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Rapist, murderer spits as he leaves court dock

Aaron McDonald.

The man who raped and murdered a Christchurch woman spat as he left the dock in the High Court at Christchurch this morning. Aaron McDonald will serve at least 21 years in jail.

Qantas declares $2.8 billion loss

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Qantas has suffered a massive $A2.8 billion loss, the biggest in the airline's history, following another poor performance from its international division and its battle with rival Virgin.

Auckland rates to rise in 10-year plan

Len Brown.

Aucklanders face higher rates rises over the next decade, and a stark choice about having to pay extra if they want all of the city's major transport projects delivered.

Police force at party excessive - IPCA

Judge Sir David Carruthers.

The police used unjustified and excessive force when breaking up an Auckland party during which a teenager's teeth were knocked out, the police watchdog has found.

AirNZ not only one flying to regions

An Air New Zealand plane.

A group representing the country's airlines is defending the cost of regional air travel, saying Air New Zealand is not the only one flying the routes. (AUDIO)

NZ fishing boat crewman dies

Skipper sorting catch aboard North Sea trawler off the coast of northern England.

A Nelson man has died while working on a Talleys fishing boat in the Kiribati Islands region. New Zealand investigators have been sent to the ship, now docked in Samoa.

Nine-year-old shoots gun instructor

A target filled with bullet holes.

A nine-year-old girl in the United States has killed her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use a high-powered submachine gun. Charles Vacca was shot in the head.

Conservatives, NZ First up in poll

Colin Craig.

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is delighted with the latest 3News-Reid Research poll which has his party's support at 4.6 percent. New Zealand First's support is also up. (AUDIO)

Auckland water quality costly problem

A warning sign near Meola Creek in Auckland.

Half of Auckland's fresh waterways are too polluted to use and future generations will face a multi-billion dollar bill to clean up, according to environmental managers.

Missing West Papua leader Yohame found dead

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Reports from West Papua say the body of a senior separatist leader, Martinus Yohame, has been found - six days after he was allegedly abducted.

Wrist injury forces Ko to take break

Lydia Ko lines up a putt during the third round of the LPGA Canadian Pacific Women's Open at the London Hunt Golf Club in London, Ontario. 2014.

The New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, is taking a week off after having a procedure to drain a cyst on her wrist in a bid to be fit for the...

Make Te Reo available - Maori Party

The Maori Party's Tamaki Makaurau candidate Rangi McLean

The Maori Party says it wants to make Te Reo compulsorily available in all schools and increase funding for Maori language teacher trainees.

Dollar likely to fall further

Shares rose today while the New Zealand dollar strengthened against trading partners.

The New Zealand dollar is expected to drop further from recent highs, bringing relief to hard-hit exporters. The currency has dropped about 5.5 percent in the last month.

China deal to boost Fonterra exports

Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings, left, and chairman John Wilson.

Fonterra will be able to increase exports of its own branded infant formula into China as the result of a new partnership it is forming with an infant food manufacturer there, it says.