Upper Hutt resident Hayat Abadeeah was mystified by the surprise new addition at Trentham Memorial Park.

An instrument of mystery

The baffling appearance - and sudden disappearance - of a candle-covered piano in an Upper Hutt park gets locals talking.

New Ashburton charges

9:57am The man accused of shooting dead two Work and Income staff faces more charges, including setting a man-trap.

Brutal Labour debrief ahead

1 min ago Labour MPs refuse to express confidence in leader David Cunliffe as they head to an explosive showdown at their first post-election caucus meeting.

Rattled awake by quake

A strong earthquake of magnitude 5.5 quake was felt around much of the North Island early this morning.

Trial date set over forestry death

9:30am Man charged with New Zealand's first forestry-related manslaughter has pleaded not guilty.

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