QZ8501 'in the water'

Missing AirAsia plane is likely to have crashed at sea, senior rescue agency official says.

1 dead, 2 hurt in risky rescue

Stranded passengers and crew suffer smoke and freezing temperatures after fire breaks out on ferry.

Family's lucky escape from AirAsia flight

AS Christianawati raced late into Surabaya airport to catch her flight on Sunday morning, she felt like the unluckiest woman in the world.

Dubious penalty earns Phoenix 1-0 victory

Roy Krishna lands spotkick to give Wellington Phoenix a 1-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

Sri Lanka manage to stay alive

Dimuth Karunaratne ton gives Sri Lanka slim hope of saving first test against Black Caps.

The people of the Hauraki Gulf

As Auckland prepares for another summer on, under and beside the water, we talk to some of the people who live, work and play on the Gulf.

Four-car crash shuts road

A person has been critically injured in a four-car crash on a major Auckland road.

Belgian PM shrugs off fries-and-mayo attack

Anti-austerity protesters pelt Belgium's PM with a helping of the national dish - fries and mayo.

Carols by a talented terrier

Meet Chester - Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Alistair Humphrey's carol-singing dog-about-town.

Meet the 'puppy' shark

Kiwi diver Jared Simcox got up close and eye-balled by a three-metre grey nurse shark in Sydney.

Cairns mum 'wouldn't get help'

Family of the woman arrested for stabbing eight children to death in Australia say they had feared she was depressed before the attack.

Matt Henry strikes as Black Caps clinch series

Matt Henry grabs 5-30 as Black Caps defeat Pakistan by 68 runs to clinch the series 3-2.

Stephen Collins: I am not a paedophile

Embattled actor Stephen Collins says he's not a paedophile and insists he has inappropriately touched a minor on only one occasion.

The man who planned kids' massacre

The most hated man in Pakistan is a 36-year-old father and volleyball player nicknamed "Slim".

Polar bears are feeling the heat

Alaska is recording temperatures nearly 10 degrees Celsius above average, affecting people and animals.

Kiwi denied bail

Trial date set for Kiwi bar manager accused over ''offensive'' Buddha images in Myanmar.

Home, sweet shipping container

House, bus stop, cafe, mini icream factory - there are oceans of possibilities for these shipping containers.

New look, fresh sound

Teresa Bergman returns home a star

Teresa Bergman started writing songs when she was 9, sang in award-winning barbershop quartets from 14, and made it into the finals of 2005's New Zealand Idol at 18.

US, Cuba to restore relations

It is time to cut loose the shackles of the past, says Barack Obama as the US to restores diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years.

Fun Ho! collection 'magnificent'

Rare toys worth $40 to $2000 to go on sale

A private Fun Ho! collection being offered up by a Hawera auction house includes some rare toys still in their original boxes and worth thousands.