The lawyer for a New Zealander on trial for murdering a fellow inmate in a Californian prison says his accent may have marked him out for harassment in jail.
A wide-ranging government inquiry will look into whether New Zealanders are getting a fair deal on their power bills.
The owner of a timber and firewood business in Dunedin is coming to terms with potentially losing everything at his yard.
A British Minister for Loneliness has been announced by Downing Street.
Marlborough's harbourmaster says a trial of water speed guns in his region has picked up too many speeding boaties.
The Queenstown based company at the centre of a tandem skydive which went wrong on Lake Wakatipu, killing a tourist, has resumed operations today.
One person is dead after a crash involving a logging truck and two cars in Manawatu this afternoon.
New Zealand's southern-most city, Invercargill, is having one of it's hottest days on record - with the temperature hitting 31.1°C this afternoon.
Fewer young people in New Zealand are drinking but the heavy drinking culture has not changed, a health watchdog says.
The police dive squad will begin searching Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu tomorrow for an American tourist who is presumed dead after a tandem skydive went wrong.
Thousands of tonnes of stockpiled waste from the Tiwai aluminium smelter is being described as a "hot-potato no one wants to hold".
Bones from a prehistoric burrowing bat, three times the size of those currently living in New Zealand, has been found in Central Otago.
Illegal freedom camping is on the rise in Queenstown, with the district seeing a 14% more of the campers over the Christmas holiday period.
Royal, Prince and Princess were among the most commonly rejected baby names in the past six years.
A large fire on Mount Alpha in Wanaka is finally out after five days, but the cause of the blaze remains a mystery.
A torn ligament is not holding back New Zealand's youngest winter olympian, who says he's "as ready as ever" for this year's games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Firefighters say they're disappointed by people behaving stupidly with fireworks overnight - including one case where people were launching them at a horse.
Local authorities are calling for better product stewardship, with $2.4 million spent among 30 councils on clearing illegally dumped rubbish last year. Local Government NZ president Dave Cull said the figure was unacceptable.
A new fence around a popular historic church in Tekapo is helping to control tourists, the vicar says.
The Transport Agency is urging South Island motorists to be patient during the post-Christmas rush on the newly-reopened State Highway One.