The prime minister says there will still be strict controls on the border, but all current rules and restrictions on businesses and services will be "essentially lifted" under alert level 1.
- A new seat honouring two of the key players who helped improve the health of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary has been stolen.
- A Christchurch art gallery has apologised and pulled down controversial art after complaints the works appropriated Māori culture.
- New Zealand's oldest resident, Nina Brown, has died in a Christchurch rest home aged 108.
- Residents' views are being sought on the concept plans for three foot bridges and a riverside landing in the Christchurch red zone.
- A Christchurch teenager who stabbed another girl with a broken bottle at a party - causing possible permanent injury - has escaped a criminal conviction.
- Police are using the Eagle helicopters for an average of more than 16 incidents a day at a cost to taxpayers of more than $2000 an hour.
Air New Zealand is hanging tough on refunds in the face of renewed pressure from Consumer NZ, which says the airline will suffer lasting brand damage.
- Carefully skirting other shoppers at the supermarket and staying seated in pubs could soon be a distant memory, with NZ on track to move to alert level 1 next week.
- A woman who was dragged down a gravel path and sexually violated on the shores of Lake Dunstan will live with the memories of her ordeal for the rest of her life, a court has heard.
- Students will be offered bonus credits in this year's senior school assessments to compensate for lost classroom time during the Covid-19 lockdown.
- Bunnings has confirmed it will close stores in Ashburton and Rangiora by the end of the month.
- The New Zealand Transport Agency is tightening up its rules around letting motorists through Porters and Arthur's passes this winter.
- Lucy McPherson tried her best to avoid a career in the rural sector after being brought up on a sheep and cropping farm near Leeston.
The drum beats are getting louder – South Africa will quit Super Rugby to join a northern hemisphere competition.
- The Sunwolves involvement in Super Rugby is over after the Tokyo-based team's bid to play in a domestic tournament in Australia fell through due to Covid-19.
- The unfancied Warriors relaunched their season with a stunning 18-0 demolition job on the St George-Illawarra Dragons yesterday.
- Cricket Australia has announced a full schedule for the 2020-21 summer, including matches against the New Zealand men's and women's sides.
A Christchurch art gallery has apologised and pulled down controversial art after complaints the works appropriated Māori culture.
- The government chose Christchurch's central library, Turanga, as the venue to announce a $60 million cash injection for NZ libraries on Friday.
- Celebrate Queen’s Birthday weekend with a fun-filled day close to home.
- Christchurch-bred indie-rock musician Bridges has released the new single and lyric video Weightless Without, her first single from her upcoming debut EP.
Facebook employees have walked away from their work-from-home desks and took to Twitter to accuse chief executive Mark Zuckerberg of inadequately policing President Donald Trump's posts as strictly as the rival platform has done.
- South Korea is testing a new quick response code system to log visitors at high-risk entertainment facilities, restaurants and churches in a bid to track coronavirus cases and prevent further spread of the disease.
- President Donald Trump has vowed to end violent protests in major cities across the US "now," saying he'll send in the military if mayors and state governors refuse to call out the National Guard.
- The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor says.