Criminals could find it harder to get bail by Christmas, as the Government moves immediately to get tough on law and order.
Newly sworn-in Cabinet ministers and other MPs are set for an instant pay rise - one likely to take the annual salary of Prime Minister John Key to near the $400,000 mark.
Prime Minister-in-waiting John Key will unveil a new Cabinet today, marking the end of a fast-track government formation which has been rapid by any standards, MMP or first-past-the-post.
They called May Wang the Dream Maker.
A fit of road rage is being blamed for an attack that resulted in a Rotorua man being shot in the face and arm then pistol-whipped.
Prime Minister-elect John Key has been left with a difficult decision as to who should be Parliament's Speaker after the frontrunner ruled himself out.
Tariana Turia and her Maori Party colleagues did not need the patronising lecture they got from Labour this week to tell them their ground-breaking deal with National carries huge risks for them.
Inquests into suicides are not usually reported. But in a recent case in Auckland, the family wanted the story told. Chris Barton reports.
Banks have increased the interest rates paid by hundreds of thousands of shoppers this year, despite the cost of borrowing from the Reserve Bank falling by almost a quarter.
The All Blacks refused publicly to put the boot into referee Wayne Barnes for his work in the test win against Scotland but once again seem set to send their grievances about the official, in writing, to the International Rugby Board.
Neighbours of a 14-year-old schoolboy charged yesterday with the murder and indecent assault of Libby Templeman describe his family as loving and quiet.
As they prepared to leave their wedding reception, Quiong Mao should have got into the car with his bride. Instead, he offered to drive home a guest who had had too much to drink and agreed he would meet his new wife, Yan Liu, at their home.
The Commerce Commission says mobile phone users are probably paying "significantly" too much for calls.
A challenging rescue was under way near Waitomo last night after a woman became trapped in an underground cave with a suspected broken hip and smashed mouth following an 8m fall.
Strategic Finance investors should get all of their principal back in a moratorium arrangement being drafted by management, the company's chief executive, Kerry Finnigan, said this week.
Carmakers are expected to tell New Zealanders if they want new cars, they have little time left before prices go up.
Lender GE Money has told investors in failed finance company Blue Chip to pay up or it will sell their homes.
Prime Minister Helen Clark says if the economic downturn bites hard, the large number of short-term work permits issued to foreign workers plugging gaps in the workforce would not be renewed.
The body of a 15-year-old found dead in Kerikeri on Sunday was lying behind the house of a man who played her father in a pantomime.
Dairy giant Fonterra is facing a threat of industrial action by thousands of employees, and last-ditch mediation is planned for next week.