Historic locomotive under threat

An old bush tram loco abandoned in the 1940s near Bruce Bay was uncovered during Cyclone Fehi in February and now sits precariously on the beach.

DHB investigates suicide incident at Grey Hospital

An investigation is under way into how someone in the care of the mental health unit at Grey Base Hospital was left in a position where they were able to self-harm.

Council may buy Holcim site

The Buller District Council is negotiating an option to purchase all of Holcim's assets around Westport, including the old cement works at Cape Foulwind and the waterfront silos on the Westport wharf.

WC League in chaos

The West Coast rugby league senior may be over before a game has even been played.

Coast runner making tracks

Seventeen-year-old Greymouth student Ben Williams has achieved more than someone twice his age.
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Billion trees to cost $180 million

Auckland Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says up to $180 million of his new $3 billion fund will end up being spent on his plan to plant one billion trees over the next 10 years and it could see some Landcorp farms converted to forestry. He...

Stolen firearms, motorbikes seized

Napier Police have recovered 14 stolen firearms, three motorbikes, and various other stolen property after executing a search warrant at a Napier address. A man and a woman will appear in the Hastings District Court today following a police raid which was assisted by the Armed...

International cruise visitors push coastal Bay of Plenty tourism spending to $1b

Auckland Tourists spent more than $1 billion in the coastal Bay of Plenty last year, a target that was not expected to be hit for another 12 years. According to figures released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment the region's tourism expenditure grew by...

NZ students claim engineering first

Wellington New Zealand has laid claim to an engineering world first a 3D-printed titanium engine designed and built by a group of students at the University of Canterbury. The feat of ingenuity was unveiled on Friday morning and will be used in the 2018 Shell Asia...

Smokefree prisoners relapse

Wellington Prisoners who quit cigarettes while in prison do not get the support to stay smokefree once they are released, according to new research. A team of medical students from the University of Otago conducted a study, which showed that many prisoners relapse after release, and...

Dangerous lifejackets traded in

Wellington It was a case of out with the old, unsafe lifejackets and in with new, modern ones this summer. The 10-week Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade, run by Coastguard New Zealand, led to 3000 old or obsolete lifejackets traded in by boaties from 55 communities for new...

Coast runner making tracks

Seventeen-year-old Greymouth student Ben Williams has achieved more than someone twice his age.

Swiss coach new All Whites boss

Wellington Experienced Swiss coach Fritz Schmid has been appointed to fill the vacant All Whites post through to the 2022 World Cup. Schmid ended a stint as the Malaysian national team's technical director last year and will be the replacement for Anthony Hudson, who ended a...

Tiger hot in Florida

West Palm Beach Tiger Woods has raced up the leaderboard with a vintage display in his opening nine holes during the second round at the US PGA Tour's Honda Classic. Woods mixed two birdies with a bogey to move to one-under par and only two shots...

Rollercoaster week for investors

Jeremy Crang of Craigs Investment Partners It has been a rollercoaster for markets this week, with indexes across the globe registering declines. The three main indexes in the United States finished last week having experienced their biggest sell down in more than two years. The sell down spread...

New Dunedin chocolate factory step closer

Dunedin Dunedin edged closer to having a new chocolate factory after managing to secure a facility which will house chocolate production, a chocolate factory tour, and a cafe in the Steamer Basin building. The plan for the factory began when Cadbury's parent company Mondelez announced it...

What will Russia’s future after Putin be like?

Why wait another month to report on the Russian election (March 18) when we can wrap it up right now? Vladimir Putin is going...

Forgotten town

Megan Palin An Outback town plagued with killings, violence, suicides and child sexual assaults, is inconspicuously tucked away amid the red, dusty plains and vibrant...

Europe’s logging row

Agnieszka Barteczko When Poland sought to ease tensions with the European Union by declaring a halt to logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, it did...