1. Paul Holmes knighted

"Poor health didn't stop broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes from enjoying every minute of the knighthood ceremony held in his honour at his Hawke's Bay home on Wednesday."

2. Magnitude 4.7 quake shakes Chch

"A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has rattled Canterbury this evening."

3. Roads still closed at South Auckland crash scene

"Roads are still closed where a truck and car collided this afternoon injuring an elderly woman and a baby."

4. New Zealand rocked by quakes

"Earthquakes have been felt around New Zealand during the weekend including a magnitude 5.2 one in Taranaki and a 4.7 in Canterbury."

5. Amateur Australian prospector finds massive gold nugget

"An amateur Australian prospector who hadn't had much luck searching for gold has struck it rich, unearthing a nugget heavier than a newborn baby and worth more than $300,000."

6. Delays for Auckland drivers today

"The New Zealand Transport Agency is warning Auckland drivers they'll need extra time for their trip today."

7. Hamilton woman runs over man four times

"Neighbours stepped in to help after a woman in Hamilton ran over her partner four times, police say."

8. Shipment of 18 human heads found at Chicago's O'Hare airport

"Investigators probing a shipment of 18 human heads intercepted at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport have determined they came from bodies donated for scientific research and were being transported for disposal."

9. Woman dies in crash with milk tanker

"A woman is dead after her car collided with a milk tanker north of Taupo."

10. Mystery car found buried in sand

"Mystery surrounds the discovery of a car found at Papamoa Beach near the Kaituna River mouth."

More News From Around NZ

The State Services Commission has taken over the Ministry of Transport probe into staff sacked after they blew the whistle on fraudster Joanne Harrison.

Blues playmaker Piers Francis has overcome a blow that knocked him unconscious last week to be selected for his side in Friday's match against the Chiefs.