Latest Bulletin: 1 pm Friday 25 July
New Zealander Greg Foran who began his career stacking shelves at Woolworths has been appointed the head of Walmart's US operations. The 53-year-old joined the giant retail firm in 2011.
A man who bought 72 rifles and shotguns from a gun shop and supplied them to a criminal gang has been jailed for five years and 10 months. Peter Edwards was sentenced on Friday.
The Christchurch City Council is hoping to save at least $1 million a year with its latest round of job cuts. Twenty-two jobs will go but 15 will be created under the new proposal.
The pressure was on Glasgow to deliver an opening Games ceremony to surprise and delight. Organisers well and truly delivered, with a wall-to-wall tartan spectacular.
Social workers in Auckland say there's a hidden but growing problem of abuse, particularly financial abuse, against elderly migrants, who are living in constant dread and loneliness.
National standards data showing falling achievement levels in Northland are unreliable - but could reflect deepening poverty in the region, Northland principals say.
Police have apologised to victims of a serial rapist after a critical report by the IPCA. Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess admits police failed to do their job. (AUDIO)
KiwiRail has accepted four urgent recommendations for Wellington's commuter train network to stop further collisions after one of its trains hit a stop block, injuring two people. (AUDIO)
More children are meeting national standards in reading, writing and maths, new figures show. The standards apply to children in years one to eight, aged between five and about 13.
The Crown is seeking to overturn a decision to grant the son of the Maori King a discharge without conviction. Korotangi Paki had pleaded guilty to burglary and drink driving.
Thousands of football fans from overseas and throughout the country will be in Wellington this weekend, as a tour by two English Premier League teams wraps up.
The Christchurch City Council has recommended Canterbury University be exempt from a proposed alcohol ban. The exemption means students can enjoy a beer with their barbie.
A programme to help women struggling after having an abortion started this week in Tauranga. The woman running it struggled for nearly 40 years after her own abortion.
A "huge" piece of wreckage and human remains from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has been discovered in a heavily wooded area in eastern Ukraine, an international observer says.
The United Nations Secretary-General has expressed his horror at an attack on a UN-run school in the northern Gaza strip that has killed women, children and staff. (AUDIO)
The wreck of a plane which disappeared with 116 people on board on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has been found in Mali, officials say. Many on board were French.
Commonwealth Games 2014 News
New Zealand has won its first gold medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games with the men's sprint cycling team of Ethan Mitchell, Eddie Dawkins and Sam Webster taking the top spot. (AUDIO)
The Perth-based judoka Darcina Manuel has won a bronze medal for New Zealand in the 57-kilo category at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The defending champion Silver Ferns open their Glasgow Commonwealth Games campaign against Malawi tonight.
On The Inside
It appears the opinion polls and many news media organisations have already decided the outcome of the general election. Labour and the Greens are trailing National in the polls.
While it is not going to be the biggest or the best sporting event held this year, the Commonwealth Games still deserves a place in the sporting landscape of the future.
Mass lay-offs in the mining sector could result in the West Coast losing a generation. As Insight discovered, its young people are being forced to look further afield for work.
The Public Service Association is calling for a wider review into Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee's breach of security at Christchurch Airport, in which he skipped a check.
Tariana Turia would stay on after the election as Maori Party co-leader if no women from the party are elected to Parliament, she says. She and Pita Sharples are retiring as MPs. (AUDIO)
The man responsible for aviation security has kept his job despite breaching it at Christchurch airport. Gerry Brownlee offered to resign - but only after officials contacted him. (AUDIO)
Te Manu Korihi News
The Treaty Negotiations Minister says the passing of the Tuhoe settlement law won't stop iwi and hapu groups who also have an interest in Te Urewera, from having their claims settled.
Te Tai Hauauru MP, Tariana Turia, says as she retires from politics she's confident her party colleague, Chris McKenzie, who's campaigning for her seat has what it takes to win.
Retiring Minister of Maori Affairs Pita Sharples admits that before he became an MP, he had no desire to become a politician and preferred instead to be a community advocate. (AUDIO)
The International Monetary Fund is worried conflict in parts of the world - including the Middle East and Ukraine - could hurt global economic growth in the coming year.
Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler finally got one thing he wanted: a fall in the New Zealand dollar. But the market is divided as to how much further the currency will drop.
New Zealand's trade surplus was stronger than expected in June, at $247 million, but financial markets have barely reacted. Export growth has slowed.
Northland Rural Support Trust co-ordinator Julie Jonker says farms are are going to need supplies of feed to get stock through the winter after severe storms and flooding.
The Labour Party fears AgResearch may have lost close to a fifth of its workforce since announcing its controversial Future Footprint restructuring plans.
Federated Farmers says the strong signal that the Reserve Bank has issued about keeping interest rates on hold will come as a relief to the dairy industry and other primary exporters.