After 18 months, the Government's much-debated foreshore and seabed legislation was yesterday passed by Parliament, with the Government saying that all it did was preserve the status quo.
People who poo in New Zealand's pristine places can now be pinged with a fine after a bill passed by Parliament today.
Freedom campers are being dumped on unfairly by new legislation banning camping in some areas and allowing instant fines for leaving waste, Labour and the Greens say.
The Act Party's Epsom seat hopeful John Banks has dramatically shot down his leader Don Brash's views on decriminalising cannabis, saying it will never become party policy.
Long-time NZPA journalist and former editor Max Lambert files his last report for the national news agency.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a home invasion and attempted sexual assault in Dannevirke, during which a woman was bashed on the head with a shovel.
New Zealand's next Governor-General has been sworn in at Parliament with a royal guard of honour and a 21-gun salute.
A Hawke's Bay toddler run over in the driveway of her home today is tonight being transferred to Auckland's Starship Hospital for specialist care.
Wairoa residents are planning to march against gain violence after a Mongrel Mob member fired a shotgun into the crowd at a rugby match in the northern Hawke's Bay town.
Some of the victims of Christchurch's February 22 earthquake died of smoke inhalation or burns, a coronial inquest into their deaths was told today.
Lock Micheal Luck will look forward to welcoming back an old mate when the New Zealand Warriors and fellow National Rugby League finals-bound North Queensland do battle in Auckland on Saturday night.
Valerie Adams saved her best until last with a huge throw in the final round to emphatically win her third shot put title at the world athletics championships in Daegu, Korea overnight.
Matt Giteau's social networking skills removed one element of surprise before Australia's rugby World Cup squad were unveiled today, but there was still a genuine shock in store when James Horwill was unveiled as their new captain.
Young Auckland all-rounder Jimmy Neesham will play his cricket in Otago this summer in the hope of getting more regular game time at provincial level.
A man who killed a young Hastings father last year after felling him with a punch, has been found not guilty of manslaughter.
New Zealander Hayden Paddon knows he will have to counter local knowledge as he looks to wrap up the production world rally championship (PWRC) in Australia.
Five young players from the Otahuhu Rugby Club in Auckland have been banned for life after an assault on a referee earlier this month.
Supermarket chain Foodstuffs has asked toilet paper maker Cottonsoft to back up its environmental credentials, amid accusations its uses tropical rainforest timber in toilet paper sold here.
The Labour Party would remove the ability for internet accounts to be suspended under a copyright law that comes into effect tomorrow.