20:35 Since hard-line welfare reforms in 2013, there have been 165,177 sanctions have been placed on beneficiary payments.

20:19 A Wendy's fast food outlet has ditched its bid to serve beers with its burgers in Christchurch.

17:07 A measles outbreak is spreading across Waikato, with 15 cases now confirmed and another 12 under investigation.

17:07 A Danish tourist who mistakenly shot a Whio - a rare and endangered native duck - has been ordered to pay $10,000.

16:07 A fire in Christchurch's Port Hills is believed to have been started by fireworks. Almost 20 hectares of vegetation was destroyed.