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 fought flames with spades, garden hoses and shoes to
protect their Havelock North homes yesterday.
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.
Police are appealing to members of the public for information
on a man who was killed in Auckland early this morning.
A holidaymaker is fighting for his life in hospital after
being stabbed in his neck and head when he went to
investigate a disturbance outside his caravan at Waihi Beach.
Olympic sports dominate the finalists for the Halberg Awards
Police have released the name of the local man who died in a
car crash near Ngapara on Friday night.
The road toll for the year stands at 318 - more than 40
higher than the 2011 tally.
If people celebrate too hard seeing in the New Year tonight
in some North Island party zones, they might find themselves
being handcuffed by the country's top cops.
New Zealand's side for the first test is all but decided more
than two days out from the start of the two-game series
against world No 1 South Africa.
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