Kevin Vickers, the head of security who helped kill a gunman who stormed Canada's parliament last year, will be appointed ambassador to Ireland, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.
Northland's contender for the world's biggest icecream on a normal cone has reported a lot of interest but no takers for its latest creation.
Otago motorists are making the most of the lowest petrol prices in four years, but the region is still paying more at the pump than some other parts of New Zealand.
A Dunedin angler landed an unusual catch when he reeled in a kingfish from Otago Harbour.
Warm weather, strong tourist numbers and economic confidence have helped Otago lead the pack in spending in December, Paymark says.
A ''stark'' contrast of temperatures in Middlemarch has highlighted two halves of December, Niwa says.
More overseas visitors have bought non-resident fishing licences in Otago than elsewhere in New Zealand since their recent introduction, Fish and Game Otago says.
The victim of a fatal crash in Canterbury over the Christmas holiday period has been named by police.
The welding of a railway track triggered a grass fire, forcing the partial closure of State Highway 1 near Henley yesterday afternoon.
Growing use of digital devices in classrooms could create a ''digital divide'' that worsens the gap between high achievers and others, the Ministry of Education warned in a discussion paper released under the Official Information Act.
A retired truck driver from south Auckland has claimed a $10.7 million prize in last Saturday's Lotto.
A snorkeller's catch bag and glove have washed up on the shore of Cable Bay, sparking a search by police and emergency services.
The teenage girl who drowned while paddle boarding in Whangamata has been named by police.
There is a high chance a tropical cyclone could hit the country sometime over the next few months, a report released by the national climate centre said today.
Three fishermen huddled together in the water for eight hours last night after their boat overturned near the Firth of Thames.
Is there a pirate ship hidden beneath the waves in Otago Harbour? Reporter Chris Morris goes in search of a buried treasure.
Melbourne is facing more severe thunderstorms as people in the city's outer east begin the clean-up from wild weather.
A 26-year-old motorcyclist has been killed in a crash on a beach on the Kapiti Coast.
The tourists forced to leap to safety from a skydiving plane yesterday bear no hard feelings against the company, its director said today.
A 65-year-old woman was left injured on the side of a road after a hit and run incident in Waikato yesterday.