Eight children are dead and a woman is in hospital after a multiple stabbing in far north Queensland.
The death of a tourist in a rental car smash on the South Island's West Coast yesterday is the latest in a series of serious crashes involving visitors to the country.
Senior Cera staff raised concerns about former chief executive Roger Sutton's behaviour more than a week before an official complaint was made, the State Services Commission has confirmed.
Last-minute Christmas shoppers spent more than $370 million at the weekend - the last before the big day, according to Paymark figures.
Christmas Day will be cloudy for most places around the country, with a chance of a shower for Auckland and Northland, according to WeatherWatch.co.nz.
With the annual summer exodus to the beach about to begin, motorists are being warned to take care while driving this festive season.
A New Zealand charity has won the right to use Red Nose Day in New Zealand after a challenge by an Australian charity, but it has not won its case outright.
Police have confirmed a crash on SH1 near Waipu that killed four people and critically injured an eight-year-old boy was a result of driver error.
A senior police officer involved in the search for missing Christchurch rebuild worker Hayden Cossey has described the "absolute tragedy" of finding him dead at a remote rockfall.
A Canterbury pub has been shut down for a litany of licence breaches, including a bikie doing a burnout inside the public bar.
The main road out to the Dunedin suburb of Brighton was blocked by police after an armed offenders squad call-out this evening.
The names of the four people who died in a crash near Waipu yesterday afternoon have been released by police.
A driver has been clocked at 240 km/h on the Waikato Expressway and police say driving at that "crazy" speed takes 450 metres to stop.
Two Invercargill students continue to fight for their lives in hospital following a crash in Southland yesterday which injured seven.