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PM refuses to answer Slater questions

John Key

John Key is refusing to answer questions in Parliament about his contact with blogger Cameron Slater, saying he never called or texted him in his capacity as Prime Minister.

Sex-accused diplomat expected back

Muhammad Rizalman.

A Malaysian defence attache accused of a sex crime is expected to return to New Zealand this weekend. He is expected to appear in the Wellington District Court on Saturday.

Doctor calls for real change over drink

cocktail in wellington bar

Earlier closing times for bars and off-licence premises is only a first step to addressing levels of hazardous drinking in Wellington, the region's Medical Officer of Health says.

Man gives new meaning to stick shift

 Generic police vest

A man who has no use of his legs has been blasted by the police in Manukau after allegedly being caught using a shortened walking stick to operate his car's brake and accelerator.

Fears lasers will lead to air tragedy


The Airline Pilot's Association fears it will take a tragedy before there are changes to the way the courts deal with people who shine lasers at airplanes.

Commissioner keen on wealth tax

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New Zealand needs have a look at the possibility of taxing wealth, as the gap in wealth has increased faster than the disparity in income, Children's Commissioner Russell Wills says. (AUDIO)

AFP drop 'Balibo Five' investigation

The house where the journalists were allegedly killed by Indonesian forces.

The Australian Federal Police has dropped a war crimes investigation into the deaths of five journalists in Timor Leste in 1975, citing lack of evidence.

Turei to take on Feed the Kids bill

Metiria Turei.

Parliament's Speaker has agreed for another MP to pick up Hone Harawira's Feed the Kids member's bill for breakfast and lunch to be provided in decile one to two schools. (AUDIO)

Good Samaritan due home this week

Husband and wife Peter Thomas and Lucy Knight.

The Auckland woman who was seriously hurt when she was attacked while trying to help another woman having her bag snatched, will leave a rehabilitation centre this week.

Fiji 2007 audit shows military overspend

Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

An audit into the Fiji military's spending shows it spent 23 million US dollars over its allocated budget in 2007, the year after it staged a coup.

Cheika to lead Wallabies

Michael Cheika

Michael Cheika has been confirmed as the new coach of the Wallabies by the Australian Rugby Union, four days after Ewen McKenzie dramatically quit the job.

Student says top jobs not an option

maori students at university

A Maori students' association says ongoing fee increases for tertiary study may rule tangata whenua out of top jobs. Universities are expected to raise them by the maximum amount.

Market cool on Fletcher's profit guide

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Fletcher Building's profit guidance for this year has disappointed the market. The mid-point is 2 percent below analysts' consensus forecasts.

Swede warning for pregnant cows

jersey cows

The company which sells herbicide tolerant swedes linked to the death of hundeds of cows in the lower South Island is advising farmers not to let pregnant cows feed on them.