17:25 A prestigious travel magazine has named two NZ places in the world's "friendliest" in the Condé Nast Traveller poll. Queenstown was 3rd, Auckland 9th.

16:20 Queensland police are searching bushland for the body of 46 year old NZ woman, Linda Sidon who was last seen in June 2009.

16:18 Waikato police have put out a warning as two people have been blackmailed into paying extortionists after engaging in online sex acts.

16:15 John Key heads to Papua New Guinea next week to attend the Pacific Islands' Forum to discuss the region's economy.

16:09 Aviation analysts say a price war is underway and it's going to be a long and bloody battle as Jetstar pushes ahead with four new regional routes.