October was a cool and dry month in Otago. Niwa's monthly climate report shows while temperatures were within 0.5degC of average for most areas of the country, there was considerable variability due to the abnormal southwesterly flow.
Prime Minister John Key says the Government will not panic if its budgeted $372 million surplus fails to come in next June as planned.
The England rugby league squad had their eyes opened by the drunken antics of Dunedin scarfies this week.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the Pike River Mine families do not have a right to sue because of New Zealand's ACC laws.
A rope-entangled humpback whale seen off Taiaroa Head, Dunedin, yesterday is possibly heading south, off the Otago and Southland coast.
An Interislander ferry that broke down in Wellington Harbour yesterday will resume sailings today, but only for freight and not passengers.
A man who was arrested this morning in relation to a death in rural West Auckland appeared in Whanganui District Court today.
A man who lured his enemy to a secluded Wellington beach before shooting him has been sentenced to eight years in jail.
A young father hooked on synthetic cannabis murdered a man in a jealous and paranoid rage, a court has been told.
Aviation Security staff are on heightened alert following the raised terror threat level and on the lookout for a range of new risks including cyber attacks on aircraft and on its own screening equipment.
A 17-year-old girl who was knocked unconscious at a graduation party early this morning was a "popular and talented" student
A Westport man who spent 30 years as a mine rescuer says he would have been prepared to re-enter the Pike River Coal mine drift with mines rescue.
Two men found guilty of murdering a low-level drug dealer during a robbery gone wrong in North Canterbury have been sentenced today - but in a rare move, one offender has avoided a life sentence.
Finance Minister Bill English has defended big bonus payments and pay rises to the bosses of the newly partially privatised energy companies, saying they were paid below market rates when the companies were state-owned enterprises.
A 13-year-old girl swam to shore and ran 2km to raise the alarm, arriving "cold and wet" on a woman's doorstep, after a boat capsized in Mahia yesterday, killing an elderly man.
A graduation party in the Bay of Plenty turned sour when a 17-year-old girl was left unconscious after a fight broke out this morning.
A man who tried to attend a $646 seminar held by a church offering a controversial cure for Ebola says he was turned away for offering a donation.
A man who police claim was approached to kill two people at the behest of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has refused to discuss his apparent links to an alleged murder plot.
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says any deployment of soldiers to train the Iraqi Army will not be the same as Afghanistan, where SAS special forces charged with "mentoring" Afghan security forces ended up in combat situations.
New Zealand doctors and nurses will be sent to Sierra Leone to work with Ebola patients as part of a joint Anzac effort with Australia.