Passing motorists' fire efforts praised

Passing motorists' fire efforts praised

A Taieri couple want to thank the motorists who stopped and helped put out a roadside fire which could have caused a ''conflagration'' on their property if it had got out of control.

'Explosive' fire risk in South Island

'Explosive' fire risk in South Island

The fire risk across the South Island is "explosive", the Department of Conservation says, as ground crews launched another onslaught against a large scrub fire that has ripped through more than 300ha at Arthurs Pass this week.

Key reveals state house plan

Key reveals state house plan

National's plan to sell off state houses will drive up rents for all renters, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

Dunedin

'Ridiculous' parking fine: $5.90 a minute

'Ridiculous' parking fine: $5.90 a minute

A Dunedin woman has reacted to what she has described as an ''unbelievable'' and ''extraordinary'' $65 parking fine she received at a car park at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Lack of aged care forces elderly out

Lack of aged care forces elderly out

A shortage of aged care services in Wanaka is driving elderly residents out of town and a new facility to meet increasing demand is still 18 months away from opening.

Warnings as oil prices fall

Warnings as oil prices fall

Oil prices fell to new six-year lows in New York yesterday, despite warnings the low price meant shrinking investment into exploration, which could lead to significant price increase in the future.

Small business a priority for Labour, says Little

Small business a priority for Labour, says Little

Labour leader Andrew Little has begun broadening Labour's image as as the "jobs party," not just a party for working labour, but for wealth-creating business, especially small business, and for those who want to be their own boss.

Snowstorm sweeps northeast US

Snowstorm sweeps northeast US

A blizzard is sweeping across the northeastern United States, dropping more than 30cm of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City falls short of dire predictions.

Queensland mother accused of killing baby girl

A young Queensland mother is to stand trial accused of the manslaughter of her infant daughter who died from brain injuries.

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