The Electoral Commission says as of Monday more than 551,000 voters had had their say.
Hurricane Maria killed at least one person in Guadeloupe and barreled toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico after devastating the small island nation of Dominica.
National 41.9%, Labour 41.6%. Complacency would be fatal for National, as would a poor showing by young voters for Labour.
A staff member at an Auckland school has been charged and suspended from work after allegations of sexual abuse against a male student.
Dozens of people have been reported killed by a powerful earthquake that hit Mexico, local officials say.
A freezing worker who ran a drug-delivery business around Mosgiel will be confined to his home for the next six months.
A Dunedin judge accused of bias and excessively intervening during a trial has been cleared by the Court of Appeal.
Creating an ultra-fast broadband infrastructure for Dunedin will be as important for the city as building an electricity network was 150 years ago, Digital Community Trust chairman John Gallaher says.
Not many things really annoy Tobias Devereux.
A petition calling for the memorial of Dunedin photographer Riley Baker to remain in its present location is gaining support online.
The vehicle of Dunedin man Stephen Lowe has been discovered where it has been abandoned since he went missing on Friday, police say.
Ringing a church bell looks pretty simple until you start yanking on the rope.
The Ministry of Education and the Otago Regional Council are working together, in the wake of the Go Bus school route cancellations to ensure there are suitable transport options for affected pupils.
The mother of a Dunedin North Intermediate pupil is in ''panic mode'' after learning the bus route which takes her son to school from St Leonards will stop running in two weeks.
The SDHB was yesterday back-tracking on what appeared to be an admission from its chief medical officer that delays in its urology department could have shortened the life of at least six cancer patients.
Prime Minister Bill English has one final chance tonight to hose away the stardust when he faces Labour leader Jacinda Ardern on the final leaders debate.
Labour's planned water charge could have unintended consequences, including more corporate ownership and dairy conversion, irate farmers said at Labour's water policy meeting in Dunedin last night.
By Breana Bates - Year 13, Kaikorai Valley College
By Oscar Tobeck - Year 10, Kaikorai Valley College
Air New Zealand is restricting ticket sales and will cancel some international flights as it deals with the shortage of jet fuel in Auckland.