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Que Langdon is returning to New Zealand

Que Langdon has landed in New Zealand with her mother after her catamaran trip across the Tasman.

Funding to tune of $33M not confirmed for Auckland's SeaPath cycle route

Funding needs to be finalised, but work on a $33 million cycle path connecting with SkyPath is expected to start early this year.

The summer weather 'bomb low' in pictures

As the forecast "bomb low" weather system moved in, it made for dramatic skies, big waves and wind damage.

A popular festival, shouting sport fans and smoky crematorium attracts complaints

Would a water sprinkler operating at night push you over the edge?

Collecting everything from Matchbox cars to mini alcohol bottles a part of life for Michael

"People get singled out in life when you're born, it's something that's in you to collect and look after things."

What is it that makes Wellington so windy?

The best little capital in the world. Sure. But why is it always so bloody windy?

Arthur's Pass closed due to flooding, slips

Lewis Pass reopens but Arthur's Pass and other West Coast roads remain impassable due to massive slips and floodwaters.

Weather bomb: Trampoline hits house

High winds hurl trampoline into house as weather bomb hits.

Live: 'Bomb low' - torrential rain, gale force winds

The bomb low left a trail of destruction on the West Coast, and now a front is battering Dunedin.

Weather bomb spreads after gusts hit 154kmh in Wellington

Weather bomb hits Otago, after lashing the West Coast and closing major roads.

Bomb low gone, more rubbish on the way for the weekend

Expect the terrible weather to continue. Just as the bomb low passes, more wind and rain blows in.

Huge retirement complex like 'British housing estate' gets go-ahead in Auckland

Despite public opposition, Auckland retirement complex that's been compared to prison will be built with no alterations.

Hamilton ram raid pursuit ends in crash

Four people are facing charges after a number of ram raids in Hamilton.

Takaka dairy farmer caught in middle of freedom camping row

A freedom camp is "out of control" and a farmer wants to know why it's his problem.

When giving is not helping

Should you give cash to beggars?

Firefighters back at Ngaruawahia blaze site

Renowned 'Haka Steps' trail at Ngaruawahia still closed after scrub fire.

Bare-bummed Aussie arrested after 'moon' on Queenstown street

An alleged drunken tourist has offended people with a public "moon".

Slip nearly takes out Otira family home following heavy rain in Arthur's Pass

An "extremely frightened" mother and son could only watch as a slip destroyed their car and flooded the kitchen of their West Coast home.

Weather bomb: What you need to know

Gales and torrential rain hit travel, closing roads, halting ferries and disrupting flights.

Eight shearing gang members injured in minivan crash near Gisborne

Eight people aged between 15 and 53 are in a stable condition after crash

Weather bomb swoops over Auckland

The rain is starting to fall, but it won't be enough to alleviate dry conditions, forecasters say.

Jetstar pilot applauded after white-knuckle landing at Wellington Airport

The first landing attempt was aborted, the successful second attempt earned an ovation.

Marlborough Lines work to restore power after storm

Marlborough Lines fight to restore power across region after freak summer storm.

Woman still missing in Torbay, Auckland as search enters fourth day

Patricia Wearn failed to return from an afternoon walk on Monday and hasn't been seen since.

Woman fights off sexually-motivated attacker in Richmond public toilet

Young woman fights off sexually-motivated attacker in a Richmond public toilet.

American tourist leaves country after railway crossing crash

Drink driving charge could still await American tourist who crashed onto railway tracks in front of oncoming train.

Community action in response to out-of-control freedom camp in Takaka

Golden Bay residents concerned about the environment are focusing on a popular Takaka freedom camping spot.

Whangarei man arrested over Shalom Rest Home bomb threat

A Whangarei man has been arrested over a bomb hoax made against the Shalom Rest Home.

Two injured after car flipped and became submerged in Wellington Harbour

Police say car was submerged, while two male occupants had moderate injuries.

Little Blue penguins attacked by dogs at Kuaotunu, Coromandel

Dogs attack Little blue penguins three times in one week on the Coromandel.

Raglan bar tackles drink driving with beer label art

Series of anti-drink driving beer labels have Harbour View Hotel customers talking for all the right reasons.

Whitianga residents' first look at fire-ravaged homes

Residents who left their homes to the flames will now be able to see what remains of them.

Harewood Tavern in Christchurch robbed with sawn-off shotgun overnight

A sawn-off shotgun was used to rob a Christchurch tavern overnight.

Man suffers serious burns in New Plymouth kitchen fire

A 34-year-old man has been transferred to Waikato hospital after suffering burns from a kitchen fire.

Scammer preys on people looking for Bernese puppies in New Plymouth

Heartbroken New Plymouth woman warns of apparent scam targeting families wanting to buy Bernese puppies.

Nelson grandmother warns elderly against scammers after confronting phone call

A Nelson grandmother who almost fell victim to a phone scammer is warning others to be vigilant.

Lower drink-driving limit effects felt on and off the road

Two years on since the drink-driving limit was cut, stats suggest roads are no safer.

Overnight weather warnings: 150kmh winds to blast Canterbury, West Coast on flood alert

Gale-force winds hit the capital overnight, along with Canterbury, as heavy rain pelts West Coast.

Southland police urge pet owners to keep a watchful eye out

Pet owners in Southland are being urged to watch out for their pets after reports of concerning behaviour and thefts.

Boston Marathon winner Dave McKenzie invited to 50th anniversary celebration

A few months after Dave McKenzie lost his brother in the Strongman mine disaster, he won the Boston Marathon.

Operations cease at Ngaruawahia bush fire

At least 14 fire crews and three helicopters battled the blaze in Ngaruawahia.

Palmerston North's haven to help former sex workers officially opens

Women wanting to leave the sex trade now have somewhere to turn.

Quake-hit farmers applaud cheap homes offered by Government

Christchurch's temporary quake homes will be sold for $25,000 to farmers affected by the Kaikoura tremor. 

Family First calls for boycott of Fifty Shades of Grey TV airing

Conservative lobby group sees red over TV3's plans to screen erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey.

Community inspects the devastation after four homes razed by out-of-control Coromandel scrub fire

Amid the wreckage of four homes, they face a long battle to repair their fire-torn community. "It's very sad."

Labour leader Andrew Little makes Pike River re-entry bill an election promise

Labour leader Andrew Little to table bill for Pike River mine re-entry push.

Three split $1m Lotto win

Lucky Lotto punters share in win, but a $12 million prize is still up for grabs.

Body found in Lake Rotorua

The body of a missing kayaker has been found in Lake Rotorua.

Ninety-three per cent of New Zealand's council-owned art is collecting dust

NZ ratepayers own half a billion dollars of art - but 93 per cent of it isn't on display.

Sympathy for man forgotten in Masterton cell over the weekend

Masterton residents give their opinions on man left in court cell for 48 hours.
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