At least one person died and six people were injured by an explosion and subsequent fire at chemicals maker BASF's biggest production site in Germany, the company said at a news conference.
Chefs, cafe and restaurant managers, and retail managers are the three occupational groups that will be most affected by raising the bar on immigration applications, the Cabinet was told before it approved changes.
Wanganui MP Chester Borrows has appeared in the Wanganui District Court facing a charge of careless driving causing injury.
Prime Minister John Key will have batting support from former Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum when he travels to India next week on a trade delegation.
A Dunedin paedophile has been jailed for more than four years for molesting a 7-year-old boy and trading child pornography online.
Dunedin was the hottest place in New Zealand for much of yesterday as temperatures reached a scorching 26degC.
Police have warned Dunedin residents against joining in the clown craze sweeping the world after a man in a clown costume terrorised residents in the city's student quarter.
More than 500 Southern District Health Board patients will be affected by the junior doctors' strike.
The defence says there's no evidence Dunedin cleaner Alexander Merritt was at the premises of Spotless Cleaning Services when a fatal attack on his colleague took place.
Catholic voluntary organisation St Vincent de Paul is preparing its own meals after concerns donated food was not healthy enough.
Police are disappointed the drink-drive message is not getting through to some motorists.
Presbyterian Support Otago is the big winner from a shake-up of budget advisory services, while other Dunedin agencies have lost contracts.
An embarrassing blunder in a widely distributed University of Otago calendar has left a student fearing others may miss their exams.
The whitebait season is gearing up to be a fruitful one if recent hauls are anything to go by, although North Otago appears to be faring better than Dunedin.
Dunedin Hospital recognised National Anaesthesia Day yesterday by showing the public what goes on behind closed doors.
Planned industrial action affecting more than 1000 ambulance officers throughout the country is linked to similar issues involved in the junior doctors' national 48-hour strike.
When it comes to keeping active, Steve Ting has always opted for something a little different.
David Klein is a science storyteller and this summer he’s cycling the country with his award-winning one-man show about curiosity, learning and the universe.
If someone approached me in a clown suit brandishing weapons, I would use all possible means to ensure my life would be protected, do they realise the repercussions their actions may have?
The long-awaited offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State has begun, launching a major effort by the Iraqi government to oust the extremists from their last major stronghold in Iraq.