Teen fire death: 'It's just tragic'

Teen fire death: 'It's just tragic'

A fire that ripped through a factory, killing a sleeping schoolgirl, is believed to have been caused by a petrol generator bought just weeks ago by teenagers for parties there.

MasterChef favourite prevails in nailbiter

MasterChef favourite prevails in nailbiter

The newly crowned winner of MasterChef New Zealand has revealed the secret of his success - yoga and healthy food.

Elite honour for Auckland author

For acclaimed Kiwi Pacific author Albert Wendt, writing is like breathing.

Rugby: No let up in sight from Tietjens

Rugby: No let up in sight from Tietjens

New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens doesn't have any plans to tone down his gut-busting training sessions following the news he will be knighted.

Injury prevention expert honoured

A health professional who has dedicated her career to injury prevention says her Queen's Birthday honour came "out of the blue".

Posthumous knighthood for Supreme Court judge

The wife of the late Sir Robert Chambers says it is comforting he knew of the honour before his sudden death last month.

Soldier decorated after Christchurch disaster work

After a 23-year army career that has seen him serve in Egypt, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Stefan Michie admits to feeling a bit embarrassed at receiving the Distinguished Service Decoration in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his work securing the disaster zone in central Christchurch caused by the 2011 earthquake.

Former Speaker's service recognised

Having moved from trying to control the bear-pit of Parliament to chatting with royals at Buckingham Palace garden parties, Queens' Birthday Weekend is an appropriate time for former Speaker Lockwood Smith to be made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Corrections to investigate prison riot

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says her department will investigate if officials missed any intelligence about rising tensions at Spring Hill Prison that could have indicated yesterday's riot was coming.

Girl injured when bull charges quad bike

A 2-year-old girl suffered head injuries when a quad bike was rammed by a bull and rolled downhill on a Hawkes Bay farm today.

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