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The inner-harbour will become a stage with wakas performing on the water to a chorus of hundreds of singers.

A Waka Odyssey: Kupe brings booming energy to Wellington’s heart

The large scale performance involved thousands and was the opening act for the New Zealand Festival.

The scheme in Japan was launched in September and has already encouraged four people to quit smoking.

Many smokefree prisoners relapse after release - study finds

New Zealand prisons were made smokefree in 2011.

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East Coast's Ruatoria looks set to seal $160m medicinal cannabis deal

It is conditional on the medicinal marijuana bill passing its second and third reading

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Hundereds of happy campers gathered at Tapawera for their national rally.

Rhythm and Vines for retirees - Motorhome national rally party scene for generation 'gold card'

Hundreds of happy campers gathered at Tapawera for their national rally.

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A Cyclone 5 rating is currently the most severe category for tropical storms.

Experts debate whether higher 'Category 6' cyclone rating is needed amid increasingly volatile storms

The most severe tropical storms are rated Category 5 but some winds have exceeded that ranking.

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The Seven Sharp hosts had a revealing look back at their teen years, after two Kiwi 16-year-olds won bronze at the Olympics.

'I got a sniff you were up to something' - Jeremy Wells and Hilary Barry release each other's teen pictures

The Seven Sharp hosts swapped shots of their younger selves, after two Kiwi 16-year-olds won bronze at the Winter Olympics.

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Bartlett was the figurehead of the fight to get equal pay for aged care workers.

'Now I can start fighting again' - 2018 New Zealander of the year Kristine Bartlett

Bartlett was the figurehead of the fight to get equal pay for aged care workers.

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Person seriously injured after a crash between car and motorcycle

Police attended a serious crash involving a car and a motorcycle in Sockburn, Christchurch last night.

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Fatal crash involving train and off-road vehicle in Western Bay of Plenty

One person died in the crash around 8.20pm tonight, with another being treated for minor injuries.

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The Great War exhibition features clothing worn by the women of the era and is accompanied by short videos.

Wellington exhibition explores the roles of women in WWI

The Great War exhibition features clothing worn by the women of the era and is accompanied by short videos.

NZ man sentenced to six-years jail for 'two-second brain explosion' causing death on QLD motorway

Tamate Heke punched a man during a roadside altercation on December 1, 2015, causing him to fall into the path of an oncoming truck.

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A 'mummy blogger' relishes the chance to speak to the PM about juggling ambition with motherhood.

Jacinda Ardern urges solo mums to 'stay ambitious' while out promoting new Provincial Growth Fund

A 'mummy blogger' relishes the chance to speak to the PM about juggling ambition with motherhood.

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Contractors are working around the clock to repair lines damaged in this week's storm.

New Plymouth District boil water notice to stay in force for another week - council

The water pipe supplying New Plymouth and surrounding areas was damaged during Cyclone Gita.

Declining kiwifruit volumes see Australasia's biggest kiwifruit grower take massive profit hit

The kiwi grower Seeka posed a 44 per cent decline in annual profit.

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Mixed reactions across NZ following $3b regional growth fund announcement

Bill English said the fund was just a re-branding of his party's policies, but many businesses were pleased.

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The 67-year-old was found not guilty of assisting the suicide of her friend after giving her imported drug Pentobarbitone in 2016.

'Rejoicing it's over' - Wellington jury find euthanasia advocate Susan Austen not guilty of assisting friend's suicide

Susan Austen was accused of giving the drug pentobarbitone to Annemarie Treadwell in 2016, knowing she would commit suicide.

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Some employees at Russell McVeagh were accused of inappropriate behaviour towards two student interns two years ago.

Top Wellington law firm orders external review of its offices over alleged sexual harassment of female interns

Russell McVeagh this afternoon said it needs to understand if, how, and where it made errors.

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Judith Collins on why she wants National's top spot.

Opinion: Judith Collins 'will almost certainly be spared' joy of leading National Party with vote just days away

Collins is prone to serious lapses of judgment. For someone of such intelligence, this character failing is inexplicable, writes John Armstrong.

"Christchurch, New Zealand - March 26, 2011: House in Avonside collapses in the largest earthquake Christchurch has ever experienced - 7.1 on the Richter Scale on March 26, 2011 in Christchurch."

EQC chairman quits as Government steps in to speed up settlement of earthquake insurance claims: 'being stuck in limbo is unacceptable'

Sir Maarten Wevers has resigned as the Government calls for a plan to speed up around 2600 unresolved claims.

St. Gallen, Switzerland - April 19, 2011: 15 cans of CocaCola stapled on top of each other with a black background. Coca Cola is one of the most well known drinks all over the world.

Santa complaint against Coca-Cola upheld

Youthline argued an ad targeted young people.

Recommendations went to MPI earlier this year but minister says it never reached her.

MPI seeks help against cattle disease

The government is ramping up efforts to eradicate an infection plaguing cattle and is urging for concerned farmers to contact them.

Michael Murray fatally struck Mr Morris during a street brawl last year.

Connor Morris' murderer loses Supreme Court appeal to have conviction overturned

Michael Murray was jailed for at least 10 years for the 2014 killing of Mr Morris.

More than 1300 properties in Taranaki still without power following Cyclone Gita

A number of crews are working to get all residents back on supply, restoring 24,000 customers so far.

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The fund came out of the coalition agreement between Labour and NZ First.

Government's $1 billion regional growth fund: First recipients announced, so who gets what?

The Government has announced over $60m to fund regional projects, the first outlay in its $1b yearly program.

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Man charged with murder over Tauranga woman's death

The woman was found injured at Huria Marae last night and later died.

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