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Auckland mayor Len Brown admits to two-year affair

Auckland Mayor Len Brown is refusing to stand down after confirming that he had a two-year affair with a member of a council advisory panel 25 years his junior.

Deadly tornado wreaks havoc in Auckland

Auckland after the tornado.

Tamara Mclean A VIOLENT tornado has ripped through northern Auckland, killing one person and injuring 19 in a freak storm that has shaken disaster-weary New Zealanders.

Colossal squid weighing 350kg pulled from Antarctic

The colossal squid, weighing in at 350 kilograms.

Scientists say a female colossal squid weighing an estimated 350 kilograms and thought to be only the second intact specimen ever found was carrying eggs when discovered in the Antarctic.

NZ prime minister John Key denies involvement in plot to extradite Kim Dotcom

Journalist Glenn Greenwald (left) with NZ Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom.

Kim Dotcom says he will release "bombshell" documents that prove NZ Prime Minister John Key was involved in a plot to have him extradited. Mr Key has denied it.

Gay groups angered as heterosexual men marry to win rugby trip

Couple

Michael Koziol Two blokes got married in New Zealand this morning and people aren't happy about it.

NZ doctor 'forgot' to diagnose cancer

A doctor has been ordered to apologise to the family of a New Zealand woman who died after he "completely forgot" to tell her she had breast cancer.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shot down over Ukraine near Russian border

MH17 crash site

Nick Ralston A Malaysia Airlines plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine.

Pilot locked out of Air New Zealand cockpit after mid-air dispute

Locked out: Air New Zealand described the pilots' mid-air falling out as 'unfortunate'.

Michael Koziol Air New Zealand co-pilot tried three times to re-enter the cockpit after a falling out with the captain.

Rowers plucked from sea by US Coast Guard

colin parker

A New Zealander was one of a four-man crew rescued from a leaky row boat in the Pacific Ocean in dramatic circumstances by the US Coast Guard.

William won't be king of New Zealand, say republicans

Prince William and his wife Catherine arrive in Wellington with baby Prince George.

Julia Hollingsworth We'll never call him King William, say New Zealand republicans. New Zealand Republic says it's inevitable the country will get a democratically elected head of state rather than an unelected head of...

Baby suitors queue up for George

Prince George with his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, in Wellington.

Prince George appears to have become one of the most eligible bachelors in New Zealand after a string of offers.

Kate's nautical top a sell-out

Kate's fashion secrets don't stay quiet for long

To the untrained eye, the Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a pleasant but nondescript simple blue and white hooped top to go sailing in Waitemata Harbour.

Australian women blamed for New Zealand's housing boom

A debate about foreign ownership of New Zealand property has taken a twist with the co-vice president of a minor political party identifying a "busload of Australian women" as a problem.

Toddler crushed by 1.5 tonne roller driven by relative

Roller

WELLINGTON, June 7 AAP - A two-year-old boy has died after being crushed by a 1.5 tonne roller driven by a relative working on the driveway of his New Zealand home.

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight: Oil rig worker Mike McKay loses job after MH370 'fire in the sky' report

Search for MH370.

Steve Lillebuen Reports from an oil rig worker who saw a fire in the sky on the night Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared are being taken seriously, police sources have confirmed.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Perth man's wife being comforted

Paul Weeks

Family and friends are comforting Danica Weeks hours after she heard the news that the Malaysian Airlines flight carrying her husband Paul has been confirmed lost in the Indian Ocean west of Perth.

Missing Malaysia Airlines jet: New Zealand family criticises MH370 death text

Widow

The family of Paul Weeks, who was aboard the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight, have criticised Malaysia's handling of the information flow about the search operation.

Crows solve Aesop's fable puzzles, offer clues to cognition

Sharon Begley A species of crow native to islands east of Australia has long wowed scientists with its intelligence, and now it has shown it can solve at least one puzzle as well as the average 7-year-old child.

Crisis looms after Tongan passports sold

Tongan students perform the Fa'ahiula dance for King George Tupou V during the Cultural Day celebrations in the capital, Nuku'alofa on July 29, 2008.

Michael Field Tonga is slipping into a high-level political crisis after revelations its diplomatic passports have been sold to Chinese nationals on the express order of the island nation's prime minister.

Christchurch earthquake rescuers cleared of blame in student deaths

Search and rescue teams scour the wreckage of the CTV building in Christchurch.

Martin van Beynen Failures by the New Zealand Fire Service and Urban Search and Rescue did not contribute to the deaths of eight people at the CTV site.