Now is the time to buy a house; surgical super-hubs planned; pilots' union member joins Airbus investigation team; crime-stopping phone-line talks begin; identity fraudsters could be responsible for missing passports; and more

Now is the perfect time to buy a house--if your job is secure and you have enough money saved, reports the Herald. BNZ chief economist Tony Alexander said house prices might fall another 5 percent but would stabilise by the end of the year and begin to rise next year.

John Key angry at $1 billion ACC shortfall; Hercules on its way to Thailand; Air NZ black box on way to US for analysis; climbers trapped on Mt Cook; armed bank robbery in Wellington; Meridian gains access to Waitaki River

Prime Minister John Key says the Labour Government left a $1 billion shortfall in ACC that needs to be filled. He has ordered a ministerial inquiry into the matter, saying that it was "frustrating" not to have been informed of it before the election, reports the Herald.

Answers in the Air New Zealand crash; New Zealand homes are making us sick; debt collectors want law change; HIV on the rise; climate change good for melanoma rates; Andrew Little's political ambitions

Answers as to why an Air New Zealand jet crashed into the Mediterranean on Friday could be available within two days, reports the Dominion Post. The plane's cockpit voice recorder has been retrieved and is on its way to Paris, where it will be dried out and examined.