Auckland mayor Len Brown admits to two-year affair

Auckland Mayor Len Brown is refusing to stand down after confirming that he had a two-year affair with a member of a council advisory panel 25 years his junior.

Deadly tornado wreaks havoc in Auckland

Auckland after the tornado.

Tamara Mclean A VIOLENT tornado has ripped through northern Auckland, killing one person and injuring 19 in a freak storm that has shaken disaster-weary New Zealanders.

Baby suitors queue up for George

Prince George with his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, in Wellington.

Prince George appears to have become one of the most eligible bachelors in New Zealand after a string of offers.

Kate's nautical top a sell-out

Kate's fashion secrets don't stay quiet for long

To the untrained eye, the Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a pleasant but nondescript simple blue and white hooped top to go sailing in Waitemata Harbour.

Mother finds missing son after seeing his picture in newspaper

Charles Anderson Erika Perkinson has nightmares.

William won't be king of New Zealand, say republicans

Prince William and his wife Catherine arrive in Wellington with baby Prince George.

Julia Hollingsworth We'll never call him King William, say New Zealand republicans. New Zealand Republic says it's inevitable the country will get a democratically elected head of state rather than an unelected head of...

Christchurch earthquake rescuers cleared of blame in student deaths

Search and rescue teams scour the wreckage of the CTV building in Christchurch.

Martin van Beynen Failures by the New Zealand Fire Service and Urban Search and Rescue did not contribute to the deaths of eight people at the CTV site.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Perth man's wife being comforted

Paul Weeks

Family and friends are comforting Danica Weeks hours after she heard the news that the Malaysian Airlines flight carrying her husband Paul has been confirmed lost in the Indian Ocean west of Perth.

Crows solve Aesop's fable puzzles, offer clues to cognition

Sharon Begley A species of crow native to islands east of Australia has long wowed scientists with its intelligence, and now it has shown it can solve at least one puzzle as well as the average 7-year-old child.

Crisis looms after Tongan passports sold

Tongan students perform the Fa'ahiula dance for King George Tupou V during the Cultural Day celebrations in the capital, Nuku'alofa on July 29, 2008.

Michael Field Tonga is slipping into a high-level political crisis after revelations its diplomatic passports have been sold to Chinese nationals on the express order of the island nation's prime minister.

Missing Malaysia Airlines jet: New Zealand family criticises MH370 death text


The family of Paul Weeks, who was aboard the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight, have criticised Malaysia's handling of the information flow about the search operation.

Couple die in snow cave


Helen Harvey Two climbers have died on New Zealand's Mount Taranaki after they became trapped in a snow cave in freezing conditions.

NZ cyber bullies may face jail

Social media sites such as Facebook have come under fire for their response to claims of cyber bullying.

Cyber bullies could face up to three years' imprisonment, with their bullying set to be criminalised in a new bill being introduced to the New Zealand parliament.

Rape victim could have 'closed her legs', lawyer tells court


A young Wellington woman raped by a bouncer in an alleyway could have "closed her legs" if she didn't want sex, the man's lawyer told a jury.

William, Kate to visit Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Australia and New Zealand in April next year, Kensington Palace says.

Melbourne crash family still in hospital

Police Car, with Siren and lights, Cops, Emergencies, Generic

A Melbourne family of five, including a baby boy, who were injured when the van they were travelling in plunged down a steep bank in New Zealand, are still seriously ill in hospital.

Storms lash New Zealand

Wellington/New Zealand severe weather. Storm damage by the coast at Island Bay. Photo: PHIL REID/Fairfax NZ

Wellington: Severe storms are lashing the North Island of New Zealand, with many schools across Wellington forced to close amid safety concerns.

China bans NZ milk powder after botulism warning

Fonterra factory in Cobden has fake birds to scare the real birds away.

Philip Wen China has halted imports of New Zealand milk powder after dairy company Fonterra said a range of its Karicare formula products had been contaminated with bacteria that poses serious health risks.

Man crashes a motorised bar stool on way home from pub

A New Zealand man is in a critical but stable condition after crashing a motorised bar stool north of Auckland.

New Zealand woman accused of impregnating maid with husband's sperm


Nicole Pryor A New Zealand woman has been accused of secretly injecting her husband's sperm into their maid in a bizarre Dubai court case.