15:14 Tighter rules have been introduced to prevent larger cruise ships from passing through Tory Channel in the Marlborough Sounds.

15:11 Police are hunting two attackers who knocked three men unconscious in separate "coward punch" assaults in the Auckland CBD.

15:09 At a cross-party inquiry into homelessness, a Bay of Plenty midwife has described delivering babies in poverty-stricken houses.

15:07 Amnesty International has laid a complaint over reports KiwiSaver providers have made potentially illegal investments in banned weapons.

13:33 Donations are coming in from enthusiatic fans, after local rugby hero Richie McCaw agreed to plans for a statue of him in Kurow .