It's been a horror three days on our roads with 12 people dying, including four members of a visiting Malaysian family in Kaikoura and a child who was hit by a car in Waikato this afternoon.
An estimated 970 tourists are stranded in Franz Josef and though road access to the south may be reopened in the coming days, a huge slip to the north will take much longer to clear.
Spark says coverage is almost fully restored to thousands of customers in the South Island after floods caused a widespread outage and cut the main route from Christchurch to Dunedin.
Polystyrene meat trays, cups and takeaway food containers are the next targets in the battle to phase out single-use plastics.
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A 36-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a West Coast woman this weekend.
The Government has declared a "medium-scale adverse event" for South Canterbury, setting aside up to $50,000 to support farming communities significantly affected by the heavy rain and flooding.
Several tourists are stranded at a campground in Whataroa on the West Coast, including some "terrified" freedom campers who narrowly escaped a rapidly rising river.
At least one flight due to land in Dunedin has been turned back to Christchurch, after a thunderstorm caused the runway lights to fail. In Queenstown, flights have been cancelled after an internet outage.
The Government has overhauled leadership of the nation's health boards, appointing new chairs at 13 of the 19 DHBs.
The Timaru District Council is now advising some residents in the evacuation area south of the Rangitata River to stay put if they haven't already left.
There are significant slips between Franz Josef and Fox Glacier on the West Coast after heavy rain - with more bad weather forecast.
Police say they have very serious concerns for the safety of missing West Coast woman Barbara Ann Quinn.
Three people have been killed and four others injured in an accident north of Kaikoura this afternoon.
A man who died in a crash involving a driver fleeing police has been described by his family on social media as "such a good guy... (who) knew how to live life to the full".
Cabinet Minister Kris Faafoi says he has apologised to the Prime Minister over his mishandling of an immigration matter.
The woman who went on a Tinder date with Grace Millane's killer while her body lay in his apartment says she was so unnerved, she lied to him about where her car was parked.
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters used a meme of Paula Bennett to get laughs from Parliament and mock the National MP over the cannabis debate.
Chief Censor David Shanks is concerned about the rise in popularity online of simulated incest porn and videos with non-consensual behaviour.