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Consumer confidence back to normal

Consumer confidence has rebounded to normal levels as the dust settles following last year's change in government. The Westpac McDermott-Miller Consumer Confidence Index rose 4 points to 111 in the three months to March. The index had hit an 18-month...... Read More

PM’s oil and gas comments cause anxiety in Taranaki

The Prime Minister's comments about the future of oil and gas exploration is causing anxiety in Taranaki - the only region in New Zealand where hydrocarbons are commercially exploited. Yesterday, Jacinda Ardern accepted a Greenpeace petition calling...... Read More

Government plans count of homeless

The government is planning to count the number of homeless people in New Zealand. Statistics New Zealand will work with Kate Amore, from Otago University, to get a better understanding of the numbers between each census. In 2016, Dr Amore found one...... Read More

Fatal crash at Awanui in the Far North

A man has died following a two-car crash on State Highway 10 at Awanui in the Far North.It happened just before 5:45pm east of Godinovich Road. The man was trapped and was freed with the assistance of Fire and Emergency. Unfortunately, he died at the...... Read More

‘Mammoth’ kiwifruit orchard for sale

One of New Zealand’s biggest privately-owned kiwifruit orchard portfolios has been placed on the market for sale. The portfolio consists of three separate mid to large-sized productive blocks at Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty – the centre...... Read More

Oil spill exercise at Raglan

Ensuring Waikato Regional Council staff are trained to protect Waikato waters is the aim of a marine oil spill exercise at Raglan tomorrow. “This training is essential to bring new staff up to speed with how to respond, as well as refresh the...... Read More

Five Hector’s dolphins killed in fisher’s net

The government may consider a total ban on set net fishing after five nationally endangered Hector's dolphins were killed in a single net. The deaths were discovered a month ago off Banks Peninsula on the east coast of the South Island, where it...... Read More

Plunket responds to claims of unethical behaviour

The properties and assets being transferred to Plunket's national organisation have always been owned by Plunket, chief executive Amanda Malu says. Plunket is under fire for transferring assets and properties from local community ownership to Plunket's...... Read More

Six-year-old killed in Rangitikei crash

A six-year-old boy has died following a crash on Turakina Valley Road, between Kauaekeke Road and Bald Hill Road, in the Rangitikei District. It happened just before 2:15pm when a ute went down a bank. There were no other vehicles involved. Three from...... Read More

White crosses planted along SH2

More white crosses are appearing on State Highway 2 north of Tauranga – but they’re not to mark specific accidents. Instead, they are intended to serve as visual reminders to slow down and not take risks on what residents are describing...... Read More

Facial recognition technology helps relationships

Kiwi programmers have successfully taught a computer to distinguish between a cat’s face and its rear-end in a move developers say will help improve relationships with the notoriously aloof animal. The team of programmers who created the digital...... Read More

Six-year-old boy dies in Rangitikei crash

A six-year-old boy has died following a crash on Turakina Valley Road, between Kauaekeke Road and Bald Hill Road, in the Rangitikei District. The crash happened just before 2.15pm where a ute went down a bank. There were no other vehicles involved. Three...... Read More

White Island crater lake refills

Rain from recent cyclones passing through the Bay of Plenty is believed responsible for White Island’s crater lake refilling. Scientists from a GeoNet monitoring team visiting the island last week noticed the change. Volcanologist Brad Scott...... Read More

Police looking to locate missing Auckland man

Police are looking to locate missing Auckland man 29-year-old David Benney. David was last seen on Piha Road, Waiatarua at approximately 7.45am on Thursday 15 March, 2018. He is often known to wear baggy clothing which may include a zip-up hoody style...... Read More

Census on track for 70 per cent online

More than 3.2 million people have completed the 2018 Census online so far, and the total is expected to exceed the online target of 70 per cent, Stats NZ said today. “We expect at least a 70 per cent online response and combined with paper forms,...... Read More

Big fish no small fry

A 142.5kg striped marlin was caught near Baylys by local resident Ross Sherman, by hauling it in on a long line. While fishing for kahawai and snapper using a torpedo kontiki on Tuesday, March 20 , Mr Sherman and family noticed a large splash in the...... Read More

Wainuiomata homicide investigation continues

A large team of detectives and experts continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Paul TeHiko in Wainuiomata on 7 March.    "The public response to date has been fantastic. We have received a large amount of information...... Read More

Tourist caught in Mount beach rip

A Brazilian tourist rescue from the sea off the blowhole last night was ‘straightforward’, says Kent Jarman at the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service. Police called the lifeguard service about 6pm to say there was somebody in the water off...... Read More

Back broken on high speed tourist vessel

Seafort Holdings Limited and its sole director and shareholder, Richard John Prentice, have been ordered to pay fines and reparations totalling more than $93,000 after a 60-year-old passenger, Raewyn Russell, had her back broken when the company’s...... Read More