A flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Auckland International Airport, sparking a full-scale emergency response.
Volatile White Island is at risk of erupting again, leading rescuers to contemplate a possible high-speed, in-and-out mission to recover victims' bodies.
Horrifying footage of how a popular tourist spot was turned into a place of tragedy has been released in a 12-minute video by a tourist who was on White Island minutes before the eruption.
The Chilean Air Force says it has located debris believed to be from a cargo plane that crashed with 38 people on board over a remote stretch of sea between South America and the Antarctic.
An early alert system and social connectivity buddies are two measures Canterbury Uni will bring in to reduce the chances of another student death like that of Mason Pendrous.
In a last-minute pitch for votes, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have gone on whistlestop tours of the country.
Two Australian brothers have died in hospital following the Whakaari /White Island eruption on Monday.
Harvey Weinstein and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reportedly reached a tentative settlement with dozens of women who accused the former Hollywood producer of sexual misconduct. He still faces a criminal trial.
NZ First leader Winston Peters has thrown his support behind NZME buying rival news agency Stuff, warning that this country's media industry is in "dire straits".
About 70 soldiers have been killed in an attack on a military camp in Niger, near the border with Mali, in the deadliest raid in living memory.