The wildfire in Christchurch's Port Hills district spread rapidly overnight to cover more than 1,800 hectares, emergency workers said
About 150 people form human wall to prevent some 100 surviving whales from Friday's beaching from returning to the shore
People have been banned from setting fires, and some major sports events have been cancelled
Spokesman for the Department of Conservation said it was one of the largest mass beachings recorded in New Zealand
'My daughter's death will not be used to further this insane persecution of innocent people'
The police ruled out any terror links and said it was a local issue in Bonnyrigg high school. Three knives were recovered from the suspect
The tremor struck 40 kilometres west of Panguna in Papua New Guinea at a depth of 153 kilometres
The search for the Boeing 777 was called off on Tuesday, almost three years after it disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board