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Unlike several other schools area, Plaza Towers had no "safe room" in which students and teachers could seek protection from a twister.
The four Christchurch schools that have been ordered to close and merge as one have had a message of reassurance.
An Auckland car dealership has been sentenced for what Trade Me has called the biggest ghost bidding scam in the auction site's history.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is blaming officials in his own ministry for bungling certifications for meat products exported to China
Conservation groups vow to fight the decision made by Minister Dr Nick Smith today to approve a 106 hectare open-coast coal mine on the South Island's West Coast.
Car manufacturer Ford has announced that it's stopping vehicle production in Australia, axing 1200 jobs.
Former Black Caps wicketkeeper, captain Brendon McCullum, has been forced to take the gloves for the second test against England at Headingley on Friday.
The Green party and an intelligence expert say the GCSB more than likely helped the police spy on those subsequently arrested during the Urewera raids.
All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg has been moved off the bench and back into the Crusaders' starting side to face leaders the Chiefs.
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