Rugby diplomacy used to boost China ties; Wellington's apartment market said to be close to free fall; baby humpback whale spotted in NZ waters for first time.
A young South African tourist who came to New Zealand to visit family is lying near death, after suffering a rare reaction to a common infection.
An Avondale shopkeeper was hit on the head with a hammer and had her wrists and ankles bound before a teenager stole money from her till on Thursday.
The Government is using rugby diplomacy - sending former All Blacks to China - to strengthen trade links. Dallas Seymour has already been to China to help to run coaching clinics in rugby sevens.
Wellington's apartment market is said to be close to free fall, with agents offering two weeks' free rent and a car park to entice tenants into apartments. The capital is the only city where supply is outstripping demand, as the rest of the country faces a severe shortage of rental properties.
A baby humpback whale has been reported swimming in New Zealand waters for the first time. The calf, estimated to be two days old and four metres long, was spotted by Department of Conservation staff and volunteers in Tory Channel.
A Christchurch pub patron escaped with a grazed forehead as he and others fought two armed robbers who burst into the Glenbyre Tavern on Wednesday evening.
New police powers to remove potentially dangerous offenders from their homes have been used eight times in Canterbury in their first week. Nationally, police have issued at least 74 safety orders since 1 July.
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Queenstown mayor Clive Geddes says proceeds from Auckland International Airport's $27 million investment in Queenstown Airport will not alleviate this year's average 7.7% rates rise for the Queenstown Lakes District.
A University of Otago team has used an ancient skull to re-create the face of a 2000-year-old Turkish peasant, its second such project, and hopes its technology will be used in courts in coming years.