An investigation into a house fire in Ranui last night is centred around a bedroom where a cigarette lighter was found.
A woman who got up early to watch the rugby has been caught driving to work at almost four times the legal alcohol limit.
The financially stressed Southern District Health Board has been given a $7 million cash injection so it can pay its bills, Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has confirmed.
A Kiribati man who claims to be the world's first climate change refugee is an over-stayer and to claim otherwise is not credible, Prime Minister John Key says.
The Department of Corrections has confirmed that a prisoner died at Auckland's Paremoremo Prison at the weekend.
Taxpayer money will be put up to help bring giant pandas to Wellington if a deal can be worked out, Prime Minister John Key says.
A man who died in police custody in Rotorua on the weekend was attended to by medical officers within minutes of being called.
Australia has sworn in its first female defence minister, Senator Marise Payne, who will oversee open-ended military engagements in two countries and some of the most important defence contracts in a generation.
A young Kiwi traveller has died after taking part in an ancient Amazon "cleansing ceremony".
Police are at a loss to explain a surge in petty crime in Dunedin at the weekend.
A few showers are expected to remain in the Gisborne area today, as residents begin to clean up the damage caused by yesterday's floods.
A clean-up has begun in Gisborne after yesterday's flooding on silt-laden properties next to the Waimata and Taruheru rivers in the city. The rivers are dropping back to normal levels.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged European leaders to ensure refugees and migrants are treated properly as many of them have endured arduous journeys to flee persecution, conflict and human rights abuses.
Photo by Gerard O'Brien Ryan Allan-Chalmers (8, left), of St Joseph's School, and Arnika Gill (8), of Balaclava School, enter the home straight during the Dunedin Schools Challenge BMX race at Forrester Park on Saturday.
Deported sex offender Michael Andrew Bell was arrested on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of a historic rape.
Dozens of bronzed, statuesque figures filled the College of Education auditorium on Saturday.
A truck driver who escaped after crashing into a cold, fast-flowing creek before dawn is "a lucky boy", firefighters say.
Volkswagen shares plunged by nearly 20% on Monday, after the German carmaker admitted it had rigged emissions tests of diesel-powered vehicles in the United States, and American authorities said they would widen their probe to other carmakers.
Koffie Fugah (above, right) and the Yexoese Drummers get the crowd moving at the World Peace Day festival at Forsyth Barr Stadium yesterday.
France will not demand Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's departure as a precondition for peace talks, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says.