"Two boys in the United States received the surprise of a lifetime while visiting their neighbourhood swimming pool in June."
"The winner of Saturday's $20.5 million Lotto jackpot has come forward."
"Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel has been charged with historic child sex offences, police say."
"A cellphone photo of a police officer giving new shoes to a homeless man has gone viral online."
"A baby girl has been hospitalised after being attacked by her family dog."
"A 22-year-old Christchurch man's in intensive care with serious head injuries after stepping in to a fight to protect his friend."
"The government is rejecting claims a Defence Force budget squeeze contributed to a helicopter crash that killed three air force personnel."
"An elderly Chinese couple who refused to move out of their apartment building to make way for a new development has found themselves surrounded by a huge freeway."
"Japanese rescuers found five charred bodies and a trucker was pronounced dead after being pulled from his vehicle following the collapse of a highway tunnel Sunday, which crushed cars and triggered a blaze."
"A small outbreak in Canterbury of a potentially fatal illness has authorities on the look out."