ODT's Political Editor Dene Mackenzie gives his verdict on today's Budget.
Education gets a Budget designed to largely keep pace with booming student numbers and demand - with an operations grant boost after this year's effective freeze.
An extra $879 million will be pumped into health to help cope with a growing and ageing population, and mental health receives a boost.
Fresh crow and squirrel legs and feathers were sniffed out at the border by a biosecurity dog.
Workers are the winners in the Government's election year Budget, which delivers more cash in the hand to almost everyone. WATCH LIVE STREAM
Christchurch millionaire Earl Hagaman has died after an illness.
A Tasman club rugby player has passed away after suffering cardiac arrest during a game on Saturday.
A doctor who supports compulsory immunisation for Kiwi children says his family have been attacked by the anti-vaccination community.
One person is dead and another injured after a smash on a busy South Auckland street early today.
Thick fog shrouding Auckland this morning is causing travel chaos as nearly 70 flights are cancelled and delayed.
The world record for the most bungy jumps in 24 hours has been smashed by a New Zealander who jumped off the Auckland Harbour Bridge 430 times.
The possibility of extra stadium security during the Lions rugby tour will be discussed in coming days, Prime Minister Bill English says.
Auditor-General Martin Matthews will stand down while his suitability to continue in the role is reviewed, the Speaker has announced.
A man dragged another motorist from his car in a dramatic carjacking in the Auckland suburb of St Lukes this morning.
Police have closed State Highway 1 north of Taupo in the North Island as they hunt a wanted and dangerous man.
Ed Sheeran's New Zealand tour has "all but sold out" - meaning it will be the biggest music event ever staged in the country.
The company behind Ed Sheeran's New Zealand tour said security measures are reviewed every time an artist holds a show.
A Kiwi daredevil tonight begins his world record attempt for the most bungy jumps in 24 hours.
A host of acclaimed Kiwi entertainers will provide pre-match and half-time entertainment during the British and Irish Lions tour.
A large fire has broken out at a honey shed in North Canterbury.