A British charity is seeking a new mum for a 15-week-old orangutan, after his birth mother died suddenly.
Slalom canoeist Luuka Jones has had her best year ever, with the 26-year-old reaping the benefits of high-performance funding and a full-time training programme.
The big weather question at the moment is whether it's going to be fine across the country for New Year's Eve festivities.
A Christchurch man has invented a smartphone app that helps keep freedom campers out of trouble and tells them where they can stay.
Police have confirmed a man who died after being found in an Auckland motel was bashed in the head, though they won't say if a weapon was used.
One of Wellington's most significant historic buildings is finally being repaired, more than a year after it was damaged in the Cook Strait earthquakes.
Rescuers are working to save nearly 300 passengers trapped on a burning Italian ferry where there are reports one man has died.
Relatives of the 162 people aboard the plane have heard from the head of the search operation it is most likely at the bottom of the sea.
It is more than five years since a national cycleway emerged as the big idea from Prime Minister John Key's jobs summit.
A 19-year-old man has been charged with assaulting two police officers after an incident in Dunedin's Octagon.
A bid to stop boaties dying on some of the country's most perilous bars has sparked a major new campaign this summer.
Xbox and PlayStation are both back online tonight after being attacked on Christmas Day by the hacking group Lizard Squad.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have guided New Zealand to a comfortable first Test win over Sri Lanka.
Tim Southee has cleaned up the remaining Sri Lanka wickets as the Black Caps bowl out the visitors for 407.
A hippo that panicked while being transported by truck in Taiwan jumped from the vehicle, causing confused residents to report spotting a dinosaur on the loose.
It may have been cold and snowy in England, but the crowds bunkered down inside London's Alexandra Palace to enjoy the party atmosphere at the World Darts Championship.
National Women's Motocross champion Courtney Duncan isn't expecting to have much of a holiday this summer.
The late dismissal of a gutsy Sri Lankan opener keeps New Zealand on top in the first Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
India's batsmen are cashing in on a good wicket and some sloppy Australian fielding on day three of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
Extremists are increasingly using children to carry out their terror attacks.
Visa and MasterCard, announced yesterday they are no longer offering services in Crimea, which has left many Russians unable to pay for festive goods this weekend.
A Te Anau resident is celebrating a small victory after kitset house producer Lockwood dropped a long-running defamation case against him.
Thousands of mourners have paid their respects to fallen police officer Rafael Ramos in New York.
AirAsia has confirmed flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore has lost connection with air traffic controllers.
A plane is being used in a search for a teenage boy missing in the sea off Northland's Ninety Mile Beach.
The name calling has descended into childishness as the dictatorship accuses the US of cutting the country's internet access.
Ihaia Gillman-Harris died not long after he checked into a motel room, and police are still looking for two men who were there with him.
Three people have died on the roads this weekend, bringing the holiday toll to four and prompting police commanders to speak out and urge motorists to improve their driving.
Russia now has its very own leaning tower, following a building blast demolition that failed twice in Sevastopol, Crimea.
New Zealand extracted two key Sri Lankan batsmen early on the third day as the tourists battled to stay afloat in the first Test at Hagley Oval.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United pulled away from the pack in the Premier League with one-sided Boxing Day victories.
Australian captain Steve Smith has followed Brendon McCullum in bringing up 1000 Test runs in 2014.
As the hordes of holidaymakers head out of town for a break, some are forced to leave their beloved pets behind.
A 13-year-old girl has told Nigerian police she was forced to become a suicide bomber after her father gave her to the extremist group Boko Haram.
Raunchy comedy The Interview has taken in a million dollars in its limited release opening day, Sony Studios says.
Auckland Libraries' mobile buses will be roaming beaches over the festive break encouraging people, and particularly new readers, to lose themselves in a book over summer.
Russell Crowe has moved from in front of the camera to behind it, and his feature debut as a director, The Water Diviner, has just opened in cinemas here.
Four members of a German family and three Chinese nationals are in hospital after a two-vehicle collision at a major intersection on the Southern Scenic Route in Southland.
The family of a Tawa man killed this week are appealing for help in finding his killer.
Survivors and the families of victims have held memorial services all across the Indian Ocean region devastated by the tsunami 10 years ago.
Kim Dotcom has given hackers a gift worth almost $500,000 to stop their worldwide attack on Xbox and PlayStation gaming networks.
Boxing Day was a busy day for retailers but the tills rang the most on Christmas Eve, according to an Eftpos terminal network owner.
The Black Caps have struck early on Day two, snaring three wickets through the bowling of Trent Boult to have Sri Lanka 38/3 at lunch.
Usually reserved for winter, Coronet Peak Ski Field near Queenstown has opened up the chairlifts to mountain bikers.
New Zealand centre Steven Adams has saved one of his finest performances in the NBA for Christmas Day in San Antonio.
After Australia won the toss and batted, India fought hard with the ball.
A tiny Northland holiday area has been hit by another tragedy just days after four people died in car crash.
A fire caught on Google Street View in an Auckland suburb has its residents asking for the images to be removed.
A football match was held on the front lawn of Parliament to honour the Christmas Day truce of 1914.
The Black Caps have turned in an exceptional batting display on the opening day of their Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka, finishing 429/7 at stumps.
Over the past five years, an average of seven people have drowned each holiday period, spanning the 12 days from Christmas Eve to January 5.
Thousands of people have held a memorial in Indonesia's Aceh province, the epicentre of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
A New Zealand man has reportedly been arrested on drugs charges in Thailand.
One woman survived the surging waters, only to discover the man who rescued her was not so lucky.
While most Kiwis enjoy a summertime swim, there are some in Russia who absolutely love an icy dip.
The star and co-director of raunchy comedy The Interview have thanked moviegoers and theatres after turning up at a showing of the film.
A woman is in critical condition after a small plane crashed into Raglan Harbour this afternoon.
The first Boxing Day Test for New Zealand in 11 years was held in Christchurch at the city's new Hagley Oval.
Hordes of shoppers have spent the day scrambling to Boxing Day sales.
A "Scrooge" dog has become an internet hit after a video showing him trying anything to stop his owner from singing 'The 12 Days of Christmas' was posted online.