An Iraq war veteran suspected of killing six family members, including his 14-year-old niece, in a shooting spree in communities near Philadelphia is being sought by Pennsylvania police.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has offered his sympathy to the families of the two hostages who died this morning in the Sydney cafe siege.
A pre-Christmas theft spike has started in Dunedin, prompting a warning from police.
A senior police officer is astounded that a tourist drove along a busy Coromandel highway with a kayak tied to his roof crossways, endangering other traffic.
The first Christmas Day weather forecast has been released - and it's not looking so good.
A woman is dead and another seriously injured after a four-vehicle collision in Taranaki this morning.
Recaptured convicted murderer Phillip John Smith will go to trial on charges of escaping custody and unlawfully obtaining a passport.
A mother-of-three and the manager of the Sydney cafe have been named as the two hostages killed in a 16-hour standoff which ended in gunfire early this morning.
There are "one or two" people living in New Zealand who are capable of carrying out an attack similar to the Sydney siege, Prime Minister John Key said today.
A protest march to Kapiti Coast District Council ended in tears this afternoon as a final effort failed to save local dog Beau, who was placed on death row in 2012.
A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a Hamilton man who died after being stabbed twice in the torso.
A man who died after a car collided with an Intercity bus in Taranaki yesterday has been named by police.
A man wanted for questioning over a fatal stabbing has been arrested after an eight-hour stand-off with police in Melbourne.
A terror act similar to the deadly Sydney Lindt cafe siege will soon take place in the US, a former high-ranking CIA official says.
Anger boiled over at Tauranga District Court this morning as two men appeared accused of the murder of a man found dead in Ohauiti earlier this month.
The Chief Ombudsman says a major review of the Official Information Act will scrutinise all 27 government ministers' offices.
Moving the alcohol display area at Countdown's Cumberland St supermarket in Dunedin would cost the store more than $1million, its owner says.
Opoho School pupils Eadie Vandervis and Crystal McDonnell (both 11) were among more than 300 pupils who marched down George St as part of the annual Dunedin Orange Parade on Friday.
Brochures and bylaws on camping sites and rules may have little input into where campers end up, if an event in Portobello last Saturday night is anything to go by.
Climate Change Minister Tim Groser says New Zealand faces "a big challenge" in making new commitments to cut emissions, following a global agreement in Peru at the weekend.