They snapped their tradition of early season struggles, with a 18-6 win over Canberra at GIO Stadium.
Critics have attacked a move they say will nearly double the value of international travel perks for former MPs.
A man has died in a car crash near Gisborne early this morning.
A German tramper has been found following a search involving three ground teams yesterday.
A woman has been rescued from the Waikato River after she fell in trying to get her dog out.
Fans of the Eagles won't suffer Heartache Tonight as the band has vowed to go ahead with its second Auckland show tonight -- but at an earlier time to avoid the worst of the stormy weather ahead.
A woman has been sexually assaulted in Palmerston North over the weekend.
A man who died in a helicopter crash after hitting a power line in Marlborough on Friday night has been named by police.
A tournament favourite receives what appears a welcome challenge, almost ends up on the wrong end of an upset, but eventually chases down a testing total to progress from pool play unbeaten.
Emergency preparations are being made in eastern areas of the North Island as cyclone Pam makes its way to New Zealand.
A Southland healthcare worker at the centre of an Ebola scare is in a stable condition in Christchurch Hospital.
Seven people are injured, including one in a critical condition, following a two car crash near Cambridge this morning.
There are fears for the safety of a German woman believed to be tramping in south Marlborough.
A teenager is seriously injured following a crash involving a car and a skateboard in west Auckland overnight.
New Zealand newlyweds have spent their last night of their honeymoon bunkered in to a room with 230 other scared tourists as Cyclone Pam lashed Vanuatu.
Having been told they had had a miscarriage, a Wanganui couple spent a night grieving for their lost child ... only to learn the baby was alive and well.
A truck driver has been critically injured following a crash in the central North Island overnight.
A severe tropical cyclone that caused destruction to Pacific Islands is edging closer to New Zealand.
The American tourist who drove into the path of a truck, killing his wife and two friends, has been fined $4500 after pleading guilty to careless driving.
Police have warned the public not to approach a fugitive, saying he is dangerous and is taking extraordinary lengths to avoid arrest.