South Island battered by storm with evacuations underway in Christchurch

Christchurch on edge as residents told to evacuate if they can do so safely, with high tide expected to cause further flooding.

Shotgun in car leads to arrest in Masterton

Gang tension is believed to be be behind the arrest of a man carrying a loaded shotgun in Masterton.

Kaitangata community pulls its weight in Otago state of emergency flooding

It was a race against time and the tide as floods threatened the small Southland community of Kaitangata.

Photos: State of emergency declared as Christchurch floods

The Heathcote River has burst its banks and flooded southern parts of the city.

2016 was the most expensive year for police with more than $3 million dollars damage done

More than $8 million has been spent fixing damaged police cars in the past three years.

Auckland woman brutally assaulted in her own driveway

"She was assaulted from behind without warning, while approaching her own car, in her own driveway."

Fortune: A drama series for English language learners

Two Kiwi film-makers are attacking a gap in the worldwide English language-teaching market.

Timaru family stranded in traffic by floodwaters for several hours

Getting home after being stuck in traffic near floodwaters for two and a half hours, Nicole Bradley, 9, was so relieved she kissed the floor.

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Evacuate now - Council tells residents

Flooded residents near the Heathcote river in Christchurch are being evacuated in boats because the current too strong to evacuate on foot.

Heathcote residents surrounded by water

The kitchen sink is brimming with water, the toilet nearly overflowing – and unflushable – and residents around Christchurch's burst Heathcote River are surrounded.

South Canterbury farmers say fences damaged, ground saturated

Reports of farmers stranded after storm damages culverts, creeks and fences.

Photos: Heavy rains, flooding across Canterbury and Otago - and some snow

Roads have turned into rivers as a huge winter storm hits the South Island. 

Oamaru woman says slip that hit house felt 'like an earthquake'

Julie Everson was sitting in her living room as fierce rain belted her home when she heard an "almighty crash".

SH1 south of Taupo closed after crash

Contractors working to clear State Highway 1 north of Turangi after a truck rolls.

Storm: What you need to know - Saturday

Flooding has hit many parts of the country, with towns cut off and states of emergencies declared.

Wellington misses the bad weather that hit the South Island

Wellington has missed the worst of the weather, but there have still been slips and heavy rain.

Random drug testing yet to be brought in to the police force

Police are only given drug and alcohol testing if they fire a gun during an incident.

Snow falling in the Mackenzie District

Snow is still falling in the Mackenzie after a dumping overnight.

Owner charged with heritage cottage's demolition

A bit of Huntly history dating to the 1880s is gone forever after its owner bulldozed it.

Water main ruptures at Auckland's North Shore Hospital

A water main burst and ambulances were being diverted away from North Shore Hospital.

Traffic delays continue on SH1 north of Auckland

SH1 affected by a slip north of Auckland, causing major delays.

Civil Defence declares state of emergency for entire Selwyn District

A state of emergency has been declared in Selwyn's Springs Ward on Saturday morning.

Death of man in cardboard bale 'terrible accident'

If it hadn't been raining, Daniel Bindner might not have crawled into a cardboard recycling cage.

Police frustrated after rescuing nine Otago drunks caught in rising floodwaters

A group of nine drunk people suffering from hypothermia had to be rescued from rising flood waters overnight.

Significant slip in Dunedin hits cars, locals evacuated

A major slip is threatening houses in the Dunedin suburb of St Clair.

Woman gives birth at Auckland shopping mall

A baby has been born in the toilets of an Auckland mall and rushed to hospital with its mum, in critical condition.

Woman fuming after famed airbrush artist fails to provide artwork or refund

Art enthusiast says her brush with a philanthropic artist paints him in a new light.

Carjacking reported in Hamilton

Police are investigating a report that a car was taken at gunpoint on Friday night.

State of emergency declared in south Otago

There is no access to the town of Milton and there have been evacuations in Waitahuna and Lawrence.

Kiwi with 'appalling' criminal history to be deported from Australia after 29 years away

Violent criminal with 20-year rap sheet deported from Australia, despite not having lived in NZ since he was 6.

Motorcyclist in critical condition following Waikato crash

Man taken to hospital following a serious crash in the Waikato.

Jury unable to reach verdicts on Christian youth leader's rape charges

A jury has been unable to determine whether a former church youth group leader raped two underage girls.

A long road to recovery from life in the gangs

Two gang members with separate lives talk about their similar roads to recovery.

One dead after crash in Northland

One person has died in an accident early on Saturday morning south of Whangarei.

Flashback: Sir Apirana Ngata, inspirational champion of Maori cultural renaissance

Statesman, scholar, lawyer - Sir Apirana Ngata is considered our greatest Maori.

Below the Beltway

A heated week in politics, despite the House being in recess.

A quick guide to the wonderful world of podcasting

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National crisis: How do you solve a problem like begging?

The only thing that will get Marcus Pohio off the street is death. But is public generosity speeding that up?

Martin van Beynen: Why the David Bain story needed to be told one more time

Years of investigation culminate in a major new true crime podcast about this country's most controversial murders.

Storm continues to sweep south, residents evacuated as state of emergency declared

More than 200 homes evacuated in the early hours as river levels continue to rise "significantly" amid states of emergency.

Unborn baby dies after heavily pregnant Canterbury woman in head-on car crash

A heavily pregnant Canterbury woman's unborn child has died after a head-on car crash.

Floodwaters trigger states of emergency in Dunedin, Timaru and Otago

Canterbury and Otago have been pounded by one of the heaviest downpours on record.

100 people without power in Hawke's Bay due to storms

Storms cause several major faults as trees fall on to power lines.

Ad criticising Jonathan Coleman fails to fly in bus shelters on Auckland's North Shore

Auckland Transport refuses to run ad at bus stops criticising Health Minister Jonathan Coleman's approach to mental health.

'Shocking' Christchurch mental health facilities need immediate attention, MPs say

Opposition MPs call for urgent action to fix the "disgusting" mental health facilities stranded at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Five-car crash causing major delays in Hamilton

There were no major injuries caused.

Arrest following serious assault on police officer in Rotorua

A 24-year-old man has been arrested and is due to appear in court on a charge of attempted murder.

Opawa resident calls for flood protection decisions as properties flood yet again

When it really rains on these Christchurch streets, properties flood. And one resident says she's tired of council dilly-dallying.

Ex-cop fights police over 'harsh' alcohol sting that could have closed RSA permanently

An alcohol sting on the Titahi Bay RSA was excessive, and could have shut the club permanently, he says.