Top Stories News

A journalist photographs a burnt-out store in Ferguson, Missouri, which was set ablaze following the grand jury decision.

Ferguson officer claims it was shoot or be shot

The police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson in the US says he had to shoot Michael Brown before the teen got to him.

Labour Leader Andrew Little announcing Labours new caucus

'Cut the crap', apologise, Little tells Key

Labour Party leader Andrew Little has told Prime Minister John Key to "cut the crap" and apologise over his office's links with the Security Intelligence Service.

An Indian meal.

Auckland food chain fined $66,000

Eleven Auckland restaurants which form part of the Masala food chain have been fined a total of $66,000 for failing to provide documents about staff.

Kim Dotcom speaking to supporters of his Internet Party in Auckland, in April 2014.

'Pariah' Dotcom claims he's broke

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom claims authorities are trying to lock him up again after he spent $10 million on his defence, ran out of money and got dumped by his legal team.

Phil Rudd gestures to media as he leaves court.

Phil Rudd back in Tauranga court

Phil Rudd arrived late at the High Court in Tauranga this morning prompting the judge to briefly issue an arrest warrant. Outside court the AC/DC drummer played up to media.

All Black Victor Vito in action.

Vito leaves ABs as Smith returns

Another two All Blacks are heading home early from their end of year tour, with loose forward Victor Vito and replacement lock Dominic Bird both returning to New Zealand.

Phillip John Smith

Brazilian woman scared Smith will seek revenge

The woman who spotted fugitive murderer Phillip Smith at a backpackers' hostel in Rio de Janiero is too scared to be identified because she fears he may one day seek revenge. Watch a video of his arrest here. (VIDEO)

John Key arrives at the Greymouth meeting.

PM raises possibility of Pike River civil case

The taxpayer will fund a civil case against parties involved in the Pike River mine disaster, if its advisors believe such a case could succeed, Prime Minister John Key says. (AUDIO)

Factory smoke in Germany

Key climate report to be released

An expert panel on climate science will warn of severe and irreversible changes to the world's weather, unless emissions of greenhouse gases are virtually eliminated by the end of the century.

Hundreds turned out at the Glenbrook Station for a ride.

Train lovers remember Passchendaele

About 500 people young and old packed a platform at a South Auckland train station to remember the thousands of lives lost in the World War I battle of Passchendaele.

Frank Bainimarama

Commonwealth welcomes back Fiji

The Commonwealth has reinstated Fiji as a full member following credible elections earlier this month, eight years after the nation was first suspended following a military coup.

ballot box

Just one hour left to vote in general election

Voters have one hour left to cast their ballot in the general election. The Electoral Commission says polling booths throughout the country have reported steady flows of people since 9am.

Dark clouds gather during a previous storm over Castlepoint, Wairarapa.

Winds cut power in North Island

Power was cut to hundreds of properties in the lower North Island this afternoon as strong winds and heavy rain lashed the area. Electricity should be restored in the next hour.

no caption

Poll irregularity 'evidence' shown in Fiji

Five political parties in Fiji have presented evidence which they say back up their claims of irregularities in the country's landmark election.

Kane Williamson in action for the Black Caps during the ICC World Twenty20 this year.

Knights on winning streak in India

The winning streak continues for the national Twenty20 cricket champions Northern Districts at the Champions League in India.

.

36 ballot boxes in question in Fiji polls

Fiji elections authorities say 36 ballot boxes have been quarantined because of objections to Wednesday's polling process. Five parties say they won't accept the outcome of the elections.

Author Nicky Hager.

Dirty Politics: warnings for the media?

The subtitle of Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics is 'How attack politics is poisoning New Zealand's political environment'. Mediawatch asks if it has also poisoned the media.

Val Adams

Valerie Adams records 56th victory

New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams has recorded a 56th straight victory by winning the Diamond League meet in Brussels after recording a throw of 20.59 metres to win from her German rival Christina Schwanitz.