A man who pleaded guilty to the murder of a homeless Aucklander has admitted stomping on his head for half an hour during a ferocious attack.
A man is in serious condition in Dunedin Hospital after an assault in Riverton overnight on Thursday.
An investigation into the deaths of an elderly couple whose bodies were found in their Dunedin home has been completed.
Aftershocks are continuing to hit the West Coast and Canterbury after a major quake rocked the central South Island this morning.
A teenage girl has drowned after her paddleboard was swept under a boat by a strong current and wind at Whangamata this afternoon.
Former broadcaster and Maori Party candidate Derek Fox has prompted a heated debate online after suggesting the editor of a satirical French magazine killed in a terror attack "paid the price" for his "bigotry" and "arrogance".
Friends of Scott "Brock" Oliver are coming to terms with news the lively DJ and journalist is presumed drowned after going missing in high country.
Christchurch's tight-knit Fijian Indian community is looking to rally around the parents of a 1-year-old baby girl who died after suffering serious head injuries while in the care of a babysitter.
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has defended the Royal New Zealand Navy's pursuit of illegal fishing vessels in the Southern Ocean, rejecting claims that the HMNZS Wellington was toothless and easily evaded.
A man fatally struck by the steam train he was photographing did not realise how close it was to him because he was looking at it through his camera lens, the coroner has ruled.
The Royal New Zealand Navy is in a standoff with two fishing vessels in the Southern Ocean after the ships refused to let defence officials on board.
An elderly couple were killed in an early morning house fire at Tolaga Bay, on the East Coast 50km north of Gisborne.
A Hamilton man who was electrocuted at a Northland camping ground yesterday was an incredible young man, who had time for anyone, a friend says.
Kim Dotcom accused New Zealand's spy chief Ian Fletcher of leaving a sinking ship after Mr Fletcher announced today he was resigning.
Police have found the family of a toddler who was abandoned at a Work and Income office in South Auckland yesterday.
At least four farmers have taken their lives since Fonterra cut its milk payout forecast for the coming season.
Farmers and rural householders are being warned about starting fires after a "crazy" seven hours by South Island firefighters tackling small rural blazes today.