A strong magnitude 5.5 quake was felt around much of the North Island early this morning.
A baby has suffered a concussion after her mother fell on slippery inner-city pavers.
Kind-hearted vets and nurses have spared a young boy more grief by saving the life of his puppy.
Bluff Coastguard has copped criticism for giving a Canterbury company the contract to build its $1.2m boat.
When teenagers talk about going to the theatre on their birthday, they usually mean the cinema.
Abann Yor knew he needed to leave Sudan as he was treated like a "second-class citizen".
Christchurch voters, once a bedrock for the Left, have been abandoning Labour for a decade.
Prime Minister John Key has started laying out his third term agenda, including a vote on changing the flag next year.
Schools finding "loopholes" to manipulate zones and limit access to the disadvantaged.
Seatbelts could have prevented school bus crash where two people were flung on the road and nearly run over, mum says.
Recovery authorities ignored 70 per cent of Maori, fuelling political divide and prolonging trauma.
A uni student club offended "everyone possible" with cars and costumes poking fun at women, Islam and Malaysia Airlines.
An Auckland man jailed for stealing about $200,000 worth of jewellery from a Cambridge store was on parole at the time of the heist.
The National Party is about to step on the gas to drive through their RMA reforms.
Ballot box disappointment dashes hopes for Labour MP Sue Moroney's paid parental leave bill.
Constable Roger Cvitanich didn't pause before plunging into the Waikato River to haul a woman to safety.
Labour MPs are heading into an explosive showdown this morning at their first post-election caucus meeting.
A woman in CYF care as a child has told a court she endured years of abuse from foster parents.
Police search for three armed men who held up a Hamilton shop tonight.
Experts accuse bakers of "failing miserably" to get more folic acid into bread.
The baffling appearance - and sudden disappearance - of a candle-covered piano in an Upper Hutt park gets locals talking.
A GP who failed to check up on a woman's suspected melanoma has been found to have breached professional standards.
Wellington trains run again after waves crashing over rail lines disrupted services.
Anaesthetist and surgeon censured after woman was in so much pain during a C-section that nurses had to hold down her legs.
The man accused of murdering West Auckland man Connor Morris can now be named.
Police say a man indecently assaulted girls on two separate North Island bus trips.
Jason Ede, the National staffer at the centre of the book Dirty Politics, has resigned after "11 long years".
Police are trying to determine if a hitch-hiker seen near Wanaka was the same man who later died after being run over.
A 'dangerous' man with a spider web tattoo is wanted by police after sexual and violent assaults.
Woman dragged out of her burning home after going back to save her two cats.
Police officer found guilty of racially abusing taxi driver is discharged without a conviction.
Dead fur seal on Stewart Island beach marks third seal shooting in four months, says DOC.
Bones found on Waiheke Island have been identified as pre-European.
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The Nextant 400XTi has a purchase price of US$4.95 million (NZ$6m) and has a flying range of about 3700 kilometres.
A New Plymouth pair have pleaded not guilty to more than $1 million in tax fraud charges.
New Zealanders will soon be charged to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
David Cunliffe should "jump in the lake", says candidate who claims he'd be a better leader.
Hawke's Bay Opera House had been deemed safe having survived the 1931 earthquake.
Three offenders drove through a shop window in a stolen car but were caught by police soon afterwards.
Wairarapa police led on brief chase by 13-year-old boy at the wheel of an allegedly stolen car.
Witness at murder trial stole cop's phone, only to be caught as it rang while she gave evidence.
Tense scenes in court as Stephen Fernyhough is jailed for killing a man in a bar room toilet.
Hearing will focus on scientific evidence in the retrial of Mark Lundy for family's murder.
Three people in Gisborne have been badly beaten by a man wielding a baseball bat.
A 51-year-old Waikino man has died after he was flung from a vehicle into the path of an oncoming ute.
Man yelled for help for 90 minutes before managing to text a friend after getting caught in wheat auger.
Person taken to hospital with facial burns after container explosion in Southland garage.
A referendum on the New Zealand flag could be held in 2015, Prime Minster John Key says.