Jury could not reach a verdict into alleged child-rape case, after 12 hours.
Initial fears there was someone trapped in the blaze were unfounded.
Veronica Grondona is flying from Hamilton to Italy after the earthquake killed her mother and brother.
Power is out in thousands of houses across Auckland and roads are closed after 140kmh winds.
One seriously injured and another trapped after car hit power pole in wet conditions in Christchurch.
Police are asking for help identifying two people who robbed a Burnside dairy at gunpoint on Thursday night.
Massive search for Kiwi in Australia, after his disappearance in "highly unusual circumstances".
A person has been cut out of a crashed car, following a police chase in Rotorua.
Burglars met by a thick cloud of fog after breaking into a Masterton service station.
A safety officer is "very lucky" to have no serious injuries after an excavator crushed his foot.
Tears flowed down a Palmerston North teenager's face as he was led to the cells to start a jail sentence for raping a 71-year-old woman.
Police have arrested two men linked to attack on a Porirua dairy owner who was stabbed in the head.
Man who shot at cops in Northland is believed to have made his way further south.
After uproar over rowdy youths in the town library, residents are looking for a solution.
Desperate to escape her snow-bound hut, Czech tramper Pavlina Pizova fashioned a makeshift pair of snowshoes.
A simple winter's trek in NZ would leave Pavlina Pizova's partner dead, and her waiting a month to be rescued.
Mervyn Beard has been homeless on and off since he was a boy. If help was there, it was hard to find.
Eminem tells Canterbury's wheelchair rapper to "keep on going, you got it".
Hamilton is being urged to sign up to a Housing Accord.
Two women stole from 10 motels and baches over seven months.
Could a bar be the cause - or cure - for crime in a Wellington laneway?
NZ's best-known entrepreneur/alleged digital pirate is lawyering up again. But why?
Matthew Field will compete at the Australian Transplant Games thanks to a kidney from his sibling.
Police say Hawke's Bay thieves installed a stolen kitchen in their home
Community fury at sex offenders living in their street is understandable - but we can't allow mob justice to take over.
Students and staff will all be wearing donated dresses and suits to this rural school's first ball in 24 years.
Rose are red. Violets are blue. Dunedin parking tickets to feature poems, by Dunedinites too.
$5500 Christmas lights bought on a $21,000 trip to China can't be used in New Zealand.
A woman is facing drug charges after a drug bust on a property which was for sale.
Uni students back proposal to improve safety on Wellington's streets after reports of assaults.
Burgled scarfies are taking on burglars.
A video made by the Invercargill City Library has been viewed by thousands and featured in international media.
Experts say politics is getting in the way of solving a serious national health crisis.
A crash in the Dome Valley north of Auckland causes traffic headache.
GRAPHIC CONTENT: Two of the bravest women in Hamilton watch their whimpering rapist get jailed for 11 years.
A man trapped in a Timaru Hospital lift was unable to reach the alarm button or any other buttons on Tuesday.
After more than two months in custody alleged Budget Day protester, Ken Thurston, gets bail.
The chant 'save our bank' rang out around Fairlie as residents protested the potential closure of the town's bank.
A swimmer tried to pull a drowning Hamilton teenager caught in a rip off a Raglan beach to safety.
City bosses have moved to assure Hamilton residents their water is safe.
OPINION: Has the Maori King left his relative, Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta, out in the cold?
Barry Wahanui has his medals 47-years after his death.
Early morning attempted raid at Napier dairy is the latest in a spate of Hawke's Bay robberies.
Another Land SAR rescue was undertaken near Queenstown on Thursday following the discovery of a tramper on the Routeburn Track a day before.
Friends and family raise $12,000 to bring home Kiwi killed by a car in Australia.
Six young people killed themselves in Kaitaia and many more have tried. But there's no cavalry coming to help.
OPINION: Oh to be a fly on the wall when the acronoym for 'Community of Online Learning' proposal was decided.
Nina Griffiths, 17, has lost two friends to suspected suicide, and 20 others have tried to harm themselves in the past few months. She writes about how she wants to make a change.
Empty city buildings are an option to alleviate Auckland's homelessness problem, mayoral candidates say.
Prisoner Charles Tawha poured boiling water on a guard's face, chest and stomach - leaving him with second degree burns.