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Lotto fans make 2-hour trip

Some Reefton residents hoping for a Lotto windfall have been driving to Greymouth or Westport -
 two-hour return jouneys ...

Lotto fans from one West Coast town are driving for two hours to buy tickets after their local store's machine broke.

Men 'fell like a pack of cards'

Four men were on the deck outside the Portage Resort Hotel's restaurant and bar in the Marlborough Sounds when a rail ...

A group of men fell off a Marlborough hotel deck "like a pack of cards" after a railing collapsed, a witness says.

Girls rule at graffiti festival

Auckland-based muralist Adore (aka Emily Gardener) prepares for three days of painting at the Graffiato festival in ...

Seven of the 10 graffiti artists this year are women.

Tomatomania for long weekend

Sweet 100, a cherry tomato hybrid, grows like a weed in warmer weather.

Labour Day Weekend is the perfect time to get your vege patch set for summer.

'It's Ah-durn': Ardern tells Aussie journo

During her campaign Jacinda Ardern enjoyed popping into Labour's phone bank in Wellington CBD to surprise volunteers.

The young journalist got more than he'd bargained for when the incoming PM answered his call.

From trio of crashes to triathlon

Steve Webber and wife Louisa are off to the World Xterra Championships later this month.

He's broken his back, collarbone and his ribs twice, but now he's back on his bike at a world championship level.

Aussie PM pipes up on Ardern-gate

Bishop says she's satisfied with PM-elect Jacinda Ardern's "explanation".

In August their foreign minister called our Labour MPs untrustworthy, now she's fuming at suggestions she won't be able to work them.

Man seriously injured by timber machinery

A man aged "in his 40s" was trapped in timber yard machinery at a Tasman saw mill and flown to hospital with serious ...

He was trapped in a timber machine with a conveyor belt at a Tasman saw mill for more than 30 minutes.

No cyclists, please: NZTA

Cyclists are encouraged to use back roads where possible instead of the main highway between Picton and Christchurch. ...

The NZTA is encouraging cyclists to stay off the main highway through the upper South Island for their own safety.

'Change' for all NZers video

Labour's immigration policy survived coalition negotiations, Jacinda Ardern says.

Jacinda Ardern has revealed the new government's stance on migration, capitalism and "meaningful change".

Stranger threatens young woman

Police said a man in a black four-wheel-drive with tinted windows approached the woman in Shirley and threatened her.

Man in a 4WD with tinted windows threatened the Christchurch walker and told her to get in his vehicle.

Students dump pets

The Waikato SPCA is expecting a lot more abandoned cats like Necky as students move away in November.

Students are abandoning their pets as they head away from their study cities, leaving the SPCA to pick up the pieces.

Holiday weekend's deadly start

Traffic heading south out Auckland will test weekenders' patience. And the roadworks don't help.

One killed in crash near Turangi, bringing the Labour Weekend death toll to three.

Trump congratulates Ardern

Trump's administration says it looks forward to working with Jacinda Ardern.

The US looks forward to working with Jacinda Ardern and continuing cooperation on "shared interests".

Mystery 'braveheart' unveiled video

Ben Atkinson, 30, with his partner Millie Griffiths.

Chef trying to end child poverty is the first "braveheart" in a social media project highlighting inspirational Kiwis.

Now for the honeymoon video

Jacinda Ardern needs to own the narrative for the next three years.

OPINION: After a month in limbo and playing second fiddle to Winston Peters, Jacinda Ardern finally gets some action.

Pike families: 'We'll get justice'

The portal of the Pike River mine on the South Island's West Coast.

NZ's new coalition government could mean "justice" for the men killed in the Pike River mine disaster, families believe.

National 'dropped ball' on health

Jo Kane says she will be glad to see the back of National Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

CDHB member Jo Kane challenges Jacinda Ardern to mend its "toxic relationship" with the Ministry of Health.

Robbed tourist's cash offer

Recognise this guy? The police want to hear from you if you do.

He was robbed at knifepoint, but a Waikato resident doesn't want the tourist leaving with only that memory.

Green Party confirms ministers

Green Party co-leader James Shaw.

The Green Party will have four ministers outside of Cabinet.

Fire rages near Te Anau

A large scrub fire covering more than 1300 hectares started at Mt Prospect Station near Te Anau.

Six helicopters are helping fight an out-of-control Southland blaze that's spread to more than 1300 hectares.

It was nice while it lasted

Outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee holds the Ilam seat so his exit from Parliament would be a little more ...

As Labour gets ready to fill Beehive offices outgoing National ministers may weigh up whether three years in Opposition is worth it.

The accidental prime minister video

Jacinda Ardern's government is promising big.

OPINION: Jacinda Ardern has 100 days to show her Government is no accident, or accident waiting to happen.

4WD driven into brawlers

Selwyn Day, 32, was sentenced on a charge of assault with a weapon - namely a Nissan Navara - when he appeared in the ...

Selwyn Day sentenced on a charge of assault with a weapon - namely a Nissan Navara.

Three MPs have no governing voice

Prime minister elect Jacinda Ardern arrives to Labour caucus to rapturous applause from her ministers.

Work hard and keep in the headlines, Taranaki MPs advised

Actor's son reunited with iPad

Shane Cortese and his son were intimidated and robbed on a train.

Shane Cortese was travelling with his son on an Auckland train when they were robbed.

Stabbing leaves man in critical condition

A woman has been charged after a man was stabbed on Auckland's North Shore.

A 21-year-old man has been taken to Auckland Hospital after being stabbed at at a property in Browns Bay.

Robbers armed with axe, hammer

Police are investigating a robbery at a Domino's pizza shop in Hamilton.

Two people in balaclavas threatened a Domino's pizza worker with an axe and a hammer.

How this deal stacks up

How does the deal between NZ First and Labour compare to previous governing arrangements?

NZ First will take four seats out of 20 around the Cabinet table in the coalition deal with Labour.

Southern Link back in limbo

Rachel Reese said she would continue to advocate for central government investment in Nelson's transport.

The timing and specifics of a new arterial route in Nelson are back in question, following the election.

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