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Baby penguins find safe haven in Picton after earthquakes

Baby penguins find safe haven in Picton, and all the salmon they can eat.

Martin van Beynen: John Key inspired confidence

OPINION: Many National Party people have a born-to-rule attitude. John Key never had it. He appeared equally at home in a factory as in parliament.

Owner of Tekapo kayaking company sentenced over his part in fatal trip

Two men dead, two families ripped apart and finally more than a year on, Ricky Hartnett is punished.

Live: Prime Minister John Key has resigned. What happens next?

PM promises his "110 per cent" support to his successor - but he's made it clear he wants Bill English.

John Key was popular with Kiwis, but not with all prominent people

Outgoing PM John Key was popular with the public, but prominent New Zealanders didn't always agree on his value.

We shouldn't take comment sections for granted

OPINION: I love comments sections. I'm opinionated, I love a good argument, and they're an excellent way to kill time when I'm having a slow day at work.

Concerns for safety of missing Kapiti man

Christopher Saunders was last seen leaving his home in Paraparaumu at 6am on Monday morning.

Palmerston North City Council chief executive Paddy Clifford resigns

Palmerston North City Council chief executive Paddy Clifford has announced his resignation.

John Key's eight-year reign comes to an end as Bill English gets head-start in leadership race

John Key's eight-year domination of NZ politics is at an end - and Bill English is in pole position to take over.

Hit and run victim forgives driver and wants them to come forward

Tupou Neiufi,15, was left with a serious brain injury by a hit-and-run driver - but she has forgiven them.

John Key's decision - how it played out

It was on a flight back from New York in September that John Key told his wife he'd decided on an unexpected step - to resign as NZ's prime minister. Bronagh's advice? "Just make sure you made the right call."

Legendary Auckland music venue, the Kings Arms, sold

Auckland's Kings Arms Tavern - a reliable refuge for music fans for many years - has been sold for $7.4million.

What the people of New Zealand think about John Key's resignation

PM's resignation shocked not only his colleagues, but also the country. Here's what New Zealanders had to say.

Prime Minister John Key says his children have dealt with intrusion but have also had remarkable opportunities

John Key has spent a decade in the spotlight but so have his wife and kids.

Key's legacy will be one of popular leadership without significant change, academics say

Critics claim "Teflon" John preferred popularity over tackling the tough issues.

John Key resignation: His time as PM by the numbers

John Key has been in the job for 2939 days - that's longer than POTUS Barack Obama who would have clocked in 2922 days when he hands over to Donald Trump.

John Key - the great re-assurer

OPINION: To Key, the anti-demagogue, nothing was a crisis. This tendency resulted in some problems not dealt with as urgently as they needed.

Pharmacist caught up covering up medication mistake

He gave wrong drug to organ transplant recipient, then tried to cover his tracks.

Popular Prime Minister John Key didn't try to change who we are as New Zealanders

OPINION: John Key has never shown any great desire to change who New Zealanders are.

John Key is out - does that give Labour a clearer path into the Beehive?

OPINION: Labour and the Greens have played it graciously, but they must be a little pleased.

John Key's best and worst moments from 8 years as Prime Minister

The highs and lows from John Key's 8 years as Prime Minister.

Teenager charged with Hastings arsons

A teenager has been charged after a series of fires in the city last month.

Marlborough politicians and residents react to shock resignation of Prime Minister John Key

Safe seat of Kaikoura reacts to "political earthquake" as prime minister resigns.

John Key plans to stay in New Zealand and look for opportunities on boards at home and overseas

John Key has no intention of staying in the spotlight when he resigns.

Options for Taranaki's multi-million dollar roading upgrade under spotlight

Police and public happy to see improvements finally on horizon for notorious stretch of road.

SH1 clear following truck roll near Rakaia

Traffic delays now cleared after truck rolls near Rakaia.

Judith Collins says she's contemplating running for prime minister after John Key's shock resignation

Judith Collins won't rule out a bid to be prime minister and leader of the National Party.

Marlborough Rangitane o Wairau iwi related to Wairau Bar ancestors

Maybe not all roads, but certainly some roads lead back to "Aunty".

Start of summer climbing season marked by search and rescue operations

The mountain climbing season is off to a rocky start with two rescues and one fatality in Canterbury.

House of Horrors murderer in same unit as victim's cousin

The family of House of Horrors victim Tisha Lowry are furious one of her relatives was put in the same prison unit as her killer.

Crate Day causes drunken flood of people at Waikato Hospital ED

Sick children and elderly waited hours as drunks from the Crate Day promotion absorbed all the attention in the emergency department.

John Key resigns: Who are the contenders to replace him as Prime Minister?

Finance Minister Bill English is the frontrunner, but others may be lining up for a shot to replace John Key as PM.

Deadline passes with no decision in sight for red-stickered building

Deadline passes with no decision on red-stickered building.

International media react to John Key's 'shock' resignation

John Key's shock resignation hits global headlines. Here's how the world's media are reporting it.

Waiau fire brigade pump theft leaves town high and dry

"It's pretty low. We can't even fill our trucks." Fire brigade pump theft puts quake-hit town at risk.

National's three support partners are all backing John Key's endorsement of Bill English for PM

Bill English is a popular pick for prime minister amongst National's support partners.

Yarrows fined $39,000 for injury to worker at Manaia bakery

He was making the last dough of the day when the 420kg mixing bowl crushed him.

Bags of soft toys set to spread cheer for Kaikoura kids

Wairarapa community to send more than 600 toys to Kaikoura's children in need.

Man pulled from Waikato River was 'positive, caring' former bar worker

Anthony Chanpraseuth was believed to have been out in Hamilton City on Saturday night hours before he was found dead in the river.

Deer hunter missing in Kaimanawa Ranges winched to safety by airforce

A hunter missing since Saturday was seen waving a foil survival sheet in the headwaters of the Tauranga-Taupo river by an NZDF aircraft.

Nelson MP Nick Smith 'surprised' by John Key's resignation, rules out leadership run

Nelson MP Nick Smith says John Key's resignation was a "surprise", but says he has no leadership ambitions.

Drowned police prosecutor Mike Toon remembered by colleagues

Palmerston North police are devastated by the death of police prosecutor Mike Toon.

Bill English keeping his powder dry - for a day or two - on leadership plans

Finance Minister Bill English is playing it coy on whether he will throw his hat in the ring - despite John Key's endorsement.

First came the quake, then the floods. What the farmer found after the skies cleared

First came the quake, then the floods. After the skies cleared, the extent of the damage was revealed.

Taranaki's politicians react with surprise to John Key's resignation

Taranaki politicians give their reaction to John Key's bombshell announcement.

Double-decker buses hit North Shore suburban street routes for first time

Double-decker buses will be roaming suburban streets in Auckland's North Shore for the first time ever.

Facts disputed in Marlborough wine heist case

Man admits receiving stolen wine, but disputes how many bottles.

'Say it ain't so, bro!': Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull rues John Key's departure

The Australian prime minister sent John Key a rueful text when he heard the news.

Toilet chained shut to force freedom campers from Taranaki surf spot

Vigilante surfer was sick of freedom campers clogging up this Taranaki break. So he chained the public toilet shut.
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