- Toddler JJ Lawrence was killed by a forceful blow, the High Court has heard
- Court of Appeal has dismissed appeals by the Urewera Four
- A mother had no idea her young son was dying as she watched a movie, a court has heard
- The US is bracing itself as the full force of superstorm Sandy approaches
8.43pm: Women are being urged to pick up a hammer as the Government struggles to attract enough tradespeople to cope with the Christchurch rebuild.
8.25pm: Sex is like a sport in Australia , according to Robbie Williams.
7.48pm: The NRL says they need to see a contract from the Roosters before determining whether or not Sonny Bill Williams will be cleared for a return.
7.20pm: Clinical trials will be undertaken in Australia to test the world's first female "Viagra".
7.03pm: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has defended the selection of his much-maligned lock Ali Williams.
6.53pm: A mother had no idea her young son was dying as she watched a movie , a court has heard.
6.04pm: US stock markets will be closed tomorrow - and possibly the day after - as regulators, exchanges and brokers worry about the integrity of markets in the face of Hurricane Sandy.
4.57pm: The San Francisco Giants clinched Major League Baseball's World Series today.
4.41pm: Kirkcaldie & Stains' biggest shareholder is reserving judgment on a major asset sale by the retailer which drove the share price to a four-and-a-half year high.
4.10pm: The Government is embarking on a wide-ranging programme to make housing more affordable, according to Finance Minister Bill English.
3.36pm: Wendy Petrie brings you the latest news from NZ and around the world in the web-only afternoon update.
3.18pm: A police investigation into the Government security bureau's illegal spying on internet tycoon Kim Dotcom is underway.
3.02pm: The Court of Appeal has dismissed appeals by the Urewera Four against their convictions.
2.19pm: Former Hurricanes and Force first five-eighth Willie Ripia has been named to make his comeback to first class rugby for the Maori All Blacks European tour.
1.53pm: Police have detained a man who allegedly smashed windows at a BNZ bank in the Coromandel this morning.
1.27pm: Pippa Middleton is dating a wealthy banker , according to reports.
12.32pm: An axe-wielding man barricaded the doors of a BNZ bank in the Coromandel this morning , trapping three bank staff inside while he smashed the windows.
12.16pm: Cabinet will today consider controversial changes to labour laws , which include the future of a provision protecting vulnerable workers when their job is restructured.
11.42am: Campaigners are protesting outside the environment court in Christchurch as a legal bid to stop coal mining on the West Coast's Denniston Plateau has got underway.
11.14am: A volunteer firefighter is in intensive care after trying to evict an unwanted guest from a house party in the Wairarapa on Saturday night. A 25-year-old male is due to appear in court today.
10.59am: The jury has now been selected in the baby JJ Lawrence murder trial.
10.38am: Waikato halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Wellington hooker Dane Coles have been named in the All Blacks squad for the end of year tour .
10.18am: The eight-year-old cousin of a young New Zealand boy who was shot dead in Samoa will not be charged with his murder . It is believed his uncle will face charges instead.
9.46am: Hamilton composer, Michael Williams , is set to score a creative coup at the home of opera when his composition, The Juniper Passion, becomes the first NZ opera to be performed in Italy next year.
9.30am: Prime Minister John Key says there is 'no silver bullet' for the housing affordability crisis , but he hopes fast tracking the supply of land should help solve the soaring price of property, which has been blamed on a shortage of houses.
9.07am: The New Zealand dollar has held above 82 US cents and may gain as the nations relatively attractive yields draw demand for the currency.
8.18am: Former rock star Gary Glitter has been arrested by London police leading the investigation into child sex abuse by late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.
7.47am: A tsunami warning for Hawaii - prompted by a powerful earthquake off the Canadian coast yesterday - which sent at least 100,000 people fleeing to higher ground, has been lifted .
7.17am: An accused cocaine supplier has been extradited to Auckland to face charges of plotting the delivery of a $1 million drug shipment from South America to New Zealand.
7.13am: Speed has been ruled out as a factor in the death of a Porirua boy, aged 6, who was hit by a car on Friday.
7.05am: President Barack Obama has said Hurricane Sandy is a "big and serious storm" that needs to be taken seriously , as the hurricane, dubbed a superstorm, approaches the US. ONE News US correspondant Jack Tame has tweeted that public transport in New York, including the subway, has been closed for only the second time in its history.
6.54am: A coroner's inquiry will today begin looking into the deaths of six people who intitially survived the collapse of the CTV building following last year's devastating February earthquake.
6.52am: A bid to stop a company's plan to mine the west coast's Denniston Plateau will begin in Christchurch today.
6.44am: The Government is set to unveil its plan to tackle the country's housing affordability crisis today. Prime Minister John Key will talk to TV ONE's Breakfast after 7am.
6.37am: The man accused of murdering little JJ Lawrence, 2, will stand trial at Auckland High Court this morning.
6.30am: An early morning earthquake has stuck Wanganui.
6.25am: A New Zealand boy, 5, has been shot dead in Samoa. Reports suggest he was fighting over a loaded gun with his cousin.