16:06 Wellington Police are concerned for the safety of 17-year-old Tumanako Tawhaki, who has been missing for almost a month.

15:52 World powers have agreed to a Syrian ceasefire within a week. It comes as the Syrian army advances on Aleppo, backed by Russian air strikes.

15:50 The New Zealand sharemarket is taking less of a hit amid the global market turmoil that has seen sharp declines in Britain and the US.

15:08 Christchurch City Councillor Jamie Gough has escaped disciplinary action over another bout of boozy bad behaviour.

15:07 Labour is backing calls for harsher penalties to be imposed on drivers involved in high-speed pursuits.