Opposition hits out at Environment Canterbury governance plan

Under the model, seven councillors will be elected and six will be appointed as a transition to the fully elected council in 2019.


Live updates: Victorious All Blacks survive Samoan scare in Apia

An epic Test at Apia Park sees All Blacks fend off late Samoan comeback.


Alafoti Fa'osiliva just busts through the All blacks to score Samoa's first try.

Live updates: Victorious All Blacks survive Samoan scare in Apia

Mexican grapes pulled from shelves after black widow spider scare

Product on the suspected batch was withdrawn from sale on Friday with Foodstuffs saying they undertook standard industry product withdrawal protocols


Dan Carter's magical cross kick sets up brilliant try

A pin-point accurate kick from Dan Carter to George Moala set up the first try of the match.

Pictures: Emotions run high around All Blacks v Samoa clash

Some great images from Apia of the the All Blacks v Samoa game, with the colourful fans getting right in behind their teams.


Ouch! Touch judge cops falcon during All Blacks Test

One of the sideline referees was hit in the head by an Andy Ellis clearing kick.


Sam Whitelock smashed in big tackle

The All Blacks lock was the victim of a big tackle to start the Test.


Winston Peters: TVNZ should run free-to-air sports channel

The NZ First leader says fans who can't afford Sky are being shut out of today's All Blacks-Manu Samoa game.

All Blacks wing George Moala hit in crunching tackle

Samoan winger Alesana Tuilagi smashes his opposite in a bone crunching tackle.

The All Blacks and Samoa lay down their challenges with fierce haka

The two teams performed their passionate hakas before the historic test in Samoa.

A big crowd greets the All Blacks and Samoa

The two nations were welcomed with a thunderous reception by a passionate crowd.

New guidelines demanded after fisherman's gruesome death

A coroner says the ship's management had not complied with industry best practice.


Samoan fans show their excitement after the arrival of the All Blacks in Samoa.

Live updates: Victorious All Blacks survive Samoan scare in Apia

'People didn't read it' - fitness queen Lorna Jane on ad that's sparked outrage

Lorna Jane Clarkson has defended a controversial job advertisement her company posted online, saying she didn't think her critics read it properly.

Wellington high suburbs in for a touch of snow

Forecasters are saying that isolated snow flurries may be experienced as low as 50m in Wellington.

Rare sighting of humpback whale calf in Cook Strait

A whale survey team monitoring Cook Strait for humpbacks have spotted a calf - just the second reported in NZ waters.

Scott Watson knocked out fellow inmate before parole denied

The reasons why Double-murderer Scott Watson was denied parole have been made public today.

Teetering on the brink: Efforts to find a solution to Greek debt crisis fruitless

Greek leaders have failed to come up with any new ideas to pay off its enormous debt.

No relief in sight as wildfires rage in US

Firefighters are battling a blaze that has burned thousands of acres in Idaho.

After weeks of preparation Samoa is ready for the big match.

Live updates: Victorious All Blacks survive Samoan scare in Apia

Pagani goes on the defensive over job ad to hire slim female worker

A job posted by fashion store Pagani seeking a slim female with specific measurements has drawn criticism.

Man stabbed in neck at Pizza Hut, suspect tracked by police dogs

Police have arrested a man after he allegedly stabbed another in the neck.

Six bank employees sacked after staging ISIS mock execution on colleague

HSBC has fired the workers who staged the mock execution during a team building exercise.

Sneaky Vatuvei catches out Shaun Johnson car jamming

Johnson's reaction at realising he was being recorded is priceless.

Gavin Larsen appointed Black Caps selector

Former New Zealand cricketer Gavin Larsen has been appointed as a Black Caps selector.

Kapiti man charged over death of baby

A man has been charged with assault following the death of a six-month-old baby girl.

All Blacks vs Samoa touted as David vs Goliath by local newspaper

Apia is buzzing ahead of this afternoon's Test.

Government may post promised budget surplus after all

The latest Crown accounts show a surplus of just over $1.1 billion

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