Latest Bulletin: 9 pm Sunday 21 December
There's been more fallout within the Department of Corrections over the escape of the convicted murderer and sex offender Phillip John Smith.
Christchurch police say a man's body has been found in the Port Hills earlier this evening.
A steelworker has been charged with the murder of a South Auckland man at a 21st birthday party.
A 37-year-old mother is charged with the murder of seven of her children and her niece after their bodies were found at a home in Cairns, in far north Queensland.
The police are hunting for two prisoners who are on the run after escaping from separate hospitals.
The Minister for the Environment has unveiled a special online tool with information on the water quality of 350 beaches around New Zealand.
Author Lynley Hood and former National Party leader Don Brash are calling for an independent inquiry into Peter Ellis' conviction as a child molester.
Trevor Bland, an experienced aviator who founded the New Zealand Warbirds Association has died. He was 78.
Auckland City FC have won the third place play-off at the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco in a penalty shootout, marking the end to a fairytale run. (AUDIO)
New figures were in the latest quarterly energy review by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment show renewable energy is continuing to rise.
The police dive squad have recovered a body from the water at the mouth of the Waimea River Inlet near Nelson earlier today.
The public is being warned not to eat shellfish from a large area of Bay of Plenty coastline after a dozen people became sick with paralytic shellfish poisoning.
A policeman remains in a stable condition in Hawke's Bay Hospital after being hit by a car early on Friday morning.
Police are staying tight-lipped about an allegation of assault against the MP for Northland Mike Sabin.
Opposition parties say it is unacceptable SkyCity could receive taxpayer money to meet the cost of building its international convention centre in Auckland. (AUDIO)
Justice Minister Amy Adams says more work is needed to plug gaps in the system following a report into murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith's flight overseas.
The Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith is set to return to the All Blacks for an 11th year, to again take up the reigns as defence coach for next year's World Cup campaign.
Auckland City beaten Mexican side Cruz Azul on penalties to win the third place playoff and make history at the football Club World Cup in Morocco, also boosting their winnings by $640,000.
The New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum will revert to his customary middle-order batting role for the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch.
The Italian government is to spend $US250,000 on a new platform for Michelangelo's famous Statue of David, to protect it from earthquakes.
A gunman has shot dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in New York before killing himself. The police chief said the men had been 'targeted for their uniform'.
News Corp Australia has reported Australian security officials carried out a check on Man Haron Monis days before he took hostages at a cafe in Sydney.
The Manus MP Ronnie Knight says he doubts whether any of the the asylum seekers held on Manus and found to be refugees will be permanently resettled in Papua New Guinea.
The Governor of Hela province in Papua New Guinea, Anderson Agiru, says a military operation to quell tribal fighting in the province is bearing good results.
The new Solomon Islands government has been warned to tread carefully in the transition or withdrawal of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.
Te Manu Korihi
A new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that improvements to Maori freehold land and forestry could add billions of dollars to the New Zealand economy.
The Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation is sharing its business knowledge with neighbouring tribes to help generate money for their descendants by using land that's unsuitable for beef and sheep farming.
Mighty River Power has welcomed a decision by the High Court to strike out an injunction application by a hapu trying to stop the sale of land owned by the company.
Net migration stayed near record levels in November and the gain for the year ended November was a fresh record.
The Commerce Commission has once again delayed its final decision on how much Chorus can charge for access to its copper lines.
A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters - Finzsoft confirmed takeover offer, more air passengers packing bags and Tourism Holdings appoints new board director.
A new report estimates improvements in the performance of Māori freehold land would add billions to the economy. Agriculture Minister Nathan Guy says this confirms the importance of partnering with iwi, Māori asset owners, communities and industry.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has issued a new standard tightening up labelling rules for infant formula exports.
A hairy bull tale may have a sleek ending for a livestock improvement cooperative.
Power play with Jane Patterson - While the promised government surplus is still elusive, Bill English is stubbornly clinging to the hope the books will be back in the black this year.
Muslim leaders are worried members of their communities in NZ may become alienated by political statements about the possible threat from Islamic State. (AUDIO)
Power Play with Brent Edwards - The Prime Minister has been judged by many to be the country's politician of the year, but his integrity has come under question.