Two people have died and another three are injured after a boating accident in South Auckland this afternoon.
A man killed in an Auckland motel died of blunt force trauma to the head, police say.
Motorist is being cut from car after serious crash with truck in North Canterbury.
Baby injured and driver cut from car after it rolled through a fence in Christchurch.
A woman held up at knife point in the Bay of Islands is "shaken" and receiving ongoing support.
Five people were injured when a car crashed into a power pole on SH1 in Horowhenua.
A police car chase up Hamilton's main street has ended with a stolen car recovered and a suspect in custody.
The SPCA is alarmed after a ginger tabby was shot twice, and now suffers a serious limp.
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Bouncers from central Dunedin pubs rescued two police officers under attack.
The SPCA is investigating after Facebook was used to try to organise illegal dog fighting.
No-one has to tell the residents of Eketahuna that 2014 was a particularly shaky year for the lower North Island.
A 16-year-old who disappeared in the water on Saturday evening has yet to be found.
A family are traumatised after being involved in a crash with a motorcyclist who later died.
Police are looking for escaped prisoner Michael Campbell, who broke out of Hamilton Court cells.
Police are investigating a suspected arson attack at Patea's Four Square.
Large shark that 'nearly bit hand off' woman won't keep surfers away from their favourite Nelson spot, says boardrider.
"Awful weather" has seen flight cancellations at Nelson Airport this morning.
A second person has died as a result of a crash in the Bay of Plenty yesterday.
A Blenheim doctor caught drink-driving at more than four times the limit has escaped conviction.
Central New Zealand faces thunderstorms and intense rain today while other areas could be in for showers.
A man electrocuted by live wires after a crash will be 'sadly missed by all of his friends and family'.
Murderer given mercy on the grounds of insanity
Lionel Terry had been ignored and he wasn't going to take it any more.
A Christchurch brother and sister left with mountains of debt when their mother died have been able to stay in their family home.
Thieves stole a carving from Mike Ure's property while he took his daughter to hospital.
The family of a man left for dead say the loveable father could never have provoked the deadly attack.
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Crash victim electrocuted as road toll climbs
One person has been electrocuted and five others hospitalised following a crash in North Canterbury.
The war on pests and disease is taking to the air, with the Ministry for Primary Industries considering using drones.
The official holiday road toll stands at four and motorists tempt fate, one driving at 240kmh.
A motorcyclist has died following a serious crash on State Highway 7 (SH7) in North Canterbury.
Four people have been injured after a car and van collided in the Lindis Pass, near Omarama.
Auckland police want to find shoeless man who came to their aid when violent offender resisted arrest.
A seriously injured man will be airlifted to hospital following a one-car crash near Palmerston North.
A small plane has crashed into Northland waters this afternoon.
A family has been left "devastated" after a man was killed in a violent attack at an Auckland Motel.
A speeding motorist has been busted travelling at more than 220km/h.
Punters have been left unable to place bets online with the TAB after a cyber attack on the agency's website.
Two of the nine cats that escaped from a Woodbury cattery on Christmas Eve have been found.
The driver of a car involved in a crash with a campervan at Five Rivers in Southland has died.
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Fifteen tourists and their driver had a lucky escape after the bus they were in crashed north of Wellington.
Search teams are out scouring the Northland coast for a teenager swept away from 90 Mile Beeach.
"Unexplained" South Auckland death was result of medical incident.
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Two kayakers escaped harm because they were wearing life jackets when they got into trouble on the Clutha River.
One person is dead and three others are critically injured following a major crash in the Bay of Plenty.
Fire crews kept busy bringing two rural scrub fires under control, with one being treated as 'suspicious'.
Emergency crews work to free several people trapped in the wreckage following two car crash in Bay of Plenty.