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MH17 shootdown may have been 'mistake'

International monitors said uniformed men were seen cutting into parts of the wreckage.

Malaysian flight MH17 may have been shot down by "mistake" by ill-trained pro-Russian separatists, US intelligence officials say, dismissing Moscow's accounts of the incident. (AUDIO)

Valerie Adams to carry NZ flag

Valerie Adams at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Reigning Olympic, Commonwealth and World Champion shot putter Valerie Adams has been named flag bearer for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team in Glasgow.

Flyover ruling 'will delay projects'

An artist's impression of the external view of the Basin Reserve's Northern Gateway building looking up Ellice Street.

The head of Wellington Regional Council has "grave doubts" for a proposed rapid public transport system, now that the flyover at the Basin Reserve will not go ahead.

Winter ills put pressure on hospitals

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Hospital staff in parts of Auckland are having to work extra shifts to cope with an influx of patients with winter-related illnesses. Some patients have had surgery postponed.

Pasifika teachers burning out - PPTA

Pasifika cushion covers and lava lava.

Pasifika secondary teachers are burning out from increased pressure to lift National Certificate of Educational Achievement results for Pasifika students, their union says.

Mayors mixed on Labour's pledge

David Cunliffe.

Provincial mayors are lukewarm on a proposed $200 million boost to the regions if Labour is elected, with many saying it's a step in the right direction but will not fix everything.

President-elect calls for unity

Joko Widodo made a victory speech calling for unity.

Joko Widodo has officially won Indonesia's presidential election and called for the country to unify after a deeply divisive poll that ended with his rival quitting in controversy.

Newcastle beat Sydney in Dunedin

Newcaslte United manager Alan Pardew.

Newcastle United has opened the 4-team football series with a convincing 4-nil victory over Sydney FC in Dunedin in what manager Alan Pardew says is a very encouraging effort.

Crash causes Harbour Bridge delays

Auckland Harbour Bridge

Drivers trying to get across Auckland's Harbour Bridge to the North Shore are facing delays following a three-car crash in one of the bridge's lanes, which has caused traffic to back up.

Cooks PM unfazed by petitions

Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna.

The caretaker Prime Minister of the Cook Islands says criticism from the Democratic Party over election results is immature.

MetService rebuked over Whanganui

Whanganui city centre.

The Maori Language Commission is calling on the MetService to start using the correct spelling of Whanganui. Crown agencies were told to use the 'h' in Whanganui in 2009.