New Zealand

A circumhorizontal arc spotted above Paparoa in Northland.

MetService explains 'amazing' optical phenomena spotted over Northland yesterday

Natalie Richardson was passing through with her mum yesterday when they noticed the phenomena in the sky, saying it was slowing changing colour for about 15 minutes.

Longer times between getting a warrant of fitness means many motorists are driving on dangerously worn-out tyres.

Transport agency looks to fix 'potential risk to safety'

It is calling for industry submissions by the end of the month as it begins to crack down on conflicts of interest in the industry.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the APEC meeting in Port Moresby.

Ardern arrives at APEC, Peters says China/US standoff makes NZ a key player in Pacific

Ms Ardern's meeting with the PNG Prime Minister was pushed back, but she was able to attend meetings with a number of Pacific nations' leaders, where climate change and plastic pollution were high on the agenda.

One person dead after serious crash near Rotorua

The road is currently closed and cordons are in place on SH33 and Allport Road.

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One in 10 infants in New Zealand are born premature, with blood transfusions crucial to their survival.

Doctors call for more blood donations to help NZ's vulnerable premature babies

The blood service needs about 3000 donations per week with the demand for blood transfusions.

Forestry debris - known as "slash" on a farm near Tolaga Bay.

Picking up sticks: Tolaga Bay farmers foot the bill for "man-made" flooding

Six months later, logs are still washing down rivers and out to sea.

Search for teenager swept off rocks near Raglan resumes this morning

The 17-year-old fell into the water around 1.30pm.

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It comes just days after the death of Melbourne Cup runner The Cliffs of Moher, whose death made equine welfare a major talking point.

Racetracks welcome NZ's first ever horse ambulance

Horse ambulance programme aims to have five of the mobile units across NZ.

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Christine Brennan was at the Auckland War Memorial today to gather the four crosses representing her great grandmother’s sons.

Family that lost four sons in WWI finds some comfort in field of remembrance

Hundreds gather to remember loved ones at Auckland's War Memorial.

Dunedin rest home building a wall to stop future flooding

The Radius Fulton home in Hillside Road has twice now had to evacuate its 93 residents during the rain.

Kelly Savage, photo supplied

NZ woman asks Japan PM to end psychiatric restraints

The stigma surrounding mental illness in Japan sees many patients treated inhumanely, she says.

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A petition has been launched in Nelson seeking the same rights as other victims of violence.

'This is the last straw' - Victims of offenders deemed insane call for law change

A petition launched in Nelson today seeks the same rights as other victims of violence.

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Those on the front lines of the epidemic are urging politicians to take action.

As synthetic cannabis crisis rages on, advocates call for decriminalisation

Fifty people have died in the past year in New Zealand after using synthetic cannabis and the Government is still scrambling for a solution.

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Witnesses say there was a stunned silence as the Hawera Mt View Lions Club float made its way down the street.

‘We were naive,’ Hawera group concedes after blackface Christmas float sparks widespread outrage

Witnesses say there was a stunned silence as the Hawera Mt View Lions Club float made its way down the street.

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One crash near Invercargill that claimed two lives involved three motorbikes.

Four motorcyclists have died on NZ roads today in four horrific hours

One crash today involved three motorcyclists, two of whom died.

Two dead following three-motorcycle crash near Invercargill

The accident occurred at the intersection of Fairfax Isla Bank Road and Riverton Otautau Road

Woman who died in Christchurch crash was in car that had just fled police

The crash occurred on Gloucester Street, Central City.

Alexis Albert loved netball and had earned a number of "Player of the Day" awards.

'Kids are just so vulnerable' - Brave mum's meningococcal warning to parents after losing her little girl

"Don't hesitate, you don't have time. If your child is complaining of a headache and a stiff neck take them to the doctor or hospital as soon as possible."

APEC summit expected to nut out security and climate change over the weekend.

APEC summit expected to nut out security and climate change over the weekend

In addition to the summit, Jacinda Ardern will be visiting a produce market, which New Zealand aid money helped to renovate.

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The team gives new life to De Havilland Mosquito fighter bombers, with funding from wealthy American collectors.

Rare WWII 'Wooden Wonder' bomber resurrected at Auckland airfield

Avspecs Ltd at Ardmore are restoring a De Havilland Mosquito fighter bomber for a Texan billionaire oil baron.

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They’re already one of the rarest penguins in the world. And now we’re closer to losing them than first thought.

NZ's much-loved yellow-eyed penguin could be extinct in next 10 to 20 years

Record lows for nesting areas have been observed around the country.

Ban on school prize givings may damage students, says headmaster

Auckland Grammar Headmaster Tim O'Connor makes no apology for recognising student success at their annual prize giving.

Four men arrested after shots fired in Wairoa gang-related incident

Officers today executed two search warrants, assisted by the Armed Offenders Squad, following Tuesday night's incident.

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Jousting is a real sport that involves real armour, real weapons, and sometimes real regrets.

Full-contact medieval warfare between NZ and Australia?

Jousting is a real sport that involves real armour, real weapons, and sometimes real regrets.

Two men arrested after stabbing at a Nelson beach

One person received a number of stab wounds in the incident and was taken to hospital.

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The 190kgs haul was found in a container of bananas.

Record seizure: 190kgs of cocaine worth up to $36m found in container of bananas in Auckland

The discovery was made after New Zealand Customs and police inspected the container and found five duffel bags on top of the banana boxes.

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With a lack of affordable housing, some businesses have started building their own staff accommodations.

Worker shortage looms as Queenstown braces for summer tourism onslaught

A lack of affordable housing has forced many workers to leave the region.

'Ginger Gathering' in Wellington is NZ's first celebration of redheads

There'll be prizes like best ginger beard and palest ginger.

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Forensic experts are concerned mishandled evidence could jeopardise a court case.

Forensic expert fears mishandling of evidence if police don't enter Pike mine

Police are yet to decide whether their own staff will enter the Pike River Mine.

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If approved, primary and secondary teachers would walk off the job together.

'Super strike' by primary and secondary teachers on the cards as rolling stoppages conclude

The teacher unions plan a joint campaign following rolling strikes by primary teachers this week.

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