Easter bunny brings heavy traffic

The combination of Easter break  and school holidays likely means heavy congestion on New Zealand roads this weekend.

8 min ago  Auckland’s motorways filled with eager Easter holidaymakers, slowing traffic to a crawl.

'Slap on wrist' sucker punch

George Diver was ordered to pay $10,000 after his 'sucker punch' put a fellow diner in hospital.

Victim blasts weak punishment for the son of one of Christchurch's wealthiest men.

Name a tiger cub

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Hamilton Zoo . The young Sumatran Tiger cubs born to Sali play in thier enclosure .

Hamilton Zoo's two playful tiger cubs need naming and they hope the public will put forward ideas.

Inmates charged with murder

Benton Marni Parata, 44, from Rangiora died after an assault at Christchurch Men's Prison.

Police have charged three men with murdering Christchurch prisoner Benton Marni Parata.

Toddler almost drowns in trap

Westpac rescue helicopter

A toddler has been airlifted to hospital after almost drowning in an effluent trap on a Waikato farm.

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Lundy's words

Mark Lundy in tears while in the witness box at his first trial

In one of his only interviews, double murderer Mark Lundy gave a typically theatrical display.

Drug-dealing lawyer suspended

A Rotorua lawyer cannot practise law for three years after being found guilty of selling drugs.

Jail guards spooked

Three charged with inmate's murder


Planet Key OK, judge rules

Planet Key song screencap

6:57 PM  High Court says Electoral Commission wrong to stop broadcast of satire during election.

Live: Easter wrap up

Welcome to Parliament's last sitting day before MPs head off for the Easter break.

Allan Still, father of Alexis Victoria Still who died in the Carterton Ballon crash.

Families were left 'in the dark'

Parents of Carterton balloon crash victim Alexis Still criticise police and coroner handling of her body.


Kids in the trenches for Anzac Day

Captain Tony Harris from the NZ army visits North Street school to dig a trench to demonstrate to students what it was like to live in those conditions.

The New Zealand Army have set up camp at a Feilding school as part of an Anzac Day education programme

Dad told to get trespass order

A father whose truant son plays video games in an internet cafe is angry the operators won't turn him away.

The Black Caps may have been disappointed by their loss at the World Cup final in Melbourne, but Paraparaumu College students were too when they were pranked by the school for April Fool's Day.

Hoax leaves young fans stumped

Students were disappointed when a Black Caps visit turned out to be an April Fool's hoax.


'Patient dumping' at night shelter

Wellington Night Shelter manager Mike Leon, left, at a social housing protest.

Wellington's Night Shelter has gone from last resort to first port of call for many psychiatric patients and released prisoners.

Cancer fighter 'blown away' by aid

Golden Bay designer fighting cancer will travel to Germany for treatment thanks to hundreds of donations.

Legal highs generic

Legal highs ban plans firm up

Plans to ban the sale of legal highs in significant chunks of Auckland pass the final hurdle.


Error dethrones Glammies winner

A testing error means NZ's tastiest lamb competition has been declared a no-contest and Dannevirke farmer Hamish Buchanan may have to hand back his trophies.

Dannevirke farmer will hand his tastiest lamb award back after organisers declared a no-contest because of a testing mistake.

Landcorp launches new brand

State-owned enterprise farmer Landcorp has launched a new brand called Pamu to identify its products.

A screen grab from the GlobalDairyTrade site of the price index at recent auctions.

Peters attacks dairy decline

Dairy prices have tumbled another 10.8 per cent, meaning many farmers will not break even this season.

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