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PM defends office over SIS release

Prime Minister John Key

Election 2014 - Prime Minister John Key is defending his office for not informing him about an information release to a right-wing blogger in 2011, saying it deals with hundreds of Official Information Act requests. (VIDEO)

CT cancer scans 'urgently needed'

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A Canterbury radiologist is calling for the health system to urgently adopt an additional method of scanning for bowel cancer, known as virtual colonoscopies, to reduce waiting lists. (AUDIO)

IPCA backs police dog handler

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The Independent Police Conduct Authority has ruled a Nelson police dog handler was justified in releasing his dog to stop a man he believed was a suspect in a burglary.

Health workers halt industrial action

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Planned industrial action by nearly 12,000 health workers has been called off after a pay agreement was struck following mediation between the PSA and district health boards.

Solid Energy consider Pike re-entry

Bernie Monk.

The families of the 29 men who died in the Pike River mine explosion will find out on Tuesday if the mine's owner, Solid Energy, is going to allow a re-entry to go ahead.

Lawyer wriggles out of speed fine

060114. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. 100 KM sign.

Porirua-based lawyer Chris Ellis has managed to avoid paying a $35 camera ticket because of the way the photo was presented in court.

Israel PM vows further Gaza campaign

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed a continued campaign against Gaza militants.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue the campaign against militants in Gaza, after hostilities resumed between the two sides this week.

Leaders try not to take life too seriously

Peter Dunne

Under the grill - we asked the leaders of parties represented in parliament whether they were worried about what people thought of them? (VIDEO)

Police search for prisoner in Opotiki

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Bay of Plenty police have set up cordons and are using a police dog to search for an escaped prisoner who is facing a variety of serious domestic violence related charges.

Flosse probed over Tahiti hospital deal

Gaston Flosse

Investigative judges in French Polynesia will today again question the president, Gaston Flosse, in a probe about the deals behind the construction of Tahiti's new hospital.

'Ref cost us' say All Blacks

Jaco Peyper sinbins Beauden Barrett during the 1st Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney.

The All Blacks are blaming South African referee Jaco Peyper, for their failure to win an 18th straight test match when they drew the first Bledisloe Cup against the Wallabies in Sydney at the weekend.

Te Tai Tokerau jobless at 18% - Labour

David Cunliffe.

Labour leader David Cunliffe says the unemployment rate for Maori in Te Tai Tokerau has soared to 18 percent - and up to a third of young Maori are now out of work.

No price drop for Mighty River, despite profit

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The head of Mighty River Power has said power prices will not be coming down, following the huge net profit of $212 million announced by the energy company yesterday. (AUDIO)

Northland farmers 'severely affected'

Flooding at Hukerenui, Northland.

A Northland dairy farmer says the future is bleak for many in the industry in the region, particularly farm workers, after flooding, a fall in the milk payout and increased rates.