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Christchurch hit by severe earthquake

A number of Christchurch residents will be putting their homes and property back together once again.

Fires in the hills above Maidstone Park, Upper Hutt, being treated as suspicious

Two major bush fires flaring north of Wellington are being treated as suspicious.

Severe Chch quake: What you need to know

Essential information about 5.7 quake that struck Christchurch.

Ewan Wilson announces retirement from city politics, fires shots at opponents

Wilson fire a few shots eight months out from his retirement.

RECAP: 5.7 earthquake hits Christchurch

Christchurch earthquake

Christchurch is in clean-up mode as aftershocks continue to hit the city.

Dannevirke diver dead after going missing at remote Akitio Beach on east coast of Lower North Island

Malcolm Bruce Cameron was among a group of people free-diving off a remote North Island beach.

Chance of another strong quake increases

Sunday's earthquake has increased the likelihood Christchurch will be hit by another strong earthquake in the next 12 months.

Cliff jumping life guards hit by falling rocks in earthquake

A group of rookie lifeguards were enjoying down time when the quake rattled the cliffs they were jumping from.

Christchurch quake: At Sumner and Taylor's Mistake

The water around Sumner and Taylor's Mistake was busy with surfers, swimmers, and sailboats when rocks began falling from above.

John Key cheered and booed as TPPA protests disrupt Auckland's Big Gay Out

John Key booed off stage and glitter-bombed during annual Big Gay Out appearance.

Hamilton turns on the charm for Weetbix kids' Tryathlon

Famous names turn out but Try-kids steal the show.

Videos capture the moment 5.7 earthquake strikes Christchurch

Home video shows driveway shaking and car rattling as "severe" quake grips city.

Couple on collapsing Christchurch cliff sprint for safety

Earthquake nightmare for pair enjoying Valentine's Day picnic when the cliff they were on started to collapse.

Basin Reserve cricket coverage alerts fire service to blaze in Wellington

It was a fire that was beamed around the world, including to the local fire station.

LIVE CHAT RECAP: GNS seismologist Anna Kaiser on Christchurch's quakes

Catch up on our question and answer session with GNS seismologist Anna Kaiser.

Photos: Christchurch hit by 5.7 magnitude earthquake

Large earthquake hits Christchurch, causing widespread damage.

Fire engulfs scrub north of Hamilton

Multiple crews attending Burbush fire

One trapped after bus and car collide near Waihi

Waikino crash involving a bus and car.

Screening needed in Taranaki for people with alcohol problem

Alcohol and tobacco, which are "legal drugs", cause far more health issues than any of the illegal drugs, a clinical toxicologist says.

More information needed for Haast Hollyford Highway, say Steve Ruru and Todd Barclay

The proposed Haast Hollyford Highway project drags on.

Description of suspected abductor released

A slim man in his 50s with grey hair and possible missing teeth is being sought in relation to an alleged abduction of girl, 5.

5.9 quake rocks Christchurch

A severe 5.9 earthquake has rocked Christchurch.

Fewer Kiwis doing Department of Conservation Great Walks

Kiwis are becoming a minority in their own backyard, only making up a quarter of walkers on iconic tramps.

Editorial: Let the kids walk to school

From the age of five years old, I would walk home from school, often by myself.

Horse injures Keeping Up With The Kaimanawas star

A showjumping celebrity concussed after being knocked over by a horse.

Naturist judge's naked photos posted online

Full-frontal nude photographs of judge pulled from naturist club's website.

Central Wellington hostel evacuated by early morning fire

Residents fled a Wellington apartment fire clad in only their underwear and dressing gowns.

Mum of drowned toddler blames herself for son's death

A mother whose toddler son drowned while she was on the phone knows she is to blame for his death.

Kiwi nurse fights to save African friends in yachting tragedy

Sarra Hunter-Weston's friend died in her arms after their yacht sank 10kms off the coast of East Africa.

Experts want 'outdated' Reading Recovery scrapped in favour of new programme

A new reading programme for kids where they work in groups is being hailed as a success as pass rates soar.

Cancer survivor finds a friend in flightless butterfly

A flightless butterfly named Fluffy has helped a Mount Maunganui woman learn to fly again.

Landlord slammed for cramped apartments targeting international students

International students are bunking up to save on sky-high city rents.

Global TV networks queue for documentary on four decade study that unlocks the secrets of our lives

A documentary four decades in the making has attracted global interest.

Run out of time to buy a Valentines Day gift? There's still time to pick up a jet

It's not too late to find that perfect gift for the budding pilot.

Showjumper Vicki Wilson falls from horse during rehearsal

Top Kiwi horse rider suffers a concussion and memory loss after falling from her horse during rehearsal.

Severe thunderstorm watch for North Island called off

Heavy showers and thunderstorms hit North Island but warning of severe storms called off.

Auckland Council charged over the death of Jane Devonshire

Charge laid against Auckland Council after Jane Devonshire was killed when a rubbish truck plunged down a bank.

Deregulation non-compliance turns home into house of horrors

People forced to pay thousands to repair leaky homes shelling out even more to fix other non-compliance issues stemming from heyday of deregulation.

Three win Lotto

Buy Lotto in Botany Auckland, Patumahoe or Hornby in Christchurch? You could be in the money.

Rotorua tourist attraction shut down after woman breaks legs

Company ordered to stop giant ball-rolling activity after accident last year left woman with broken legs.

Emily Hurley 'had so much to look forward to'

Young pregnant mum Emily Hurley's life was tragically cut short after a head-on crash.

Surf lifesavers and Coastguard rescues three people in Raglan

Rescue operation launched after a boat up-turned attempting to cross the Raglan bar.

Motorist stops tourists, takes keys - police

Tourists stranded after being "pushed" off road by motorist who took their keys, police say.

Large derelict house on fire in Flat Bush sparks multiple 111 calls

Huge blaze at derelict house in Flat Bush sparks high number of 111 calls.

Auckland's Portage Crossing salutes the past for 14th year

High spirits, rather than high seas, dominated Saturday's demanding Portage Crossing in Auckland.

Streuth! Aussie professionals moving to New Zealand in droves

A new survey delves into reasons why the tide is turning on migration between Australia and New Zealand.

Final push as Abel Tasman beach campaign reaches $2 million

Final push as campaign to buy Abel Tasman beach reaches $2 million.

Whanganui crash claims the life of young pregnant mum

Tributes have started to flow for a young mum who lost her life in an early morning crash near Whanganui.

Police appeal for sightings of car after 5-year-old girl abducted

Police appeal for sightings of late model Nissan Maxima after girl abducted in Palmerston North on Friday.

Trampers angry at reports families invented infant names to secure hut booking

A group of Kiwi families invented a dozen infants in order to fully book out a tramping hut.
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