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Relentless rain brings flooding, power cuts as storm crosses North Island

Auckland's morning was a washout and now it's "absolutely pouring" in parts of Coromandel.

Faith in Taranaki: A message for elected councillors - don't talk of love, show me

'Love one another as I have loved you' - it's what Jesus did and it's what successful council candidates should do too.

Power outage in central Wellington

A power outage has hit Wellington CBD - just half an hour before the All Blacks test.

All lanes reopen after Sunday morning crash near Rimutaka Hill summit

A two-car crash on the Rimutaka Hill Road caused a temporary lane closure on Sunday morning.

Sudden death of student at University of Canterbury residence

University of Canterbury mourning the death of female student at hall of residence.

Police seek drivers of cars seen near scene of fatal crash in south Auckland

Police want to talk to the drivers of two cars seen near the scene of a fatal car crash in south Auckland.

Father shocked at $1700 bill for teenage daughter's paintball birthday

It was meant to be a dream day out for his daughter's 15th birthday, but this dad claims it ended up costing him big.

Driver killed after milk tanker crashes near Oamaru

A driver has died after veering off the road and crashing into a ditch.

Hamilton man missing since September 30

Bik Singh, 24, was last seen in Hamilton East in a distressed state.

Police inspector Bruce Horne in trouble over incident that could cost him his driving licence – or worse

Police inspector takes his own force to court to fight an infringement notice after an incident in a police car.

Dog refuses to leave side of dying Kiwi poet

A renowned Kiwi poet has been killed when he was hit by car in the United States.

Border authorities block shipload of palm kernel feared to be biosecurity threat

A 23,000 tonne shipment of palm kernel floating off NZ's coast is barred as it has likely come from plantations linked to deforestation.

Illegal live streams of Joseph Parker fight taken down by Duco

Duco Events are cracking down on illegal live-streams of the Joseph Parker fight.

One suffers minor burns in house blaze

One person suffered minor burns in the blaze.

Cop car hits three more vehicles on way to a crash

A patrol car on an emergency call out was caught up in a four-car smash of its own.

Two Lotto winners pocket $500,000 win

Two Lotto winners have scooped $500,000 each in Saturday's live draw.

Prime Minister John Key and the elephant in the Sri Lankan courtroom

Sri Lanka wants to bestow Nandi the elephant to New Zealand. It's causing a jumbo row.

Death of young man 'suspicious'

Police are guarding the scene of a home where a man in his 20s has been found dead.

Cops hunt arsonist who left behind shoe in west Auckland's version of Cinderella

It's west Auckland's very own Cinderella story. But this time, Cinders is an arsonist.

Child rushed to hospital after fall from rope swing

The 11-year-old was rushed to hospital after being injured after 3.7m fall.

Fire service rescues child stuck in car

A child has been rescued after he locked himself in a car in the parking lot of a supermarket in Northland.

Assault in Auckland CBD under investigation

An 18-year-old man was knocked out and left with a fractured skull.

Kiwi bridge players awarded gold medal after scoring error nearly denied them victory

"We're champions of the world. It's more than we ever dreamed of."

Fatal crash near Clevedon, south Auckland

Fatal car accident on a rural road in south Auckland.

Government employee on serious charges suspended on full pay

Government worker facing charges including threatening grievous bodily harm still on full pay.

Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft assures Indian leaders over violence

Children's Commission met Indian community leaders and reassured them the youth justice system was capable of working.

Cheese washed down with beer in Hamilton

The sweaty socks stink of cheese floats through Hamilton's SkyCity atrium - it's the FermentFest.

More thunder and lightning on the way, bursts of heavy rain and westerlies

Already drenched spots in the North Island are being warned to expect another deluge.

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Beehive thefts annoy beekeepers

Hives worth thousands each are being stolen, with beekeepers and honey buyers the ones suffering.

New Zealand classic car nuts lose their money to Australia-based dealer

Australia-based dealer leaves Kiwis at least $200k out of pocket after taking their money but not delivering cars.

New Zealand strengthens ties with Sri Lanka

New Zealand is expecting to open a High Commission in Sri Lanka within the next two years, Prime Minister John Key announced.

Pets enjoy a social time at Wellington Cathedral

Pets, people and prayers at annual day for animal blessings in Wellington.

Sex boast sinks Waikato University candidate

He bragged about his sexual prowess to get votes, but that didn't impress many.

4.4 magnitude earthquake rattles Wellington

A short and sharp earthquake centred near Paraparaumu got some in the region jumping.

Revellers gather for Kaikoura Seafest

Kaikoura's iconic seafood festival has kicked off in style, with more than 4000 people expected at the event.

H&M opens first store in New Zealand to more than 1000 fashion fans

Crumpets, a DJ and a dance by the staff - it was all happening at H&M's new flagship Auckland store.

Royal New Zealand Navy White Ensign flying above Auckland Harbour Bridge

The historic naval flag will fly above the Harbour Bridge every October 1.

Funeral for 19-year-old Lucas Cochrane who went missing in Whitianga

Family and friends remember Lucas Cochrane, who disappeared during a storm in Whitinaga.

Student loan borrowers seeking bankruptcy as millions in debts wiped due to insolvency

Millions of dollars in student debt is being erased by overseas graduates seeking bankruptcy.

We should be talking more about baby loss: Don't let it be the elephant in the room

It's more than double our annual road toll - the heartbreak behind New Zealand's 700 dead babies.

Man mugged on Lower Hutt street

Man had wallet stolen after being pushed to the ground in Lower Hutt, Wellington.

WorldSkills competition a chance for young tradies to show skills

Phoebe Coers​ wanted to be a mountain biker when she was little. Now she's an apprentice plumber.

Residents claim kids played in P-contaminated goods dumped on Wainuiomata lawn

Kids were playing among a pile of rubbish dumped on a lawn outside a contaminated house, locals say.

'Cunning' identity thief sentenced to home detention

Fraudster who created elaborate fake identity deemed 'not so smart' after comeuppance in court.

Residents at odds as replanted pohutukawa ripped out on coastal street

The plants were chopped down, replanted, chopped down again. What's going on?

One dead in Whangarei car crash overnight

The driver of a car has been killed after the car they were driving smashed into a pole.

Inner city living answer for Hamilton's dying CBD

Inner city living is about to drop in Hamilton.

Driver dies in one-vehicle crash near Whangarei, Northland

A person has died in a one-vehicle crash near Whangarei overnight.

Thunderstorms hit Otago, reports highway underwater

Parts of State Highway 8 are underwater as a thunderstorm batters Otago.
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