16:13 Two people have been sacked after graphic footage was released showing cruel and violent abuse of newborn calves in Waikato.

16:11 A 70-year-old solo sailor, sailing from Auckland to Picton, has been rescued off the Wairarapa coast after being hit by the vessel's boom.

16:09 17-year-old Jayvan Simms faces an arson charge after the blaze that threatened homes in South Brighton yesterday.

15:07 Auditor General Lynn Provost has endorsed the Earthquake Commission's management of Canterbury home repairs.

15:05 Xmas cheer officially hits central Auckland tonight as the annual Franklin St. lights are turned on. The festivities are in their 22nd year.