New Zealand teachers are the fourth most professional in the world and quality is not compromised in low-decile schools, an OECD study has found.

Palmerston North police are working to identify a man who pulled a five-year-old girl into a white car and dropped her off 2.5 hours later.

Name suppression has been lifted for a Filipino woman who allegedly ran a scam that allowed foreign workers easier access to New Zealand's labour markets.