding crash has shocked members of his tight-knit club.The experienced pilot, Ricco Legler, 72, of Russell, took off from Kaikohe aerodrome early Thursday afternoon for what was supposed to...


Protesters 'kayak' through Wellington city, call to save trolley buses

There were a few confused looks from members of the public as a group of young Wellingtonians "paddling" through the city in a cardboard "kayak bus" this morning.The group kayaked their way into the Wellington City Council building...


Firework thrown on to roof in Christchurch 'could have led to death'

A firework thrown on to the roof of a house caused major damage and could have claimed lives.Fire investigator Bruce Irvine is furious about what happened and says it is now time for a public debate over fireworks.The fire started...


Broadcaster Miles Davis' son searching for missing Argentine submarine

New Zealand sports broadcaster Miles Davis says bad weather is making the rescue mission almost impossible for his Navy diver son searching for the missing Argentinian submarine.William Davis is on board the British polar explorer...


Geologist Murray Cave: Re-entry to guts of Pike River 'impossible'

A geologist who warned of the dangers of Pike River three years before the tragic explosion says it will be impossible for the new government agency to safely reach the guts of the drift.Yesterday Cabinet approved the establishment...


Whangarei's leopard seal in no hurry to find new home

A leopard seal called Hatea has been living up to his name as he makes himself at home in the upper Whangarei Harbour.Onerahi resident Peter Plaistowe took some photos of what appears to be Hatea happily mooching around the mangroves...


Navy joins search for missing fisherman

The Royal New Zealand Navy has joined the search for a man missing off the coast of the Bay of Plenty.Police were alerted at 11.20pm last night that a 24-year-old man from Rotorua was missing.The man was one of three people who...


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Remains of ghost ship 'wash up on beach'

A new documentary investigates the mysterious shipwreck which appeared off the Californian coast last year.The Science Channel's What on Earth documentary series launched a probe into the mystery ship after investigators noticed...


A sign of hope from Argentina's vanished submarine: Seven mysterious signals

Hopes have been raised for a missing Argentinian submarine after the country's Navy said it detected noises that could lead them to the stricken vessel.The ARA San Juan vanished last Wednesday after it radioed commanders to report...


Why Democrats should tell Al Franken to resign

COMMENTWhen it comes to sexual harassment and misconduct, it's safe to assume that when one accusation is made against a prominent man, there will be more to follow. And so it is now, as CNN reports:"A woman says Senator Al Franken...


Donald Trump puts North Korea back on state sponsors of terrorism

President Donald Trump has announced that his administration has re-designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terror, a move aimed at increasing pressure on Pyongyang a decade after the George W. Bush administration removed the...


Collapse of German coalition talks means new election likely

The sudden collapse of talks to form a coalition government left German politics in turmoil today, as Chancellor Angela Merkel reckoned with one of the worst crises of her 12-year tenure and signalled that a new election is likely.The...


Judge's bizarre reasons for sparing paedophile jail

A paedophile who raped and abused young girls at his church has avoided jail as a judge granted him leniency for a series of bizarre reasons - including his high cholesterol, how the case had caused him trouble sleeping and that his...


North Korea's on-again-off-again status as a state sponsor of terrorism

The US Government redesignated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism today.The move, announced by US President Donald Trump during a brief photo op at a Cabinet meeting, was designed to put pressure on Pyongyang's nuclear...


Schoolies Gold Coats: Police condemn dangling from balcony incident

Foolhardy Schoolies risk life and limb with dangerous alcohol-fuelled antics as their week-long party continues on the Gold Coast.Paramedics treated more than 150 Australian school leavers for conditions including serious intoxication,...


Hundreds of mysterious, ancient structures discovered in Saudi Arabia

In the 1920s, during the early days of flight, Royal Air Force pilots crossing the Middle East noticed something bizarre across barren landscape of Syria, eastern Jordan and Saudi Arabia's desert.The giant structures, which covered...


Girl, 6, tortured for five days by villagers who believed she was a witch

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT A 6-year-old girl in Papua New Guinea accused of witchcraft and slowly tortured over five days by a mob was last week rescued by members of a local charity and a Chilean missionary.The victim, who cannot...


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Brilliant America's Cup design but expect carnage - Sailing Professor Mark Orams

By Mark Orams - the sailing professor Team New Zealand have absolutely nailed it with their design concept for the America's Cup boats.But expect to see some carnage as the teams work to master the new class - breakages and crashes...


Team New Zealand reveal new America's Cup boat

Team New Zealand have revealed the new monohull America's Cup yachts will potentially be faster than the catamarans used this year in Bermuda.Yachts for the Auckland event will be high performance fully foiling monohulls, the result...


Rugby: Warren Gatland backtracks on 'explosive' book claims

Warren Gatland has attempted to backtrack on the severity of claims he made about the All Blacks in his book and refused to reveal apparent controversial details.At their usual Vale Resort base on the outskirts of Cardiff, Gatland...


Rugby: All Blacks need to lose bad attitude

The All Blacks will take the emphasis off physical preparation this week in Cardiff and park it squarely in their mental approach after they let themselves down in that area against Scotland.As well as Scotland played and as much...


Rugby League: NZRL chairman apologises to Kiwi fans

New Zealand Rugby League chairman Reon Edwards has apologised to Kiwi fans after senior players turned on supporters following the World Cup disaster.Edwards issued an apology although he said coach David Kidwell, captain Adam Blair...


Battle of America's Cup bases down to three options

Only days after returning from the TPP trade talks in Asia, Trade Minister David Parker has been given the task of hammering out an agreement for the America's Cup bases in Auckland.Parker, who is also Minister of Economic Development...


Rowing: Dick Tonks named as coach for Rowing Canada

Dick Tonks, the coach behind Mahe Drysdale and the Evers-Swindell twins Olympic successes, has been appointed Rowing Canada's senior men's coach.The three time World Rowing coach of the year will lead Canada's high performance programme...


Tennis: Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies at 49

Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world when she sobbed on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a heartbreaking loss in the Wimbledon final, has died at the age of 49.The WTA announced Novotna's...


Rugby: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika to be investigated over conduct in England loss

A disciplinary officer is investigating the conduct of Australia rugby coach Michael Cheika during his team's 30-6 loss to England at Twickenham.Broadcasters picked up Cheika saying an expletive then "cheats" after Australia captain...


Fans react to Kiwis: 'Narcissistic bullsh**t'

New Zealand rugby league fans have reacted with outrage and anger over the interviews Kiwis coach David Kidwell, halfback Shaun Johnson and captain Adam Blair gave to the media after being dumped out of the World Cup by Fiji.The...


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Gun held millimetres from Palmerston North dairy owner's eye in robbery

One second a  dairy owner was about to serve a pair of customers, the next there was a pistol barrel just millimetres from his eye. 


Students, teachers alarmed by NCEA Level 1 Maths exam


Wellington police renew plea for suspected shooter Dylan Nuku to hand himself in


Open ocean search for man missing after dinghy tips three out near Bowentown Harbour

A man was last seen clinging to an overturned dinghy on Monday night as it washed out to sea in the Bay of Plenty.


Scam victim speaks up about $8000 'nightmare' in the hope of helping others

A Wellington woman has revealed details of another "nightmare" phone scam, in which she was told her husband would be deported if she did not pay $8000 in cash.


Tertiary students' loans and allowances will be lifted from January 1, 2018

Tertiary students will be $50 better off a week from the start of next year.


Malaysian student drove at 181kmh to get girlfriend to audition

A Malaysian student who said he drove at 181kmh near Tekapo in order to get his girlfriend to an audition has been sentenced to 40 hours of community work.


Canterbury woman's immigration saga highlights need to check status, MP says

A North Canterbury woman who discovered issues with her immigration status when she tried to book a routine mammogram can finally see light at the end of the tunnel.


Calls for Christchurch City Council to dump its local alcohol policy

The hospitality industry is calling on the Christchurch City Council to dump proposed booze restrictions but a health advocate wants the policy strengthened.


Hamilton mum undergoes 14 brain surgeries in a decade

A thin scar at the nape of Michelle Cave's neck reminds her of how lucky she is to be alive. 


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Oxygen likely to be running low if missing submarine is still submerged

An Argentinian military submarine reported an electrical problem and was headed back to base when it went missing in the South Atlantic.


No-one can prevent Trump from using nuclear weapons, experts say

A system of checks and balances exists to prevent a US president from illegally ordering a nuclear strike, but no-one can stop the commander in chief from using nuclear weapons, according to senior military experts and a former vice president.


Charles Manson's last insane act was to try to retain his infamy

He could have been just another US grifter.


Angela Merkel's fourth term in doubt as Germany's coalition talks fail

Efforts to form a three-way coalition government have failed, Chancellor Angela Merkel says, pitching Germany into its worst political crisis for decades, raising the prospect of new elections and casting doubt over her future.


Did Russian President Vladimir Putin get taken for a ride?

Did Russia get its money's worth?


US declares North Korea a terror sponsor; new sanctions expected

President Donald Trump has announced the US is putting North Korea's "murderous regime'' on America's terrorism blacklist, despite questions about Pyongyang's support for international attacks beyond the assassination of its leader's half brother in February.


Sumo bar fight rocks Japan as complaint against grand champion laid with police

The world of sumo has been turned upside down like, well, like a wrestler pushed from the ring.


Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, facing impeachment, calls Cabinet meeting

Zimbabwe's ruling party ordered impeachment proceedings to begin against longtime President Robert Mugabe and expressed confidence that he could be voted out within two days, while the world's oldest head of state ignored the party's deadline to resign and instead summoned ministers to a cabinet meeting.


After border agent is killed and partner injured in Texas, Trump renews call for wall

Authorities were searching southwest Texas for suspects or witnesses after a US Border Patrol agent was killed and his partner injured while on patrol in the state's Big Bend area, officials said.


Notorious serial killer Charles Manson dies of natural causes, aged 83

Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after masterminding the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died on Sunday night (Monday NZ Time) after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.


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'Cyclors' to be outlawed from radical new America's Cup monohull

Cyclors are likely to be outlawed from the new America's Cup foiling monohull revealed for the next edition of the regatta in 2021.


Team New Zealand reveal foiling monohull concept design for 2021 America's Cup

Team New Zealand have released concept design plans for the giant foiling monohull to be used in the 2021 America's Cup regatta in Auckland.


NZRL chairman apologises to fans for Kiwis' bizarre comments after shock Fiji defeat

New Zealand Rugby League chairman Reon Edwards said he felt 'sick to the stomach' after the Kiwis' embarrassing World Cup quarter-final exit to Fiji and apologised to fans following the team's bizarre response in defeat.


All Blacks put on notice over attitude adjustment needed ahead of Wales finale

It's not often you hear this from the All Blacks, but the world's best rugby team are demanding an attitude adjustment in the principality this week.


Warriors confirm three-year deal for Blake Green

The Warriors have confirmed the signing of veteran five-eighth Blake Green on a three-year deal.


World Rugby: Samoa is not bankrupt

World Rugby says the Samoa Rugby Union is not insolvent and has disputed other comments by its chairman Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, also the prime minister.


Former Wales captain says All Blacks are 'not the fearsome team' they once were

Former Wales captain Gywn Jones says the All Blacks are 'not the fearsome team' they once were.


Child's play crucial to development: Sport New Zealand takes a stand

Kiwi kids are not playing like they used to, and their parents are partly to blame, according to Sport New Zealand.


Paige Hareb to contest first women's World Tour event at South Africa's Jeffreys Bay

Kiwi surfer Paige Hareb will be among the first group of women to compete at South Africa's Jeffreys Bay on the World Surf League Championship Tour (CT).


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