More heavy downpours - and even possible thunderstorms - are on the way for the Bay of Plenty and much of the rest of the country is in for a rainy evening too.
New Zealand's iconic Christmas Tree, the pohutukawa, may have originated from Australia, a new study says.
Police have released the name of a teenager who died in a workplace accident at a Hamilton warehouse earlier this week.
An Air Force Orion sent to search for four New Zealanders on a yacht off Fiji has now rendezvoused with the crew.
Prime Minister Bill English has indicated Todd Barclay did not know his recording of a staff member's conversations could be illegal until a police investigation was launched.
The woman at the centre of a secret tape scandal which has cost Southland MP Todd Barclay his Parliamentary seat says the rookie politician should have resigned immediately.
Repeated cuts in the cost of fuel in recent weeks - to the lowest levels since September last year - has the AA perplexed.
An Auckland pathology laboratory has lost its accreditation for examining tissue samples because levels of a toxic gas got so high staff had to be evacuated almost daily.
Matt McCarten has pulled out of his Movement for Change programme, slammed by Act as being a Labour campaign "sweat shop".
Two people are seriously injured after a car rolled near Gore this evening.
Winston Peters has ramped up criticism of Bill English over the Todd Barclay affair - saying the Prime Minister should resign.
There are fresh calls for all police officers to be armed as New Zealand faces a "second wave" of drug and organised crime with significant international ties, a new report claims.
A woman resorted to using a tractor to drive through rising waters to open her store after flooding left the main highway to the Far North virtually impassable.
"Urgent action'' needs to be taken over the side-effects of the anti-psychotic drug clozapine, a new study says.
Canterbury schools were fed "inaccurate and insufficient information'' about closures and mergers after the 2011 earthquake, the Chief Ombudsman has found.
With National MP Todd Barclay out the way, Opposition parties have turned their attention to Prime Minister Bill English and the police role in a secret recording scandal.
A new selection process will begin ''very shortly'' in the Clutha-Southland electorate after MP Todd Barclay's announcement yesterday he is quitting Parliament, the National Party says.
National MP Todd Barclay stands to pocket $80,000 by hanging on until the election.
A Hastings father made his five-year-old son fetch a hammer and kneel to be "executed" as punishment for running around a mosque during prayers.
Slightly more Kiwi graduates are staying in the country, despite falling pay rates.