A New Zealand cabinet minister resigned Wednesday amid accusations of cronyism, in the first political setback for Prime Minister John Key since he won a second term last year.
Tonga's King George Tupou V, who gave up most of his powers to bring a more democratic government to his Pacific island nation, died Sunday at a Hong Kong hospital. He was 63.
About 3,000 people in New Zealand had their travel plans disrupted Sunday when Air New Zealand grounded 11 aircraft after cracks were found around the cockpit windows of one plane.
The captain and second officer of a ship that caused New Zealand's biggest sea pollution disaster pleaded guilty to criminal charges Wednesday and may face lengthy jail terms, officials said.
Dangerous aftershocks have left the battered city of Christchurch struggling to rebuild 12 months after a devastating earthquake and raised doubts over its economic future.
A six-story building that collapsed and killed 115 people during last year's New Zealand earthquake did not meet construction standards and was held up by significantly weak columns, according to a government report released Thursday.
A New Zealand court denied an appeal for bail Friday by the jailed founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload.
A strong 6.2-magnitdue earthquake struck beneath the Pacific off New Zealand's Kermadec Islands on Sunday, US geologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.
New Zealand police broke through electronic locks and cut their way into a mansion safe room to arrest the alleged kingpin of an international Internet copyright theft case and seize millions of dollars worth of cars, artwork and other goods.
A light sheen of oil extended about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from a wrecked cargo ship that split in two over the weekend, but so far the damage appears small compared to the environmental disaster created when the vessel ran aground in October last year, New Zealand authorities said Monday.