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The crocodile measured in at 13ft

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It was the 128th saltwater crocodile to be caught in the Darwin harbour area in the last year

Aucklanders fear the influx of Australians is pushing up house prices

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

Political instability at home and their neighbours' booming economy has led to the Aussie exodus across the Tasman Sea - and many Kiwi expats are joining them

A sex worker advocacy group has said New Zealand is the best country to be a prostitute

New Zealand 'the best country to work as a prostitute', says sex worker advocacy group

Laws protecting prostitutes came into force in 2003

Sheep on New Zealand road

There's so many sheep here, you could walk on them

Sheep heading to their semi-annual shearing blocked more than half a mile of road in rural New Zealand

Body of climber missing for 42 years on New Zealand's highest peak is finally identified

David Erik Moen disappeared in 1973 while scaling the Tasman glacier

Luke Reilly came face-to-face with the orca off the coast of New Zealand's North Island

Paddle boarder gets shock of his life when killer whale takes a 'nibble' on his board - video

Luke Reilly admitted he was a 'bit freaked out' by the experience

Norfolk Island benefits from a legal quirk

Tiny island off Australia exploits legal loophole to grow and export tonnes of cannabis

Norfolk Island’s self-governing administration can grant a licence to legally export the drug

The bungling thief tried to steal the ATM from the petrol station

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Gammy, pictured last year, being fed by his surrogate mother Pattaramon Janbua

Baby Gammy: Australian father who abandoned Down syndrome surrogate child now tries to access funds donated for his care

Thai mother Pattaramon Chanbua - who is now raising the child - questioned whether David Farnell had 'gone insane' to behave like this

Harman Singh, 22, was on the scene when Daejon Pahia, 6, was hit by a car.

Harman Singh praised for helping treat 6-year-old boy in serious car accident by cradling his head with turban

The young boy needed emergency surgery after the incident

Mr Taylor shot himself in the head in a game of Russian roulette and is fighting for his life in hospital.

Family heard of Russian roulette casualty's injuries over Facebook

Mr Taylor was airlifted to hospital after what New South Wales police described as a 'tragic incident'

Hewitt reacts in court in this photo dated 10 February

Bob Hewitt jailed: Disgraced former tennis champion sentenced to six years in prison for raping underage girls he coached

The player won all four Grand Slams in his doubles career and taught children

Animals are now legally recognised as 'sentient' beings in New Zealand

The legislation included a ban on the use of animals for cosmetic testing

Giant squid washed up on beach New Zealand

Massive 22ft giant squid washes up on New Zealand beach - video

The squid is currently on display to the public at the Kaikoura Marine Centre and Aquarium

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