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.
The Maori Party wants a $500 tax-free payment to pensioners and poverty-stricken families with children to help them get through the Christmas period, but says there should be checks, otherwise there is the potential for abuse.
Power, politics and the plummeting fortunes of the rich and famous dominate this special season of Eating Media Lunch.
Each year, MetService aims to detect and warn of at least 75% of all significant wind, rain or snow events.
As the economic recession hits household spending during the Christmas season, people are expected to shun the shopping malls and hunker at home for the holidays.
In the wake of the Prime Minister slipping and falling while going walkabout in a Christchurch shopping mall, those of unkind mind have noted the same thing happened to John Howard in the lead-up to last year's Australian election.
Police have gone to China to make inquiries in the case of a man granted New Zealand citizenship by ministerial prerogative despite two ongoing investigations here into possible fraud and money laundering.
The New Zealand Transport Agency agency wants to ban parking on grass verges in 50km zones. A proposed change would make it illegal to park a vehicle on grass or garden areas bordering any urban road.
Labour has pulled back from a "neutron bomb" blast against the National leader John Key over his alleged knowledge of a notorious 1980s white-collar crime.
Two brothers accused of murdering toddler Nia Glassie appeared to cry as their mother gave evidence at their trial.
Prime Minister Helen Clark was so concerned about Winston Peters' lobbying for Owen Glenn to become honorary consul to Monaco she told the Foreign Affairs Department to let her know if it happened again, The New Zealand Herald understands.
Home ownership levels are being picked to rise as interest rates fall and borrowers enjoy savings of about $7000 a year on their mortgages.
TV3 is the first to reveal its line-up of 2009 shows.
Police were last night working through Interpol to try and contact the British family of a Whangarei woman shot dead after a hostage drama .
A trust for Susan Couch, the woman who survived horrific injuries in the 2001 Panmure RSA triple murder, received almost half of the $158,000 the New Zealand First Party gave to charities in lieu of repaying Parliament for mis-spending last election.
A gold rush is on, but a financial expert says all that glitters is not necessarily great and is urging caution for would-be speculators.
A woman shot dead by police after a stand-off at a Whangarei Vodafone store may have been seeking revenge on a salesman's daughter.
The Children's Health Camps Board has asked the Government to clarify its funding by 9.30am today before it decides whether to close one or more of its seven camps.