Melissa Nightingale is a Senior Reporter for the Herald, based in the Wellington region.
Melissa began working for NZME in 2013 as a journalist at the Whanganui Chronicle, after completing a Diploma in Journalism and a Bachelor of Communications degree at the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec). Melissa started on the crime, emergency and health rounds and now specialises in court reporting in her role in the capital - though continues to cover all things Wellington and beyond. She is also the host of the NZ Herald podcast The Fifty Year Secret, which uncovered shocking new evidence in one of New Zealand's oldest cold case murders. Melissa is always on the lookout for great news tips and welcomes the occasional cute animal story to break up the flood of crime. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or messaged on X (formerly Twitter) @mel_nightingale.
Name suppression continues for woman accused of murdering pensioner
The reasons for the name suppression are also suppressed.
Fatal hit and run driver admits manslaughter of young mum
Jason Tuitama has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the alcohol-fuelled hit and run.
36-year mystery solved? Remains in park believed to be missing mum
Items found at the scene have been linked to a cold case from the 80s.
'Blazing a trail in heaven': Family's farewell to girl swept down Fiordland stream
Tegan Chen died in late January after slipping from a rock into a fast-moving stream.
'Stab in the heart': Musician speaks out on false rape claims
Tafara Mutingwende's music career has been destroyed since the social media accusations.
OT report 'extremely distressing': Disabled mother’s newborn uplifted from hospital
One youth was held for five years longer than his parent had agreed to in respite care.
What I wish I knew about choking before my toddler ended up in hospital
COMMENT: I reacted the wrong way when my 2-year-old started choking.
Green backlash as Wellingtonians vote in 'centrist' councillor
Greens have been snubbed in favour of a "centrist" councillor in the seat.
Wellington Children's Hospital evacuated after suspected gas leak
Twelve fire appliances are in attendance.
'Horrific': E-bike battery explodes in family's garage
The family heard a loud bang amid ferocious weather and did not think much of it.
Prison escaper 'conditioned' staff to overlook his risk
"Manipulative" Damon Exley had escaped from custody six times before, review says.
Human remains removed from Porirua park, investigation continues
Police have not yet given an indication of the age of the remains.
Police reopen road after inspecting 'item of concern' found near Israeli embassy
Police were investigating after an item of concern was found outside the Israeli embassy.
Surprise culprit at centre of supermarket privacy stoush revealed
Countdown is reviewing its stance on providing CCTV footage to customers.
Why Wellington’s Zealandia deserves the top spot in New Zealand Tourism Awards
You may go your whole life not seeing a takahē in the wild — unless you visit Zealandia.
Ex-Marist Brother receives fourth sentence for sex abuse on schoolchildren
Kevin Healy argued for suppression despite being named in multiple articles already.
Couple rescued from Mt Ruapehu in dead of night as 'intense' weather sets in
The couple hoped to get off the mountain before bad weather set in, but became lost.
Ditch the flight and bag a cruise for less than $400. Here's how
A flight is the worst part of a holiday - so why not skip it altogether?
Tourist death: DoC launch investigation after young girl fell from rock near viewing platform
The Department of Conservation will launch an internal investigation into the death.
'Kind of annoying' - what students think of new school cellphone ban
The ban will be fully in place in Term 2 of this year.
Back to school: Dropping the kids off on the family bike
Richie Russell thinks more people should start cycling their kids to school.
Face shields and a fake morepork: How zoo stops baby ruru chicks identifying with humans
Vets had to wear huge facial shields and play ruru sounds over a speaker.