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Person dead at Auckland's Piha Beach

Emergency services are at the West Auckland beach after a person died.

Scott Watson's boat repainted for Sounds murder film, paid for by taxpayers

Public purse used to pay for revamp of convicted killer Scott Watson's boat in doco on Ben Smart and Olivia Hope murders.

Rotorua woman dead after being struck by a bus

Diversion in place at Rotorua after a woman was hit and killed while walking near shops.

Kieran Foran's stunned family say league will be his saviour through dark times

League star's grandfather says sport the "only thing holding him together".

Home ownership comes with a side of guilt

OPINION: I recently bought a house, and it feels great. Kind of.

Tim Murphy: Hilary Barry's popularity would rival the Prime Minister's

OPINION: Most likely Hilary Barry will appear in the mornings, opposite the show she created with Paul Henry.

'Why the hell has this happened?' – Hilary Barry tipped to move to TVNZ Breakfast

Hilary Barry will go head-to-head with her old comrade Paul Henry, sources believe.

Griffins new Squiggles mashups are short changing customers

Unsavoury truth about a new chocolate bikkie - consumers paying the same for less.

Mediaworks' week of hell with Hilary Barry's resignation

High staff turnover sees hundreds leave the public broadcaster in the past 18 months.

American man faces charges of sexually harassing Kiwi blogger in online posts

American who harassed a Kiwi blogger online will face charges - but only if she fronts up in court.

Father of abducted Kiwi girl pleads for release of ex-soldier imprisoned in Lebanon

A New Zealand girl spirited overseas was saved by 60 Minutes 'abductor'.

Editorial: Hilary is gone, and so too the cool dispassion of the newsreaders of the past

OPINION: A channel full of Real Housewives and Top Chefs is no substitute for local talent.

Two dead in Northland crash

The crash site in the Far North has been re-opened following a fatal collision.

Woman killed in Upper Hutt crash

State Highway is now open, after being closed following a two-car fatal crash in Upper Hutt.

Iron Maiden touches down in Auckland

"Ed Force One" landed at Auckland Airport at around 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

Thirsty Aussie soldiers blame NZ commanders for sober rules

An alcohol ban at a military base in Iraq has angered Australian soldiers, who say Kiwis are to blame.

Two Aucklanders share $1m Lotto jackpot

Two Auckland Lotto players have hit the jackpot with First Division draw. 

One person killed, another seriously injured in helicopter crash

Police and Civil Aviation Authority launch investigation after crash near Lindis Pass.

Andrew Little 'shaken' by Syrian refugee camp

Labour leader Andrew Little left "shaken" by visit to Jordan's biggest refugee camp.

Missing mum, daughter found safe in Tararua Forest Park

Lost in the bush, mum and daughter "gave themselves the best chance possible" by hunkering down by a river.

Kiwi farmers sue for $33 million over Facebook scam

Te Kuiti farmers sue rabbi over multi-million dollar Facebook stock scam

Runaway runner turns tail on mountain run without telling organisers

Out of her depth, a novice mountain runner hightailed for home. But she forgot to tell the organisers.

Ngai Tahu head Sir Mark Solomon's exit triggered by clash of cultures

What was happening within New Zealand's most successful tribe that triggered Sir Mark Solomon to exit?

Secrets of superstitious Kiwis revealed

Think you're not superstitious? You'd be surprised at the everyday habits that began life as superstitions.

Fashion show falls flat with group of Christchurch mothers

The group of mums expected a VIP experience. Instead, they say they got third-row seats and a goodie bag full of "spam"

Celebrity chefs, foodie delights draw Mystery Creek crowd

Ashley Stewart's food show mission was simple - taste everything.

Several injured in crash with Hobbiton bus

Tourist bus and cars crash near Matamata, leaving four people hurt, one critical.

France v NZ: can’t we all just get along?

The French PM is visiting. But does that mean we’re friends?

Timaru man wins million dollar Queensland home in lottery

He's only known as Mr C, but he's now the owner of a million dollar Queensland home.

Ruapehu crater lake heats up

Scientists unsure if Ruapehu will stick to tradition and erupt following the volcano's latest earthquake swarm.

Suspicious Feilding fires believed to be linked

Fire crews were fighting a house fire when another blaze started just 200m away.

Hour-long battle at Dunedin state housing unit blaze

Firefighters spent an hour battling a blaze in a Dunedin state housing unit on Saturday.

Woman homeless after council bowls home

A woman will be forced to live on the streets after her rental home was deemed unsafe.

Man seriously injured in stabbing

He suffered a deep cut to his shoulder and was rushed to hospital in a serious condition.

Residents fear for Huntly's future should power plant ever close

Huntly residents are against the closure of the power station's coal-generators despite a four year extension.

Kids are leaving Māori medium education between kōhanga reo and kura

In a cohort of 2600 kōhanga kids, how many kept studying in Māori?

Students are challenging decisions on their allowances through reviews

Just over 300 students disagreed with Studylink and got a review in 2015.

Hamilton Airport passenger numbers do a 180

More travellers means more investment into the regional airport.

City councillor to contest Hamilton mayoralty

City councillor Rob Pascoe has put his name forward for Hamilton's top job.

Meth testing for rental properties on the rise

NZ's most dangerous drug is often an invisible one. Why is meth testing on the rise?

Homeowners expect fight for quake repair reviews after settlement expands EQC's liability 'hugely'

Homeowners expect a fight to have earthquake repairs reviewed and fixed to "when new" standard. Mandy Fraser is one of them.

Ngai Tahu head Sir Mark Solomon's stand down followed damaging spat with CEO

Sir Mark Solomon's decision to stand down followed a clash with his chief executive.

Depressed Taranaki mother sentenced for attempted murder suicide plot

Judge hands "merciful" sentence to depressed mother who attempted to kill her children and herself.

Christchurch home searched in Marcus Tucker homicide inquiry

Christchurch property thought to be linked to Marcus Luke Tucker's "brutal" killing.

Wellington's smart motorway means relaxing and letting go of road control

For NZTA staff, Wellington's "smart" motorway means learning to relax.

More Kiwi travellers report problems with passport scanning machines

Dozens of people have reported airport scanning machines not reading their passports.

Artificial turf versus grass is under the spotlight for children's rugby injuries

Is artificial turf more or less dangerous than real grass for our kids?

Uber drivers operating illegally in New Zealand, NZTA says

Uber may pay the fines of its drivers found to be breaking the law.

Baxter the bichon-cross rides a Harley-Davidson

The fluffy maltese-bichon wears a harness and a pair of custom-made "doggles".
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