In 2011, Bill English was calling the prison system a “fiscal and moral failure” but the National Government's now spending upwards of $2.5 billion on new beds and staff.
Christchurch police are investigating after a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Hagley Park yesterday.
A 20-year-old who led police on a 730km chase down the South Island has been granted bail.
Cook Islands police said the stand-off with the prison escapee in Rarotonga is over.
A European space lander has reached Mars - but whether it touched down on the surface safely is far from certain.
The US has vowed to do "whatever is necessary" to defend itself, South Korea and other allies against the "grave" threat posed by North Korea, which has conducted two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches this year.
More than 3000 junior doctors are back at work in the nation's hospitals, after 48 hours off the job.
Residents have returned to a recaptured village on the road to Mosul to discover it rigged with explosive devices.
Donald Trump faces a formidable challenge today when he and Hillary Clinton go head to head in the final debate, as the Republican tries to reverse momentum in an election that polls show is tilting away from him.
Cracks have been found in more silos at Fonterra factories after the collapse of a milk silo at the co-operative's Edendale plant in Southland last month.
An inquiry is under way after a woman's body was found near the Waikato River last night.
A first-year University of Otago student has been charged with making an intimate visual recording of another student at his residential college.
Three Dunedin chefs say there's no bitter aftertaste, despite having to haggle with NZ Customs officials for nearly three weeks to release trophies and medals won in Australia recently.
Otago's primary and secondary education sector was surprised yesterday, to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata will not be standing in the 2017 general election.
A Brockville teenager was left cowering in her bedroom for an hour after a group of armed ''clowns'' told her they were going to kill her.
A frightening direct lightning strike at a Mosgiel retirement village yesterday ''caused havoc with the electrics'' and frightened residents and staff.
A colourful large-scale installation based on a Buddhist mantra is being hung at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
A simple device designed by an inventive Dunedin mind has the medical fraternity buzzing.
Dunedin's reputation as a conference destination has been further cemented with another conference added to the growing list.
New University of Otago research highlights the value of walking after meals as an ''important tool'' in managing type 2 diabetes.