National

Shakespeare director scorns te reo Māori objectors

The director of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Auckland's Pop Up Globe theatre has rubbished claims that adding te reo "bastardises" Shakespeare. The production, which features two actors playing 'fairies' who speak te reo Māori,...... Read More

One dead in Rotorua crash

One person has died following a crash involving a car and a logging truck near Rotorua this evening. The emergency services were alerted to the incident on Ash Pit Road, Rerewhakaaitu in the Bay of Plenty at 6:53pm. A police spokesperson...... Read More

Toxic slugs suspected in dog deaths

Karla Reeves’ Chihuahua Miley started panting after a walk on a Thames Coast beach. Thirty minutes later, her treasured pet died in her arms. Karla tells a Fairfax reporter, her vet suspected Miley had come in contact with a poisonous sea slug,...... Read More

’Without a doubt’ road toll linked to cuts

Nearly 100 dedicated road police positions have been cut in the past five years, while the road toll rose 50 percent in the same period. There are still more than 100 road policing vacancies despite a targeted multimillion-dollar payment in April to...... Read More

Man assaulted after condemning racist abuse

Wanaka Police are appealing for sightings of black Mazda ute after an assault at Puzzling World on Saturday afternoon. Detective Alan Lee says the assault happened at around 3:30pm. "Three men assaulted an Australian tourist when he intervened...... Read More

Concern over chemical weed killer

A Bay of Plenty resident has expressed concern about the use of the chemical glyphosate to rid Katikati's Yeoman Walkway of weeds, given its close proximity to the Uretara Stream. Anton van Rotterdam, a regular user of the walkway, was...... Read More

Police increase search for Panmure attackers

Auckland City Police have launched an appeal for information regarding the attackers who left a number of people injured in the south-eastern suburb of Panmure over the weekend. In a statement released a short time ago, Detective...... Read More

Alexandra crash victim named

Police can now name the woman who was killed in a crash in Alexandra on Friday January 19. She was 85-year-old Valerie May McGrath of Alexandra. In a police statement released today, a spokesperson has apologised for their initial comments. “Police...... Read More

Powerco upgrading Hutt Valley gas supply

A section of the gas network that supplies the Hutt Valley is going underground. Powerco will start work mid-January to replace the existing 40-year-old gas regulating station on Riddlers Crescent with modern, underground equipment. Powerco Gas Operations...... Read More

Carter is the new king of Mount Taranaki

Bay of Plenty's Rhys Carter is the newly-crowned king of Taranaki. The 28-year-old 3Twenty3 Kawasaki Racing Team rider was in dazzling form as he completely dominated the annual King of the Mountain Motocross near New Plymouth on Sunday. Mount...... Read More