A driver trying to flee police was forced to give up after getting stuck on an Auckland beach.
Rescuers in India have uncovered submerged homes, with the confirmed death toll at 21.
Lionel Whitehead, a small man with a supersized heart, was the "Big Mac" of philanthropy in the Kiwi burger business.
Parliament has outlawed the practices behind slave-like fishing practices in New Zealand waters.
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