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by April 21, 2020

Man dead after crash at Ōtaki, two others taken to hospital

Two others taken to hospital after the car is believed to have gone off the road after 1am on Saturday.

Niall Williams scores 'emotional' double on comeback from neck injury for Black Ferns sevens

The sevens veteran scored twice after shedding a few tears before her comeback as both Kiwi teams finish day one unbeaten at the Toulouse Sevens.

Market couple set out new stall for life on road

A Nelson couple are packing up their home and business and giving tiny living a go - by travelling around the country in a pair of housebuses.

Abortion doctor hits back at Republican lawmaker in tense exchange

A US abortion doctor turned the tables on a Republican lawmaker asking her about late-term abortions when she asked what he would do if his daughter was raped, in a tense exchange that highlights how polarised the US abortion rights...

Northland teen's aggravated robbery charge dropped as judge rules unlawful arrest

A 14-year-old has walked free from an armed robbery charge after a judge ruled police acted unlawfully by arresting him - and not in the "public interest" as they claimed. Police arrested the teen at his home last December, believing...

Mike Munro: Mr Shrewd delivers the goods on Budget day

OPINION: Being the Minister of Finance in these fraught times is not for the faint-hearted. Consider for a moment Grant Robertson's Budget on Thursday, which could hardly have had a more foreboding ...

Steve Braunias tracks down the backside of publicity

Defamation! It's the worst word in journalism, its greatest fear, its lurking menace that can strike when you least expect it and take you to the cleaners, to the edge of sanity, to a very bad place indeed ...

The inheritance trap: What you'll be entitled to under new law

A new inheritance law, based on an extensive review by the Law Commission, could upset some adult Kiwis in the future. Jane Phare reports. Kiwis who have fallen out with a parent and are cut out of ...

Damage to roads, powerlines after tornado rips through Levin

A woman who was trapped under a tree in Cambridge earlier today has died at the hospital, police say.

Lotto heartbreak: When the champagne stops flowing - the cost of winning big

Many of us like to imagine striking it rich in Lotto, living out the rest of our days with not so much as a care in the world, and trusting all our worries are far behind us. But as the old adage goes: ...

Russia-Ukraine War: Russians begin to turn on President Vladimir Putin

From the start, Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine has faced a string of humiliating setbacks – and as the war continues to stall, more and more Russians are turning on their leader.In a nation where public defiance of the government...

Taranaki teen suffers brain injury in attack with metal drink bottle

A teen was sitting at the beach watching the ships out at sea when, in an unprovoked attack, a man struck him around the head with a metal drink bottle, causing him a brain injury. The 14-year-old was at Bell Block beach, in New...

Russia Ukraine war: 'Cancer-riddled' Putin surrounded by doctors, takes breaks for treatment, claims ex-British spy

Vladimir Putin is "cancer-riddled" and surrounded by doctors, and often takes breaks during meetings to undergo treatment, according to claims by a British ex-spy.Christopher Steele, who previously worked the Russia desk at MI6,...

Elon Musk accused of sexual misconduct by SpaceX flight attendant

Elon Musk, the world's richest person, has been accused of exposing himself to a SpaceX flight attendant, rubbing her leg without consent, and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage.The claims were published...

Claire Trevett: Will the Budget prove a bandaid for Labour's polling?

OPINION: As far as former Finance Minister Bill English was concerned, the only good Budget in a time of economic stress was a boring Budget. Barring those that drove people to online calculators ...

Weather: Wet start as clean-up begins in Levin following tornado

Tornado-damaged Levin is set for more wild weather today - 24 hours on from the surging winds which left a trail of destruction on Friday morning.A tornado ripped through the lower North Island town at 6.30am yesterday, downing...

Altar cross taken from central Auckland church in brazen theft

CCTV shows a person walking straight to the high altar of St Matthew-in-the-City Anglican church on Friday afternoon last week and walking off with the cross.

Budget 2022: Health NZ to be country's biggest employer with 80,000 staff

Minister of Health Andrew Little has been explaining Budget spending to health leaders in Auckland this morning, outlining just how big the new Health NZ organisation will be.

New Nelson library's risk from faster sea level rise to be assessed

Nelson's council boss is confident that even under worst case sea level rise projections a new $46 million library on a riverside site would be safe.

Schools to learn funding levels under new equity index in September

Schools find out in September how much money they gain or lose when the decile system is replaced next year.

Mary Holm: Spread your money — but not that far

OPINION: Q: I recently sought some financial advice for an $800,000 investment from a fees-based adviser who did ask all the right questions. Her suggested portfolio covers all the asset classes ...

Mum 'trying to be Wonder Woman' repressed memory of injuring her son

A busy stay-at-home mum who was trying to be "Wonder Woman" has admitted injuring her baby - but says she has no recollection of how she hurt him. Exactly what happened on the day the baby was injured ...

Death of ex-All Black's mum ruled an accident

The coroner's report following the death of ex-All Black Andrew Hore's mother has been released, stating the 67-year-old died after falling from a farm vehicle. Suzanne Hore died on November 3, 2019 ...

Steven Joyce: A Govt spending inflationary spiral

OPINION: I think we all instinctively knew this Government and this Finance Minister were very big spenders. Rod Emmerson's cartoon on the front page of Thursday's pre-Budget Herald summed it up well ...

Back Issues: Feilding's mythic claim to the silver fern

To understand how the rugby club came to believe their club colours were black jerseys with silver ferns we need to look back to events of the time.

Easy ride to mental health

When Al Best heads out on the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride (DGR) tomorrow he'll be alongside more than 900 bikers across Aotearoa New Zealand who have raised over $80,000 towards men's health this year. And he'll be riding a new...

Wining, dining and tramping behind rise in Wairarapa in hospitality revenues

In a remarkable rebound, spending in the wine-making region increased by a third last month from the same time before the pandemic.

Russia-Ukraine war: What might happen to Ukrainian prisoners of war?

Breaking its recent silence on prisoners of war, the Red Cross has said it registered "hundreds" of Ukrainian prisoners of war who left the giant Azovstal steel plant in the southern city of Mariupol after holding out in a weeks-long...

Monkeypox Australia: Victorian man in hospital with virus; another 'probable' case detected in NSW

A Victorian man is in hospital after being diagnosed with monkeypox, while another in NSW is also suspected of being infected with the virus.Victorian chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton said the man travelled from London, via...

Teen killer's appeal raises broader issues of increasing number of people found unfit for trial

New Zealand Law Society President Tiana Epati says the number of people found unfit to stand trial over the last ten years has gone from 94 in 2012 to 195 in 2021.

Former US President Donald Trump pays $110K fine, must submit paperwork to end contempt

Former US President Donald Trump has paid the $110,000 in fines he racked up after being held in contempt of court for being slow to respond to a civil subpoena issued by New York's attorney general.Trump paid the fine Thursday...

Young and HIV-positive: Arapuni Te Awa Mana's TikTok campaign and advocacy

Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air A young Waikato TikTok creator is using his popular platform to raise awareness of HIV as he comes to terms with his recent diagnosis.In a heartfelt TikTok video, Arapuni Tāne...

Former Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson pleads not guilty to charges over worker death

Former Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson has pleaded not guilty to two charges in relation to the death of a worker who was crushed under a container in 2020. The charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act are...

Youth arrested after group smash their way into St Luke's mall

A young person has been arrested after a group of people smashed into another Auckland shopping mall overnight.The group used "tools" to smash through the windows of a St Luke's Mall store at around 1.55am today before making off...

Buffalo mass shooting: Relatives of the people massacred in Buffalo supermarket may heartfelt plea to Americans

Relatives of the 10 black people massacred in a Buffalo supermarket pleaded with the nation on Thursday (local time) to confront and stop racist violence, their agony pouring out in the tears of a 12-year-old child, hours after the...

Armed police presence in Riccarton area after man robbed at gunpoint in Christchurch

Armed police were called to the Riccarton area in Christchurch about 7.30pm this evening after reports a man had been threatened at gunpoint and had his vehicle stolen. The man was not injured. The vehicle and its occupants were...

Russia Ukraine war: Russian superyacht Amadea in Fiji - US in court battle

At Lautoka Harbour in the heart of Fiji's sugar cane region, five US federal agents boarded the Russian-owned Amadea, a luxurious superyacht the length of a football field."They want to take 20 crew and sail east!" the ship's captain...

Woman trapped under fallen tree in Cambridge dies

Police have confirmed the woman who was trapped under a tree in Cambridge has died in hospital.

'It was devastating': Witnesses tell of tragedy as toppled tree crushes woman

"Freakishly high winds" in Cambridge have been blamed for ripping a healthy oak tree from the ground and crushing an elderly woman – who tragically later died from her injuries. The woman was initially ...

Teacher's pet case: Babysitter tells Chris Dawson murder trial she was treated like 'sex slave'

Warning: Graphic content In Australia, a teenager who moved into Chris Dawson's home after his wife's disappearance has claimed during his murder trial she was subject to "daily" domestic violence and he once ripped off the G-string...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Fear palpable as virus takes hold in North Korea

On a recent nighttime visit to a drugstore, a double-masked Kim Jong Un lamented the slow delivery of medicine. Separately, the North Korean leader's lieutenants have quarantined hundreds of thousands of suspected Covid-19 patients...

Budget 2022: 'Devastating' news that medicine needed for children with rare disorder won't be funded

Advocate recommends families move to Australia after missing out on funding for life-saving drugs to help their children with SMA, a rare genetic disorder.

Russia-Ukraine War: McDonald's leaving Russia - 'Living in Moscow is like travelling back to the Soviet era'

It was 1990, and the Soviet Union's penultimate summer. The only splashes of colour in the uniformly grey cityscape of Moscow were sun-bleached red flags that hung limply from facades, garish Soviet propaganda murals painted on the...

Norovirus cases in Hawke's Bay rise

Hawke's Bay has eight outbreaks of the highly infectious norovirus across the region.

Kia Aroha College pupil dies while at school

A pupil at south Auckland's Kia Aroha College has died at school this morning and police say at this stage, the death is not suspicious.

Prison justice: Guard allegedly broke inmate's arm after colleague's brutal bashing

A prison officer who broke the arm of an inmate who had just bashed his colleague is under investigation by Auckland police, the Herald can reveal.The incident happened on a day of violence at Mt Eden remand prison on February 3,...

Budget 2022: Housing investment 'a small, good thing that may help'

The Salvation Army says housing boosts in the Budget will help some people stuck in the 'catastrophe', but they do not stretch far enough to properly address housing inequality.

Swashbuckling McCullum coaching all the way to the bank

OPINION: While we won't readily forgive McCullum should England tip over his compatriots, it's the way of the professional world.

Two people die in Otaki, Meeanee crashes overnight

Two men have died on the roads in separate crashes overnight.The first crash was at Convent Road in Otaki, north of Wellington, about 1.15am when a car went off the road."Sadly, one person died at the scene and two other occupants...

Australian teacher loses $550k to elaborate scam two months in the making

A family from NSW's Central Coast has been left reeling after scammers stole an eye-watering $550,000 (A$500,000) from them and then sent them death threats.Jody Bridges and her husband Corey have been working hard all their lives...

What Budget 2022 means for Wellington: From social housing to transport woes

Wellington gained some wins in Budget 2022, but the city's big transport project is considered an ongoing risk - and the capital also missed out on money for new trains and access to a subsidy council tenants have long been lobbying...

Herald morning quiz: May 21

Test your brains with the Herald's morning quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz for the afternoon quiz. To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK HERE.

'The beginning of a great future': Waimate's white horse gets upgrade

Waimate's iconic white horse on the hill has received an upgrade worth half-million dollars and now includes picnic areas, plantings and panoramic views of the district.

The garden path less travelled took her to this gorgeous Levin haven

For Aucklander Linda Parker, that has made all the difference as she settled into a new life in Levin.

Former Auckland port boss denies charges in relation to death of worker crushed by container

Tony Gibson was charged in 2021 in relation to the death of worker Amo Kalati, who was crushed under a containter.

Northland teen cleared of aggravated robbery charge after judge rules unlawful arrest

Police arrested the teen at his home last December, believing he was part of a group of four - one of them allegedly armed with a gun - who robbed Young's Four Square in Whangārei a month earlier.

Medical students say superiors not 'concerned' with informed consent guidelines

A new report suggests that medical students are sometimes encouraged to breach informed consent guidelines by their supervisors.

Child abuse material found in home of man awaiting trial over alleged murder of 9yo girl

The man awaiting trial for the alleged murder of his partner's young daughter Charlise Mutten is facing new charges of firearm possession and child abuse material.Justin Stein was charged with the murder over the death of the 9-year-old...

Local body elections 2022: Who's throwing their hat in the ring again in the Mackenzie

Find out which Mackenzie District councillors are standing again in this year's local body elections.

Central Auckland church's altar cross stolen in brazen theft

A vintage cross has been stolen from the St Matthew-in-the-City Anglican church in central Auckland.In a social media post, Reverend Helen Jacobi posted images of the high altar cross and CCTV images showing a person carrying it.CCTV...

Controversial Thames-Coromandel mayor Sandra Goudie to step down

Thames-Coromandel mayor Sandra Goudie, who refused to get the Covid-19 vaccine, is standing down at this year's local body election.

Hamilton baby smothered to death after family bulldog falls asleep on her

A Hamilton baby has suffocated to death after the family's bulldog fell asleep on her, a coroner has found.Beloved 4-month-old Korowai-Aroha McKeilah Maru-Walker was staying the night at the home of her kaumātua (grandparents)...

What can you buy for under $875,000: The homes priced under the First Home Buyer Grant

First-home buyers can now choose from nearly 1650 extra Auckland properties and still be eligible to receive a government cash contribution towards their deposit. That's according to property website ...

'Ask for help': Retiring business head Michael Barnett warns overwhelmed executives

Retiring Auckland Business Chamber CEO Michael Barnett takes High Tea with Jane Phare to reflect on 31 years at the helm, the highs and lows, the Covid-19 factor and why former National leader Simon Bridges ...

Russia-Ukraine war: Captive medic's bodycam shows first-hand horror of Mariupol

A celebrated Ukrainian medic recorded her time in Mariupol on a data card no bigger than a thumbnail, smuggled out to the world in a tampon. Now she is in Russian hands, at a time when Mariupol has fallen .Yuliia Paievska is known...

Kāinga Ora tenant wins $5000 for landlord's inaction over nightmare neighbour

A state house tenant has been awarded $5000 after having to live next to a neighbour from hell who had rowdy parties, was abusive and urinated on the fence.The Auckland tenant took Kāinga Ora to the Tenancy Tribunal after lodging...

Your money questions answered: Is the Budget going to give me a chance to buy a house?

My boys are both in their early 20s and just climbing on to the bottom rung of the career/employment ladder. Wat do they get out of the Budget?

Tauranga podiatrist deformed patients' feet, suspended from surgery, can continue practising

A podiatrist who operated on the feet of six patients, leaving them deformed and in chronic pain, is allowed to continue practising, but not as a podiatric surgeon.

What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

European and American health authorities have identified a number of monkeypox cases in recent days, mostly in young men. It's a surprising outbreak of a disease that rarely appears outside Africa.Health officials around the world...

Senior prison officer under investigation after inmate's arm broken

A prison officer who broke the arm of an inmate who had just bashed his colleague is under investigation by Auckland police, the Herald can reveal. The incident happened on a day of violence at Mt Eden ...

Afghanistan Taliban order women television presenters to cover their faces

Afghanistan's Taliban rulers ordered all female presenters on TV channels to cover their faces on air, the country's biggest media outlet said Thursday.The order came in a statement from the Taliban's Virtue and Vice Ministry, tasked...

Former US President George W Bush faces backlash over Iraq war gaffe

Former US President George W Bush is facing criticism after mistakenly describing the invasion of Iraq — which he led as commander in chief — as "brutal" and "wholly unjustified," before correcting himself to say he meant to refer...

Inland Revenue takes flak over surge in overdue taxes

Unpaid PAYE and KiwiSaver payments have nearly doubled in the past five years, and levels of overdue GST have nearly tripled over the period, Inland Revenue figures show. A Weekend Herald analysis ...

Covid-19 update: 17 further deaths, 7800 cases reported in New Zealand

There have been another 7800 new community cases of Covid-19 and another 17 deaths with the virus reported by the Ministry of Health today.

Eight great Renee Zellweger movies (and where you can watch them right now)

From the nefarious Roxy Hart to the lovelorn Bridget Jones and the optimistic Dorothy Boyd, the Texan has created some memorable characters.

30 years on... The unveiling of a New Zealand sporting great

Thirty years ago Jeff Wilson was unveiled to the sporting world via a remarkable individual schoolboy rugby display on the outskirts of Invercargill. The rest is history.

Ex-spy's shocking claims about 'cancer-riddled' Putin

Vladimir Putin is "cancer-riddled" and surrounded by doctors, and often takes breaks during meetings to undergo treatment, according to claims by a British ex-spy. Christopher Steele, who previously ...

'So much blood': Tornado sends debris and shattered glass into girl's bedroom

A shaken mother of three has recalled the horror of when the tornado which carved a path of destruction through Levin careered into her house - in the process leaving her eldest daughter bloodied and terrified.Numerous houses and...

Diabetes and Me: Can I still eat carbohydrates?

What exactly are carbohydrates and why am I so scared of them, asks Megan Whelan in this week's Diabetes and Me. Turns out, they're not that scary after all.

Dunedin family want to protect others from similar harm after man's death

His name was Will Leyden.The 40-year-old Dunedin man died on November 20, 2019 — a suspected suicide.His partner, 31-year-old Charlotte May Cole, had found him five days earlier and he was rushed to the hospital where he was placed...

Emergency WHO meeting over monkeypox spread: 'We should take it seriously'

The World Health Organisation is reportedly convening an emergency meeting to discuss the alarming spread of the monkeypox virus around the world.The United Nations' health authority is bringing together leading experts on the rare...

A man of exile and mystery: The life of a German author who wandered Ponsonby's streets

Steve Braunias on the life of a German author who wandered the streets of Ponsonby. T here was always so much going on with Volker Pilgrim, with his ideas and his superstitions and his habit of slipping ...

Topp Twins both test positive for Covid-19

The comedy icons, who are both undergoing treatment for breast cancer, had recently reunited for their 64th birthday.

Victorian man in hospital with monkeypox; another 'probable' case detected in NSW

A Victorian man is in hospital after being diagnosed with monkeypox, while another in NSW is also suspected of being infected with the virus. Victorian chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton said the man ...

14-yo armed robbery suspect walks free after police botch arrest

A 14-year-old has walked free from an armed robbery charge after a judge ruled police acted unlawfully by arresting him - and not in the "public interest" as they claimed. Police arrested the teen at ...

Te Papa's new art installation The Silvering opens to the public

Hundreds of helium balloons, some venetian blind string, and scavenged plants and objects from around Te Papa make up the museum's newest art installation.'The Silvering' consists of more than 400 silver zero-shaped balloons and...

Russia Ukraine war: NZ supports international call for war crimes accountability

New Zealand has joined international partners in calling for accountability for alleged Russian war crimes during its invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine has so far identified more than 10,000 possible war crimes committed by Russia.A...

Rare prosecution: Ex-Auckland port CEO denies charges over worker's death

Former Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson has pleaded not guilty to two charges in relation to the death of a worker who was crushed under a container in 2020. The charges under the Health ...

Two dead after crashes at Kāpiti Coast and Hawke's Bay

A man has died and two people are injured following a single vehicle crash at Ōtaki on Kāpiti Coast.

Obituary: Anne Rachael Sayers, QSM 1929 - 2022

Her life experiences ranged from helping wounded soldiers evacuated from Dunkirk to teaching the future Māori Queen first aid and nursing children with intellectual disabilities.

Three of the best beaches in Fiji

Ridiculously blue water, unspoiled reefs and oodles of privacy - it’s hard to beat these dreamy Fijian beaches.

Man dies in Kāpiti Coast crash, two injured

The Serious Crash Unit are investigating after the single vehicle crash at 1.15am killed a man and sent two others to hospital.

Coroner releases report into death of ex-All Black Andrew Hore's mother in farm accident

The coroner's report following the death of ex-All Black Andrew Hore's mother has been released, stating the 67-year-old died after falling from a farm vehicle. Suzanne Hore died on November 3, 2019, while helping her husband move...

Casketeers pair's secret pain: 'We've never experienced grief like it'

For five years, Francis and Kaiora Tipene have been on our screens sharing their lives as funeral directors. Their hit show The Casketeers has not only captured the hearts of Kiwi viewers, but also taught ...

Man dies after car crashes into a pole in Napier

Police say man died around 4.30am on Saturday after the crash in Meeanee.

Levin tornado: Government puts $100k into relief fund

After a tornado hit Levin, the government will put $100,000 into a mayoral relief fund to help with the recovery.

Wellington mum 'trying to be Wonder Woman' injured son, repressed memory, sentenced to supervision

A busy stay-at-home mum who was trying to be "Wonder Woman" has admitted injuring her baby - but says she has no recollection of how she hurt him.Exactly what happened on the day the baby was injured in mid-May 2020 remains unclear...

Black Caps hit by Covid-19 cases ahead of first match of England cricket tour

Frontline batsman Henry Nicholls among the trio who go into five days of hotel isolation, as day one against Sussex is rained off.