Prime Minister John Key saying New Zealand was settled ''peacefully'' is an example of the Government's fading interest in heritage, a leading University of Otago academic says.
A Chinese tourist who killed one of her friends and injured two others after crashing their rental car on the West Coast last week was "bereft" over the incident but could not remember it, a court has been told.
One person was taken to hospital after a car and truck collided at the corner of Barnes Dr and the Southern Motorway in Dunedin this evening.
Bandidos gang members were arrested during a raid of six Dunedin properties yesterday.
The man charged with the axe murder of an Upper Hutt woman can be named.
A man who held a hot poker to his pregnant partner's face and body, threatening to kill her once their baby was born, was trying to withdraw from methamphetamine at the time, the Dunedin District Court heard yesterday.
The chief executive of the cash-strapped Southern District Health Board has had a pay rise, the total package topping $500,000 in the last financial year.
A judge has today taken mercy on former South Canterbury Finance director Edward Sullivan, who was found guilty of a long-running and high-profile fraud, and sentenced him to 12 months of home detention.
Convicted murderer Phillip John Smith claims a corrections officer helped him escape custody last month.
A landslide destroyed a remote village in Indonesia, killing at least 17 people, an official said, as rescuers used their bare hands and sticks to search through the mud for scores of missing in the absence of heavy-lifting equipment.
Lifting New Zealand children off the National Deprivation Index is one of the main goals next year for Prime Minister John Key.
Five people have fled a cafe in central Sydney but a gunman is still holding up to 25 hostages and making bomb threats in a terrifying siege drama that has shut down the heart of the city.
Staff embroiled in a pay dispute at Anglican Family Care will return to work today after they were suspended without pay.
A surge in the supply of methamphetamine is being pushed by gangs on a ''willing market'' in the South, police say.
Almost 30 staff from an Otago-based Anglican child and family support service claim to have been suspended without pay just 10 days before Christmas.
The body of an experienced climber who died on the country's highest mountain has been recovered.
The Dunedin City Council has been asked to apply for an urgent stop work order amid concerns quarrying of the lower hump of Saddle Hill could cause it to collapse.
The proposal for a new $15 million swimming pool in Mosgiel comes under the noses of Dunedin city councillors for the first time on Monday.
David Bain's legal team has been in confidential discussions with the Minister of Justice over his bid for compensation.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition cruised to a big election win, but record low turnout could weaken his claim of a mandate for reflationary policies to revive the economy.