Two beach-goers who got into trouble in the water were flown to hospital yesterday evening.
The body of a foreign 22-year-old male was recovered from the surf at Mt Maunganui this morning.
A retired sailor and his wife have lost most of their worldly possessions and their home after their yacht ran aground off Ruakaka in Northland.
With further rain looming, more families have abandoned their homes in Paraguay, the country hardest hit by the worst flooding in decades in the area bordering Uruguay and Argentina, which has already forced more than 100,000 people to evacuate.
After a warm and sunny Christmas, the weather could take a turn for the worse for New Year.
The Boxing Day death of promising young league player Tala Mailei (17) has left his family and loved ones in shock.
A Christmas Day bushfire that destroyed more than 100 homes in Victorian holiday towns could flare up again on New Year's Eve.
British soldiers helped evacuate hundreds of people from rising floodwaters in the historic city of York, after heavy rainfall inundated towns and cities across northern England.
The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group says Israel miscalculated by killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in Syria last week, saying that retaliation for his death was inevitable, whatever the consequences.
Police arrested a 34-year-old woman at the Warrington Domain, north of Dunedin, last night after ''erratic'' behaviour, initially involving driving at the domain.
Pedestrians, cars and buskers jostled for space in a sunny central Dunedin as shoppers mobbed the streets for the annual frenzy that is Boxing Day.
A near drowning at Palmerston yesterday was the latest in a string of water-related incidents since Christmas Day.
The road toll now stands at four after a cyclist died from his injuries following a road accident in Ranui, West Auckland, on Christmas Day.
Otago looks ‘‘a pretty safe bet'' to enjoy fine weather on New Year's Eve, the MetService says.
Grants totalling more than $100,000 have boosted research aimed at overcoming fragmented care for some Otago-Southland cancer patients, and reducing medication problems for other people.
The University of Otago will spend almost $2million on technological upgrades in the new year.
The metamorphosis of Dunedin's Cargills Hotel is well under way and the building's new tenants expect to open two motels on the site in February.
Traffic is expected to be heavy again tomorrow in the build-up to New Year's Eve, with holidaymakers queuing on routes out of Auckland today..
A 28-year-old man is missing in floodwaters in the Northern Territory as a major flood forces the evacuation of an entire community.
More than 100 homes burned down in a leading Australian tourist area in bushfires on Christmas Day and the situation remains dangerous,, as officials predict more blazes will come later in the hot summer.