The Hobbiton set in Matamata, taken by Shaun Jeffers

Film industry representatives decide to keep 'Hobbit law' in plans

The law says film workers must have a written employment agreement to be seen as employees.

Jami-Lee Ross.

Jami-Lee Ross says police will be investigating complaint he filed against National Party leader Simon Bridges

In an extraordinary move yesterday, Mr Ross quit the party over what he claims are corrupt practices by it's leader.

Conviction of 23 over Whakatane violent incident nearly two years ago 'should send strong message'

Police say it shows they're taking action against violent crime in the area.

Kiev, Ukraine - May 21, 2014: Woman holding a brand new Apple iPad Air and looking on  YouTube music playlist on a screen. YouTube is the world's most popular online video-sharing website that founded in February 14, 2005

YouTube outage worldwide leaves users dismayed

The streaming service says they are trying to fix the website.

Luke Vincent, 5-years old, from Buninyong Public School couldn’t resist the prince a big bear hug.

The cute moment Aussie boy gives Prince Harry a bear hug and pulls his beard

Five-year-old Luke Vincent from Dubbo didn't forget Meghan, handing her flowers and hugging her too.

AA’s Mark Stockdale analyses what exactly motorists are paying for at the pump.

Cheaper petrol on its way to Wellington

The Hamilton-based fuel supplier Waitomo Group will open an unmanned station with six pumps.

'This is just madness' - second parent joins court action over disabled care pay

Both parents have called for Ministry of Health to employ them as carers of their severely disabled children.

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Jami-Lee Ross arrives at police station to file complaint over alleged donation fraud

He said he would release a recording publicly after he had given it to police.

Maria Folau after the Silver Ferns win.
Silver Ferns v Australian Diamonds, Constellation Cup, Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, New Zealand on the 14 October 2018. Copyright Photo: Jeremy Ward /

Silver Ferns toning back talk of lifting the Constellation Cup with a 14-goal win

"For me, personally, the (long term) big picture is in the back of my mind," Laura Langman said.

The once hugely popular page-turner has been forced to stop the presses.

Australia's Cosmopolitan magazine axed after 45 years

The once hugely popular women's magazine has become the latest victim of the digital age.

Anna Burns becomes first Northern Ireland writer to win prestigious Man Booker prize

Burns' novel, Milkman, is set during Northern Ireland's years of Catholic-Protestant violence in the 1970s.

“It's the strongest possible action the caucus could take,” says Simon Bridges.

Auckland investor comes forward as National's Cathedral Club donor

"I'm happy to be noted as giving $10,000 to the National Party in 2017," he said,

Tui Lolohea and Andrew Fifita are grateful for the fanatical support their side receives.

League fans sell out Auckland's Mt Smart stadium for Tonga-Australia clash

Historic showdown proves a bigger drawcard than last week's poorly attended trans-Tasman Test.

Jamal Khashoggi disappeared 11 days after entering Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Trump won't accept blame if Republicans lose the House

President believes he is helping Republican candidates ahead of the midterm elections.

SKYCITY Breakers coach Paul Henare.
SKYCITY Breakers v Illawarra Hawks. ANBL Basketball League. Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. 16 February 2018. © Copyright Image: Marc Shannon /

Breakers could face Paul Henare this season, with former coach linked to Melbourne United

Move would see Tall Blacks coach work under former Breakers boss.

The teams have had a chance to size each other up before Saturday’s historic Test at Mt Smart.

Watch: Mate Ma'a Tonga, Kangaroos stars face off in Fortnite clash ahead of Saturday's Test match

The teams have had a chance to size each other up before Saturday’s historic Test at Mt Smart.

The Queensland Senator responded to claims senators backed the motion over an ‘administrative error’ on Nine’s Today show.

'Absolute fools' - Pauline Hanson attacks senators after they abandon support for 'OK to be white' motion

The Queensland senator responded to claims of an ‘administrative error’.

1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch McKay spoke to Breakfast this morning about the explosive allegations and its threat to Mr Bridges’ leadership.

Jessica Mutch McKay opinion: Bizarre, baffling and brilliant

There are big days in politics. And then there was yesterday.

They’re frustrated with what they say is a lack of Government action.

DOC to close 21 tracks to stop spread of kauri dieback

The tracks are located Kaitaia, the Kauri Coast, Whangārei, on Aotea/Great Barrier Island, in Hauraki, Waikato, and Tauranga.

Nine members of the Proud Boys, a group of men who describe themselves as "western chauvinists", and three protesters face charges of riot or attempted assault.

New York police hunting for people involved in wild brawl after speech from far-right group's founder

Nine members of the Proud Boys group, who describe themselves as "western chauvinists", and three protesters would face charges.

Juan Cumar, Aaron Candy, Paul Butterworth and Mike Cann found another way to enjoy the water in beautiful conditions.

Watch: Foilboarders glide along on top of Auckland ferry's wake - but company isn't happy

As they skillful ride the wake of a large passenger ferry, people onboard can be seen watching and pointing.

The Silver Ferns need to beat the Diamonds by 14 goals or more in Wellington to win the Constellation Cup for the first time since 2012.

Noeline Taurua says Maria Folau will start at goal shoot as Silver Ferns chase 14-goal win to clinch Cup

Upset win put down to Ferns' improved ability to handle Aussies' physicality.

'Beast of Blenheim' should be given substantial prison sentence, ex-detective says

Serial rapist Stewart Murray Wilson was found guilty yesterday of more rapes - including that of a nine-year-old.

Bryce Edwards says having two Maori at the head of the party shows how progressive it has become.

Simon Bridges did talk to businessman at centre of donation claim, says Paula Bennett

She said she was unsure whether they talked about any donation, however.

Chris Bishop said he’s had some bad days, but “yesterday was probably the worst”.

Yesterday was National MP's 'worst' day in politics – 'Frankly despicable behaviour'

Chris Bishop said he’s had some bad days, but "yesterday was probably the worst".

Results of today’s referendum are expected later today.

Queensland abortion debate splits on party lines

Discussion about potential law change to continue in the state parliament.

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