The two children killed in a Northland crash which also killed two men were high achievers who often won awards.
The first baby born in Bethlehem on Christmas Day was not a boy in a manger but a little girl in the Bay of Plenty, who received gifts of hooded towels, rattle toys and clothing.
On Boxing Day morning, 2004, Leone Cosens had called from Thailand to chat and sister Claire Gurunathan was racing to collect family at the airport.
Labour's popularity has jumped three percentage points in the first political poll since Andrew Little took over the leadership and the first major poll since the September 20 election.
Two people were airlifted to Christchurch Hospital in a serious condition after a car crash near Kaikoura yesterday.
As towering waves came crashing into the southern coast of Sri Lanka on Dec. 26, 2004, Kushil Gunasekera gathered up his children and they ran for their lives to a nearby temple, the highest point they could find.
Thousands of Indonesians gathered on Thursday to pray at a mosque that was one of the few buildings left standing in Banda Aceh, the city flattened by the Boxing Day tsunami that killed at least 226,000 people 10 years ago.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth used her annual Christmas Day broadcast to advocate reconciliation, especially in Scotland where an unsuccessful independence referendum earlier this year polarised public opinion.
"The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 movie theaters across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and statements by patrons that they were championing freedom of expression.
Family attending a Christmas get-together at an Auckland home arrived to find police cars outside after a young relative drowned in a swimming pool set up in the back garden.
A Dunedin family and three relatives escaped their burning Flagstaff-Whare Flat Rd home on Christmas morning thanks to their two dogs.
'Tis the season to be jolly ... and those who aren't feeling the Christmas spirit should probably head to No 4 Roy Cres, Dunedin.
The John Lewis Christmas advert is a UK tradition, and the 2014 version is called #MontyThePenguin.
People attend the 'Weihnachtssingen' a candle-lit carol concert with 27,500 fans of the second-division club FC Union Berlin at the Alte Foersterei stadium in Berlin.
The cruise ship Dawn Princess docked in Dunedin yesterday, passengers and crew celebrating Christmas on foreign soil.
Otago's sunny summer days may take a break over the weekend as a southwesterly blows through, the MetService says.
Finding a tale of survival against all the odds is not hard when looking at Otago's endangered yellow-eyed penguin population.
Bella Adamson and Moira Roberts show off their wares at the Otago Farmers Market yesterday, while Antonie Vandervis shops wicker basket-style.
About 1000 people visited the Otago Museum's new free exhibition, ''Bugs: the Mega World of Minibeasts'', during its opening weekend.
The SPCA has issued a timely reminder to make sure pets will be well looked after while owners are away on holiday.