Foul play has been ruled out in the deaths of six fur seal pups found beheaded in Canterbury's Banks Peninsula.
An elderly widow who lives alone has been attacked in her Northland home, after two women came to her door asking for fuel.
New Zealand's population could hit five million by the end of the year.
A push for sustainable tourism is being embraced by the industry as visitor numbers look set to boom.
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has hit out at BP which has been distributing pamphlets at its petrol stations explaining the cost of a litre of petrol.
Nine fire crews have battled a fire at a home near Wanaka overnight.
Fluctuating E coli levels in Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu are going largely unexplained, prompting calls for more scientific research.
A lawyer who represents state abuse survivors fears the Royal Commission of Inquiry might not start hearing evidence for months, leaving her clients feeling anxious and frustrated.
The SPCA says birds are showing up in Wellington either distressed or dead after being decorated with tinsel, rings and other items.
The occupants of six houses in the Dunedin suburb of St Clair remain out of their homes, three weeks after being evacuated due to a slip in the area.
A trust protecting one of the world's rarest penguin species says its local population is at crisis point.
New Zealand's apple growers fear a bumper crop coupled with a shortage of workers could mean some of the summer harvest is lost.
The Royals enjoyed renewed popularity last year, and not just for their weddings.
Tenants at a movie complex in central Wellington are still waiting to find out how long the building will be out of action.
Travellers between Queenstown and Cromwell are being warned to allow for roadworks and delays over the next two months.
A Kiwi is among the ex-Credit Suisse bankers charged over a major scandal involving bribes and kickbacks from $NZ3 billion in loans to fund sham projects in Mozambique.
The New Years' Day tobacco price hike has dairy and shop owner more worried than ever about robberies and violence toward them.
The number of NZ Post buggy crashes tripled last year, with almost 250 reported incidents, including two that led to serious injuries.
A chopper pilot who had a close encounter with a drone in Auckland's CBD on New Year's Eve says its operator was playing with people's lives.
A Christchurch City councillor is taking action to address growing concerns about boy racers in the city.