28 Dec 2018

Photos of the year: RNZ's picks from around the country

12:38 pm on 28 December 2018

RNZ's photographers have had a busy year covering political scandals, the royal tour, the prime minister's baby and other major events. Presenting photos of the year from around New Zealand.

Cyclone Fehi caused chaos for the West Coast and Nelson, forcing evacuations and leaving thousands without power. Around 15 people had to help move this tree off the road:

Tree blocks SH6 south of Hari Hari. Around 15 people move the tree from the road.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The British royals' tour generated wall-to-wall live coverage across media in October. They were greeted with hongi upon their arrival at Government House, Wellington:

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Government House in Wellington.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Jacinda Ardern made international news after becoming the second world leader to have a baby while in office:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, partner Clarke Gayford and baby Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Baby Neve Part Two: This time making her debut at the United Nations.

Jacinda Ardern kisses daughter Neve as as her husband Clarke Gayford looks on during the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit at the UN in New York.

Photo: AFP

Former taxi driver Alem Tesema was still waiting for relocation a year after being shot by a passenger:

Former taxi driver Alem Tesema was shot by David Nuku a year ago. Nuku's sentancing will be held at the Wellington High Court tomorrow.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Major Keelan begs on the streets of Napier to feed his addiction to synthetic cannabis. This shot was part of a feature by RNZ reporter Anusha Bradley into Maraenui.:

 Major Keelan begs on the streets of Napier to feed his addiction.

Photo: RNZ / Luke McPake

A humpback whale stranded with her calf on Ripiro Beach in August. She and her calf did not survive despite rescue efforts:

Attempts to rescue the whale after two days of being stranded at Ripiro Beach have failed.

Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

This shot from Rebekah Parsons-King was taken for an Insight feature from Māori News Correspondent Leigh-Marama McLachlan about the difficulty of building a life after a prison sentence:

Jamie Mako was released from prison and found little support to help him reintegrate into society.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Jami-Lee Ross delivered a rather extraordinary press conference captured here by Rebekah Parsons-King:

Jami-Lee Ross speaks to media about his falling out with National Party Leader, Simon Bridges.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Stewart Murray Wilson - the 'Beast of Blenheim' - was jailed for more historical rape charges in November:

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Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Damage left on a man's farm after a tornado swept through Rahotū:

Damage left after the tornado swept through Rahotū.

Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Marfell man Ngawiki wasn't impressed when Housing Minister Phil Twyford came to the area to announce a Kiwibuild project where locals weren't represented:

Ngawiki and his youngster weren't impressed with the project.

Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Marlon Williams won big at the Silver Scrolls and Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards this year. He's pictured here arriving at the Silver Scrolls in October:

Marlon Williams arriving at the 2018 APRA Silver Scrolls Awards.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

People place candles and flowers next to a photo of British backpacker Grace Millane during a vigil at Civic Square Park in Wellington:

People place candles and flowers next to a photo of British backpacker Grace Millane during the vigil at Civic Square Park in Wellington.

Photo: AFP

* Photos by Rebekah Parsons-King, Claire Eastham-Farrelly, Luke McPake, Dan Cook, Robin Martin, and AFP.