After four incidents in two years, the watchdog says we must overhaul how vessels navigate.
Since the start of the phase-out in May, 22.5 million bags have been removed.
The irate driver had a rather unusual excuse when he was pulled over.
Scientists say a magnitude 8 earthquake rupturing the fault line is overdue.
"All of a sudden this thing emerges... There's a bow, there's a superstructure - it's a shipwreck!"
Months of undersea mapping has uncovered some surprising secrets.
He had been missing since August 6.
This weekend's Lotto first division prize was split between the North and South Island.
We've heard from everyday Kiwis doing some pretty amazing things, but one of them stood out.
One farmer is rubbishing the change saying "it's ridiculous".
Albany on the North Shore received a record 36.6mm rainfall in one hour.
"Oh mate it's a little bloody ridiculous, innit?"
New research on the 7.8 quake was released this week.
"It's really a game-changer for this town."
A hike in tourist fees may have caused foreigners to masquerade as NZers.
The protected birds were either shot, stamped on or run over.