Latest Bulletin: 3 pm Friday 18 April
The South Island is being battered by strong winds and heavy rain, with the West Coast, Nelson-Tasman and Otago regions bearing the brunt, as others further north start cleaning up.
Updated 8 minutes ago
Bad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for survivors of the South Korean ferry disaster. Divers have tried to enter the vessel more than 10 times.
Updated 44 minutes ago
Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose novels put magical realism on the literary map, has died at his home in Mexico City. His masterpiece was One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Updated 44 minutes ago
The Easter holiday road toll stands at three on Friday afternoon, a day after the period began.
Updated 42 minutes ago
Restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables in parts of Whangarei could be lifted from Saturday.
The Returned & Services Association says fewer poppies were probably sold on the street this year because of the rough weather.
King Salmon says the Supreme Court has put future industry expansion in doubt with a ruling that national coastal policy was not considered by a board of inquiry.
The Privacy Commissioner is praising a decision by ACC to withdraw a privacy waiver form it had asked claimants to sign.
The Prime Minister has blamed the New Zealand man killed during a counter-terrorism drone attack in Yemen last year for his own death.
The Easter holiday road toll stands at one on Thursday night after a three-car collision near Kumeu, north-west of Auckland.
Royal Tour 2014 News
Thousands of people braved a wet Wellington day to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the final appearances of their New Zealand tour.
ROYAL TOUR 2014: The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to the resilience of the people of Christchurch and their desire to rebuild the earthquake-hit city.
ROYAL TOUR 2014: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by enthusiastic well-wishers and played cricket during their tour of Christchurch on Monday morning.
Auckland War Memorial Museum has won $3.8 million in funding to take its World War I commemorative displays into the community.
One of the highlights of the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow, which begins on Friday, is expected to be a World War I commemorative event featuring vintage aircraft.
The Supreme Court has given the go-ahead for three new fish farms in the Marlborough Sounds but rejected plans for a fourth site due to the area's outstanding natural character.
Russia says a deal to calm tensions in Ukraine has been reached at talks in Geneva, where US, EU, Ukraine and Russian negotiators have agreed that all illegal military formations should be disbanded.
The Queen presented purses of money to pensioners at the traditional Royal Maundy Thursday service at Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire. The service dates back more than 800 years.
Pope Francis, starting four days of Easter, said the Catholic Church must always be a refuge for the needy and delivered a sermon on the need for priests to live a simple, poor life.
Voters deserve a rational economic debate from politicians in the lead up to the election in September, not polemic and rhetoric.
Parliament has passed Treaty of Waitangi legislation that lays down conditions for the use of the Ka Mate haka performed by the All Blacks.
The Labour Party has unveiled its manufacturing policy saying tax deferrals should be given to manufacturing companies that invest in new technology.
Te Manu Korihi News
Ngati Toa descendants have packed out Parliament's public gallery to witness the introduction of a law to protect their famous tribal haka, Ka Mate.
All historical Treaty of Waitangi claims in the South Island have been settled.
The secondary teachers union says it's not surprising a Northland charter school is having trouble getting staff.
Shares for the company that wants to mine the Denniston Plateau have hit a new low. Bathurst Resources share price closed on Friday at 7 cents.
Shares in Genesis Energy have debuted on the stock exchange at a 17 percent premium above the price the Government sold them for. Bill English rejected a claim they were too cheap.
The sharemarket edged up on Thursday, with the Top 50 Index gaining 13 points to 5103.
Westland Milk Products says its tankers are still managing to collect milk despite slips and trees blocking many of the region's roads.
Prime Minister John Key says there's nothing more the Government can do to convince Chinese authorities to again accept Fonterra whey powder and infant formula.
There is growing disquiet among Hawke's Bay regional councillors about the Board of Inquiry's decision on Tuesday to approve resource consents for the Ruataniwha Dam.