New Zealand

Yvonne Johansen has an 11-year-old son and no other family, so Seven Sharp and ASB surprised her with a life-changing gift.

Single mum with aggressive form of cancer receives $15,000 for dream trip to New York

Earlier this year, Yvonne was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and has been given little time to live.

After nearly three decades, the HMNZS Endeavour was decommissioned today.

HMNZS Endeavour decommissioned after three decades in service

It has been the Navy's purpose-built fleet replenishment tanker.

Figures obtained by a conservation group suggest more than 20 times the annual average were accidently caught last year in Bay of Plenty.

'Unacceptable' 44 dolphin caught in fishing nets in last year

Forest and Bird says the dolphin by-catch in the Bay of Plenty is worrying.

The mostly European-funded project has focussed on the Kermadec Trench, collecting samples and possibly never seen before creatures.

International scientists uncover secrets of the seabed in NZ waters

The EU-funded project has focussed on the Kermadec Trench, collecting samples and possibly never seen before creatures.

Man goes missing in Lake Wanaka while swimming to drifting boat

The Police National Dive Squad will assist in the search for the man tomorrow.

Was Grant Robertson's mini budget a triumph or did it simply fail to deliver?

Inside Parliament: Rating Labour's mini budget - Corin and Co deliver their verdict

Was Grant Robertson's mini budget a triumph or did it simply fail to deliver?

Hundreds queued on both sides of the cordon to make the journey.

Watch: Cars begin moving as Kaikoura's main highway officially reopens

Motorists can be seen setting up deck chairs, eating and letting their dogs out for fresh air near Clarence.

Government short on hospital funding, says National

It's claimed the half year mini-Budget does not have enough money to fund the Dunedin hospital rebuild.

Emma Beattie, 20, was last seen on Friday night with the search now narrowed to the Ashley River area.

Two weeks since disappearance of Canterbury woman Emma Beattie

She was last seen about 11pm at her family home on December 1.


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Jenny Hale said it's important to listen to what children would like under the tree, whether possible or not.

Strategies for saying 'no' to your kids at Christmas from a parenting expert

Jenny Hale said it’s important to listen to what children would like under the tree, whether possible or not.

TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett gives us the latest Christmas Day weather update.

'Christmas lunch on the beach' - sunny and warm the current prediction for the big day

TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett hopes a pre-Christmas high will stay in place until the 25th.

Five sites, including the main lake front, have been identified as being contaminated.

Lake Taupo health warnings lifted today, just in time for Christmas

The Taupo District Mayor said the region"couldn't have asked for a better present."

Locals line up near Clarence waiting to drive to Kaikoura.

Cars queue as main highway north and south of Kaikoura officially reopens more than one year after earthquake

The most formidable slips to the north of Kaikoura are now cleared, and the road repaired.

Manufacturing activity lifts in November, points to solid economic growth in sector

A BNZ senior economist said in contrast, the performance of manufacturing index has remained "rock solid" over recent months.

Water restrictions likely for Tauranga after hot start to summer

Tauranga has had no measurable rain within the past two week, according the MetService.

The move raises fears about the pipe's long-term future after it was shut for two weeks by a leak in September.

Petrol may be 'temporarily unavailable' in some places following pipeline disruption, BP warns

The company is trucking fuel into Auckland and closely monitoring fuel supply.

Diane Maxwell says she is hearing from people that they still feel young and active at age 65, and the workforce will need to accommodate that.

Aging workforce predicted to drive employment growth

Stats NZ predicts the country's total workforce to number three million people by 2030.

The video, from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, shows why watering your Christmas tree is so important.

NZ fire service issues warning about highly flammable Christmas trees

Firefighters are called to a number of Christmas tree fires each year in New Zealand - including one so far this year.

ACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice bill has passed its first reading in Parliament.

Another chance for New Zealanders to make submissions on euthanasia bill

The End of Life Choices Bill passed its first reading this week.

Shayal Sami was sentenced over the death of Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand.

Babysitter sentenced to five years jail for manslaughter of baby Aaliyah who died after suffering two skull fractures

The little girl's parents said in court: "Aaliyah filled our home like a princess in a palace".

Building jobs added to skill shortage list

Employers will no longer need to prove they can't find a Kiwis to do any one of several jobs.

Police emergency scene

Auckland police chase ends with car crashing into a house seriously injuring passenger

The fleeing vehicle went around a bend and hit a bridge in Albany before hitting the house.

Ms Ardern is looking forward to a break after a year in which “there’s been so much to do”.

Watch: Jacinda Ardern reveals Christmas break plans and looks back on an eventful year - 'There's been so much to do'

Ms Ardern said this time last year she busy focusing on the Mount Albert electorate by-election.

Trade Minister David Parker.

Trade Minister returns from Buenos Aires WTO conference 'disappointed'

But there was some progress on environmental issues, David Parker says.

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