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They could be extinct by the end of the year.

New yellow-eyed penguin research heightens concerns about extinction

They could be gone by the end of the century.

"He just won't get out of bed to go to school."

'It's not a sign of failure': Parents of wagging teens urged to seek help

"I go and wake him up, but he just abused me, so I just leave him asleep."

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'He just won't get out of bed': Parents of boy refusing to go to school fined $50

"I can't force him to go there because it would be assault."

A pellet gun.

Man hospitalised after asking mate to shoot him with pellet gun

He wanted to "see how much it would hurt".

Emma McIntosh caught the giant brown trout on her lunch break.

'Definitely wasn't expecting it': Kiwi woman amazed by giant brown trout catch

It is believed to be the biggest brown trout ever caught in Lake Wanaka.

Related video: Up north, Auckland is cleaning up after a massive storm.

Pictures show massive rockfall on key South Island route

Experts may have to use explosives to remove it.

The wild weather narrowly avoided farmers' peak lambing season.

'We want it to stop': South Island's severe weather leaves newborn stock vulnerable

"Had this happened in a few weeks, there may have been stock losses."

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Weekend weather: Heavy rain, snow to hit New Zealand

Warnings are in place in the South Island.

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'Windy, polar' conditions on the way for lower South Island

The unstable weather has been caused by a "complex set up" of lows.

A reconstruction of the giant parrot.

Scientists discover giant extinct parrot in Otago

The parrot is thought to have been of a similar size to the also-extinct giant dodo bird.

Watch: Snow causes havoc across the south.

'Biggest snowfall in 20 years': Weather causes havoc in South Island

Snow and ice forced the closure of a number of roads.

The crash occurred when the driver became distracted eating hotcakes.

Police issue warning after driver eating hotcakes crashes into parked car

Not the best way to start your Monday morning.

Watch: Desperate times, desperate tenants in Tauranga housing shortfall.

Property prices: Regions hit record highs, Auckland lifts again

That's pushed the national average asking price up.

A 27-year-old man has been charged by police.

Man, 27, charged after 'absolute disgrace' punch on rugby referee

Video emerged of the official being assaulted during a match.

It is understood the player will front the Otago rugby union.

Watch: 'Absolute disgrace' as rugby player punches referee

The incident occurred in rural Otago on Saturday.

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Scathing report blasts Southern DHB bowel cancer care

The region has the highest rates of bowel cancer, but one of the lowest rates of colonoscopy procedures.

Veronica Corbin knows something is wrong, and has ongoing symptoms.

Exclusive: Woman with bowel cancer symptoms refused colonoscopy test

She lives in fear that she is dying of the disease.

Central Otago farmers Andrew and Tracy Paterson have supplied the SILERE programme since its launch.

NZ lamb showcased by UK's leading online supermarket

Ocado has more than 500,000 active customers.

Watch: The 2017 data

Revealed: Which New Zealand region watches porn the longest

Is your home town coming out on top?

The men were asked to remove the paint by bar management.

Bar refuses service to men who turned up with blackface

It was deemed offensive by management.

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