All clear for Queen Street

A package found at a Queen St bus stop which prompted investigation by Defence Force personnel and forced road closures is no longer considered suspicious.

Portman kidnapper jailed

Portman kidnapper jailed

A man who helped with the kidnapping of murdered woman Rae Portman said he was "under the influence" of methamphetamine at the time.

Woman fined for breaking puppy's jaw

Woman fined for breaking puppy's jaw

A woman who broke the jaw of a neighbour's puppy by kicking it has appeared in court over her treatment of the animal.

Rugby: Kirwan makes one change to Blues line-up

Rugby: Kirwan makes one change to Blues line-up

Blues head coach John Kirwan has made just one change to the starting XV for Friday night's clash with the Reds at Suncorp Stadium.

Boy electrocuted in Rotorua named

The 10-year-old boy who was electrocuted at his family home in Rotorua has been named as Matthew Smith.

Suspicious package forces Queen St closure in Auckland

A suspicious package has forced the closure of part of Queen St in central Auckland this afternoon as the Defence Force investigates.

Police scour Wellington harbour for missing cocker spaniel

Maritime police are searching Wellington harbour for a cocker spaniel missing at sea.

P-lab blast shock in 'nice area'

Neighbours of the P lab that exploded in a Mount Maunganui home say it is "horrible" and "disturbing" to live near such a dangerous place.

Man in court on firearms charge

A man arrested last week as a result of a police search connected with the murder investigation into George Taiaroa's death has appeared in the Rotorua District Court.

Help offered after BOP flooding

Landowners are being offered help to fix damage caused by heavy rainfall and flooding in Bay of Plenty this week.

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