New Zealand Defence Force staff posted overseas say spending Christmas Day away from family is difficult, but they try to make do with what they have.
Christchurch fans have responded in style to the return of Test cricket to their city for the first time in nine years.
At 18 Tim Williams was a promising rugby player and at 19 he was a quadriplegic, but nearly 20 years later he's a world champion.
What looks like a medical breakthrough may mean better lives for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
Shaun Marsh survived a scare in training today as a frail Australian cricket team prepares for the Boxing Day Test against India.
Near-perfect track conditions are expected for the $2000 Zabeel Classic AAA the feature race of the Ellerslie Boxing Day Races, and in-form gelding Shuka is among the favourites.
Every year Campbell Such saves up to buy presents for children who otherwise wouldn't have anything to unwrap on Christmas morning.
For millennia, people have been predicting that the end is near.
Comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd, who created sitcoms including Are You Being Served? and 'Allo 'Allo!, has died aged 84.
Sailors from a yacht racing around the world have returned to their marooned vessel on a remote reef for a salvage operation.
Selfie sticks are proving to be one of the most popular Christmas gifts of 204.
Two fathers and their children have been named as those killed in yesterday's horrific Northland crash.
Christmas Eve is a time for loved ones to start gathering for the big day ahead AAA Christmas lunch prepared, festive spirits in high stead and presents under the tree.
Some US independent movie theatres are to show the Sony Pictures comedy The Interview on Christmas Day as planned, despite threats blamed on North Korea's erratic regime.
The Retailers Association says shops should be allowed to open their doors on Christmas Day. It says spending habits have changed and current legislation is outdated.
The Wellington City Mission has delivered a festive surprise to struggling families with 100 food and toy hampers delivered by volunteers.
Two British brothers orphaned by the Boxing Day tsunami are building orphanages in Sri Lanka to thank the people who helped them after the tragedy.
At Christmas time, it's important to remember the thriving underground New Zealand Christmas music scene. And yes, it's a scene.
Joe Cocker, whose intense, gritty voice won him wide acclaim that spanned both rock and blues, has died at age 70.
The Breakers won't have long to chew over Sunday's defeat to Cairns as they fly to Sydney on Christmas Day for a Boxing Day clash with the Kings.
The Black Caps are assembling at Clearwater on the outskirts of Christchurch ahead of the Boxing Day Test at Hagley Oval.
Former All Black flanker Adam Thompson reckons he's in for a hard time from his old Highlanders team when he fronts up against them as a member of the Queensland Reds next year.
A foundation in Auckland which helps out-of-zone students attend Auckland Grammar School is extending so girls can have the same opportunities.
Auckland City FC's success at the Club World Cup could see many of the amateur club's top players and coach picked up by professional clubs overseas.
Two British brothers orphaned by the Boxing Day tsunami 10 years ago say they survived thanks to the help of ordinary Sri Lankans.
A court has ruled an orangutan in Buenos Aires Zoo has some human rights, meaning it could be released into a sanctuary if the decision isn't appealed.
Auckland City Football Club's squad have arrived home with medals round their necks and a collection of enviable selfies.
The hero who rescued a man and two boys from the Australian bush has revealed what made him look in the very spot where they were trapped.
Spending this Christmas is up over 4.5 percent on a year ago, with Paymark saying it processed $3.9 billion worth of transactions on its network in the first 22 days this month.
A west Auckland man has admitted murdering his wife and 18-year-old daughter in Ranui earlier this year.
Four people are dead and two are injured after a car and a logging truck collided in Northland.
It was a warm welcome for Ivan Vicelich and the Auckland City players as they arrived back home.
NZ Post and CourierPost is in damage control after video footage emerged of Hamilton couriers kicking and roughly handling parcels.
After failing to make the playoffs of the ANZ Championships this year, the Mystics have had to endure a fitness challenge before Christmas.
David Farrier takes a look back at the year's best clips uploaded to the World Wide Web in 2014.
LeBron James Jr, also known as Bronny, has some serious skills on the court and the 10-year-old is already showing he can ball like his Dad.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin made an incredible move around two New Jersey Devils defensemen on his way to scoring a great goal.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has been bombarded with French fries and squirted with mayonnaise by activists.
Watch an interview with a Kiwi musician who caught the eye of pop-megastar Taylor Swift after doing a cover of her huge hit 'Shake it Off'.
President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Sir Elton John has married his partner David Furnish and broadcast their big day to the world via social media.
Former All Blacks coach Wayne Smith is to rejoin the world champions' coaching staff in 2015.
A Kiwi musician has caught the eye of pop-megastar Taylor Swift after he did a cover of her huge hit 'Shake it Off'.
The Ombudsman has criticised a decision by the Department of Conservation that increased the number of guided walkers on the Routeburn Track.
A father and his two young sons have survived eleven days stuck in a rugged and remote part of the Australian outback.
Repairs to New Zealand's largest hydro station are underway with the first of three new giant transformers being especially delivered to the Manapouri Power Station.
A rare American Ercoupe monoplane has been returned to the family of a previous owner - 68 years after it was sold.
Former All Black Leon MacDonald is appealing to thieves to return up to 15 rugby jerseys that were stolen from his Blenheim home yesterday.
The family of Terry Smith, who was burnt to death last year, are upset that what they see as the killers' lenient sentences aren't going to be appealed.
Kiwi-born hooker Dylan Hartley's future in the England rugby side's in serious doubt, after receiving yet another red card.
Video has emerged of a monkey saving another primate's life, after it fell through railway tracks in India and became stuck.
Dynamo striker Nathan Burns scored two more goals as the Phoenix comfortably accounted for Sydney FC 2-0 at Allianz Stadium.
Windsurfing's pro circuit is about to get its first Kiwi competitor in a decade. But first, Aucklander Laurence Carey has a national title to defend and a degree to complete.
Corey Anderson and Ish Sodhi are missing from New Zealand's squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka while there is a recall for Dean Brownlie.
India has voiced concerns over the practice pitches and umpiring decisions after their second defeat in the four-Test series against Australia.
Auckland City captain Ivan Vicelich stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos when they were named the tournament's best three players.
One small act of kindness can make such a big difference, which is what a south Auckland woman proved when she helped a blind man intent on committing suicide.
Madonna has released six new songs early after being upset that incomplete versions had leaked onto the internet.
The World Health Organisation reports that as of December 16, there had been 19,031 cases of infection from the deadly virus in west Africa.
Rangihoua Heritage Park was officially opened today, commemorating the first chapter in New Zealand's history as a nation of Maori and Pakeha.