Latest Bulletin: 10 pm Saturday 7 December
As South Africans mourn the death of Nelson Mandela, tributes are pouring in from around the world for the man who inspired millions as he led his country out of the apartheid era.
The World Trade Organisation has agreed on its first global deal aimed at boosting commerce. Analysts say it could add $1 trillion to the global economy.
A fishing lobby group says plans to mine seabed near the Chatham Islands will amount to wholesale environmental destruction.
"Royals", the huge international hit for New Zealand singer Lorde, has been nominated for song of the year and record of the year at America's premier music awards - the Grammys - next month.
The South African High Commissioner to New Zealand says New Zealanders' obvious love for Nelson Mandela is comforting her and other South Africans here.
Police are investigating gambling activities in Auckland in connection with this week's big operation in which 330 kilograms of a drug used to make P was seized.
A new book says one of New Zealand's most notorious murders was over a love triangle as well criminal rivalry.
The commercial eel industry says a review shows there is no cause for alarm over longfin eels' survival, but a Northland clean streams campaigner maintains the report is at odds with what Maori and fishers are reporting.
An audit of an intellectual disability residential service provider in Christchurch reveals a culture of assaults by people who live there on each other and also on staff.
The sister of a Christchurch man who died in his bed says she began to suspect her brother's widow was involved in his death the month after the funeral.
Two Japanese whaling ships and a surveillance vessel are reported to have left for the annual whale hunt in the Antarctic.
The first same-sex weddings in Australia have taken place in the Australian Capital Territory, as couples rush to get married in case a court decision goes against them next week.
Fast-food restaurant workers across the United States have staged a 24-hour strike in protest against low wages.
North Korea has deported an 85-year-old American who was detained in October accused of committing "hostile acts" during the Korean War 60 years ago.
The electric guitar famously played by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival has been sold at auction in New York for a record price - $1.165 million.
Hurricane-force winds and tidal surges have killed at least seven people in northern Europe, flooded parts of a German city, disrupted flights and rail transport and left hundreds of thousands of homes without electricity.
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.
The Labour Party has criticised the Government's UN Security Council campaign at the same time as its foreign affairs spokesperson David Shearer is in New York lobbying for support.
A review of New Zealand's constitution has recommended that the Bill of Rights Act be strengthened to stop Parliament passing laws that breach it.
United Future leader and Ohariu MP Peter Dunne says the Government is railroading the submissions process for the proposed Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington.
Former ACT Party leader Don Brash says there are several strong candidates for the party's top job.
Te Manu Korihi News
The Maori King, Tuheitia, has added his condolences to Nelson Mandela's whanau and the people of South Africa.
Nelson Mandela was a man of great mana who influenced all indigenous people worldwide, Maori leaders say.
Data showing fewer tangata whenua are speaking Te Reo Rangatira is prompting the Maori Language Commission to call on everyone to try and speak the language.
Maori Council co-chair Maanu Paul is supporting a call to consolidate government services for Maori, but believes it would be virtually impossible to achieve.
The Maori Party is preparing for Sunday's meeting in Whanganui to find a candidate to replace the retiring Te Tai Hauauru MP and party co-leader Tariana Turia.
Census data shows the West Coast region has the highest rate of Maori in work.
Two state highways in Coromandel and Bay of Plenty have been reopened after a crash and a slip blocked them for several hours on Saturday.
A crewman has drowned after falling overboard from a commercial fishing boat just off the coast of Napier early on Saturday morning.
A man being sought in relation to the attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl in a South Canterbury town has appeared in court.
Three men had to be airlifted out of Tongariro National Park in the central North Island on Saturday afternoon.
A Wellington city councillor has joined criticism of the timeframe for final submissions on the proposed Basin Reserve flyover.
The Property Council says the Wellington City Council's offer of rates relief to owners of quake-prone buildings is a step in the right direction but could go further.
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.
The United States unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 7% in November, according to the US Labor Department.
An overseas fund manager has called New Zealand "as politically risky as Pakistan", and is reluctant to make further investments there.
Confidence amongst the country's manufacturers and exporters has risen dramatically but the lobby group representing them believes the sector is still weak, and could even get worse.
The New Zealand share market was weak again, the NZX Top 50 Index falling for a sixth consecutive day to shed 6 points to 4714.
A former Qantas chief economist says the airline's response to competition with Virgin Australia is pulling it into the red.
The Commerce Commision is calling for submissions on how it should determine the actual cost of retail phone companies accessing Chorus' copper wires.
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.
Beef and Lamb has released its new outlook for the 2013/14 season, and it's predicting improving economic conditions in the markets of our major meat and wool trading partners.
Labour MP Phil Goff's private members bill which would make it tougher for foreigners to buy farmland has been described as a bit simplistic by a farming leader.
Fifty-five dairy farmers have been attending a Dairy Environment Leaders Forum in Wellington.
A stronger dollar and continuing weak demand have put further pressure on wool prices at this week's combined North and South Island sales.