Student allowance eligibility tightened

Student allowances are now a thing of the past for New Zealand's postgraduate students.

Mt Maunganui assault victim sought

Police are trying to find a man who was assaulted at Mt Maunganui last night.

The victim was last seen staggering through New Year's Eve crowds on Marine Parade about 11.30pm.

He was heavily bleeding and might have lost a couple of teeth after another man stomped in his head numerous times, Detective Kevin Shields said.

Tennis: Radwanska floats into second round

Standing at just 1.72m and weighing 56kg, Agnieszka Radwanska is one of the smallest players on the women's tennis tour and plays a game to match.

More heavy rain on way for South

More heavy rain on way for South

Heavy rain, which has already forced the closure of Fiordland's Milford Track, will make its way up the South Island tomorrow, accompanied in places by powerful winds.

Smokers inundate Quitline

Smokers inundate Quitline

Quitline was inundated today with calls from smokers seeking a fresh start to the new year.

Police probe Auckland baby death

A baby has died in Auckland this afternoon and police are investigating.

Name of fatal burns victim released

Police have released the name of a Hawkes Bay woman who died after receiving severe burns during a domestic dispute in Whakatu on Christmas Day.

Cricket: Rankings paint dim picture for Black Caps

Cricket: Rankings paint dim picture for Black Caps

A glance at the latest International Cricket Council rankings are little comfort for New Zealand going into their two-test series against top-ranked South Africa.

Families fight fire to protect homes

Families fought flames with spades, garden hoses and shoes to protect their Havelock North homes yesterday.

Search for missing tramper called off

The search has been called off for missing Palmerston North tramper Alastair Levy, who disappeared more than a week ago in the Kahurangi Ranges near Nelson.

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