Timaru's air quality was below the acceptable health level for the sixth consecutive day.
Man killed by a falling tree just before a fierce electrical storm batters Northland and Auckland.
A male pedestrian has died after being struck by a truck in central Auckland.
State Highway 1 in North Otago has reopened after a fatal crash north of Hampden at 11.30am on Tuesday.
A group of young arsonists are being hunted after several fires in Napier.
The man who died when his 4WD vehicle crashed off a North Canterbury road has been named as Andrew Orr, 23.
Schools locked down in Kerepehi, Waikato, while AOS arrest man for firearm threats.
Thousands of dollars was found in a home allegedly used as an illegal suburban brothel.
An Auckland doctor has admitted 20 charges in relation to the irresponsible prescribing of various anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.
Firm started by Alan Duff and his brother is told to repay an investor.
Armed man threatens bank teller and demands money in BNZ branch.
KiwiRail is being taken to court by Rail and Maritime Transport Union.
Graham Cleghorn has been freed after serving just over half his 20-year sentence.
Labour leader Andrew Little has called for Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully to be sacked over the Saudi farm deal.
A jury has been shown harrowing footage of the moment a West Auckland dairy owner was stabbed to death.
The skirmishing over a door between Labour and National offices has broken out again.
The Government's beleaguered health cost-cutting scheme will be wound up by the end of the month.
Fresh data copying allegations have emerged in the Kim Dotcom case.
Help has flooded in for a Canterbury mum stuck living in a caravan post-earthquake.
Coroner refuses to blame death of autistic child on poor supervision, saying people can't watch children "like hawks".
Police have arrested a 34-year-old man over the alleged murder of Christchurch 5-year-old Leon Jayet-Cole.
Severe thunderstorms - including heavy downpours, powerful winds and possible flooding - are set to hit Auckland for evening rush hour.
A horrific assault against a female officer was connected to a popular Dunedin bar fighting to keep open its doors.
Gale force winds and heavy rain are expected to greet the North Island as the week begins, says MetService.
A $1.2m of upgrade of the Hawke's Bay crematorium will result in the cost of cremation rising 22 per cent.
Survivor of horror smash tells of hatred for driver who killed a brother and sister.
Paul Hargreaves caught a 370kg broadbill swordfish aboard a 7 metre boat, just shy of the New Zealand record.
Driver died after her car crossed the centreline on a bend and collided with an oncoming vehicle, coroner finds.
Woman tells of "blood squirting everywhere" as she bundled a stabbing victim into her car and dashed to hospital.
The "horrible" sight of poisoned and dying sparrows shocked Auckland shoppers at Westfield Albany.
Right to Life lobbies inside court, while pro-choicers protest on the footpath outside.
A payback plan by two men and their mum led to a frenzied bedroom attack on a couple, court hears.
A one-time Parliamentary candidate for the Pirate Party has pleaded guilty to 36 charges involving the rape and indecent assault of girls between the ages of 12 and 16, and possessing and making pornographic material.
OPINION: Someone has to publicly come out and ask what many of us are quietly thinking - "What has become of our so-called Ministry of Education?"
Queenstown's miracle kiwi bird Ngaio can't fly to meet her future husband.
A woman has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mura Dean Tagatauli at Porirua in March.
Quake recovery has failed to provide the most basic need for Cantabrians – security of housing.
State houses will not be given away for free, but the Government admits they are worth well below what the Treasury says they are.
A young boy has died after three days in hospital following a crash in Levin.
Downpours, thunderstorms, gales and heavy snow are on the cards over the next two days.
A man building was taken to hospital after nailing his hand to a piece of timber.
A dolphin fossil found in Canterbury lived more than 20 million years ago.
Video from a camera perched on the old police station shows another angle of the implosion.
A people-smuggling boat with 65 people on board was a "credible risk and threat", and had the capability to make it here, PM says.
Labour says the Government's use of social bonds in the area of mental health is "a disaster in the making".
A terminally-ill Wellington lawyer fighting for the right to end her own life might not live to hear the verdict.
Search and Rescue "disappointed" with two trampers who put their rescuers at risk.
There's a multi-million dollar plan in place to get Aucklanders on their bikes.
Trina Nesbitt and her children live in a caravan because because she cannot find an affordable house in Christchurch.
Marlborough teens go cold turkey on junk food as a show of support for a school friend who is battling cancer.