It's estimated a quarter of young people in the country are having sex before they turn 16.
Highlanders No 8 Luke Whitelock will become the 70th All Black test captain when he leads a side featuring eight new caps against Japan at the weekend.
Nearly a third of women who responded to a new survey skip school or work when they have their period as they cannot afford sanitary products.
The Duchess of Sussex has proved herself to be a master gumboot-thrower, beating her husband Prince Harry by about a metre in a rain-soaked contest on Auckland's North Shore.
An anti-poverty advocate is shocked a stumbling block to compensating state house tenants wrongly evicted for meth contamination has only just been flagged.
Prince Harry has told a group of mental health advocates in Wellington that the impact of social media on mental health needs to be discussed.
The royal couple have spent time at a famous Wellington cafe before heading across Cook Strait to the Abel Tasman National Park, where they will go on a bush walk and be treated to a barbecue.
A convicted drug smuggler who was facing deportation has been granted residence in New Zealand.
What at first appeared to be the scene of a gruesome crime in a Wellington elevator this morning, has turned out to be something far less worrying.
A Christchurch man who died after lighting a fire in a motel room was having a psychotic episode, a coroner has found.
Abortion will be decriminalised if any of three models proposed by the Law Commission are adopted.
New Zealand troops leave today for what could be the final on-the-ground mission in Iraq.
For the first time, the government has paid for first-year university students and trainees' course fees, but does that mean they've taken a "flag year?"
The haphazard scheduling of cruise ships has angered some residents in the seaside town of Akaroa, near Christchurch.
City and district councils are calling for another way to raise money after the prime minister took regional fuel taxes off the table.
The Retirement Commisioner says New Zealanders and immigrants who have spent most of their life abroad should not qualify for superannuation.
A council for a New Zealand town is warning its existing cemeteries will run out of room in just over three years' time.
New Zealand has moved up the ranks as the second riskiest country in the world, just behind Bangladesh, in a ranking compiled by global insurer Lloyd's of London.
Media company NZME has called it quits on attempts to merge with rival Stuff to form a mega-media company.
A woman found dead in Christchurch on Monday was a 22-year-old US citizen working in New Zealand, police have confirmed.