Housing Minister Nick Smith insists he's unable to force land bankers to build on a privately-owned plot if they don't want to.
Police are on the hunt for a group of violent offenders following a serious assault in Auckland.
A 23-year-old man with a penchant for offering to purchase items but failing to pay upon delivery is being chased by police.
Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake have faded with the death toll rising to 278 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off.
A chocolate bath scene in the latest episode of Australia's The Bachelor was supposed to be romantic, but to many viewers it was anything but.
A 10-year-old girl has been pulled from the earthquake rubble in Italy after spending 17 hours trapped.
Two men have been arrested for an aggravated robbery at a dairy in Porirua earlier in the month.
Police are preparing for drunk offenders before the All Blacks' Test and urge the public to be careful.
The shed in Nelson, where clothes and household items are given away for free, has just opened its new home.
Beauden Barrett is poised to cap off a remarkable month if he can steer the All Blacks to Bledisloe Cup victory over the Wallabies in front of a sold-out crowd at his home venue on Saturday night.
Top-seeded Serena Williams admits she's feeling relaxed entering next week's US Open despite concerns over her injured right shoulder.
World No.1 Novak Djokovic concedes that time is against him as he prepares to end his grand slam season on a high at the US Open.