It was a day every airline chief plans for meticulously but hopes will never happen - an aircraft down with little chance of survivors.
The presumed death of Christchurch aircraft engineer Noel Marsh in the Air New Zealand Airbus A320 crash off the coast of southern France yesterday is an especially cruel blow for his grieving family - it is understood Mr Marsh's wife is seven months' pregnant.
Food poisoning is costing New Zealand $83 million a year, says a new study for the Food Safety Authority.
Doubt was the difference between the Kangaroos and the Kiwis.
John Key's extraordinary first week as prime minister continues today with a visit to London where he will meet for the first time an older half-brother - shortly before his meeting with the Queen and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Doctors in New Zealand will soon have the option to test a patient's haemoglobin level without taking a drop of blood.
Former Australian coach Wayne Bennett played a "massive" part in the Kiwis World Cup win the players say, improving their attitude and approach and instilling in them an unshakeable self-belief.
The police sex scandal has cost taxpayers more than $19 million.
They spun her on the clothesline on Wednesday, July 18 last year. On the Thursday, they put her in the clothes drier. In between, they did violent PlayStation wrestling moves on her. On Friday, they kicked her in the head so hard she never woke up again. On Saturday, they partied. On Sunday, a relative finally took her to the hospital. Twelve days later she died.
She's come a long way from Milton. So far, in fact, that late-night news presenter Samantha Hayes has been voted Auckland's sexiest woman.
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Teachers are fighting to save the essay after education officials said the format might be too constraining for pupils in exams and suggested "an extended piece of writing" was a better alternative.
Documents show former Cabinet minister Shane Jones was told a Chinese businessman was under ongoing "criminal investigation" for alleged identity fraud at the time Mr Jones approved his citizenship application.
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.