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Failed skydive 'ploy to murder wife'

Details Failed skydive 'ploy to murder wife' A British Army sergeant has been arrested in the UK on suspicion of attempted murder after his skydiving wife's parachute failed to open, causing her to plummet towards the ground at 100mph. Experienced ......

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God moves in next door

Details God moves in next door A religious spat has broken out between two neighbours in rural Auckland after one erected a 6.4m statue of the Hindu god Shiva. Ravin Chand told the Herald on Sunday that he installed the 30-tonne ......

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Four killed in first Airbus A400M crash

Details Four killed in first Airbus A400M crash At least four people have been killed in the crash of an Airbus A400M military plane near Spain's southern Seville airport during a training flight, the first fatal accident involving the new transport ......

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New path for Russell Packer

Details New path for Russell Packer Sitting helpless in a holding cell, watching alcoholics suffer through withdrawal and facing the loss of his freedom, Russell Packer knew he was exactly where he belonged. The former Warrior, who yesterday ......

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Big changes to quake building rules

Details Big changes to quake building rules Major changes to how quickly earthquake-prone buildings will need to be assessed and strengthened have been announced. Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith said the changes would reduce the number ......

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Top 5 Magic Johnson moments

Details Top 5 Magic Johnson moments Shaun Johnson produced a patented moment of magic last night to clinch an unlikely victory for the Warriors over the Sharks with the final play of the game. The Warriors were trailing by two points with ......

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Dizzy extremes in property market

Details Dizzy extremes in property market Auckland's rampant housing market is reaching staggering levels as sellers and would-be buyers go to new extremes to cash in on the property boom. In a week when it was revealed Auckland properties were ......

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What stars will we be dancing with?

Details What stars will we be dancing with? The dance card is filling up fast for the latest must-watch reality show bound for New Zealand TV screens. A sixth season of Dancing With The Stars will screen on TV3 this year, and the network has ......

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Ex-Black Caps selector slams NZ Cricket

Details Ex-Black Caps selector slams NZ Cricket Bruce Edgar claims he received minimal support from New Zealand Cricket during his stint as selector and has revealed he was put in the awkward situation of having to sit amongst the wives and girlfriends ......

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The Prince and the public

Details The Prince and the public The bachelor prince was in town and all the single ladies knew it. It is the prince's first visit to New Zealand and, while his brother, William, is an old hand, it was Harry's maiden powhiri and hongi ......

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$360k supply of date-rape drugs seized

Details $360k supply of date-rape drugs seized Customs has stopped a $360,000 supply of a "date rape" drug from hitting our streets. In one of the biggest busts of its kind in New Zealand, officials intercepted 51 litres of the Class B controlled ......

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Million dollar fish has anglers hooked

Details Million dollar fish has anglers hooked Winter is around the corner but that's no reason for anglers not to remain hooked on fishing. Thousands of anglers will next month take to the waters around New Zealand for the Million Dollar Snapper ......

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3 boys bring triple the noise

Details 3 boys bring triple the noise I belong to a secret club. It doesn't have a definitive title, but we recognise fellow members on the street. We usually have at least two pieces of Lego and something Spidermanny in our handbags, and ......

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Missing police dog found

Details Missing police dog foundMissing police dog found The safe return of police dog Thames a week after he disappeared in the Tararua Ranges is a perfect Mother's Day gift for the wife of his handler Constable Mike Wakefield and for well-wishers throughout ......

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Three victims of fatal crash named

Details Three victims of fatal crash namedThree victims of fatal crash named Three people who died in a two-car crash in Marton yesterday have been named by police. They were Judy Daryl Redfearn, 68, of Palmerston North and Jennifer Susan Town, 41, and Zane William Town, 14 ......

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Prince Harry's southern sightseeing

Details Prince Harry's southern sightseeing Prince Harry learnt to shuck the famous Bluff oyster while visiting the Stewart Island Community Centre. About 80 people from 10 community groups were gathered inside to meet the prince this afternoon ......

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Live: McCullum falls

Details Live: McCullum fallsLive: McCullum falls The New Zealand Herald's expert sports panel provides commentary on all the action at University Oval in Dunedin where New Zealand face Scotland in their Cricket World Cup group match. App users: Tap ......

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Mechanical failure blamed for ferry crash

Details Mechanical failure blamed for ferry crashMechanical failure blamed for ferry crash DO YOU KNOW MORE? EMAIL US HERE Fifteen passengers are now believed to have been injured in a ferry crash at Devonport this morning, with six taken to hospital while medics assess the others at the ......

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'Big man hug' after chilly bin swim

Details 'Big man hug' after chilly bin swim'Big man hug' after chilly bin swim Two men who used a chilly bin to help them swim two kilometres to shore when their dinghy sank off Papamoa Beach last night gave each other "a big man hug" when they made it back to shore. Jason Yorke ......

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Social justice advocate Celia Lashlie dies

Details Social justice advocate Celia Lashlie diesSocial justice advocate Celia Lashlie dies Celia Lashlie, the Kiwi author whose work on the raising of teenage boys earned her respect around the world, died yesterday night after a battle with pancreatic cancer. In a statement posted on her ......

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Killer avoids toughest jail sentence

Details Justin Turner A man who beat a homeless man to death during a brutal, hour-long attack has been jailed for a minimum of 15 years - narrowly missing out on becoming the first person to be jailed for life without parole. Justin ......

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Head-on crash kills two female tourists

Details Head-on crash kills two female tourists A head-on crash this morning near Thames is believed to have killed two visiting Australian women. Sergeant Dave Reid of the Waikato District Command Centre said emergency services were called to the ......

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Kiwi shortlisted for one-way Mars trip

Details Kiwi shortlisted for one-way Mars trip An Auckland man could end up swapping his job at the Ministry of Social Development for a one-way ticket to Mars. St Heliers resident Saeed Ghandhari has just been named among 100 people who have made ......

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Hilary Barry joins Paul Henry's new show

Details Hilary Barry joins Paul Henry's new show 3News anchor Hilary Barry has joined Paul Henry's upcoming morning news show, TV3 has confirmed. The network said Barry has signed on as news anchor, while Perlina Lau will be the show's social media ......

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Ten hours as a Jew in Paris

Details Ten hours as a Jew in Paris A journalist decided to test how safe the streets of Paris are for Jews - by wearing a religious skullcap and filming the public's reaction using a hidden camera. Zvika Klein, a reporter for Jewish news ......

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Alleged victim 'relieved' hunt's over

Details Alleged victim 'relieved' hunt's over The victim of an alleged sexual assault by fugitive Paul Bennett has spoken of her relief at hearing he was in police custody after 10 months on the run. Bennett was arrested after sailing into New South ......

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Isis spreads through North Africa

Details Isis spreads through North Africa The mass beheadings of Egyptian Christians by militants in Libya linked to the Islamic State group have thrown a spotlight on the threat the extremists pose beyond their heartland in Syria and Iraq, where ......

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Hamilton dad admits killing infant son

Details Charlie Lackner. A Hamilton man has admitted the murder of his 8-month-old son. Charlie Lackner, 33, made a brief appearance in the High Court at Hamilton this morning where he changed his plea to guilty. Lackner had ......

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Flatmates: 'We cleaned up' after party

Details Flatmates: 'We cleaned up' after party The Dunedin flatmates behind a street party which attracted more than 1000 people last weekend say they cleaned up 550kg of glass afterwards and took it to the dump. The party in Hyde St resulted in ......

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14 months' jail for chainsaw chase

Details Photo / Thinkstock A man who chased another man around the forecourt of a petrol station while running a chainsaw at high speed has been jailed for 14 months. Hunter Craig Cavanagh, 46, of Alexandra, appeared for sentencing ......

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