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Prime Minister John Key and the elephant in the Sri Lankan courtroom

Sri Lanka wants to bestow Nandi the elephant to New Zealand, but there's a jumbo row involving animal rights' activists to stop that from happening.

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More thunder and lightning on the way, bursts of heavy rain and westerlies

Already drenched spots in the North Island are being warned to expect another deluge.

Bizarre statistics around beehive thefts - where are all the hives?

Hives worth thousands each are being stolen, with beekeepers and honey buyers the ones suffering.

Government employee on serious charges suspended on full pay

Government worker facing charges including threatening grievous bodily harm still on full pay.

New Zealand strengthens ties with Sri Lanka

New Zealand is expecting to open a High Commission in Sri Lanka within the next two years, Prime Minister John Key announced.

Pets enjoy a social time at Wellington Cathedral

Pets, people and prayers at annual day for animal blessings in Wellington.

Sex boast sinks Waikato University candidate

He bragged about his sexual prowess to get votes, but that didn't impress many.

4.4 magnitude earthquake rattles Wellington

A short and sharp earthquake centred near Paraparaumu got some in the region jumping.

Revellers gather for Kaikoura Seafest

Kaikoura's iconic seafood festival has kicked off in style, with more than 4000 people expected at the event.

Fatal crash near Clevedon, south Auckland

Fatal car accident on a rural road in south Auckland.

H&M opens first store in New Zealand to more than 1000 fashion fans

Crumpets, a DJ and a dance by the staff - it was all happening at H&M's new flagship Auckland store.

Royal New Zealand Navy White Ensign flying above Auckland Harbour Bridge

The historic naval flag will fly above the Harbour Bridge every October 1.

Funeral for 19-year-old Lucas Cochrane who went missing in Whitianga

Family and friends remember Lucas Cochrane, who disappeared during a storm in Whitinaga.

Student loan borrowers seeking bankruptcy as millions in debts wiped due to insolvency

"Traitors" claim as Kiwis overseas declare themselves bankrupt due to mounting debt.

We should be talking more about baby loss: Don't let it be the elephant in the room

It's more than double our annual road toll - the heartbreak behind New Zealand's 700 dead babies.

Man mugged on Lower Hutt street

Man had wallet stolen after being pushed to the ground in Lower Hutt, Wellington.

WorldSkills competition a chance for young tradies to show skills

Phoebe Coers​ wanted to be a mountain biker when she was little. Now she's an apprentice plumber.

Residents claim kids played in P-contaminated goods dumped on Wainuiomata lawn

Kids were playing among a pile of rubbish dumped on a lawn outside a contaminated house, locals say.

'Cunning' identity thief sentenced to home detention

Fraudster who created elaborate fake identity deemed 'not so smart' after comeuppance in court.

Residents at odds as replanted pohutukawa ripped out on coastal street

The plants were chopped down, replanted, chopped down again. What's going on?

One dead in Whangarei car crash overnight

The driver of a car has been killed after the car they were driving smashed into a pole.

Inner city living answer for Hamilton's dying CBD

Inner city living is about to drop in Hamilton.

Driver dies in one-vehicle crash near Whangarei, Northland

A person has died in a one-vehicle crash near Whangarei overnight.

Thunderstorms hit Otago, reports highway underwater

Parts of State Highway 8 are underwater as a thunderstorm batters Otago.

Bidding war pushes modest Island Bay beach bungalow close to $1m - $315k over RV

Modest 3-bed home in Wellington's Island Bay sparks bidding war at auction.

Live by the sword, die by the sword - Colin Craig's life lesson

Colin Craig lost a lot more than $1.27 million in the Jordan Williams defamation case.

Cat suffers horrific injuries in school holiday slug gun attack

Graphic image: Bored schoolkids may have been responsible for attack that shattered pet's jaw.

Massey, history, and memory: Why we honour flawed heroes

OPINION: We can't move forward as a nation by spitting on the legacy of those, however imperfect, who helped to build it.

Massey aimed to protect 'lost tribes of Israel' with racist policies, academic says

A desire to protect the racial purity of the "lost tribes of Israel" is claimed to be behind the "white supremacist" stance of William Massey.

Waikato crash brings down power lines

A crash has forced detours on State Highway 39 in the Waikato.

Massey racism name-change debated by staff and students

Heated debate erupts at university, in light of white-supremacist comments by the historic PM it's named for.

What was that all about? The Colin Craig trial in a nutshell

The Colin Craig defamation trial was about sex, lies and poetry.

Tensions rising between mountain bikers and walkers on Wellington's trails

Wellington's cycling battleground has shifted from Island Bay to the bush.

Public help police to nab alleged armed jewellery robbers in Auckland

A member of the public stepped in to help police catch alleged robbers.

Fibre causes sentencing hiccup

An Invercargill man may be given a harsher sentence because electronic monitoring equipment does not work on fibre connections.

DOC recovers 1080 poison but still unsure how it got there

"Whether its been done from a helicopter or been placed out there, at the moment we don't know enough to be certain."

Is there a chance New Zealand's power grid could shut down?

The whole of South Australia was without power on Wednesday. What are the odds of a similar outage in NZ?

I firmly believe it will make its way back, says gallery owner whose pounamu was stolen

"Pounamu does that - it always comes home," says owner of burgled art gallery.

Seventy-year-old abandoned oil well uncovered in New Plymouth

Taranaki has an estimated 140 abandoned oil wells out of a total 359 nationwide.

Public say Pukekura Park's $73,000 signs are unreadable

People are saying they don't do what a sign should - direct you where you need to go.

Shortage of structural engineers to check safety of Invercargill buildings

Invercargill's structural engineers are in for a busy time, with commercial buildings required to be assessed for earthquake risk.

Man found guilty of groping boys in Palmerston North and Wellington mosques

Jury finds a man indecently assaulted three boys in North Island mosques.

Treasury issues warning over risks of online schools in NZ

Concern that online schools could be "parking spaces" for students already at risk of failing.

Honeymooner killed in Wairarapa road crash 'wanted to see the stars'

He checked into a motel with his new wife. Hours later he was found dead in his rental car.

CAA awaits pilot report in Queenstown paragliding crash

Pilot of the crashed paraglider still hospitalised, passenger released.

$80,000 trust fund boost for children of slain zookeeper

Money put into a trust fund for Billy and Sage, the children of a keeper killed by a tiger in Hamilton last year.

Colin Craig ruled to have defamed Jordan Williams

Colin Craig "very, very" surprised at defamation ruling, for which he must pay $1.27 million.

Jail term quashed for assaulting two Blenheim women, home detention imposed

Appeal judge says home detention was a real alternative.

Man who planned public protest against Losi Filipo's rugby contract reveals online threats

"Let's find out his address and then we'll turn up at his place," commenter wrote.
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