The Independent Police Conduct Authority found police didn't properly assess evidence.
The acclaimed US filmmaker got a laugh out of the NZ newspaper's error.
A second deluge is expected for the South Island as warm weather continues in the north.
The group included children and a man who had been caught poaching before.
The contentious statue was erected without iwi consultation 50 years ago.
Iwi opposed the statue sitting on their ancestral mountain.
Police have located a vehicle a man who assaulted a woman on Friday night took from her property.
A man assaulted a woman in her own home and then stole her car.
The Gisborne District Council says there's no quick or easy solution to the clean-up.
The forestry industry says not much can be done to protect harvests.
Albany on the North Shore received a record 36.6mm rainfall in one hour.
Metservice is telling people to remain alert over the coming days.
The NZTA is warning motorists to stay up to date with road conditions.
"We need some leadership, we need some people to look at this as a wider issue."
A malfunctioning lock delayed an Air New Zealand flight by 30 minutes.