A grief-stricken Jason Tapp held his 3-year-old son and sang him his favourite lullaby after finding his lifeless body in a river near their home.
A 52-year-old woman has died after falling from a four-storey central city building.
An unclaimed horse which survived a crash that killed its mother on State Highway 2 last week has escaped a trip to the pound.
Gusts of up to 120km/h were forecast to hit the Kaimai Range from this afternoon, sparking a severe weather warning for the Western Bay of Plenty.
Port Otago expects to announce its new dredging programme to become big ship capable within three months, says chief executive Geoff Plunket.