Friday, Nov 30


Steve Hansen offered two-year All Blacks coaching extension after 2019 World Cup - report


Steve Hansen has been offered a two-year extension after his All Blacks coaching contract runs out after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, according to one news report.

New Zealand beat Spain at Dubai Sevens, but viewers miss out

New Zealand's men have beaten Spain 28-17 in pool play at the Dubai leg of the World Sevens, but television viewers back home missed out on it.

West Coast teen suffers spinal injuries in bridge jump

A 17-year-old is in hospital with spinal injuries after jumping off a bridge on the West Coast.


Upper Hutt boy Isiah Munro found 'safe and well' after a week missing

A 13-year-old boy who went missing a week ago from his Upper Hutt home has been been found "safe and well".

NZTA recalls seatbelts amid safety concerns

"Critical defects" have been found in replacement seatbelts and the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is urging any vehicle owners who have retrofitted belts to check the labels.

Combined agency effort helps slash Christchurch 'streetie' numbers


Christchurch rough sleeper numbers have plummeted a year after the first head count found 215 on the streets.


Jeff Horn v Anthony Mundine: Follow live as Australian rivals clash in Brisbane

Hometown hero Jeff Horn takes on Australian rival Anthony Mundine in Brisbane.

Former Springbok hooker Naka Drotske shot during robbery

Former Springbok hooker Naka Drotske has been shot during a robbery near Pretoria in South Africa.

New Zealand through to Dubai Sevens semifinals as Michaela Blyde scores century

New Zealand Sevens star Michaela Blyde has become just the fifth woman to score 100 tries in the World Series.

White Island crater lake water level rising, on course to overflow in 2019

The water level in the crater lake at White Island has risen about 10 metres this year, and could overflow around mid-2019 if it continues rising at the same rate.

Delays over planning progress leaves residents fearing lone quarry battle


Residents fighting a planned new quarry near their small Canterbury town have accused community leaders of dragging their heels and jeopardising a promise to champion their cause.

US pilot's F-16 lost an engine, then caught fire before crashing. He lived to talk about it

Capt. Jonathan "Holster" Morgan was on a routine training mission, slicing through clear blue sky over Washington, DC.

Police seek public's help after duo rob dairy with knife and screwdriver in Hamilton


Two males brandishing a knife and screwdriver stormed a Hamilton dairy for cigarettes on Friday afternoon.


Tuatara manager says mistakes were costly in loss to Canberra

Auckland Tuatara manager Steve Mintz said his players made too many errors in their 6-2 loss to the Canberra Cavalry at McLeod Park on Friday.

Mountaineer killed in Aoraki/Mt Cook avalanche an Australian police officer

The wife of Australian climber killed in an Aoraki/Mt Cook avalanche says her family is "broken" by his death.

No compulsory LGBTQI training for police, despite calls to 'bridge this gap'

Police canned compulsory sexual orientation and gender identity training for staff two years ago, and a call in 2017 from advocates to better educate cops about the rainbow community appears to have gone unanswered.

Nurses to meet with health boss over ongoing assaults and violence

Health staff demoralised by workplace violence will take their concerns straight to the top at meetings next week in Christchurch.

A Christmas Prince 2: Rose McIver, Netflix deliver more festive fantasy

REVIEW: It's been 349 days since Amber Eve Moore (Rose McIver) said yes to the love of her life.


Fire and Emergency NZ will not attend Auckland Pride Parade in 2019

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is the latest group to announce that it will not attend next year's Auckland Pride Parade following a ban on police in uniform.

Eight late entries in bid for America's Cup glory in Auckland

Eight additional notices of challenge for the America's Cup have been made, but some of them are likely to be ruled out.

New Zealand's plastic stockpile is at 400 tonnes and could be going mouldy

Well-meaning Kiwis dutifully recycling have instead been contributing to a whopping stockpile of plastic - weighing the equivalent of 66 million single-use bags.

Judicial review looms as Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway confirms 'error' when granting Karel Sroubek residency

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway confirmed an error was made granting Karel Sroubek residency and it's this technical aspect that the deportation liability now hinges on.

Australian police were hunting for a double murderer, but he was already behind bars

Six years after Daniel James Holdom brutally murdered a mother and her toddler daughter, leaving one in a forest and one in a suitcase on the side of the road, he was jailed over the sexual assault of a nine-year-old girl.

Man who shot 2-year-old daughter had shotgun to protect drug stash

The Auckland father who shot his 2-year-old daughter at close range with a shotgun has had six months added to his sentence for dealing cannabis.

Kids devastated after thieves break into preschool and steal pet rabbits


Children at a Christchurch preschool are distraught after thieves broke in and stole their two pet rabbits.

Possible water-cancer link a 'need to know' for Cantabrians


Revealing a possible link between cancer and contaminated rural water is not scaremongering, a leading public health expert says.


New Zealand is unprepared for more frequent drought, report warns


More drought could bring disease, power outages and food shortages and New Zealand isn't ready, a new report warns. Although the country has historically been "water-rich", New Zealand is not well-prepared to cope with a future involving…

Invercargill City Council considers closing Bluff tip


The Invercargill City Council is considering closing the Bluff tip, but any decision to do so may backfire, a resident warns.

Shopping at Michael Hill? Here's the magic catchphrase to listen out for

I've haggled in some of the world's most notorious marketplaces – and I can now add Auckland's Westfield St Lukes to that list.

US man unveils new smile after most advanced face transplant surgery ever

GRAPHIC CONTENT: After struggling with depression since adolescence, US man Cameron Underwood spent a June 2016 day drinking, when he attempted to take his own life.