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Baby snatched from Hamilton home


Police in Hamilton are trying to find a person they say went into a home and snatched a baby which was asleep in a bedroom, this afternoon.

Forestry needs overhaul - panel

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Forestry's weak safety culture must be changed to stop injuries and save lives, a major review released this morning has found. (AUDIO)

Legal aid for convicted killer Liam Reid


Legal aid has been granted for the convicted rapist and murderer Liam Reid - who is serving a 23-year sentence - for another appeal against his conviction.

School in lockdown after dairy robbed

A police cordon.

An Invercargill school is in lockdown after an armed person wearing a Halloween mask tried to rob the Otatara Dairy, police were looking for the gunman.

Country stars take home Silver Scroll

Tami Neilson poses after winning the APRA Silver Scroll Award for her song 'Walk (Back to your Arms) at the 2014 Silver Scroll Awards

A swinging blues number about a woman unable to resist the charms of a 'no-good' man has won the top song-writing prize in New Zealand. (VIDEO)

Govt consulted over legal highs

Synthetic cannabis and a pipe.

New Zealand was among a range of countries consulted with on how to deal with so-called legal highs by the United Kingdom Government which is planning to take action.

Church must win Cantabrians' respect

ChristChurch Cathedral.

An Anglican minister says if the church wishes to be respected by Christchurch residents, it needs to rethink its stance on the quake-damaged cathedral.

Maori Party's difficult balancing act

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Power Play with Chris Bramwell - If the National Party had got its way three elections ago, then this year the Maori seats would have been abolished.

Apple chief Tim Cook 'proud to be gay'

Tim Cook

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged his sexuality, saying that he is "proud to be gay", in an announcement to help people struggling with their identity.

Australia and Fiji restore full diplomatic ties

Fiji's Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola

Australia and Fiji have jointly announced they will exchange High Commissioners.

No booze ban for Ryder

Jesse Ryder in action for Essex

New Zealand Cricket says there is no booze ban in place for Jesse Ryder following his recall to international cricket for the New Zealand 'A' tour of the UAE next month.

Hamilton hosts Hapu Wananga classes

Maori baby boy

Young parents-to-be in Hamilton have become the first to attend a new series of parenting courses based on the kaupapa Maori approach.

ANZ Bank profit soars to $1.7bn

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New Zealand's largest bank, ANZ, has lifted its annual net profit 25 percent, crediting an increased market share, productivity and credit quality.

Weather causes potato harvest headache

Potato fields in Pukekohe.

The early season potato crop is now being harvested around the country as planting of the the main crop, to be harvested next year, begins in earnest.