Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has rejected the Opposition's claims that average rents have increased by more than twice as much under her Government than they did under National.
A co-accused in the killing of a Ngaruawahia man stormed the dock in the Hamilton District Court and charged towards the victim's family.
A 19-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter, among other charges, after a fatal car crash in Christchurch.
A sex offender who was re-housed in a motel after his release from jail sexually assaulted one of the owner's family members.
Police have launched a homicide inquiry following the death of a three-month-old baby girl in Porirua.
A young man who drove a car that crashed into a Christchurch school - killing a teenage girl - has handed himself in to police.
A schoolgirl swept down a rushing river managed to cling to a branch of a willow tree as members of the public scrambled to reach her.
The family of a teenager swept off rocks at Papanui Point are absolutely devastated and rallying together as the search for him enters its third day.
A fourth person has been arrested in a police probe into alleged drugging and sexual assaults of female patrons at an inner city Christchurch bar.
A spate of motorcycle deaths at the weekend could trigger a new licence test for motorcyclists who purchase big powerful bikes.
A missing young woman is five months pregnant and had been upset after an ultrasound scan revealed uncertainty over whether she was having a boy or a girl, her husband says.
Police have released the name of the woman who died in a motorcycle crash in the West Coast during a horror weekend on the road in which six people died.
A man has died following a serious two-car crash in Northland, forcing the closure of SH1 and bringing the national road toll to 8 since Friday.
Thrill seekers had to be evacuated off the Rainbow's End roller coaster after it stopped near the highest point.
The customer who booked a council party venue for a non-alcohol event could face charges and fines after police found hundreds of intoxicated, underage partygoers there, Auckland Council says.
A Lions club in Taranaki is under fire for using blackface in a Christmas parade, then accusing people who complained about it as "too precious".
A "super-strain" of meningococcal disease that's claimed six lives this year could become the dominant form in New Zealand if rates follow overseas trends, scientists say.
Police are urging drivers and passengers to buckle up and drive safely after a series of fatal crashes throughout the country this weekend.
Six people have been taken to hospital, some with serious injuries, following a crash in Tasman this afternoon.