Te Papa and the Department of Conservation say returning the body of a 350kg turtle to Canterbury hapū at a cost of $10,000 was the right thing to do.
There are three new cases of Covid-19 to report in managed isolation in New Zealand and no new cases in the community.
Health authorities are tracking down University of Auckland staff and students who may have had contact with a student with infectious tuberculosis.
There are no new cases of Covid-19 in the community in New Zealand today but one in managed isolation.
A former Christchurch man who beat his friend to death with a cricket bat and dumped his body out of town has avoided a sentence of life imprisonment without parole.
An intensive hunt for lizards in the South Island has led to the discovery of what could be several new skink and gecko species.
Police have released photographs of two men they want to speak to after a pair of women received shotgun pellet injuries while walking along a track beside the Clutha River in Alexandra.
A former police officer has been described as a “thug and a coward” by the 75-year-old man he beat up.
Chris Hipkins has paused quarantine-free travel from NSW to NZ while the source of infection of the two cases announced in Sydney in the last two days is investigated.
The man accused of murdering Auckland businesswoman and Central Otago winery owner Elizabeth Zhong will have his name suppression maintained for now.
There is one new case of Covid-19 in managed isolation and no new cases in the community, the Ministry of Health has reported.
Emergency services are at the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Southland, with reports one of the vehicles was on fire.
The highway between Marlborough and Nelson was blocked for several hours after a vehicle towing a caravan rolled.
A South Island lawyer fighting cannabis prosecution cases says she is seeing a surge in the number of people being taken to court for using or supplying the drug as a medicine.
A man has been arrested and charged after a violent attack on a "good Samaritan" in Queenstown in March, but the alleged victim will also be charged after police established the attack was not random and he knew the accused.
Ultra-marathon runner Glenn Sutton is a bit nervous but keen to get started on his latest running challenge - 580km non-stop from Milford Sound to Mt Cook.