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Cop didn't hear order to abandon chase - boss

Superintendent Gary Knowles.

A technical glitch meant the officer involved in a fatal pursuit did not hear initial orders to abandon the chase, the Canterbury District police commander says. (AUDIO)

Jack's parents just want him home

Jack Dixon who was swept out to sea off Mt Maunganui.

The parents of five-year-old Jack Dixon, missing in the sea off Mount Maunganui since being swept away by a rogue wave yesterday, say they just want him home. (VIDEO)

Man charged over Huntly death


An 18-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder following the death of a man in Huntly, in North Waikato, last night. The victim is yet to be named.

Dairy foods unlikely to be cheaper

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Shoppers are being told not to expect a price cut on their dairy products, despite another sharp fall in world prices of 7.3 percent in an international auction overnight. (AUDIO)

High dollar blamed for plant closures


Nearly 50 workers at two manufacturing companies have been told their jobs may go as their employers propose to have their products made overseas, blaming the high NZ dollar. (AUDIO)

Oil giant eyeing other parts of NZ

One of Statoil's rigs off the coast of Norway.

Norwegian oil giant Statoil is considering going further into New Zealand. The company at present has a concession to investigate conditions off the Northland coast.

Smelling bacon a good sign - study

Bacon and eggs in a fry pan

Being unable to smell bacon frying could indicate an increased risk of death within five years for older adults, a study shows. Nearly 40 percent of those who could not smell it died.

Robertson calls for honest debate

Grant Robertson.

As the Labour Party sets out its timeframe to elect a new leader, candidate Grant Robertson calls for a frank and honest conversation about the future of the party. (AUDIO)

Women, children stuck in bus doors

Go Wellington buses

A Wellington company has admitted a health and safety charge relating to several incidents in which passengers, including pregnant women, were trapped in bus doors. (AUDIO)

Fiji police chief scotches assault allegations

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The police in Fiji have scotched allegations of assault in the case of a man allegedly beaten by soldiers in Fiji's military.

Retallick and Crockett lose fitness race

All Blacks prop Wyatt Crockett leaves the field with an eye injury against the Pumas.

Lock Brodie Retallick and loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett have lost their race to be fit in time for the All Blacks' final Rugby Championship test of the year, against South Africa in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Whakatane wananga to repay $5.9m

Cash in a kete

A wananga has been forced to repay $5.9 million and the Serious Fraud Office called in after a Tertiary Education Commission and Qualifications Authority investigation. (AUDIO)

Commodity prices continue to slide

food in supermarket trolley

New Zealand's commodity prices fell 1.3 percent in September - the seventh month in a row. Dairy led the fall with 14 percent lower but beef jumped 10 percent.

Dairy prices plunge again

Anchor Milk. Fonterra products

Dairy prices dropped sharply by 7.3 percent and benchmark whole milk powder prices plunged 10 percent in the latest international auction overnight. (AUDIO)