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Searchers find body in Maketu

Search and rescue team looking for missing man John (Johnny) Mohi have found a body in Maketu this evening.

While the formal identification of the body is still to be completed the search and rescue operation for Mr Mohi has been put on hold.

Christchurch Powerball player wins $5.5 million

Powerball’s winning streak continues with a lucky player from Christchurch taking home $5.5 million with Powerball First Division in tonight’s live Lotto draw.

The $5.5 million prize is made up of $5 million from Powerball First Division and $500,000 from Lotto First Division.

Two men arrested following fleeing driver incidents across Southland

Two Canterbury men have been arrested in Riverton this afternoon following a series of car thefts and petrol drive offs between Christchurch and Invercargill.

The two offenders are alleged to have stolen a vehicle in Wigram Christchurch on 14 February.

Body found at Wellington waterfront - update

Police are treating the death of a woman whose body was found in Whairepo Lagoon, near Frank Kitts Park today as unexplained.

Police were called to the lagoon at 10.55am.

Hamilton Police looking to speak with Weston Smith

Waikato Police are looking for Weston Smith who may be able to assist with inquiries into an assault in Fairview Downs, Hamilton this morning.

Police were called to the assault on Hendon Road shortly after 11.30am.

One person received moderate injuries in the assault.

City needs to conserve water

The city is using over a million litres of water an hour, if the high use continues it will take days to refill our reservoirs.

A total ban is still in place for outdoor water use by households - this means no sprinklers, hoses or washing your car, dog or filling the pool.

Devonport Queensland fruit fly situation - update

A large field operation is underway in the Auckland suburb of Devonport following the discovery of one male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap in the area.

The task at hand is to determine if the fly is a solitary find, or if it is part of an incursion in the area.

Drugs and guns found in Waikato after Police operation

Police executed a search warrant in relation to illegal drugs, in the Te Poi area, south of Matamata at a rural address on Friday 15 February.

Body found in Wellington

The body of a woman has been found in Whairepo Lagoon, near Frank Kitts Park, Wellington.

Police were called to the lagoon at 10.55am.

Enquiries into the circumstances of the woman's death are under way.

Bill aiming to ban rodeo cruelty welcomed by SAFE

SAFE says a Member’s Bill, announced by Green Party MP Gareth Hughes, today, means some of the cruellest aspects of rodeo could be banned.

The Bill aims to ban steer wrestling, calf rope and tie, and the use of flank straps which SAFE says are extremely cruel.