The head of the Catholic Church in New Zealand, Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, is among new cardinals the Pope has named.
The investigation into the death of a Woodville man has been upgraded to a homicide, police say.
A man will appear in court today in connection with the death of a man found lying unconscious on a Wellington street last month.
A car bomb targeting security officials killed four civilians in the Somali capital Mogadishu, a government official said.
Buckingham Palace stepped up its denial that Prince Andrew had sex with an underage girl and named the alleged victim who had sought to preserve her anonymity, according to British newspaper reports.
Pope Francis named new cardinals to the group that will choose his successor, with appointments that strengthened the Catholic Church in Asia, Africa and Latin America and further shifted its power centre away from the developed world.
Bad weather forced divers trying to identify sunken wreckage from a crashed AirAsia passenger jet to abort their mission and Indonesian officials said they had not yet picked up any signals from the lost plane's "black box".
Warm weather, increased compliance and people hustling to holiday hotspots have pushed up fishing licence sales.
Motorcycle mechanic Iain Kelly, of Dunedin, with the handbuilt trike he sold on New Year's Eve following successful surgery on a herniated disc in his back.
Fine weather in the South has coincided with a busy holiday period for the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, as more people choose to enjoy the outdoors.
A Dunedin-made diagnostic device has been recognised by a world-leading technology publication as one of 10 top ''science-fiction-like'' developments last year.
An incident yesterday involving a fire left burning at a rural property near the Kilmog, north of Dunedin, highlighted growing fire risks in tinder dry conditions throughout much of Otago, Fire Service officials said.
A 26% decline in the number of pupils being home-schooled in Otago during the past decade has left home-schooling organisations scratching their heads about what is behind the decline.
A sea lion frolicking on St Kilda Beach, Dunedin, has delighted Tainui resident Kathy Richards.
The giant frame of New Zealander Peter Beckett will squeeze into the dock in Canada when jury selection starts before he stands trial for murder, accused of killing his wife.
Olympic gold medallist Valerie Adams escaped a possible aircraft crash after a plane she was on started skidding off a runway in Tonga.
Police are investigating a drive-by shooting in Motueka overnight.
A man who "sacrificed his own life" to save his two daughters and a 7-year-old niece from drowning is being hailed a hero by his whanau.
A moderate earthquake rattled a broad swath of Idaho, damaging property and triggering rock slides near its epicentre in Challis, a city that has endured hundreds of slight to moderate temblors over the last 10 months, authorities said.
Search teams hunting for the wreck of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed with 162 people on board have found four large parts of the plane on the sea bed.