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Wellington hit by worst storm in decades

Residents of New Zealand's capital are cleaning up after a storm rated the worst in over four decades.

Third term beckons for John Key as New Zealand polls close

New Zealand's ruling centre-right government of John Key looks poised to be returned for a third term as voting closed in the national election on Saturday.

John Key can't rule out mass surveillance of NZ citizens by US spy agency NSA

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

Stacy Kirk Just days from an election, New Zealand's Prime Minister is under pressure to explain documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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.

Israel refuses to recognise NZ ambassador over contact with Palestinian officials

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has confirmed that Israeli officials had advised in recent days that they would "not accept as ambassador a person who was also a representative to...

New Zealand scientists close in on eco-friendly sheep

Methane producers: Livestock are a major source of greenhouse gases.

Scientists have moved a step closer to developing a breed of sheep that belches less methane as part of a quest to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, New Zealand researchers say.

NZ parliament dissolved ahead of election

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

The New Zealand parliament has been dissolved ahead of the country's September 20 election.

Kim Dotcom targets New Zealand election with dance party politics

Publicity stunts: An actor in police costume mock-arrests Kim Dotcom during a press launch for Megaupload.

Matthew Brockett Kim Dotcom strides on stage at a Wellington nightclub, turning a late-night dance party into a political rally.

Former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath challenging extradition decision

A former Catholic brother facing hundreds of child sex charges in Australia is challenging New Zealand's Justice Minister Judith Collins' decision to extradite him.

Ebola victim on the run in Sierra Leone capital

A doctor puts on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry.

Umaru Fofana Sierra Leone officials are appealing for help to trace a woman with Ebola after her family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital.

Internet makes us stupid: study

Is the internet making us stupid? That's the question researchers from Wellington's Victoria University asked in a study on people's reading behaviour.

MH17 victim Robert Ayley's final email

'Soul mates': Rob Ayley, who died on board MH17, pictured on his wedding day with wife Sharlene.

Paul Easton British-born Kiwi Rob Ayley, who died aboard flight MH17, wrote to his family on the last day of his trip to say how much he was looking forward to coming home.

New Zealand High Court backs schoolboy who refused to cut his hair

The offending 'do. Lucan Battison, who was ordered to cut his hair and refused.

Jo Moir His school suspended him for refusing to cut his hair, but New Zealand's High Court had other ideas.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 lost in a sea of rubbish

Rubbish

Nick Perry Wellington, New Zealand: Sometimes the object spotted in the water is a snarled fishing line. Or a buoy. Or something that might once have been the lid to an ice box.

Private jet of Peter Jackson helping in search for MH370

Peter Jackson

The personal jet of filmmaker Peter Jackson is involved in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Royal baby's New Zealand car seat sparks controversy

Prince George.

The placement of the car seat for Prince George while he is visiting New Zealand is causing a storm of outrage on social media, prompting soothing responses from seat provider Plunket New Zealand.

Kids and politicians catch royals fever

Kate wears a black dress embroidered with a silver fern to Government House in Wellington.

Julia Hollingsworth Some wore princess gowns, others donned red, white and blue wigs, and some woke at the crack of dawn to catch a glimpse of the royals.

Sir Edmund Hillary's trust launches appeal for sherpas

The father and son of Mount Everest avalanche victim Ang Kazi Sherpa comfort each other as they wait for his body to arrive at Sherpa Monastery in Kathmandu last week.

A trust founded by Sir Edmund Hillary has launched an appeal to help the families of the sherpa guides killed in an avalanche on Mt Everest.

Lolly stick removed from boy's gut after months of pain

Gus Denton, 5, with the Chupa Chup stick that was lodged inside him for eight months.

Ben Heather Lollipops are strictly off the menu for Gus Denton after the stick from his last one spent eight months lodged painfully in his gut.