Trio rescued from Tararua Forest Park

Helicopter plucks trampers out of forest park after emergency locator beacon set off.

Riverton Coastguard rescue three people from broken down boat

Three people have been rescued after their boat broke down near Howells Point, near Riverton.

4WDers use jet boat, winches to pull stricken truck from Waimakariri River

It took a jet boat, a jet ski and a huge fleet of 4WDs to haul stricken truck from river.

John Key's plane is grounded in Australia until a replacement plane arrives to head on to India

A replacement plane is on its way as visit to India with Brendon McCullum fails to get off the ground.

Tribal Huk abandon shot up vehicle

Patched-up Tribal Huk boss admits he's paid a big price for gang's anti P stance.

Elderly woman still owed thousands by painter

Debt collectors are unable to serve a door-knocking painter, five months after a disputes tribunal ordered him to repay one victim.

Record number of quad bike deaths

A man desperately tried to revive his brother with CPR after the quad bike they were on rolled over.

What's in a name? Meet Marlborough man Mc Lovin

He changed his name to Mc Lovin to make people laugh - but it was sparked by tragedy.

Huge fire in central Hamilton

"I'm shattered. I'm almost numb," building owner says after massive fire rips through Hamilton tyre shop.

Multiple sclerosis battler Kane Roper fights for $200,000 treatment

Kane Roper knows there's drug to fight his debilitating illness. But it will cost him $200,000.

Pioneering detective dies in head-on crash

Woman killed in Kapiti Coast crash was first female Maori in CIB.

Critical injury in Auckland Tamaki Drive Labour Day smash

Three injured in smash which closed Tamaki Dr, as holiday traffic begins to build.

Family of missing diver Seddon Jane still hopeful for return of loved one

The family of a diver missing off Banks Peninsula in Canterbury "still have faith he could show up alive".

Fatal crash near Wallacetown in Southland

A person has died after a collision between a motorcycle and a ute north of Invercargill.

Work kills two or more New Zealanders every day, WorkSafe figures show

Fumes and dust are killing hundreds, sometimes years after their exposure.

Tribal Huk abandons shot up vehicle

Patched-up Tribal Huk boss admits he's paid a big price for gang's anti P stance.

'Someone's likely to get seriously injured somewhere along the way'

A Christchurch 24/7 store has been robbed for the third time in just over a month.

Dramatic sea rescue off the coast of Waitara forms special bond

A dramatic rescue off the Taranaki coast has formed a unique link between two men who met as strangers.

Boy injured after hitting a cow while riding motorbike near Hunterville

Eleven-year-old flown to hospital after injury on Rangitikei farm.

Minister welcomes NZ's first three way kidney exchange

Six people, two cities, hundreds of medical staff and three successful kidney transplants.

Armageddon expo wraps up in Auckland

 Auckland's "glorious, geek experience" Armageddon brings out fans of all things sci-fi and fantasy.

Man stabbed at Right Wing Resistance party in Christchurch

Arrest following attack at the far-Right group's annual 'flag day' celebrations in Christchurch.

Eketahuna pub company ordered to pay $32,000 to former staff members

Company behind Tararua town's only pub ordered to pay former staff $30,000 - but owner can't be found.

Person injured in Helensville ute beach roll

Ambulance and fire crew rushed to Helensville to help people injured in a beach accident.

Phil Goff's foresight for new Auckland waterfront stadium praised

Dunedin mayor Dave Cull backs plans to replace Eden Park with waterfront stadium, but warns Auckland should heed lessons learnt by his council.

Chef makes dash to pot Nelson shoplifter

Yam Methatip was walking with a friend in central Nelson when it all unfolded before him.

Police seek missing boy, 14

Raefon Adams left his home on Monday morning in a distressed state, police say.

Nuclear physics paper written by iOS autocomplete

Using a fake ID, Canterbury academic wrote a nuclear physics paper using his phone's auto-complete.

Sun goes into hiding as front moves up from south

Time to pack away the togs and jandals, the sun's going into hiding as the long weekend draws to a close.

Motorbike crash victim Guy Lowe 'absolutely dedicated' to riding

Guy Lowe's mates thought he was pretty tough when they first met him. Then they found out more about the man.

Man in court after Whanganui pub brawl hit-and-run

Man appears in court after allegedly using car as a weapon against someone after pub brawl.

Seeing red over false Greenie science scaremongering

Greenie alarmists have long spread misinformation and lies, says Bob Brockie.

Woman escapes from second storey of burning Dunedin flat

A woman fled a burning Dunedin flat by leaping into the arms of a heroic passerby.

Did police use booze checkpoint to target elderly women at euthanasia meeting?

Police accused of rights breach by stopping elderly women to gather details on euthanasia group.

9-year-old girl rescued from rip in Raglan

A surfer rescued a nine-year-old girl caught in a rip in Raglan.

Hutt Valley teens' lengthy wait times for mental health services

Ministry figures show Hutt Valley performs poorly on children's mental health services.

Over 1000 houses were without power in East Auckland

Linesmen were trying to restore power to the eastern suburb of Pakuranga

Wellington student Finn Lewis wins TV gameshow Spellbound

Wellington teen Finn Lewis takes national title in TV gameshow Spellbound.

Fire at tyre shop in central Hamilton

A fire outside a building broke through roller doors and spread inside.

Surfers tried to save friend who drowned at coastal Taranaki break

Surfers desperately tried to revive their friend who drowned at a popular Taranaki beach.

One dead in crash at Greymouth Street Races

The death of a rider after a crash at the Greymouth Street Races is the first fatality in the event's 27 years.

Labour Weekend drownings are reminder for the summer ahead

Three water sports, three drownings. It's a reminder that we need to respect the water, whatever we do.

Labour Weekend road toll stands at one so far as police urge caution

Fatal crash in Pokeno, south of Auckland, puts official Labour Weekend road toll at one.

Police suicide calls increasing

Palmerston North police are responding to more 'crisis' suicide attempts and mental health calls.

Adoptee Vivienne Hill has made it her life's work to help others find their families

Vivienne Hill never knew her parents growing up. Now she helps others find theirs.

Men in monkey masks chase Timaru teens

Men in masks growled at girls before chasing them down street.

The Block NZ's Niki Osbourne and Tiff Mair look for perfection in Wanaka

Niki Osbourne and Tiff Mair found it a hard road competing in Wanaka's Perfect Woman competition.

'Australia has no greater friend' - what Julie Bishop really thinks of New Zealand

Australian foreign minister talks up "special relationship" with NZ, but won't back down on deportation stance.

Greens call on Government to 'call in' major gas-fired power plant under RMA

 The deadline is looming for a proposed new power plant to be deemed a project of national significance.

Hundreds flock to Auckland ferry terminal to escape city for Labour weekend

Half-hour queues at ferry terminal as city slickers attempt to escape.