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.
New Zealanders are leaving for Australia in record numbers, while the flow of immigrants and tourists coming here has slumped.
A former Dunedin student has told a court of her desperate struggle to survive at the hands of a man who repeatedly raped and then tried to strangle her.
New Zealand children's health camps face a funding crisis which may force the closure of those at Roxburgh, in Central Otago, and either Rotorua or Otaki.
Conservative KiwiSavers who have invested in the likes of AMP, AXA and Tower and who may be considering moving their money into bank-run funds to get the new Government guarantee should wait, Treasury says.
A teenage girl collapsed and died during an out-of-control party at a house which had just been filmed for the television programme Neighbours at War.
Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker has flagged an investigation into the possibility of immigration fraud in the case of the granting of residency and citizenship to Auckland man Yang Liu.
The deaths of hundreds of kauri trees struck down by a fungal disease - despite attempts to thwart it - has jolted officials to urgently plot a national response. Kauri in Auckland's west, including the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Huia, Oratia, Karikari, and private land in Waimauku, have already died.
Drivers in the main centres are paying 30c a litre more for petrol than they were the last time crude oil prices were at yesterday's level - but economists say fuel prices should soon drop substantially.
Two people are dead and more than a dozen are sick after a suspected norovirus outbreak.
It seems ludicrously early to start talking about a one-day international in early October holding special significance for New Zealand.
A lobby group on genetically modified food has accused the Food Safety Authority of "shopping" for advice when a report it commissioned queried the safety of a variety of GM corn.
A former undercover police officer's claims he deliberately gave false evidence could result in convictions being quashed, compensation granted and law suits taken against the Crown, one legal expert says.
A national survey of 10 critical areas of the country's public health system has shown big gains in most areas since last year.
National was last night defensive about its KiwiSaver policies that would cut Government subsidies for some savers but not others.
The secondary teachers union has backed away from a suggestion to push for a cut in the number of tests in high school exams.
Fonterra's China subsidiary, San Lu, has been dealt a further blow with reports that a lethal bacteria has been found in some of its milk powder.
American heartland rocker John Mellencamp is heading here for the first time in 30 years during what's shaping up as a late-career renaissance. He talks to Russell Baillie.
The enduring influence of the Straitjacket Fits is finally being acknowledged at next week's music awards.
Hold your nerve. That has been John Key's advice to colleagues in the face of mounting calls for National to start talking detailed policy instead of generalised platitudes.