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Maureen Pugh backs Bridges despite 'useless' criticism

The MP was thrust into the spotlight today after a mention in a secret recording.

More details on the planned re-entry to the Pike River Mine were revealed in September.

Police liken Pike River recovery to Mt Erebus tragedy

"For every problem we've come up against, there is a solution."

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'He's still my Dad': Gloriavale assault victim on father's abuse

Connie Ready is now tackling the culture of child discipline at the religious sect.

Watch: Daughter Connie Ready speaks out about her father's abuse.

Revealed: The assault case Gloriavale tried to hide

Clem Ready disciplined his daughters using his open hand and a range of objects.

The insider says the decline in hoki has been evident for seven years.

NZ's biggest hoki fishery a 'barren wasteland' - insider

He says the decline has been evident for seven years.

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'The fish are not turning up': The serious problem with NZ's biggest fishery

The Māori Fisheries Trust says it's going to cost the industry millions.

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Top cop backs 'compelling' Pike River explosion theory

He's breaking ranks to say what he thinks caused the deadly blast.

An image of the pass.

Pilot fined for 'terrifying' low pass with microlight plane

William Weir flew right above his enemies to scare them.

Newshub's national correspondent Patrick Gower entered the drift along with Pike River families spokesman Bernie Monk.

New details in Pike River drift re-entry plan revealed

A forensics team will map and record every item of interest they find.

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Elderly man assaulted in Greymouth home

The incident was a "cowardly attack" on a vulnerable person, police say.

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Anti-1080 marchers accuse West Coast farmer of assault

He says he is pressing charges.

Close up of a man using mobile smart phone

Two Gloriavale members kicked out for mobile phones

Secret phone contact can encourage members to leave.

Shane Jones has revealed he was invited to a party in Gloriavale.

Shane Jones reveals he declined party invite from Gloriavale

He says they were "really strange" and "dressed like 1950s traffic officers".

Nine children have been orphaned after a man and woman drowned at Muriwai Beach.

Kids of Muriwai drowning victims mourn parents

The deaths of former refugees Kay Dah Ukay and Muy Thu Pa left their nine kids orphaned.

The NIWA forecast.

NZ wakes to cold and foggy morning

Forecasters predicted near record-low temperatures for Saturday morning.

Hokitika residents have been outraged by the smell coming off the towns sewage ponds.

Sewage pond causing a stink in Hokitika

"The smell was so bad I was dry retching."

Children stuck inside due to weather.

Cold weekend ahead for New Zealand

"The last few days of June and early July are going to be well and truly winter."

Proposed West Coast mine

Application to mine on conservation land declined

The Government said any economic benefit would not outweigh ecological damage.

Learning Adventure day care centre.

West Coast teacher's HIV status revealed in letter to parents

The teacher was fired four weeks later.

The men were given a warning by police and there are no plans to lay charges, police say.

Two men warned by police after 1080 'terrorism' letter sent out

There are no plans to lay charges, police say.