Staff and emergency services tried in vain to revive a 49-year-old woman at the Kilbirnie pool.
A man who hid methamphetamine in an airport ceiling never thought he would get away with it.
A journal which published some of Eleanor Catton's earliest work may be forced to close after it was denied funding.
The Board of Inquiry into the Basin Reserve flyover has delayed the start of its hearing a week.
Police are investigating after a man's body was found in a burned tent this morning.
Speedy Saint Nicks take on waterfront run
Nearly 600 runners took part in the Great Santa Run on Wellington's waterfront last night to raise money for the charity KidsCan.
Frank Kitts feeding frenzy for finning protest
Greenpeace protesters have placed 100 shark fins in Wellington's Frank Kitts Park lagoon as part of a call to ban shark finning immediately.
A tolled Transmission Gully road could cost between $2.50 and $4 a trip, AA research says.
A woman was trapped in a car that crashed on a notorious stretch of road near Porirua this morning.
Trainee bus drivers will have to sign an 18-month bond before starting work with the Wellington region's biggest bus fleet.
A cow is dead after standing in the path of a truck on a state highway this morning.
Antihistamine sales surging as hay fever season hits full swing - especially in Wairarapa.
Lack of maths and science specialists mean kids are falling behind international standards, teachers say.
Napier council boss accepts if he could turn back the clock he'd better involve the public in an amalgamation report.
Thousands of solo parents are having their benefits cut, and it is their children who are suffering, critics say.
About 500 animals are being readied to move about 2km as the SPCA takes up new premises in Mt Victoria.
Hot dogs make way for seared lamb and fine wine as A&P show aims to attract city-dwellers.
Ratepayers may cop $550,000 bill for a major redevelopment of the Poneke sports club.
The lover of a woman found dead in her home laments the loss as police continue search for her killer.
Wellington City Council is dealing with a backlog of mowing after grass growth was spurred by a nicer-than-usual spring.
The closure of Unilever's laundry powder plant is proposed, with the possible loss of 58 jobs.
A funeral procession has been held to protest "woefully inadequate" protection of the endangered Maui's dolphin.
Wellington's New Years party won't wind down at 4am, but the drinking part probably will.
Charges have been laid in relation to the death of a man killed on a building site.
Plans to increase water storage or manage demand in the Wellington region are on hold because use of drinking water has eased.
A man police claim posed as a doctor is to make an application for electronic bail.
David Henry has been criticised for over-reaching his powers while heading an inquiry set up by the GCSB.
Kiwi students are falling behind in reading, maths and science, a global education report reveals.
It's Martinborough's biggest subdivision since founder John Martin laid out sections in 1879.
Napier ratepayers likely to face a bill of $500k after NCC's bid to appeal was declined.
The Desolation of Smaug screens in Hollywood
The latest instalment of The Hobbit movie series has had a star-studded unveiling in Hollywood.
A course in Wellington will teach web developers in-demand code languages in just nine weeks.
If tolls are charged on $1.3b Transmission Gully road they would be collected by the government.
Exams done, the job hunt begins for students
Exams are finally over, and now Hazel Osborne and Lucy O'Connell are hoping to land summer jobs.
A coastal risk assessment report has been criticised as "fundamentally and fatally flawed".
Wellington's green-tinged council is planning to triple the amount it spends on cycling.
New Tuatara boss settles in to 'dream job'
Wellingtonian Richard Shirtcliffe has swapped the "parallel universe" of a baby products company for a role as head of craft beer brewer Tuatara.
A second judge has ordered ACT leader John Banks to stand trail for electoral fraud next year.
The number of Wellingtonians who make $100,000 per year has boomed, census data shows. | • Snapshot of the country
New Zealander's private information is not harvested by the government's spy agencies - but isn't protected if it is routed through other countries.
The Maori population is growing, young, and becoming more academic, Statistics New Zealand says.
A district councillor caught with cannabis is vowing to stay in office despite a guilty plea.
A former Radio NZ editor had spent years developing conspiracy theories, a court has been told.
Taranaki-King Country MP Shane Ardern will retire from politics at the next election.
Four Hutt council reserves, including the site of Naenae Bowling Club, could be up for sale.
Noted film and TV producer Dave Gibson has been appointed chief executive of the New Zealand Film Commission.
Playful visitors cause traffic havoc
A small pod of orcas brought traffic to a halt on State Highway 1 near Pukerua Bay this morning.
Latest Census population data shows a quarter of the New Zealand population was born overseas.
A man who viewed child porn to reinforce his self-disgust will have the crimes follow him forever.
Police are talking to two teenagers as firefighters battle a deliberately-lit blaze in Lower Hutt.
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