Latest Bulletin: 4 am Tuesday 10 December
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the Government is making progress to reduce child poverty, despite a new report showing that a quarter of New Zealand's children are living in poverty.
Disability lobby group IHC is suing the Ministry of Education Ministry over alleged breaches of the Human Rights Act.
Prime Minister John Key has rejected criticism that he should have included an anti-apartheid activist in the New Zealand delegation attending a memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
The world's largest marine mammal conference has been told the New Zealand Government has left a rare type of dolphin on a definite path to extinction.
A mother-of-three says the lack of rental properties in earthquake-hit Christchurch has left her no option but to move her family into a tent in one of the city's parks.
Leaked papers on the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations reveal deep differences between the 12 countries negotiating the agreement.
Residential property values have continued to rise in November, according to figures just released by the valuation service QV.
Westpac Bank has started charging higher interest rates on mortgages to people who have less than a 20% deposit.
The Environmental Protection Authority has rejected accusations from Greenpeace that it failed in its legal responsibilities by granting Anadarko permission to drill for oil off the coast of Raglan.
Police are becoming increasingly concerned for an Australian tennis coach who is visiting Hamilton for a tournament and is missing.
The son of a woman charged with murdering her husband has admitted trying to bribe her in return for not going to police.
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says she will dissolve parliament and call an election, after weeks of protests in the capital, Bangkok.
A commuter train has collided with a truck in Indonesia's capital causing parts of the train to burst into flames.
Millions of South Africans have remembered Nelson Mandela with hymns and eulogies at houses of worship across the country, in a national day of prayer and reflection to mark his death.
India's governing Congress party has suffered a major defeat in state elections, just a few months before it is due to face general elections.
Anti-government protesters in Kiev have toppled a statue of the Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin amid massive demonstrations in the Ukrainian capital.
Chinese authorities have banned shark fin and bird's nest soup from official receptions and told lower level officials they cannot stay in suites on business trips, in the latest step in a crackdown on extravagance and waste.
A replacement candidate for the electorate of the Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia has been chosen but the party still has to find a new woman co-leader.
The Green Party says if it is part of the government after next year's election it will push for a policy that would keep a larger stake of Meridian in government hands.
One of the authors of a new report says the Government needs to introduce stricter rules and greater transparency governing political party funding.
Prime Minister John Key will leave for South Africa on Monday to attend the official memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
Prime Minister John Key says he will fight a defamation suit being brought against him by the cameraman at the centre of the so-called teapot tape saga.
The Labour Party is hoping for strong support across Parliament for its member's bill cracking down on the sale of rural land to foreign buyers.
Te Manu Korihi News
Maori child advocacy group Mana Ririki hopes new figures from the Child Poverty Monitor are an indication abuse of Maori children is decreasing.
The Treasury has admitted it has been slow to build links with iwi and tangata whenua.
Writer Patricia Grace's legal challenge against the Kapiti Expressway is due to be heard in February.
Many Maori believe the Treaty of Waitangi is too important to be put into a written constitution, Constitutional Advisory Panel co-chair Sir Tipene O'Regan says.
Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia will host a service to honour the late Nelson Mandela.
The new Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Hauauru says he will campaign hard to reach out to rangatahi and encourage more people under the age of 40 to vote.
Police investigating a home invasion in the South Otago township of Kaka Point say they are still piecing together what happened, including if a weapon was used in the assault.
A credit ratings agency has lifted its warning about the Dunedin City Council's finances.
The OECD is being called on to look into breaches of human rights by companies involved in repairing and assessing earthquake-damaged homes in Christchurch.
Auckland Airport says it won't meet some taxi drivers' demands to increase the minimum fare despite them protesting and others going on a partial hunger strike.
An Auckland council agency is dismissing criticism of a 10-day trip to Dubai and Monaco by two of its executives.
Auditors have completed a draft report looking at whether Auckland ratepayers' money was spent during mayor Len Brown's two-year extra-marital affair.
Christchurch Earthquake News
Nearly 240 more Christchurch properties are to be red-zoned as a result of a government review of Port Hills land.
A spokesperson for some of the families of people who died in the CTV building collapse says he's frustrated with how long it's taking to erect an official earthquake memorial.
One of the last remaining earthquake-damaged high-rises in Christchurch's central city is to be sold, as is where is.
Government figures show more than 1700 foreign workers are in Canterbury to help with the rebuild.
A report from the Auditor-General has found the Canterbury rebuild is being hindered by a lack of communication between the three public entities running it.
Some property owners on Christchurch's Port Hills have put their rebuilding plans on hold again, and have been told they won't know whether their land is safe until at least April.
An investment advisory firm is recommending investors lighten up their holdings of New Zealand shares.
The New Zealand dollar has held steady after gaining more than US1 cent in New York on Friday.
Telecom has sold its Australian business AAPT for $A450 million to TPG Telecom, a company which had tried to buy the business in 2010.
New Zealand companies have been told they need to lift their game in reporting on their corporate responsibility.
Manufacturing sales rose in the September quarter with signs the Canterbury rebuild is filtering through to the sector.
A corporate financier is set to submit a plan to Qantas where a consortium will offer to buy most of its planes and lease them back to the airline in a debt and equity deal worth more than $5 billion.
A shellfish scientist says a presentation from commercial oyster farmers from the north-western United States last week should be a wake up call for everyone involved in aquaculture.
What's claimed to be the world's largest milk powder drier was officially opened by Fonterra at Darfield on Saturday.
Canterbury Regional Council's new land and water plan doesn't go far enough in setting limits on nitrate leaching to improve water quality in the region and waterway pollution could worsen, critics say.
The Deer Farmers Association says it will continue lobbying AgResearch to keep its current level of deer research at Invermay, saying it is vital for the industry.
Meat processor and exporter ANZCO Foods is back in the black with a net after tax profit of more than $12 million for the 2012-2013 year and an increased cash flow.
Fonterra is still hoping it can reach a commercial solution with the French food group Danone, over its compensation claim.