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State of swimming spots on show

Monitoring of water quality at the region’s popular freshwater and coastal swimming spots is under way for summer, with results available on the Taranaki Regional Council website, www.trc.govt.nz.

24 year-old Otara man killed at party

A 24 year-old Otara man is dead and his cousin is in Middlemore Hospital after an altercation at a relative’s 21st birthday party.

Major new report on how organisations coped with quakes

A major University of Canterbury report has found a high level of innovation and adaptability shown by hundreds of organisations in Canterbury following the earthquakes.

Beach-goers encouraged to check water quality online

New Zealanders are encouraged to do their surfing online before hitting the beach this summer. Beach goers can check the quality of the water at their nearest beach thanks to environmental monitoring website Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA).

Tourist dies on Mt Tongariro

A 51-year-old male tourist from Germany has died while descending Mt Ngauruhoe in the Tongariro National Park.

The man was hiking with his wife at about 1.45 pm on Saturday the 20th of December 2014 when he collapsed.

Heavy rain for parts of NZ overnight and early Sunday

A complex trough, preceded by a humid northerly flow, is expected to bring a period of rain to much of the country tonight and early Sunday. The heaviest falls have been in Westland and about Mt Taranaki, where a Warning remains in force.

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65-strong Police led SAR team conduct search for missing man

Canterbury Police Search and Rescue (SAR) and Specialist Search teams were joined by LandSAR and Civil Defence volunteers today to search the eastern suburbs of Christchurch for 33 year old Hayden Cossey who was last seen, on Friday 5 December 2014 leaving Eastgate shopping mall at approximately

Stolen Christmas presents recovered

What a difference a day makes - and the Police who work weekends!

Auckland: Isolated heavy showers, more widespread tonight

Drizzle patches and mostly cloudy conditions continue across Auckland this afternoon - with drizzle turning to isolated heavier showers after 4 or 5pm.

This evening those showers are likey to turn to rain.

Isolated thunderstorms are possible.

Fatal crash on SH35

At midday today (20/12/2014), Police and other emergency services were informed of a single fatality crash on State Highway 35 (SH35), Cape Runaway.

The crash involved a motorcycle and a van, the male rider of the motorcycle was located deceased at the scene.