The 1-year-old Christchurch baby at the centre of a homicide investigation has been named by police.
A scrub fire in Canterbury has forced the evacuation of some properties.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Australian media not to censor their work following the Paris terror attack.
A Florida man with a troubled past was charged with murder after throwing his 5-year-old daughter over a bridge into Tampa Bay, just hours after police questioned his bizarre behaviour but found no grounds to detain him, authorities said.
The tail section of a skydiving aircraft which crashed into Lake Taupo on Wednesday has been lifted out of the water by a helicopter this morning.
Police and a western Sydney community are distraught after a 17-month-old girl was struck and died during a police pursuit as she played in a back yard.
A hunter has been rescued from the Urewera National Park 30 hours after injuring his leg.
The Government will not beef up security further for the Cricket World Cup in response to the terror attacks in Paris but says it's keeping a close eye on international events in case upgrades are needed.
Only one person has been banned from driving under a punitive new regime for motorists who refuse to pay their speeding fines.
New Zealand cartoonist Dylan Horrocks has spoken of the shock among the tight-knit global cartooning community following the massacre at Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo.
A retired truck driver from South Auckland has claimed the $10.7 million prize in last Saturday's Lotto draw, saying his ticket was a gift from a friend and that his first buy with his winnings would be a new pair of jandals.
The Maori Party distanced itself from former candidate Derek Fox after he controversially blamed the victims of the Paris terror attacks for their deaths.
One of the survivors of the Skydive Taupo plane crash says he is "so glad to be alive". Scott Burnett was one of six tourists forced to evacuate with instructors and the pilot and make an emergency jump after their plane burst into flames and plunged into Lake Taupo on Wednesday.
The summary execution of people going about their jobs is distressing and abhorrent. The murder of journalists has the added evil of representing the worst possible attack on freedom of expression.
Vigils continue in New Zealand for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.
The search is continuing today for a 25-year-old snorkeler who went missing in Northland yesterday afternoon.
An up-and-coming sports star who drowned in a tragic paddle boarding accident in Coromandel has been remembered by her family as a "vibrant and energetic" girl.
The wreckage of a crashed skydiving plane is due to be lifted from Lake Taupo today.
European Union governments and officials are discussing responses to the killing of French journalists in Paris and could propose new policies in the coming weeks, officials said.
Record-breaking blustery cold gripped the US East and Midwest, forcing school closings, train delays and flight cancellations with no end in sight before the weekend.