The establishment of the Pike River Recovery Agency has been approved by Cabinet to investigate what happened in the 2010 disaster and look into the possibility of manned re-entry of the drift.
The critical main road north of quake-hit Kaikoura will only operate during daylight hours once it’s reopened next month, the NZTA says.
The Queen and husband Prince Philip will mark their platinum wedding anniversary with a small family get-together - a far cry from the pomp and celebration which greeted their marriage 70 years ago.
Doctors believe the three people left gravely ill after eating wild boar are suffering from botulism.
A man and his three young sons who failed to return home after a hunting trip in the Far North have been found safe.
Teenagers as young as 14 in Australia could be locked up for 36 hours without charge if they're terrorism suspects, under proposed Victorian government laws.
Two men arrested after a record $50 million methamphetamine bust in Christchurch last week can now be named.
Conservative members of the Turnbull government are split over when to debate religious protections in same-sex marriage laws.
Tsunami waves have been observed in New Caledonia and Vanuatu after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck near the Pacific Islands this morning.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says a bill for flexible paid parental leave, allowing both parents to take it at the same time, could be passed next year.
A Dunedin family's Christmas presents were stolen in one of several burglaries in the city over the weekend.
A Government crisis meeting will take place tomorrow to tackle a rising road toll that has already passed last year's.
Viewers have slammed Jack Tame as "rude" and "bizarre" over an awkward interview with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Fifteen people were killed and five more injured when a stampede broke out as food aid was being distributed in a market in a southwestern Moroccan town.
Last week's tempestuous weather, which included thunder and hundreds of lightning strikes, is clearing with light, isolated showers the worst of what's forecast for the week.
A Wellington taxi driver fears getting back in his cab after he was shot in the shoulder by a passenger who refused to pay a fare.
A fire has broken out in a central Auckland building, closing Queen St in both directions.
The leader of Zimbabwe's liberation war veterans says plans to impeach Robert Mugabe will go ahead after the embattled president defied expectations he would resign.
A storm has complicated the search for an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members on board.
Smiley, windswept and sunburnt faces are not your typical poker faces.