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Residents forced to climb 'urine-saturated' apartment stairwell
The residents of the Knightsbridge apartments are gathering this evening.
'Plain lucky to be alive': Injured speed camera operator speaks on crash that nearly killed him
The incident prompted an investigation that found police had inadequate safety procedures.
Watch: 'Incredibly lucky' fisherman swamped by waves in dramatic nighttime rescue
It has prompted a plea by police for fishermen to be 'more aware of their surroundings'.
One dead after quad bike and motorcycle crash on Warkworth property
Police are continuing to investigate the crash which happened at the weekend.
Mum despairs as ram-raiding son plays Monopoly for rehab
'He’s a danger to himself and the public and something needs to be done.'
'Aggressive plan': KiwiRail promises to fix track after meeting with Auckland Mayor
For the third day running, KiwiRail imposed speed restrictions on the network today.
'Bloody good bollocking': Mayor prepares for showdown as train debacle continues
Commuters have been warned trains will be cancelled due to the 'heat' until March.
Man charged after Muriwai Beach ute crash that killed teen girl
The 19-year-old was rising in the back of a ute when it flipped, crushing her.
Major road closed, hundreds of properties without power after Flat Bush fire
Residents are advised to close their windows and doors and stay inside.
Muriwai firefighters honoured a year after dying in landslide
The pair died while responding to a landslide as Cyclone Gabrielle tore through.
Heavy machinery and aerial appliances continue work to extinguish Auckland waste fire
Eight fire trucks, including two aerial units, remain at the scene of the blaze.
'Will leave a shortfall': Mayor's concern as Govt scraps Auckland fuel tax
Transport played a major part in National’s 100-day plan that was released last November.
‘Kia Kaha’: Luxon and world leaders react to King’s cancer diagnosis
US President Joe Biden has shown his support for the King, as has Donald Trump
Two teens missing overnight on Upper Hutt walking track found by hunters
The pair were reported missing at 2am, and the search began at 4.30 this morning.
NZ police open investigation into death threats against World Rugby referees
World Rugby has revealed Wayne Barnes received more abuse than any other team or player.
Luxon tells parents to 'wake up' and tackle low school attendance
The visit comes as junior schools introduce one hour a day of maths, reading and English.
Police confirm number of fatalities in fiery Taranaki crash
Firefighters say one of the vehicles was engulfed in flames.
'Passive surveillance': Concerns over glass bathroom door at Auckland high school
'Students gather to socialise, and sometimes to vape or to vandalise,' says school.
'Tragedy': Unclear how many victims in Taranaki crash
Firefighters say one of the vehicles was engulfed in flames after the crash.
Kiwi helicopter crash victim described as 'rising star' by colleagues
Three others died in the crash and three are injured, with the cause still a mystery.
Protesters descend on Devonport over Red Sea military action
Protesters descended on the Devonport Naval Base today.
Probe after unconscious, sick Auckland boy left on roadside when Soundsplash festival ended
The boy fainted and had a seizure in boiling conditions with only a hedge for shade.
'Still more work to do': Finance Minister Nicola Willis speaks on inflation drop
NicWillis is awaiting RBNZ chief economist Paul Conway’s speech next week 'with interest'.
Cultish symbols, mannequin parts, debris: The haunting state of a once-proud Auckland golf club
Locals are said to be "grieving" after seeing the state of the Gulf Harbour Country Club.
Muriwai Beach ute crash: Police name 19-year-old woman killed
Police released the name of the young woman killed in the beach tragedy.
Petrol station worker assaulted by hammer-wielding robbers
The offender's hammer narrowly missed the man's head during the assault.
Firefighters still working to dampen devastating Canterbury blazes
Two homes and a church were destroyed during the three fires.
'Cycle of abuse': Former All Black's ex-fiancee tells of relationship
His ex-fiancée is breaking her silence following more allegations from another woman.
Tauranga students worried about university chances after NCEA results error
He has already been told he might have to add extra time to his degree due to the error.
Two teens arrested after gunshot killed one teen, left another fighting for life
A gunman allegedly unleashed a sole shotgun blast through a car window about 3.20am.
'We got it wrong': Watercare backtracks on 'sexist' hot shower post
Watercare has found itself in hot water over a post about female cleaning rituals.
'New Zealand is killing us': US tourists want out after vandals smash RV
They thought they were embarking on the trip of a lifetime but were sorely mistaken.
Watch: Security footage circulates of Golriz Ghahraman's alleged shoplifting
The footage appears to show Ghahraman slipping a designer bag into one other large bag.
Watch: Frantic mum-to-be protects swimmers as shark stalks holiday hotspot
'You know when someone pregnant runs the distance of a beach it’s time to get out.'
Labour leader on Ardern’s wedding, his summer break and the year ahead
Hipkins was among the many famous faces at Dame Jacinda Ardern's Hawke’s Bay wedding.
Golriz Ghahraman's alleged shoplifting two days before Christmas
The Green MP's reputation is 'tarnished', says political commentator.
Wellington Water employee under investigation for filming herself 'slacking off'
The graduate engineer spends her workday going to the gym, cinema and car wash.
'Teetering in the balance': Man needs second set of lungs in just three years
David suffers from the condition cystic fibrosis and received a lung transplant in 2019.
‘Missed the mark’: Thousands of weird and wonderful unwanted Xmas gifts flood Trade Me
The gifts range from a cast-iron chicken to men's perfume gifted to a woman.
What does Santa have in store for your Christmas Day weather forecast?
High, humid temperatures are also set to continue this weekend.
200 more hospital ED security guards to counter 'unacceptable' violence
The Health Minister says we're on track to record 5000 assaults in EDs across NZ.
Probe into suspected corruption and bribery in prison leads to arrest of six
Those charged include a prisoner, a current employee and several former employees.
Hottest day of the summer so far forecast as 30C highs set to hit regions
Experts say this weather heralds a period of settled, sunny weather.
Passenger hits out at Govt's decision to can Cook Strait ferries
"What is the Government waiting for? An actual disaster where people lose their lives?"
Smoking rates drop to all-time low, vaping rises ahead of smokefree repeal
Ten per cent of Kiwi adults vape daily, with rates highest among young people.
Man killed in Waiheke Island boat capsize was single dad who'd just graduated
The 47yo is remembered by family as a 'loving son who lived his life to the fullest'.
Christmas giveaway carnage: People fight over toys, volunteers abused at charity event
People pushed and shoved others to claim car-loads of free Christmas gifts.