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Paula Bennett has won the battle for deputy Prime Minister and will team up with Bill English

Simon Bridges has lost his bid to be deputy prime minister.

Hundreds of children have been welcomed into the Tuhoro home

An elderly Hamilton couple have fostered over 500 vulnerable children - and show no sign of stopping.

Millions spent by state broadcaster TVNZ paying out staff

A steady stream of presenters have left TVNZ in the past two years.

Dairy owner suffered puncture wound to neck after scuffle in Otahuhu, Auckland

A dairy owner in south Auckland suffered a puncture wound after an early morning break-in on Saturday.

One dead, one injured in early morning West Auckland car crash

A man is dead and his female passenger in hospital after their car rolled in West Auckland.

Passenger helps eject young vandals from Auckland train

A passenger helped kick a group of youths off an Auckland train after they became abusive on Friday night.

Hauraki Plains teen killed on his way to Paeroa

Farm worker Regan Easton-Sydney died in a crash just hours after celebrating his 19th birthday.

Woman found dead at Upper Hutt home, as police hunt for three men

Men were seen running from an Upper Hutt house just after midnight. Then the woman was found dead.

Where the wildings are: A never-ending fight for the high country

Wilding pines grow five times faster in NZ than the US and are taking a huge toll on farmers.

Schools bring in $11m more in donations during 2015

Schools raised more than $124.9m last year, up $11.8m on year before.

#talktome: Let's talk about cancer

Every year, one in 200 New Zealanders is diagnosed with some form of cancer.

Demolition plan leaves cars trapped - and a fish dinner sitting on the kitchen bench

A "filthy mess" awaits one quake-evacuated family whose fish dinner is still on the bench.

Stuff comments: How to debate the issue of religion

A Kiwi living in a Muslim land gives her view on how we can talk about religion without getting nasty.

Daughter of murdered road worker George Taiaroa says thoughts of his final moments haunt her

"My first thought was, thank god Dad wasn't in Tokoroa. My second thought was that I really felt for the victim's family."

John Key's most enduring legacy is make the right like Madonna

OPINION: Madonna-fying the right may be Key's biggest impact on politics, writes Jeremy Elwood.

Ray Columbus's legacy lives on in rich vein of Kiwi talent

Ray Columbus spent more than six decades in the entertainment business. His legacy as a singer, mentor and manager lives on in our top Kiwi talent.

Bill Skelton, champion jockey and gentleman of the turf

The West Coast kid who conquered New Zealand racing.

Michele A'Court and Jeremy Elwood: Bye, bye John Key

 Another shocker for 2016: John Key exits right.

Duncan Garner: Bitter Bill and the day our next prime minister lost the plot

OPINION: English may be dull, but he's no longer angry, says Duncan Garner.

A Life Story - Ray Columbus dies, 74

Ray Columbus was a musical pioneer and a mentor to some of our top talent.

Tracy Watkins: Prime Minister Bill English - the big political reset

OPINION: This time last week John Key was on his way to an election win. Then the big 2016 bombshell happened.

Flashback: A singer who incited a riot but really didn't

Among the fury, as rioters rioted and police policed, a Maori warden in Auckland led a brave plea for peace.

Guess who will lead the country on Monday?

How do you pick a PM? Set your board for prime ministerial Guess Who.

'Third world' level of support for at-risk children in New Zealand – an open letter to Ministers

A life of crime and gangs is inevitable for vulnerable children unless more support is offered, a principal tells MPs.

Buzz Aldrin leaves New Zealand after an unexpected stay in Christchurch Hospital

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin has lifted off, leaving New Zealand after an unexpected stay in Christchurch Hospital.

Birthday scavenger hunt leads girls on community service mission

It wasn't a party, cake and presents. But getting out and helping others showed these teenagers "more of what's out there".

Kaikoura locals lining up for earthquake tattoos

The quake needle in Kaikoura is off the scale again. But this time the ink is for something rather different: "Quakora".

Communities rally to raise funds for Kaipara tragedy victim's families

New Zealanders are supporting families struck by the Kaipara boat tragedy.

Two classrooms and expensive equipment destroyed in Hutt Valley High School fire

Hutt Valley High School fire caused at least $700k-worth of damage by destroying technology rooms.

Health board cuts home care to arthritis-stricken pensioners

First MidCentral threatened to cut off a 96-year-old, now two more women suffer similar treatment.

Rapist Mateo Nixon has sentence reduced after autism argument

Rapist's jail sentence reduced after successful autism argument.

Fashion designer protests at student graduation

Invercargill fashion designer says she is surviving, despite a tertiary organisation owing her $70K.

Two people seriously injured in car crash

Car crashes are keeping Manawatu emergency services busy.

Shiny stainless steel sculpture gets the seal of approval

New Plymouth has a shiny new addition to its coastal walkway, thanks to the kindness of Nancy Mills.

Will English and Joyce ring the changes?

Will John Key's watch my lips promise on pensions survive the new regime?

Dental Association wants sugary drinks to have teaspoon icons on their labels

Health lobbyists want icons showing how many teaspoons of sugar per serving.

Smiles, selfies and fitting Christchurch farewell for John Key

A wedding, the Parker fight and clearing Bill's new office on John Key's weekend to-do list.

Three people injured after crash in Dairy Flat, Auckland

One person is in a serious condition after the crash on Auckland's North Shore.

Emergency at Whenuapai Airport a false alarm

'Fumes of an electrical nature' were smelt at Whenuapai Airport, but emergency it was not.

Police bugs hear Christchurch criminals laugh at risk of jail

A joke about prison on a police phone tap proved prophetic for a now-reformed drug dealer.

Court decision could be overturned over $2m insurance payout following wife's murder

His wife was strangled and stuffed in a barrel. He was acquitted, but could he now win the right to a $2 million insurance policy?

Vandals strike at north Taranaki marae

The trail of damage included broken windows, a smashed in wall and a painted swastika

Meet the Kiwi service dogs you probably didn't know existed

You've heard of guide dogs and police dogs, but we'll bet you haven't heard of some of these service dogs before.

Police apply to strip Christchurch crime family of $2.1m in assets

Police order sale of properties of Robinson family who "unlawfully benefited" from criminal activity.

The art of giving and receiving gifts

I like to think I am an amazing gift giver, just not a great gift receiver.

Serious Crash Unit investigates incident on Auckland's North Shore

Fire fighters used the jaws of life to cut someone from a crash in Glenfield on December 4.

Hamilton primary school pupil raped by another pupil at school camp

Mother says she had no help from the school after horrific incident at a school camp.

Warning signs at fishing spot removed just in time for kid's fishing day

Dozens of kids are signed up to go fishing in a river contaminated with E.coli.

Pregnant southern smokers receive 15k in vouchers as incentive to quit

"If incentives help the mother to stay smokefree during pregnancy, then the main clinical outcome of the programme has been achieved."

Free the Paekakariki 4000: Protest group fights NZTA over 4000 native fish

Environmental group accuses NZ Transport Agency of imprisoning native fish.