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High-flying style! Makeup-free Rachel Hunter, 47, looks radiant as she films safety video for Air New Zealand
Renowned supermodel Rachel Hunter, 47, showed off her youthful and blemish-free complexion, as she filmed a short clip for Air New Zealand.
Police officer filmed pushing a boy, 13, off his bike before pinning him against a fence is cleared of criminal charges
A New Zealand policeman who was filmed pushing a 13-year-old boy off his bike and pinning him against a fence will not face criminal charges but will be asked to apologise to the teen and his family.
An 18-year-old German tourist had to be rescued by helicopter after he was attacked by a 'grumpy seal' while swimming in New Zealand on Wednesday.
Woman shocked when she reads about a toddler who vanished on Facebook - only to walk into her living room to find the missing boy in her grandson's arms
New Zealand woman has spoken about the moment her grandson brought home a toddler, just after she had seen a photo of the 18-month-old on Facebook announcing he was missing (stock image).
'That was the worst idea ever!' The heart-stopping moment a young boy nearly shoots himself with a GUN he found in his grandpa's shed
Harrison Woods is lucky to be alive after he nearly shot himself in the foot with a gun he found in his grandpa's shed while holidaying in New Zealand.
Are George and Joanna calling their baby Boston Burgess? Heavily pregnant star hints at her unborn bub's name as couple continue their honeymoon
Joanna Burgess (nee King), 28, shared an Instagram story on Wednesday, hinting at the name of her and husband George's unborn child.
Teacher, 42, shared hundreds of sordid text messages and bawdy poetry with student, 13, he invited to his house before she 'killed herself after he broke off the relationship'
New Zealand schoolgirl Reiha McLelland, 13, was likely in love with her teacher Sam Back, 42, before the disturbing relationship broke down and she tragically took her life in 2014.
A snacker's dream or fuelling a dirty habit? Edible chocolate nails are the latest beauty trend - but some people are worried about how hygienic they are
New Zealand nail artist Jessie Mills has created edible nails made out of chocolate - the latest beauty nail craze to sweep the web. But not everyone is a fan, with some saying the nails are 'unhygienic.'
'I will be back for the wine next time': Heavily pregnant Joanna King visits a vineyard with her husband George Burgess as the couple continue their honeymoon in New Zealand
They tied the knot in Noosa last week. And after a few days of sunshine in Byron Bay, George Burgess and Joanna King jetted off to New Zealand to continue their honeymoon.
Accused pervert 'filmed 14-year-old girl trying on clothes in a change room as her mum stood nearby - before fleeing when confronted by a worker'
A man has been accused of filming a 14-year-old girl as she tried on lingerie at an Auckland store. The man allegedly followed the girl and her mum at the store in Auckland's south, and remains at large.
An alien time capsule, a Maori canoe and a Rastafarian whale: Barnacle-encrusted mystery object washed up in New Zealand inspires some bizarre theories... so what do YOU think it is?
A giant alien-like object covered in barnacles that washed up on a New Zealand beach last week has sparked debate online and left locals baffled.
‘What the?’ Mystery surrounds giant shaggy barnacle-covered object that washed up on a New Zealand beach
A giant alien-like object covered in barnacles that washed up on Muriwai Beach near Auckland, New Zealand, has locals baffled with suggestions including a shipwreck or Rastafarian whale.
Parents of New Zealand woman killed after Contiki tour bus plunges off a cliff fly to Indonesia to retrieve her body - as an Australian tourist recovers with multiple broken bones
Shocking images show the crushed Contiki van that crashed on the way to a Gili Island surf beach on Thursday, injuring Abbey Moore, 29 (pictured) and killing a New Zealand woman.
Terrifying moment adventurers’ campsite is ripped apart by a tornado of dust in a South Pacific crater
The weather turned extreme during an expedition to the top of the Marum Crater, on the island of Vanuata, and battered the camp.
A petrolhead's dream holiday: Check out these snaps from McLaren's inaugural Epic New Zealand Road Tour
McLaren do package holidays, and they're probably the best package holidays in the world - as long as you own one of their ultra expensive supercars, that is.
'A crazy idea and a dream come true': The incredible moment a 12-year-old girl stand up paddle boards on the world's HIGHEST lake to break the world record
Incredible footage shows a 12-year-old girl stand up paddle boarding on the world's highest lake: Lake Pumori in the Himalayas. Maya Allsop, from New Zealand, completed the daring stunt on icy waters.
'Famous' New Zealand actor accused of sexually violating four female models during secretive one-on-one 'acting classes' - and forcing one of them to kiss his genitals
The lawyer of a prominent New Zealand actor (pictured) accused of sexually violating four models has accused one of the alleged victims of making up stories about his client.
Asian man's passport photo is rejected because facial recognition software insists his 'eyes are CLOSED' and therefore 'does not meet the criteria'
A man born in Taiwan who had his passport photo rejected by the New Zealand immigration website as it registered his eyes as being closed.
Every flatmate's worst nightmare: Woman sets up camera because she suspects her male roommate is stealing - but instead catches him scratching his GENITALS with her toothbrush
A 28-year-old woman from New Zealand, named only as Sarah, said set up a webcam to catch her female housemate stealing, but caught her male roommate doing something much worse.
Brave burns victim, 11, proudly shows off his scars – eight years after he pulled a dish of boiling water onto himself when he was a toddler
Young New Zealand burns victim Jack Dragicevich, 11, has bravely shown off his scars eight years after pulling a dish of boiling water onto himself when he was a curious toddler.
Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and King Kong - it’s no wonder so many movies have used New Zealand’s epic backdrop to depict a fantasy universe. Rach Stewart's photos capture the magic.
'A lady is watching me and I want her to think I'm leaving my information': Man finds note on his Jeep after an unapologetic stranger backed into his car and left a huge dent
A New Zealand man who returned to his car to find someone had backed into it and found a note on his windscreen, got a much different response than he expected.
Want your home to smell like KFC? Internet goes wild for a SCENTED CANDLE that spreads the aroma of its fried chicken
KFC has turned its signature dish into a scented candle. The candle - a prize in an online competition - is designed to send the smell of fried chicken into the air as it burns.
A Space Oddity! Doctor named David Bowie treats Buzz Aldrin, 86, in New Zealand hospital after astronaut's evacuation from South Pole expedition
Former astronaut and second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin (left), is in a New Zealand hospital being treated by a doctor (right) with the same name as David Bowie - who wrote songs about space.
'He stuck his hand down my top': Woman reveals how she was 'sexually violated and punched in the face by an Indian man' on Air New Zealand flight
The woman was travelling from Sydney to Auckland via an Air New Zealand flight on Monday afternoon when a male passenger allegedly touched her despite repeated pleas asking him to stop.
Lawyers for singer Prince's estate agree to DNA test after New Zealand man claims he is the dead pop legend's SECRET SON
Max Stacey McCormack has contacted the Purple Rain star's estate claiming to be the late singer's son, and lawyers have agreed to carry out DNA tests on him.
There goes the neighbourhood bro: New Zealand Black Power bikies are infiltrate the Gold Coast and pose for photos with guns in full outlawed gang colours
Armed New Zealand Black Power gang members are infiltrating the Gold Coast and brazenly posing for pics in full gang colours - with two members posing for a photo on Facebook.
Pulling girls' ponytails, A-list children and a very awkward hotdog eating technique: Retired NZ Prime Minister's Key moments in office
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key resigned on Monday, but he will be remembered as much for his embarrassing gaffes as for all his achievements in the job.
One is a pole dancing 'feminist artist' living in Paris while the other's a globe-trotting DJ: As John Key quits to spend more time with his family - meet his VERY un-prime ministerial kids
On Monday, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced he would be stepping down from the leadership position to spend more time with his family, including kids Max, 21, and Stephie, 23.
Glassed for spilling a drink: Young woman, 19, left with horrific injuries after a stranger rammed a glass into her face in unprovoked nightclub attack
A 19-year-old woman has spoken of her terrifying ordeal of how she was left 'feeling ugly' after being smashed in the face with a wine glass at a New Zealand nightclub on Saturday night.
‘It’s like Voldemort… it’s not talked about but it’s getting worse’: Mothers vow to stop meth spreading through their town after dealers offer drug to children as young as NINE
Two New Zealand mothers have taken a stand against methamphetamine usage, or the 'Voldemort' drug, in their local community and plan to make a series of short videos to scare kids off the drug.
'Say it ain't so, bro': Malcolm Turnbull's text to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key as he announces shock resignation saying he 'cannot look the public in the eye and say he wants to serve a full fourth term'
John Key has resigned as Prime Minister of New Zealand. He made the announcement at his weekly press conference on Monday. 'I don't know what I'll do next,' an emotional Key said.
Kiwi tourist detained in Kazakhstan after immigration officials refused to believe New Zealand was a country - insisting it was a 'state in Australia'
Kiwi tourist Chloe Phillips-Harris, 28, was detained in Kazakhstan in May for almost two days after immigration officials refused to believe New Zealand was a country.
'Prominent' actor charged with sexual assault and violation of four women in his acting class... as he pleads innocence and demands anonymity
The man is accused of violating four women between 2010 and 2013 while teaching acting classes. He has pleaded not guilty to four charges and will stand trial on Monday in Auckland.
Another reason New Zealand is more fun than Australia? Kiwis welcome summer with 'Crate Day' - the unofficial holiday celebrated with wooden boxes of beer
Tens of thousands of New Zealanders have welcomed summer with parties fuelled by crates of beer as part of the annual 'Crate Day', held on the first Saturday of December.
New Zealand's famous Elephant Rock loses its trunk after 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the country
New Zealand's popular tourist destination Elephant Rock has lost its trunk after weeks of earthquakes have rocked the country, including a 5.5 quake which struck on Sunday.
SCG-ee whizz! Australia captain Steve Smith pulls off incredible catch in ODI win over New Zealand - but is it the best ever?
A stunning catch from Steve Smith was the icing on the cake following his recording-breaking innings of 164 during the opening one-dayer against New Zealand at the SCG on Sunday.
Flu left me paralysed: Midwife trapped in her own body and left unable to walk after a common cold put her in a coma for 55 days
Christchurch midwife, Chris Barbier, slipped into a coma for two months last year after catching the flu, which has left her paralysed from the neck down and needing full-time care.
'It was too good to be true': Woman claims she was promised $54,000 in a 'divine feminist' spiritual gift-giving movement - but never saw a cent
Professional women in New Zealand were tricked into giving gifts as part of a spiritual networking scheme. Life coach and 'spiritual guide' Soreya James, pictured, is said to be the mastermind.
New Zealand has been struck with another large magnitude 5.5 earthquake, just three weeks after the mammoth earthquake that shook central New Zealand.
Parents suing alternative Steiner school after sleepy teacher crashed a minivan and killed their son during school excursion
Queensland school student Gabiel Runge, 16, pictured, died during a school excursion to New Zealand in November 2014. His parents are suing his school to get closure over his death.
Incredible NASA photographs from space show how New Zealand shoreline raised from the water during huge 7.8 magnitude earthquake
Satellite photographs captured by NASA's Earth Observatory reveal new land along the Kaikoura coastline pushed up from under the sea by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit New Zealand.
No laughing matter! The moment a comedian gets swooped by a crazy magpie during a Skype call with a friend
New Zealand funny man Josh Thomson had just begun a Skype call - with fellow comedian Guy Montgomery - and was unsuspecting of the magpie that was about to swoop.
'He loves its real spiritual feel': Noel Edmonds 'is emigrating to New Zealand' after hitting out at claims he 'lost the plot' with new motivational phone service for pets
The television presenter, 67, whose hit game show Deal Or No Deal was axed earlier this year is said to be making the move with his third wife Liz Davies, 47 to make a 'fresh start' in a new country
Baby-faced gunman, 18, hands himself in to police after 'shooting dead a bikie execution-style' and going on the run with his heavily-tattooed adoptive mother - who remains at large
Taylor Ruatara, 18, surrendered to police over murder of alleged Nomads bikie Jason Boyd on the Gold Coast. His heavily-tattoed adopted mother is on the run and wanted as an accomplice.
Ruby Rose reveals androgynous hairstyle as she joins Jason Statham on the New Zealand set of deep sea thriller Meg
The pair were joined by a bustling production team while taking a break between scenes as their location shoot in scenic New Zealand, where much of the exterior action has been shot.
Not so bird-brained: Cheeky keas caught dragging cones into the road so people in cars will stop to feed them
Road workers along a popular tourist trail in New Zealand were baffled after road cones kept being found in the middle of the road, until CCTV revealed a group of kea birds were behind the mischief.
Studded belts, glow sticks and helmets: The bizarre list of items banned from Coldplay's New Zealand concert
Studded belts, crash helmets and glow-sticks are just some of the products banned from a Coldplay concert at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.
Radio hosts suspended for pranking the mother of English cricketer Ben Stokes - telling her she was off air then broadcasting live as she furiously defended her son
Deborah Stokes, the mother of England cricketer Ben, was put live on air without her permission after calling Radio Hauraki to complain about them bad-mouthing her son.
'Happy and bright, not a snowman in sight!': Ronan Keating and Julian Dennison give Winter Wonderland a summer makeover in hilarious new Air NZ advertisement
Strolling through a summer wonderland: Ronan Keating and Julian Dennison teamed up with Air New Zealand to record a Christmas carol.
Nurse accused of using Grindr app to hook-up with other men for unprotected sex - without telling them he was HIV-positive
HIV-positive nursing assistant Johnny Lachlan Benjamin Lumsden, 26, from New Zealand, has been accused of using hook-up app Grindr to have unprotected sex with men, police say.
The great wall of New Zealand: Incredible aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has created 15ft high natural barriers across the landscape
For the first time since the natural disaster, scientists have been allowed into the area surrounding the epicentre in New Zealand, and discovered the massive Hadrian's Wall-like rock formation.
A 13-year-old boy has gone missing and is believed to be in a 'distressed state' lost in bush in Wellington, New Zealand. Police are concerned as weather conditions worsen.
No car? No problem! New Zealand teen rides his bike over 25km of earthquake-damaged roads just to catch a flight
Jackson Lidgard, 18, from Kaikoura on New Zealand's south island, filmed himself cycling over landslides, around boulders and through wrecked tunnels to get to the airport on time.
Heavily-tattooed road rager gives the finger to court - as his lawyer claims he's 'remorseful' for ramming a car into a river and attacking the five passengers with BOTTLES
John Savage, 27, has been jailed for a March road-rage attack which saw him ram a car carrying five victims into a river in Christchurch before attacking them with bottles as they swam to safety.
Physio banned from working for one year for having sex with two top rugby players - after one complained she 'took advantage of him'
Tania Williams, a New Zealand physiotherapist, has been suspended for a year and ordered to pay $10,000 for having sex with two premier rugby players she treated for injuries in 2014.
Tree surgeon who dreamed of creating an eco-village in New Zealand bled to death at the top of a tree when his chainsaw cut his throat
Alexander Kirkley, 32, from Oxford, was cutting a tree in the back garden of a client's house when the machinery 'kicked-back', hit him in the neck and sliced through his jugular vein.
Daughter, 43, jailed for neglecting her mother, 77, so badly she weighed just 29kg when she died of malnutrition covered in excrement and insects
Ena Lia Dung, 77, had 14 broken ribs, a cracked sternum, severe bed sores and serious internal injuries when police found her emaciated body in an Auckland home in 2015.
Eight feared dead off New Zealand coast after charter boat overturns in rough seas - despite warnings that weather was not suitable to sail in
Five people are dead and three others missing after a chartered fishing boat overturned in rough seas north of Auckland. Other charter boats said and it should never have been on the water.
'We're gonna beat you All Blacks': Brave little Ireland fan taunts New Zealand rugby players as they tower over him
Little Irish rugby fan Jack couldn't resist taunting New Zealand rugby players when they arrived in Dublin for a rematch test. He followed them around shouting 'we're gonna beat you All Blacks!'
High flyers! Models Natalie Roser and Renae Ayris join former Home and Away stars Tai Hara and Johnny Ruffo for a helicopter ride on an action-packed trip to New Zealand
Natalie Roser, 25, Renae Ayris, 26, and former Home and Away stars Tai Hara, 26, and Johnny Ruffo, 28, enjoyed an action-packed trip to New Zealand
'It's Islamic law': Female journalist BARRED from a mosque because she is a woman... as the top Muslim cleric is forced to stand down for saying 'Jews are enemies'
A Muslim cleric in Auckland turned away a reporter (pictured) because she is female and it is against 'Islamic Law' before offering the interview to her male colleague.
Beauty among the devastation: Bizarre phenomenon sees plume of bubbles rise from the sea floor after deadly earthquake rocked New Zealand
Matt Foy, owner of Kaikoura Kayaks - based near the quake's epicentre - was paddling off Whalers Bay when he spotted a plume of bubbles rising from the sea floor.
Philippine President Rodrigo 'The Punisher' Duterte confuses Australia with New Zealand in a bizarre television interview - as he gets a rockstar welcome at the airport
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has accidentally thanked the Australian government for hosting him while in Auckland. The President has come under fire for his tough 'war on drugs'.
Mother kills her eight-year-old son in horror smash after taking her eyes off the road for a 'few seconds' to check Google maps on her phone
A fatal car accident on a highway in New Zealand which killed James Crous, 8, after he broke his neck was caused after his mother looked at Google maps on her phone, a court heard.
Brawl breaks out at Schoolies when an Australian man mocks a group of New Zealanders doing the haka - as Gold Coast bikini selfies trend takes off
A huge brawl broke out on Cavill Ave in Surfers Paradise on Monday night after an Australian teenager mocked a group of New Zealanders who were performing the haka.
Woman left paralysed after free massage at her desk at work burst a blood vessel and gave her a STROKE
A Sydney woman was given no longer than a year to live after a stroke but after regaining movement and speech, now faces a financial battle to continue rehabilitation.
John Croawell, 63, spent thousands to have an $80 speeding fine dismissed after he was charged for driving 61km/h in a 50km/h zone, southwest of Dunedin, New Zealand in February 2014.
Intellectually disabled Bunnings trolley collector FIRED after he 'took a soft drink left on top of a locker and put it in his bag'
An intellectually disabled man has been unable to find work after he was fired from a Christchurch Bunnings Warehouse store for taking a soft drink from the staff room in September.
Mystery surrounds the deaths of two hikers found just metres from each other in a New Zealand national park
Mystery surrounds the death of two male hikers, aged 32 and 39, who were found dead in Tararua Forest Park, north of Wellington in New Zealand, on Monday.
New Zealand's North Island hit by 5.6 magnitude earthquake - less than a week after powerful tremor killed two people
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 struck New Zealand's Northern Island on Tuesday, just a week after a powerful tremor on the upper South Island caused widespread damage.
The day the earth split open: Drone footage of New Zealand's ruptured landscape shows the massive earthquake's devastating impact
Astonishing drone footage has shown the enormity of the damage occurred along the Kekerengu Fault line after New Zealand's 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
We gnarly lost you there! Skaters risk their lives by jumping over huge holes left behind by devastating earthquake in New Zealand
Troy Tapara and Billy Mclachlan cycled and trekked to Parnassus, 40km south of the quake-ravaged town of Kaikoura on South Island, where they found the makeshift ramps.
The All Blacks did play in white jerseys before on away trips when their shirt colour clashes with an opponent's like the dark blue of Scotland - but it's still a move that will upset traditionalists.
New Zealand's earthquake was so powerful the sea floor lifted TWO METRES and exploded through the sand - creating an alien landscape that has left marine experts baffled
Incredible photos have emerged showing the devastating aftermath of the New Zealand coastline - north of Kaikoura - after it was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake around midnight Sunday.
Aldrich Viju, four, died after an 'accident' on playground equipment at his daycare centre in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday. His mother was four months pregnant.
Watch your step! Man walks along a motorway destroyed by the New Zealand earthquake - as scientists say the ground shifted THREE metres
A video from a local driver has revealed the devastation to roads in New Zealand after the destructive earthquake there - with one man shown walking over a huge rupture in the road.
Nice to sea you! New Zealand naval officers welcome their United States allies with a stirring traditional haka
The Royal New Zealand Navy greeted the US navy with a traditional welcome haka as part of their 75th anniversary celebration in Auckland. (pictured)
'It feels like I've been placed in a category for brown people': Singer refuses to accept award for best Hip Hop artist claiming the category was 'racist'
Aaradhna rejected the award for Best Urban/Hip-Hop artist at NZ Music Awards saying it was a 'category for brown people' that didn't reflect her work. Organisers said it wasn't racist but would review it.