Hitting 40 percent in the polls is Labour MP Jacinda Ardern's goal for 2015 AAA but as her National rival Jami-Lee Ross warns, they have to reach 30 first.
Brook Sabin takes a look back at an eventful year in New Zealand politics - from Kim Dotcom to Judith Collins, and everyone in between.
It has been one of the most bizarre years in New Zealand political history, and at the centre of it all was 3 News political editor Patrick Gower.
The lie-flat bus trip is quite common overseas, but will local travellers take it up as a new form of transport between Auckland and Wellington?
Students in east Auckland are saying goodbye to the police's longest-serving school community officer.
A former St John paramedic who sexually assaulted patients in the back of an ambulance has been jailed for 14-and-a-half years.
Kiwi researchers have found a natural quit-smoking remedy is more effective than nicotine replacement therapy.
Andrew Little says our anti-terror laws aren't designed to catch "lone wolves", and the Sydney siege should not be used as justification for passing them under urgency.
In 1997 Stephen Anderson went on a rampage in Raurimu, where his parents had a ski lodge. Anderson shot 10 people and killed six, including his own father.
Auckland man Bernie O'Donnell got a ticket on Monday at a Wilson carpark, for having his parking ticket upside down.
A Blenheim couple who have been fined $40,000 for not wearing helmets while riding their quad bikes say the punishment is unfair.
The Good Samaritan who was brutally bashed while helping an old woman who was being robbed has thanked New Zealanders.
A former US baseball star turned ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa has released a video introducing himself and his wife before they take up residence in Wellington.
Fans attending Cricket World Cup matches next year will notice an "enhanced" police and security presence, but are being promised it won't be "over the top".
AUT's Steve Pointing and Massey University's Heather Hendrickson take a look at the biggest science stories of the year.
How much do Auckland youngsters know about Santa? What are they expecting to find under the tree this year? And most importantly, have they been good?
For Alexander Vane, there will be no turkey, pavlova or trifle this Christmas, but he's not too distraught.
Christmas for kids is all about a world of magic and creating a wish list as long as your arm for Santa.
Christchurch will be one of two cities to host an opening ceremony for the ICC Cricket World Cup next year, officials say.
Police have busted a major North Island Headhunters drug ring where meth cooks were able to produce $3 million worth of product in three days.
John Key claims there are people living in New Zealand who are capable of repeating what happened in the Sydney siege.
An expert in hostage negotiations says hostage situations "very seldom" end peacefully when Islamic extremists are involved.
The Sydney siege has been described as a "unique and rather unusual" case that anti-terror laws in New Zealand and Australia would have been unlikely to prevent.
Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand won't be rethinking its military commitment in Iraq following the hostage situation in Sydney overnight.
Storm & India Tea Sisters are on a mission to show their bespoke blends, brews, elixirs and treats.
Firefighters were at the scene of a house fire in Auckland's Mt Albert tonight.
Evan had what his orthodontist described as the worst teeth he'd ever seen. So what difference has three years made?
A cannabis vending machine was illegally removed by police in March 2012 and has now been returned to its owner.
Protesters will march on the Kapiti Coast District Council against a dog on death row, but the Mayor says staff are being threatened.
A cannabis vending machine seized by police has been returned after a court ruled the officer in charge acted unlawfully.
Political coverage dominated the news media in 2014, as perhaps could be expected in an election year. But this election may have been one of our craziest.
A snowboarder who plummeted 20 metres off a cliff at Mount Ruapehu eight weeks ago has spoken publicly for the first time about what happened.
A 51-year-old farmhand says he's being treated unfairly by his employer because he can't read or write.
A parade has been held down Queen St in Auckland to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate off the coast of Uruguay.
The Mana Movement has split with the Internet Party as the pair's controversial coalition comes to an end.
During one of the most expensive hundreds of people queuing outside the Auckland City Mission for a food parcel.
An unexplained act of violence has left a small Upper Hutt community in shock.
An Upper Hutt man has appeared in court this morning following an axe attack which left one woman dead and three injured overnight.
A man has been charged with murder after a woman was killed in an axe attack in Upper Hutt.
One woman is dead and three others have been injured by a man wielding an axe in a quiet Wellington suburb overnight.
On Wellington's Courtenay Place, Maria was able to name over nine male names in the Bible, in 10 seconds.
With customer complaints ballooning into the hundreds, police have now raided Auckland's Dena Travel office in Mt Eden.
Free range pig farming can be done on a large scale, it can be profitable and it can be done from the most unlikely of places.
Today a white blanket covered schools in west Auckland and one school in particular.
A police officer went too far when he twisted the arm of a 14-year-old boy who had twice run away from Tauranga Hospital and effectively choked him, a report says.
The man accused of setting a damaging fire at a Wellington storage depot has been found guilty, but some of the victims think there are more people responsible.
Three historic films shot in New Zealand during the 1940s have been discovered at a garage sale in the United States.
On Auckland's Franklin Rd, Taki attempts to name nine streets in Auckland, in 10 seconds.
John Campbell was on the show by just a sample of the victims of Dena Travel, all keen to share their stories with the rest of New Zealand.
An elderly couple are in a stable condition in hospital this evening after being attacked in their Kapiti home last night.
A man who stabbed his school friend to death in February 2013 has been found not guilty of murder by way of insanity, after hearing voices in his head from a "higher moral authority".
Santa reveals his favourite food and how children can stay off his naughty list.
The plight of the Muslim community has been raised in Parliament as MPs voted to pass the Government's anti-terrorist bill.
It's been suggested that yoga can increase brain activity following studies carried out by the University of Minnesota.
Footage provided by SAFE shows pigs forced into farrow cages, no larger than themselves, surrounded by their piglets, alive and dead.
Antony de Malmanche was taken in pain from a police cell to a Bali hospital today, and took the opportunity to tell 3 News about his plight.
The Cancer Society says the Government's new cancer treatment plan needs more detail to reduce risk factors like smoking and obesity.
There are big changes on the way for the Olympics after the International Olympic Committee approved 40 recommendations.
The lawyer for convicted murderer and paedophile Phillip John Smith says his client may have some "novel and interesting defences" against the charges he faces in relation to escaping prison.
Prime Minister John Key says not having an extradition treaty with China doesn't mean individuals "of interest" to the Chinese government can't be handed over.