Anti-smacking law has 'failed to reduce child abuse': Family First report

Family First says law has done nothing to tackle child abuse, but claims dismissed as "ridiculous" by Sue Bradford.

School bus involved in crash near Christchurch

Twenty-five people being assessed by paramedics after school bus crashes near Christchurch.

Family concerned about lack of contact from Canadian tourist in South Canterbury

The family of a Canadian tourist are worried after he failed to arrive to start a job in Timaru last week.

Cyclist dead after hit by train at Fendalton Rd crossing, Christchurch

An adult cyclist is dead after a train hit him at the Fendalton Rd railway crossing in Christchurch.

Inspiring Christchurch schoolboy Jake Bailey speaks of cancer battle

Jake Bailey wrote the speech first. Then cancer gave it power and poignancy. "It was meant to be," he says.

New Zealanders are fat and in denial about it, says survey

Kiwis might tout themselves as a sports-mad nation, but the reality is most of us are fat and inactive.

AA: More children and pets found locked in cars

Nearly 1500 emergency callouts to AA were made last year because a child or animal was locked in a car.

Low thunderstorm risk, showers, warm settled weather continues for many

A few showers and even thunderstorms are possible, but mostly the summer sun keeps shining.

Ports of Auckland set to develop multimillion dollar freight hub in Waikato

Ports of Auckland is moving ahead with plans to develop a Waikato freight hub.

Kiwi man's creative solution to finding a woman for Valentine's Day

Stuart Spencer has a creative solution for getting a date on Valentine's Day.

Waist trainers: investing in eating disorders

OPINION: The stomach cinching contraption from a bygone era, the corset, has made a comeback.

Homicide inquiry launched after body found near Whangarei

The Armed Offenders Squad was called after a man's body was found north of Whangarei.

$7.1 million Lotto win in Tauranga

It's the third time Powerball has been struck so far this year.

Christchurch school gets behind #buythisbeachNZ

A Christchurch school is helping Kiwis buy back Awaroa Inlet.

Man in serious condition after crash on SH1 at Pukerua Bay

Crash at Pukerua Bay leaves commuter traffic backed up bumper-to-bumper.

Take a look behind the scenes of a late night taxi ride in Taranaki

Ever wanted to know what taxi drivers have to put up with? Well, this firm has you sorted.

Maths and science teachers in 'twilight' or back from retirement

Maths and science teachers are being pulled out of retirement as schools experience ''critical'' staff shortages.

Invented infants used to fully book out tramping hut

Group of trampers exploit loophole that allows infants to stay for free in DOC huts - by making up 12 of them.

New Zealand soldiers Korea-bound

Kiwi soldiers are Korea-bound for exercises with Republic's troops and US marines.

Christchurch's Night Noodle Market packed; complaints about queues

Christchurch's first evening noodle market attracts huge crowds – and huge queues.

Five sharks spotted off Peka Peka and Waikanae Beach

Police are warning people in the area to stay out of the water.

Auckland trains getting back on track

Aucklanders faced delays to train services on Wednesday due to a track fault near Britomart.

Police slammed for not doing enough to solve burglaries

Number of burglaries solved drops below 10 per cent in some parts of NZ.

Auckland lifeguards headed to Greece to assist refugee crisis

Lifeguards from Auckland's Bethells Beach are heading to Greece to help with the migrant crisis.

An open letter to TPP protesters from Steven Joyce

OPINION: I've been listening to you over the past few years, months and weeks. So, I'd like to set the record straight on a few matters.

DOC may charge overseas visitors to enter national parks

"We can't stick our head in the sand." DOC says it's considering making overseas tourists pay to use our parks.

Forlongs' customers upset by impending closure

Frankton shoppers spanning a few generations remember doing business with Forlongs.

Hundreds of eels found dead in Marlborough creek

A mystery toxin is being blamed for wiping out the fish and plants in a creek north of Blenheim.

Man critical after being pinned under a 15-tonne truck in Northland

A man is in critical condition after being pinned under the tyre of a 15-tonne truck.

One injured after three-car crash in northern Southland

Three vehicles were involved in a northern Southland crash that left one person with minor injuries.

Two Marlborough women smash each other's cars in ongoing feud

A long-standing feud was reignited after a woman found her tyres slashed. She went for revenge, and things got really nasty.

Shark Dive NZ operator says he was not run off Stewart Island

Move to mainland not because of tensions on Stewart Island, shark dive operator says.

Dozens of shoes cleared from power lines in Dunedin's student quarter

It's costing $300 to remove each pair of shoes hanging from Dunedin powerlines.

Police raid Head Hunters' gang pad in Christchurch

Christchurch woman cannot find a buyer for her home after the Head Hunters moved in next door.

Students ask for stricter tenancy rules in the battle against cold and mould

Students tell MPs of "toxic" effect of poor housing on their well-being and academic performance.

Kiwi man found dead in Cambodian resort

A 72-year-old man was found dead of a suspected heart attack in a Cambodian resort.

Smokers to get texts from doctors in bid to help people quit

Would texts from your doctor help you quit smoking?

Kayakers rescued from mud near Herald Island

Kayaking pair were winched from mud after their boat got stuck.

'Aggressive and hostile' axe murderer's parole postponed three years

A man who killed an Oamaru woman with an axe continues to demonstrate aggressive and hostile behaviour.

Police watchdog IPCA skips investigations due to financial pressures

IPCA unable to investigate claims of excessive force from police due to financial pressures.

Tourism, not just farming, has an impact on environment

Impacts on the environment are not limited to farming, with tourism playing a part too.

Go By Bike | Wanaka board members take stand on cycling

Cycling issues mount for Wanaka community.

Shortage of cranes could slow construction, operator says

Operators are frantically searching for equipment and staff as the Auckland building boom gathers pace.

Council looking for leads on Tuakau jet ski accident

Harbourmasters 'have little to go on' in terms of how the girl was injured.

Age no barrier for Southern Man contestant Karl Barkley

Karl Barkley has at least 25 years on some of his peers.

Baby murderer appeals sentence

A man jailed for murdering his infant son is seeking a reduction of his minimum non-parole period.

Ministry of Education boss says $19.5 million on office revamp couldn't be spent on teachers

Education ministry boss says he couldn't spend money on teachers that had been allocated to a $19.5m office revamp.

Police dismiss independent watchdog calls to change policy on fleeing drivers

Independent police watchdog "urges" police to alter rules on pursuing drivers, but Police Commissioner is unmoved.

Taranaki DHB may get smaller cut of health funding pie

Funding to rise for 7 DHBs, and dip for 4 others including Auckland, after changes to health budget's allocation formula.