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Taranaki's iconic Elephant Rock reportedly loses its trunk

The ever-changing Taranaki coastline might have claimed a new victim.

Earthquake 5.5 hits lower North Island, upper South

A 'severe' quake hit near Seddon at a depth of 12km and the tremor brought back unpleasant memories for some.

Boy, 8, accidentally stabbed in fall

He was airlifted, along with his mum, to Whanganui Hospital for treatment after the accident.

Kaipara boating victim Fred Marsters farewelled by family

Father-of-three Fred Marsters drowned in the Kaipara boating tragedy. "The hole in my heart is cavernous," says his widow.

Parents sue school after teacher crashed minivan in NZ and killed their son

Parents of an Australian teenager who was killed in a minivan crash say they want someone held accountable for crash.

Sales top $1 million in Roy Savage classic car auction

A collection of 30 classic cars owned by Wellington businessman Roy Savage fetch $1.2 million at auction. 

Thieves stealing to order from building sites

Burglars target construction sites and housing developments, stealing tools and equipment to order.

Impromptu Village Green party prompts calls for year-round public drinking ban

The days of having a quiet beer on Queenstown's beach are over, Downtown QT says.

Wellington doctor restores sight of 6-year-old blind from cataracts

A young girl in the South Pacific can see again, thanks to a Wellington eye surgeon.

Doctor drought in Marlborough eases as region lures new GPs

General practices finally open their books as seven new doctors start this summer.

Christchurch business owners fear crime spike with cigarette price rise

Christchurch liquor store and dairy owners fear a January hike in cigarette prices will fuel more robberies.

Police release name of the woman in fatal crash outside Remuera garden centre

Jeanette Grice, aged 60 of Remuera, died after a car hit her outside the busy Palmers garden centre.

Recap: Severe earthquake rocks central New Zealand

The 5.5 quake was felt as far south as Christchurch and as far north as Auckland, but initial reports suggest minimal damage.

McLaren driver charged after crashing $20m car

A man who crashed a McLaren F1 sports car valued at an estimated $20m faces careless driving charges.

Bridge repairs bring traffic to a standstill on alternative State Highway 1

Massive queues on the inland alternative to SH1 grinds to a halt as crews work feverishly to repair a bridge near St Arnaud.

Death of Taranaki kuia a 'huge loss' for region

 Taranaki is mourning the loss of Whero Bailey, a much loved and respected figure in Maoridom.

Christchurch special needs school one of five using seclusion in 2016

Schools say they've been unfairly fingered by the ministry for ensuring students' safety.

Man's body found in Waikato River

A 31 year old man was found dead in the Waikato River by the rowing club on Sunday morning.

Andrew Little praises Labour's win in Mt Roskill by-election, John Key downplays impact

Labour leader Andrew Little says by-election victory a good sign ahead of 2017 election.

Rural Taranaki taps into potential boost in tourism

Taranaki gets another tourist destination with an attraction trailblazing into town.

Driver in critical condition after crash in South Otago

A section of State Highway 1 is closed after a motorist suffered critical injuries in South Otago.

Online personal shopper plan to help Kaikoura shops over Christmas

A Dunedin woman is on a mission to save Christmas for Kaikoura businesses.

Tributes flow in for drowned Palmerston North police prosecutor Mike Toon

Palmerston North pays tribute to Mike Toon, who died saving his daughter from the Manawatu River.

Suspicous fire damages tennis club in central Auckland

The two-storey building was "well involved" in flames when fire crews arrived.

Digging in and diving under the Antarctic ice with Kiwi Matt Windsor

What is it like to work in Antarctica? A new video from a Kiwi on the ice gives us a glimpse.

Astonishing Nasa photos show Kaikoura land raised by earthquake

"Remarkable". That's how Nasa describes the changes to New Zealand after a November of earthquakes.

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National MP Paul Foster-Bell says Brian Tamaki earthquake 'outburst' inspired him to speak about being gay

Paul Foster-Bell outs himself, saying the Destiny Church founder's anti-gay quake remarks demand a response.

Road blocked after car crash in Te Puninga, Waikato

Avoid the State Highway 27 end of Horrell Road after a crash at the intersection on Sunday afternoon.

Invercargill's controversial Christmas lights shining bright

Invercargill's controversial Christmas lights are finally shining brightly.

The 10-year-old with lungs like an 80-year-old smoker

Mayim is 10 and loves playing sport. But his asthma attacks can be so bad, they once put him in a coma.

Six-year-old boy crashes bike into concrete bridge in Waikato

A six-year-old boy has suffered critical head injuries and was flown to Waikato Hospital.

Car driven into Cambridge cafe, injuring three

 Three were injured in the late-morning mishap in Cambridge's main street.

Paroled sex offender alleged to have breached release conditions

A paroled sex offender is accused of trying to get in touch with one of his crime victims.

Man with stab wounds discharges himself from Waikato Hospital

Police said the man and others involved in the incident are refusing to help them in the investigation.

Pastor pleased with proposed Easter Sunday bylaw in Marlborough

Pastor says God demands one rest day a week, so as long as you get that in lieu.

Wheel sparks cause vegetation fire

Sparks from trailer wheel ignite vegetation.

Elderly New Zealanders targeted by global drug rings, warns Customs Minister

International crime rings are targeting elderly New Zealanders for use as drug couriers, minister warns.

Marlborough water quality report finds rising levels of E.coli, nitrogen

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

Recycling residents caught out by system upgrade

The first stage of recycling rage was confusion, then came mistrust and then anger.

$15m unspent after emergency housing providers reject ill-targeted govt funding

Government may underspend by $15m on emergency housing after providers rejected "unsustainable" funding.

High-flying women lose money in secret spiritual movement with 'hallmarks of pyramid scheme'

Women are losing thousands of dollars to so-called women's gifting circles that offer friendship and spiritual guidance but have all the hallmarks of a pyramid scheme.

Serious crash in South Otago, driver airlifted to hospital

Man taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crash on SH1 near Clinton.

Ambulance crew couldn't save woman on Northland beach

A woman who was pulled from the water on Taipa Beach died despite the rescue team's best efforts.

Driver freed from wreckage after crash in Glenfield, Auckland

A car crashed into two parked cars and the driver had to be freed.

Auckland weather today

It looks to be a fine Sunday for Aucklanders with mostly sunny conditions.

Childcare centres losing teachers to kindergartens over pay

"The pay gap's getting bigger for people doing the same job."

Jonathan Milne: When they endanger themselves and others, it's time to crack down on reckless boaties

OPINION: The joint funeral of two cousins drowned on the Kaipara Bar is a cold reminder of the pain caused to those left behind, especially their seven children.

Stacey Kirk: Labour and the Greens set the stage, but does MOU backdrop always apply?

Are pundits looking for horse-trading where it doesn't exist?

Kiwi kid discovers the one wheel way to school rather than being dropped every day

"I think unicycling makes him feel like a bit of a celebrity."
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