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Conservation Minister drops legal threat

Housing Minister Nick Smith.

Fish and Game has received an assurance from the Prime Minister that its statutory role is safe, while Conservation Minister Nick Smith has dropped a threat of legal action. (AUDIO)

'Shrapnel' blamed for MH17 crash

Jerzy Dyczynsk (R) and Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski from Australia show grief as they arrive at the crash site to look for their late daughter, Fatima.

Security officials in Ukraine believe the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in suffered an explosive loss of pressure after it was punctured by shrapnel from a missile.

NZ First shuns race-based parties

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says his party won't be part of any any post-election deal involving either the Maori Party or Mana. (AUDIO)

New safety rules, balloon inquest told

hot air balloons

Civil Aviation changes introduced in May 2012 have brought adventure aviation operators up to the same standards as airlines, an inquest has been told.

More gold medals for NZ in Glasgow

New Zealand weightlifter Richie Patterson.

The New Zealand weightlifter, Richie Patterson, has won gold at the Commonwealth Games in dramatic fashion, with all hope of a medal coming down to his final lift.

Air NZ flight stranded in Honolulu

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The departure of an Air New Zealand aircraft from Hawaii has been postponed for the third night in a row. The plane is stuck in Honolulu because of an engineering problem.

Deadly blasts in Gaza and Israel

A relative reacts after seeing the bodies of children killed in an explosion in a playground in Gaza in late July.

An upsurge in violence in Gaza and southern Israel has caused over a dozen casualties, including children, despite a plea for a ceasefire by the United Nations Security Council.

Hamblin, Pascoe headline day six medal chances

Sophie Pascoe

The pool and the athletics track are expected to offer New Zealand's best medal chances on day six of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Quake Outcasts head to Supreme Court

The NZ Coat of Arms on the Supreme Court building in Wellington.

A group of Christchurch land owners is appealing a decision that the Crown established the residential red-zone legally. The case is set down for two days in the Supreme Court.

France considers Flosse pardon

The French High Commission in French Polynesia

The French High Commissioner in French Polynesia is defying the supreme court, saying he won't enforce its order against the territory's president because he may be pardoned by Francois Hollande.

Clinic wants to expand Maori unit

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The country's largest forensic mental health unit wants to expand its Maori unit because of its success in patient rehabilitation. More than half the Mason Clinic's patients are Maori. (AUDIO)