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.
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.