Upper Hutt resident Hayat Abadeeah was mystified by the surprise new addition at Trentham Memorial Park.

An instrument of mystery

The baffling appearance - and sudden disappearance - of a candle-covered piano in an Upper Hutt park gets locals talking.

Rattled awake by quake

A strong earthquake of magnitude 5.5 quake was felt around much of the North Island early this morning.

Brutal Labour debrief ahead

9:02am Labour MPs are heading into an explosive showdown at their first post-election caucus meeting.

Trial date set over forestry death

18 min ago Man charged with New Zealand's first forestry-related manslaughter has pleaded not guilty.

Event offensive to 'everyone'

RoUndie 500 offends "everyone possible" with students poking fun at women, Islam, and Malaysia Airlines.

'Drunk' thief stumbles over feet

Police An intoxicated, knife-wielding man allegedly snatched a bottle of whiskey before falling over his feet as he fled.

Is this the flatmate from hell?

Blenheim man has admitted scamming two flatmates out of more than $20,000.

Jail for jewellery heist offender

Woman tells of abuse

Labour 'must own defeat'

Shearer and Cunliffe Labour's internal party polling on David Cunliffe's favourability should be released, says David Shearer.

Brakes come off RMA reform

The National Party is about to step on the gas to drive through their RMA reforms.

Election blights leave bill

Labour faces huge challenge

Brutal Labour debrief ahead

Labour MPs are heading into an explosive showdown at their first post-election caucus meeting.

School zone 'apartheid'

school generic Up to $250k being added to value of homes in "good school" zones to limit access to disadvantaged.

School lunches 'harm kids'

Our school canteens are still selling foods high in saturated fat, sugar and sodium.

Min Ed's big move

St Mary's is a family tradition

Words of inspiration for students

Jack Tame, TVNZ's United States correspondent, is back in the country and has urged CPIT students to make the most of their education.

Folic acid movement loses ground

Loaf of bread Experts accuse bakers of "failing miserably" to get more folic acid into bread.

GP's melanoma miss criticised

A GP who failed to check up on a woman's suspected melanoma has been found to have breached professional standards.

Nightmare birth scared woman

NZ gets air ambulance jet

Illness spurs teen to fundraise

When teenagers talk about going to the theatre on their birthday, they usually mean the cinema.

RMA reform hailed

The lambs of downcountry rams are being tested to see if their sires perform on hill country farms where most sheep are found. Federated Farmers describe National's election victory as a mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act.

Synlait widens export base

Milk products manufacturer Synlait Milk is ramping up its export channels into China.

Poachers found far from home

Farmer's hand minced in machine

Dairy drop 'catastrophic'

Farmers and the wider agricultural industry are bracing for another deep cut to this season's dairy forecast.