Thunder, rain and snow

Auckland faces the risk of severe thunderstorms, large hail, and even a tornado as a wintry blast moves north.

$200,000 for flag meetings

9 min ago Public workshops to debate new flag had “modest” attendance but cost $200,000.

Magic mushroom chocolate bust

2:13pm Man grew magic mushrooms and made chocolate with them to "deal with medical issues".

Arsenal of weapons found at courts

1:41pm Official records show the public are bringing throwing stars, batons and knives into secure courts.

Smoke alarms save family

Six people, including an 8-week-old baby, escaped a pre-dawn house fire thanks to smoke alarms.

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