People interfere with fire trucks during blaze in Wellington

As a massive fire engulfed the Wellington house, fire crews had to rush back to their trucks to stop students stealing them.

After causing havoc in Coromandel, heavy rain bearing down on Gisborne, northern Hawke's Bay

Heavy rain which caused slips, flooding and toppled trees in Coromandel will hit Hawke's Bay.

South Auckland fatal shooting suspect Bodi McKee arrested

Bodi McKee, 23, arrested in south Auckland in relation to man's death.

Foreign driver charged over crash which injured journalist

Foreign driver who allegedly crashed into journalist Karen Rutherford, killing her daughter's horse, has been charged.

19 Crown limos snapped over the speed limit

Crown limo drivers were nabbed 19 times for speeding.

1080 poison conspiracy floated by DOC

Did an opponent plant 1080 pellets to make DOC look bad? The department calls it "very suspicious".

Son and father both diagnosed with terminal cancer

A Hawke's Bay father and his teenage son were given a terminal cancer diagnosis just months apart.

Police concerned for missing teen in Whitianga

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of 19-year-old Lucas Cochrane.

The evolving classroom: Education's biggest revamp in 30 years

The biggest revamp of education in 30 years is underway. What does it look like?

Labour leader Andrew Little dismisses Helen Clark's advice about 'commanding the centre ground'

Helen Clark's advice to focus on voters in middle a "pretty hollow view", Labour leader says.

Wellington shoots to become first predator free capital

Miramar is rumoured to be the first stage of plans to make Wellington predator-free.

Largest Sikh temple in lower North Island opens its doors

Where shopping aisles once stood, people will now pray at the largest Sikh temple in the lower North Island.

Fatal crash blocked SH1 near Warkworth

SH1 near Warkworth, north of Auckland, was blocked after a fatal two-car crash.

Emergency services call out at Auckland International Airport

An airport official seized the contraband pepper spray then set it off at Auckland Airport.

CuriousCity: Feeding the force at the Royal Police College

CuriousCity: eight kitchen staff feed up to 450 diners three times at day at the Royal Police College.

Debate on dog control laws about emotion as well as facts

OPINION: The Government is copping flak from animal organisations - but many will support a crackdown.

Christchurch's Orana Wildlife Park celebrates 40-year milestone

Hay and nuts among birthday treats as New Zealand's only open-range zoo celebrates 40 years.

Coromandel battles rising floodwaters

Police have asked motorists to avoid unnecessary travel to the Coromandel area due to flooding.

Four die on roads overnight

A night of crashes has seen a fleeing motorcyclist, a crash into a river and a car hit a tree.

Heavy rain lashing Auckland and Northland causes flooding

Properties have been flooded and roads blocked by downpours in the north.

'Let's not be the cynic': education changes not all bad, says principal

Change isn't necessarily bad, principal says.

Christchurch mum plans to rally against funding changes

Eight-year-old Nicholas Maynard has a quick-thinking brain but struggles to get his words out.

One person dead after car accident near Waiouru

A person is dead after a crash in the Ruapehu District.

Motorcyclists raise awareness of men's health

A leisurely cruise around Hamilton in tweed and bow ties saw motorcyclists raise thousands of dollars for men's health.

Wellington principal sees risks in changes to special education funding

Principal fears teaching staff will be traded off for support staff for children with learning difficulties.

Hekia Parata: All ears to anyone 'seriously committed' to improving kids' learning

OPINION: Hekia Parata says she's putting a "shipload of money" into every child succeeding at school.

Indian students plan last stand protest to avoid deportation from New Zealand

Indian students on the brink of being deported because of fraudulent visa documents are calling for a reprieve.

Potential decile changes welcomed in many school communities

Possible changes to decile funding and more flexibility for school starting ages would be welcome changes for some.

Under-pressure schools get dodgy with donations

Schools have been caught misrepresenting voluntary donations as fees in a bid to get parents to pay more, but why?

Duckling brood grounded on runway of Ohakea Airforce Base

A routine airfield inspection at Base Ohakea turned into a rescue mission after ten trapped ducklings were spotted in a runway drain on Friday.

Tramper rescued after cold night in Marlborough bush

A 62-year-old spends night alone in Marlborough bush after wandering from the track.

Injured pedestrian in Hamilton reported to be homeless man

Homeless community in Hamilton say victim's name is Craig.

Man wanting to leave Palmerston North quoted $1609 for taxi to airport

All he wanted to do was "escape" Palmerston North but the quote for the taxi was out of control.

Happy birthday to my liver! New Zealand's first liver transplant recipient celebrates 30 years

Tracy Holmes was the first New Zealander to have a liver transplant. And she's still going strong.

Pressure mounts for smarter approach to breast cancer screening

BreastScreen Aotearoa defends not telling women when they're at a higher risk of breast cancer as it could cause "anxiety".

Corrections want ideas on what to do with mothballed Mt Eden Prison

It's been sitting empty for years, so do you have any ideas for what to do Mt Eden prison?

Bethells Beach lifeguards scoop Surf Life Saving award after saving six men

Two lifeguards' decision to stay at work late ended up saving six lives.

Stacey Kirk: Donor changes will save lives, but for those who died waiting on a transplant

OPINION: A bill to help living people donate organs without losing money will make a real difference. Why did it take so long?

Man who was stabbed six times in Naenae now stable

The stabbing victim from a brawl in Naenae is now in a stable condition in ICU.

Police shut community bases in 23 areas after safety fears

23 community police bases are closing their doors, to the horror of victims of crimes.

Cold case murder to be probed in Sensing Murder episode

No one was convicted for killing Chattrice Maihi-Carroll, now her family are calling in help.

Police continue search for armed offender following fatal shooting in south Auckland

Police continue search for 23-year-old man in relation to fatal shooting in south Auckland.

When and where: Planning to remember the NZ Wars

'We have to face our history, gore and glory.'

Man dies after car hits tree in Northland

A passenger has died after the car he was in left the road and hit a tree in Northland.

Lifestyle habits change overnight with daylight saving

More time after work and warmer evenings tend to change the way we eat, sleep and exercise.

Diggers set alight at construction site

Firefighters are attempting to douse a blaze after two diggers were set alight.

One dead after van crashes into river in Northland

A man has drowned after a van plunged into a river in Northland.

State Highway 2 in Tauranga reopened after an earlier serious crash

Two people are seriously injured after a crash in Apata, Tauranga.

Person trapped under car in Invercargill - reports

A person is believed to be trapped under a car after an incident in Invercargill.

Five split $1m in Lotto's First Division draw

Five lucky Lotto players will have an extra spring in their step after each winning $200,000.
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