Children in Victorian state-run youth centres were subject to cruel, humiliating and degrading punishment and a government department failed to protect them from sexual abuse, an inquiry has heard.
The Independent Police Conduct Authority will investigate a complaint about police actions in their unlawful search of journalist Nicky Hager's home.
Tree protester Johno Smith has been charged with trespass and bailed after handing himself into police this morning.
A man believed to be a Kiwi has died in Australia after being found on the ground with critical injuries in a suburb of Sydney.
Internet mogul Kim Dotcom has been ruled eligible for extradition back to the US to face copyright charges.
A 22-year-old man killed in a head-on crash in Te Awamutu was in breach of his learner's licence, police say.
The man who murdered and raped Napier schoolgirl Teresa Cormack still denies any wrongdoing, an attitude scuppering his chance of freedom.
A Montana man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to shoot a student for divulging a plot line from the newly released Star Wars epic, court documents showed.
Police have released a sketch of a man who sexually assaulted a female jogger in Christchurch earlier this month.
The Fire Service says a "lapse of judgment" by two staff members caused it to lose $52,000 in a scam last month.
Police were called to a Northeast Valley property this morning after receiving a report of a man with a firearm.
A man who defaced the MediaWorks building with anti-Paul Henry graffiti was the same man found guilty of shoving and spitting at him, it can now be revealed.
Families struggling to make ends meet in Dunedin this Christmas were given a hand up by the Salvation Army yesterday.
Irritated and impatient customers have made a record-breaking postal season a nightmare for some PostShop workers, a union says.
Australian police said they had arrested two more men in Sydney as part of an operation that thwarted a potential attack by home-grown Islamist militants last year on government buildings.
San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik denied having any militant sympathies or intentions when she was asked in an application form for a US visa two years ago, documents described to Reuters showed.
A former manager of a Waikato school has admitted defrauding it of nearly $800,000.
A tourist was was threatened with a knife and had his backpack stolen after he was dropped off outside Blenheim.
Christmas is two days away and the cash registers in the South are ringing as last-minute shoppers rush to buy presents.
All of Dunedin's albatrosses and their incubating eggs survived Monday's heatwave thanks to the breeze and an ingenious sprinkler system.