Waikato DHB's flu mask policy will be rolled out to include visitors.
750 more social housing places and $100m for Crown land scheme, but critics may not be appeased.
Taranaki provides the fastest cancer treatment in the country and still doesn't meet the national target.
Prisoner says a leftover Christmas dinner was the trigger point for a jailhouse confession from an alleged murderer.
Funding set aside for under-achieving kids may not even reach them.
More money for police - but no new boots on the ground to fight crime.
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The remains of 60 Maori and Moriori individuals will be welcomed home on Friday
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Man tied the dog's legs, fastened its mouth shut and hung it in a tree. Then he used a Stanley knife.
Heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding to some Waikato areas.
Farmer guilty of diverting a stream on his property despite claiming its happened naturally.
Winston Peters has labelled Budget 2016 the "Get Stuffed" Budget, while Labour's Grant Robertson called it the "Sticking Plaster" Budget.
NZ is on course for a temperature record. The question is, how much will it cool down again?
More Government funding for warm homes is welcoming news, the Southland Warm Homes Trust says.
A bright yellow 140 tonne lifting gantry called Dennis has completed its 2.5 year stint on Auckland's northwestern motorway.
Paul Abbott, who has caused concern with online dating activities in Marlborough, is in Canterbury, police say.
A woman's drug dealing operation was foiled when undercover offices bought "tinnies" from her home.
A Maori boarding school's trust board has dissolved in favour of an incorporated society separate to the Catholic diocese.
Les Atkins, Palmerston North defence lawyer, district court judge and Queen's Counsel, has passed away.
Little blue penguins in Kaikoura think Spring has sprung.
After randomly attacking two couples, he's been "pushing boundaries" in prison.
Government signals new national urban development plan in a bid to force councils to increase supply to control prices.
Three men thought to be the leaders of an organised crime ring have been arrested in Lower Hutt.
There's a big boost for tertiary courses in the Government's Budget, which it says will diversify the economy.
Police are investigating an unexplained death following the discovery of more body parts at a South Canterbury beach.
Push for 25pc discount fails, as regional councillors say it would be unfair to other low-income groups.
The man landed 10m from the wrecked car after it rolled at speed into a potato field.
Locals are vowing to keep fighting a controversial special housing area after it received the go-ahead from commissioners.
Eric McIsaac, who killed his 10-year-old brother Alex Fisher, bore a grudge against his parents and "wanted to make them pay".
A swathe of complaints could lead to the closure of a popular Taupo camping spot.
Havelock North's PostShop and a neighbouring pharmacy evacuated after mail worker finds suspicious powder.
Police pull a horse-drawn carriage over on a rural Waikato road - and it wasn't for speeding.
10-year-old Alex Fisher's death felt like a "tidal wave came through" the beachside community.
Residents lobbying for an urgent upgrade to a busy Hamilton intersection have hit a roadblock.
The discovery of a body in south Auckland has been referred to the coroner.
Janelle Pownceby says she's realised as a police officer that you can change the world - but it has to be in small, bite-sized ways.
A friend says the 20-year-old who's been reported missing "must be ignoring her parents".
Glenda Mona Macdonald of Matata died in a car and van crash near Whakatane on Wednesday.
OPINION: A man said Christchurch was boring and he got slammed for it. I don't think this is fair.
Children were getting onto the bus when its brakes failed and it rolled down a hill into bamboo bushes.
He was just a normal Kiwi kid - loved sport, tried hard at school, was loved by his family.
Police move to join serious assault charge with murder prosecution over death of Marcus Tucker.
Guns may have been used during a home invasion of a Dunedin student flat.
Peter McIsaac had long thought his son Eric was dangerous. No one heeded his warnings.
As police and rescuers searched for missing boy Alex Fisher, they hoped for a good outcome. It didn't come.
Judge hails "courage" of family for coming to court, as boys' mother weeps at conviction.
The Royal Artillery's 300th anniversary has been recognised with a gun salute at North Head, Auckland.
Traffic chaos continues on Auckland roads after multiple crashes
OPINION: Being a teenage mother is hard enough, without having to fight for a warm, safe home.