Mystery bang jolts Tauranga awake, but was it just thunder?

Was it a thunderclap, or something else? Residents are divided over the loud noise that woke them at 3am on Sunday.

Solar flare creates 'perfect' opportunity to see bright Aurora Australis across South Island

Conditions "perfect" for viewing in the South Island as solar flare creates strong reaction.

Elective surgery criteria needs overhaul, injured man says

Barry Adams needs back surgery, but won't get it unless he cannot work or walk.

How to keep out of student loan trouble while overseas

Student loans are interest-free if you live in NZ but that changes when you head overseas for more than six months.

Govt's income package leaves 20,000 families with one child worse off: Labour

Nasty fish-hook in Government package may leave 20,000 families with one child worse off.

Lower Hutt school team Canada-bound to defend Kids' Literature Quiz world crown

Are you as well read as these 12 year olds? Take our quiz.

Second half marathon for terminally-ill woman in wheelchair

She was told she wouldn't run again, but despite her cancer, she crossed the finish line.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters critical of cathedral debacle

Government should splash more cash on Christchurch's quake-damaged cathedral, Winston Peters says.

Man missing in Porirua found safe and well

John Griffen, who had been missing since Saturday, was found safe and well.

Steel stretched in Wellington high rise during Kaikoura quake

Some tenants of a central Wellington building will not return to offices on Monday pending a closer look at an engineer's report.

Questions raised as NZ's diver death toll surges

Eight men have died diving in New Zealand waters this year. Experts say mistakes are being repeated.

More than a hundred jobs on the line after Kiwi footwear empire Banks Group placed in receivership

It'll be a nervous wait for 170 staff at 14 footwear stores across New Zealand.

A lifetime of work gone in minutes in Palmerston North shed fire

It was a shed holding half a century of his life. It was gone in minutes.

Woman with lupus faces deportation after High Court bid fails

The woman has had $192,000 of treatment in New Zealand and if she was to stay would cost more, court says.

Election 2017: When the money isn't enough - time for politicians to brush up their bedside manner

OPINION: What will be the big health issues for voters this election year? The ideological battle lines have well and truly been drawn.

Winston Peters laughs at media covering his Twitter 'gaffe'

Winston Peters goes into bat for the hard-working staffer who made a "human mistake" on his Twitter account.

Traffic backs up to Auckland Harbour Bridge after crash

It's not only the week days where Aucklanders have to put up with traffic.

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Marlborough's claim to culinary fame: more eateries per capita than New York City

Blenheim beats little town blues by taking bite out of Big Apple's cafe culture, with more food outlets per capita.

Whistleblower says he's being forced out by Government agency

"People who point out what's going wrong get crucified."

Overseas visitors' giant-sized health bill puts DHBs under pressure

Sick and injured overseas visitors are putting the squeeze on health board budgets.

Friends and whanau of a young woman who died on Saturday morning pay tribute

Friends and whanau of a young woman who died in a car crash in Auckland have paid tribute to her.

SH39 down to one lane after vehicle lands in ditch

Emergency crews on the scene after car ends up in ditch near Pirongia in the Waikato.

Government announces new $16 million primary school for Wanaka

Government announces a new primary school for Wanaka and more classrooms for the growing town's only secondary school.

Snail mail a dying trend as post boxes get the chop

The removal of the traditional neighbourhood post box is continuing to cause concerns for Auckland residents.

Predicting the unpredictable: The data behind random trauma events

If you're 55 to 65, watch out when you ride your quad bike: How data is stopping the accidents which seem random.

Thames Four Square jumping with excitement after Powerball win

Four Square owner Sukhpal Singh could not be happier after selling a $27 million Powerball ticket.

Man dies at King's College, Auckland

Elderly man was attending a reunion at the school when he suffered a medical event.

In terror attacks and disasters, today's children are more resilient than we think

In terror attacks and disasters, today's children are more resilient than we think.

Timaru man's disappearance 'out of character' - police

Police are asking for anyone with information regarding missing Timaru man Murray Wall to come forward.

Meditation centre heads to court to stop pistol range from disrupting its tranquility

Meditation centre known for its tranquility goes all the way to the High Court to try to stop a proposed gun club.

Calls to tweak Waikato Hospital's smoking ban policy

A blanket smoking ban at hospitals is putting some vulnerable patients at risk, says a health board member.

Jonathan Milne: As humans, as parents, we feel little Emily's dad should not face charges – but that feeling is wrong

OPINION: As humans, as parents, we feel the father of a drowned 2-year-old should not be prosecuted. He's been through enough. But our instinct is wrong.

Documents reveal bitter aftertaste after Dunedin Cadbury factory closure announcement

Released emails about Dunedin's Cadbury factory closure show the company liked mayor's 'leadership'.

50 firefighters at 'suspicious' south Auckland commercial building blaze

50 firefighters race from all over Auckland to battle a massive blaze at a commercial property.

Man seriously injured after being hit by driver fleeing police

A car was fleeing from police when it crashed, seriously injuring an innocent man.

Grandmother attacked in her own home in Porirua

A grandmother has been assaulted by a young girl following a fracas outside her home north of Wellington.

RSE workers made 'scape goats' over housing affordability

Property manager says RSE workers live in four or five-bedroom houses, while MSD is looking for one-bedroom houses.

Newmarket business awards pulls in highest number of entries

The Newmarket business award finalists are announced after categories receive the highest number of entries ever.

Posh grocery chain Farro Fresh may expand nationwide

An Auckland based grocery chain's growing success may see it expand nationwide.

Support staff in schools face uncertain future due to lack of funding

Schools want to see support staff receive better pay, but fear they can't afford it.

'Law-abiding' shooters up in arms over police Arms Code bungle

A botched police update of the Arms Code has angered gun owners.

Stacey Kirk: Steven Joyce slams cash-laden briefcase on table - no room for a sly envelope

OPINION: Finance Minister Steven Joyce's Budget ticked all the boxes he wanted, and perhaps a few extra.

Police charge father of toddler swept away with two counts of dangerous driving causing death

His little girl was swept away when he tried to drive across a river. Almost a year on, he's charged over her death.

Auckland's infamous K Road: NZ's first serial killer's hunting ground

Vanishings and killings of beautiful women on K Rd cemented its seedy status - but was it a myth?

Want to read a dozen books a week? Maybe prison's the place to be

Forget fight clubs. It's prison book clubs which are getting inmates passionate about life again.

A fridge that orders the groceries, a two minute dishwasher and a solar skin: Welcome to the homes of the future

From the solar skin on your house to internet via every surface, the humble abode is on the verge of major change.

From Palmerston North Sunday school teacher to dancing topless at Paris' famous cabaret

As famed showgirl Marissa Burgess opens her Cabaret de Paris here this weekend, one NZer recalls the life-changing experience of dancing with the notorious Folies Bergere.

Winston Peters accidentally shares social media search on himself, or does he?

Twitter faux pas or social media genius? Either way, Winston Peters' post has people talking.

Woman rescued after driving into Bay of Plenty floodwaters

The fire service has rescued a woman who drove into floodwaters near Katikati.