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Teen denies fatal stabbing of BOP man

A 14-year-old boy accused of murdering Hawke's Bay man Kelly Donner has admitted robbing him, but says he did not kill him. The teenager is allegedly one of several young people involved in an attack on 40-year-old Donner, who died outside the...... Read More

Emergency mobile alert tests this weekend

If you phone receives a strange alert on Sunday November 25, don’t be alarmed. The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management will be sending out alerts to compatible phones between 6 and 7pm, as a nationwide test. The reason for doing...... Read More

Sanford planning to sell Tauranga business

New Zealand seafood company Sanford has announced it has a conditional agreement to sell its Tauranga based pelagic business to local company Pelco NZ Ltd. The assets included are three purse seine fishing vessels, processing equipment and pelagic...... Read More

No confirmed ETA of restored power in Taupo

About 16,000 customers are still without power across the wider Taupo region. “We are continuing to work closely with Transpower NZ to restore power as soon as possible. Unfortunately, at this stage there is no confirmed ETA for restoration...... Read More

New study finds link between smell and obesity

University of Otago researchers have broken new ground by identifying a link between smell and obesity. The findings will be published today in the international Obesity Reviews journal. Lead-author of the study, Dr Mei Peng, from the University...... Read More

Chaotic weather pattern forecast this week

There is a big shift in the weather pattern around New Zealand this week and coming weekend, moving away from a big belt of dry highs to a series of large lows and rainmakers. This week kicks off colder than average in many regions with the next couple...... Read More

Fuel drives up transport costs

The prices that businesses pay for petrol and diesel rose 6.9 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively, in the September 2018 quarter, says Stats NZ. This made the latest quarter the fourth in a row with rising fuel costs. Other petroleum products...... Read More

Airlift support for Antarctic research

The New Zealand Defence Force has started its annual airlift mission to support scientific research in Antarctica. A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules flew about 40 scientists, researchers and support staff and more than three tonnes of freight...... Read More

Widespread outage in Taupo following fault

Around 16,000 customers are without power across the wider Taupo region this morning. Unison’s Relationship Manager Danny Gough says the outage was caused by a fault on Transpower’s network around 8.40am this morning. “Unison...... Read More

’Bring the birdsong home to Bluff’

A Southland community is rallying to protect one of the last remaining mainland tītī (muttonbird) colonies left in New Zealand. The colony and other native birdlife is under threat from introduced species, including rats and stoats, on the Bluff...... Read More

Search for missing Wellington woman continues

Police have stepped up their search for missing woman Sonam Shelar, who was last seen at 8.30am on Cashmere Avenue, Khandallah, on Saturday 17 November. "We have concerns for her safety and need people to keep an eye out for her.  It's...... Read More

Thunderstorms possible for South Island

People in nelson and Marlborough are being told to be prepared for the possibility of thunderstorms today. Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop about inland and northern parts of Nelson and Marlborough this afternoon and early evening. "Some...... Read More

Snow blankets lower South Island with more on the way

Snow has fallen to 400 metres in lower parts of the South Island and thunderstorms could be on the cards for the top half. MetService duty forecaster Bill Singh says an unstable southerly flow is the culprit behind the snow. "As we move...... Read More

Search for teen swept off rocks near Raglan continues

The search for a missing 17-year-old near Raglan is entering its third day. The boy was swept off rocks at Papanui Point on Saturday afternoon. He was with three others at the time. Today's search will begin mid-morning, depending on weather...... Read More

Micro-tornado hits hard

A micro-tornado tipped up two irrigators and moved a mower as it blasted across an Ashburton farm. Farmer Randal Hanrahan was working outside about 4pm and filmed the dust devil as it formed about 100 metres from him. “I saw it go across the...... Read More

Bus disruptions in Hamilton due to strike

Some bus services in Waikato have been rescheduled because of planned strike action by some drivers. The region's bus operator Go Bus announced yesterday that union members would be locked out after they said they would not be collecting fares...... Read More

NZ has responsibility to safeguard biodiversity - Sage

The Conservation Minister says the global biodiversity crisis is as serious as climate change, and needs more action. New Zealand has joined the Sharm El-Sheikh Declaration adopted in Egypt this week. Eugenie Sage said the declaration is a recognition...... Read More

Fatal crash in Northland

Police can now confirm one person has died in a two-vehicle crash in Northland. The crash occurred on State Highway 1 south of Kawakawa about 4.30pm. The deceased, a male passenger, died at the scene. Four other people were airlifted to Whangarei Hospital...... Read More