Legislation to lower adult drink-driving limits from December 1 has passed its final reading in Parliament.
Health Minister Tony Ryalls recalls career highlights as colleagues pay tribute to long-serving MP.
Race relations commissioner hits out at ACT attacks on Maori as "grotesque and inflammatory".
LATEST: Five tankers have been sent to the scene of a major scrub fire in South Canterbury.
A review of the Jeanette and Harvey Crewe murder investigation offers titbits of information - but nothing to tell their daughter who killed them.
Labour would lift the minimum wage by $2 to $16.25 an hour in 2015, David Cunliffe says.
Canterbury set for gusts of up to 150kmh while West Coast could expect small tornadoes.
Dunedin police nabbed an alcohol-driven scooter thief when he turned up at the city's police station.
Satirical website refuses to say who is behind parody of Conservative leader Colin Craig.
A fit young labourer from the Nelson countryside had the unhappy distinction of being the first New Zealander to die in World War I, writes Bill O'Byrne.
The bid for a sustainable education centre at Fairfield College has been aided by a $15,000 research grant.
Government has not asked CAA about random drug testing since Carterton balloon crash, inquest told.
Government to take over school payroll after the company running it refused to pay more to fix it.
The Greens would ban set-net fishing, trawling and gas and oil exploration in reserves home to the Maui's dolphin.
A man involved in importing up to $3.5m worth of cocaine has been jailed for four years and seven months.
The worst Ebola disease outbreak on record is unlikely to reach New Zealand from west Africa, authorities here say.
Jurors have been offered counselling after an 'unpleasant and distressing" child sex trial.
Another vehicle crash involving wandering stock prompts warning from police.
Unaware mother in Northern Ireland sent son a Facebook message the day after he died in Canterbury crash.
Sex abuser argues that revisiting a court order made in 1995 is unfair. | 'He's just a mongrel'
Winds of up to 150kmh to whip Canterbury and Otago, while the capital braces for gales.
Tiger fans will have a rare chance to see the big cats up close during a special breakfast at Auckland Zoo.
Wellington's well-known wind turbine will be replaced with larger one that will tower 77 metres into the sky.
A woman has pleaded guilty to murdering a man found dead in his burned-down South Auckland home.
A 55-year-old Oamaru man is facing 48 historic sexual abuse and assault charges.
A teacher who sent photos of students to a paedophile friend has been deregistered.
Supermarket mistook mother for shoplifter
Countdown staff offered an apology to a woman they mistook for a shoplifter at a Hamilton store.
Man suffered "moderate injuries" after car lands on its roof in dramatic Little River crash.
The smaller political parties are trying to "out-redneck" each other, Maori Party co-leader says.
Police believe they are closing in on the offenders who held a three people at gunpoint.
Hamilton's mayor is unsure why an evening of glamour to celebrate the city's birthday failed to attract interest.
Government defends spending of taxpayer money to wine and dine oil executives during the Rugby World Cup in bid to attract business.
Fewer pupils are being sent out of school for bad behaviour.
Work on the Transmission Gully motorway north of Wellington will start in a matter of months.
A New Plymouth jury did not believe a man who appeared to use the O J Simpson "Chewbacca defence".
Staff are the victims of over half of assaults at Taranaki Base Hospital's mental health unit.
Labour is planning a "fair workplace commission" to lift the lid on workers' pay and conditions.
At the rugby, at church, or on Facebook Maori and Pacific Island patients cannot avoid reminders of their Hutt Hospital appointments.
Robert Lloyd's a top cricketer, a good golfer, a cage fighter and now, says his proud family, he's a hero.
The rights of vacant and uninsured red-zoned land owners are "well past infringed", a court has heard.
Cantabrians accused of crimes are more likely to be convicted in court than elsewhere in the country, statistics show.
Fears for Auckland's Selwyn College if kids from lower socio-economic suburbs are excluded.
Victims of a serial paedophile fighting to keep his name secret want people to know who he is.
Staff and students at two South Taranaki schools are "dropping like flies" after being hit by the flu.
A man charged with stomping on his fiancee's face has appeared in court.
Complaints EQC's top dog was 'rude, arrogant'
Top engineer who trains EQC stafffaces disciplinary hearing after claims he based conclusions on biased thinking.
Human Rights Commission calls on Govt to sort out Christchurch's 'inadequate' housing.
At least 115,000 people have put their criminal past behind them under "clean slate" law.
A prominent lawyer has kept name suppression on drug charges until a further hearing takes place.
Education Ministry down to two private contenders in the race to build four schools for $200m before 2018.