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23 September 2017 2:33 AM Busy start to weekend for emergency services

Friday night was busy night for emergency services around the country, with a number of tragic deaths. One person died after driving a car into water at a Canterbury beach. The car was submerged in water when emergency services arrived and the driver's body was recovered later that evening. Another died in a housefire in the Dunedin suburb of Brockville 1

23 September 2017 2:25 AM Heavy rain on the way for South Island

MetService has reported that a strong northwest flow spreads onto New Zealand during Sunday, hanging around until at least Tuesday. It will affect particularly the western part of the South Island, with heavy rain likely to cause rivers and streams to rise rapidly. Up to 160mm of rain could fall in the ranges south of Hokitika from 9pm Sunday and up to 70mm down to the coast 1

23 September 2017 12:38 AM The Latest: Trump blasts NFL players who kneel during anthem

The Latest: Trump blasts NFL players who kneel during anthem President Donald Trump says NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he's encouraging spectators to walk out in protest. He's also bemoaning that football games have become less violent, complaining, "They're ruining the game." Several athletes, including NFL players 1

22 September 2017 5:00 AM Kiwi fashion designer convicted of fraud

A high-flying Rotorua fashion designer who this month featured in British Vogue will have to repay nearly $12,000 after being convicted of benefit fraud. Glamour designer Kharl WiRepa (25) appeared in Rotorua District Court today after previously pleading guilty to 14 charges of benefit fraud, totalling $11,844.16. The charges relate to a period between 6

22 September 2017 12:04 AM New video of 'reckless idiot' fleeing wrong way down Auckland motorway

New footage has emerged of a fleeing criminal speeding the wrong way down an Auckland motorway in a stolen car. The footage, provided to Newshub, shows the traffic swerving out of the way to avoid a high-speed crash on the Southern Motorway on Friday. Police say the car was involved in an aggravated robbery on Thursday night in Papatoetoe. The car entered 3

20 September 2017 5:46 AM Watch: Harrowing aftermath of crash outside Auckland school

Injured school pupils lay across the road, some crying in pain, after a car mowed down a group waiting at a bus stop outside an Auckland high school. Harrowing footage shows the injured children left scattered across the road lying where they were bowled on Wairau Rd on the North Shore before school this morning. Five pupils from Westlake Girls' and Boys' 1

20 September 2017 4:33 AM Election 2017 Live: National’s poll puts it at 43 to Labour’s 39

With three days to go, the election debate focused on infrastructure stresses in the midst of a jet fuel crisis, although officials said this afternoon the crisis was easing. Jacinda Ardern campaigned on homelessness and low wages in South Auckland and warned Bill English against using "fake news" in tonight's debate. Bill English spoke to lawyers in Auckland 4

19 September 2017 9:40 PM Socialist Equality Group statement on the election

The New Zealand election on September 23 poses the urgent need for an internationalist and socialist movement of the working class. Whatever its outcome, the election will not address the great issues of the day that confront workers and young people: the failure of capitalism as an economic system; growing international tensions and the undeniable danger

19 September 2017 6:10 PM Body pulled from sunken car in Auckland Harbour

A man's body has been pulled from a vehicle that plunged into Auckland Harbour last night. Police have now identified the only person inside the Toyota Prius that went into the water about 7.20pm. A spokeswoman said the body of the driver and the car were removed from the water about three hours later. Witnesses say the car went through a roundabout 8 1

19 September 2017 11:41 AM Monster Hurricane Maria is back to Category 5 and barreling towards the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica with catastrophic winds, leaving what one official described Tuesday as 'widespread devastation' from the monster storm now threatening Caribbean islands already ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Its winds reached sustained maximum speeds of 160mph as it plowed into the tiny country - and forecasters warned it might become 1