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Organisation's head accused of tax evasion

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The head of a publicly funded body in Auckland is charged with evading millions of dollars of tax after issuing false invoices to an organisation for which he continues to work.

Cunliffe fronts up to Labour caucus

David Cunliffe thanked supporters and said he had congratulated John Key.

Election 2014 - Labour Party leader David Cunliffe will face tough questions when he addresses party colleagues at this morning's first meeting of the caucus since the election drubbing.

Quake rattles lower North Island

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An earthquake of a magnitude 5.5 struck the Wairarapa coast early this morning. The strong shake at 2.41am was centred 15 kilometres west of Pongaroa.

IS calls to kill in Australia, US, Europe

An Islamic State jihadist

The Islamic State insurgency has called on supporters to kill soldiers and civilians in Australia, the United States and Europe, in a speech by its spokesman.

Flyover plan cost taxpayers $11m

An artist's impression of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover.

Taxpayers footed a hefty bill as the NZTA spent nearly $11 million on the controversial Basin Reserve flyover proposal in Wellington before it was rejected by a Board of Inquiry.

Woman endured pain during Caesarean

Pregnant woman's belly

An anaesthetist could face legal action for refusing to give a woman adequate pain relief during a Caesarean, leaving her scared to have another child, the health watchdog says. (AUDIO)

Australia seeks tougher security powers

Prime Minister Toy Abbott.

Australia's government will seek broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists, following counter-terrorism raids last week.

Dunne, Seymour seek ministerial jobs

John Key, right, meets with United Future Leader Peter Dunne.

Both United Future leader Peter Dunne and Act MP David Seymour are angling for ministerial positions in a new government. (VIDEO)

No conviction for Queenstown cop

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A Queenstown police officer who abused a taxi driver has been discharged without conviction, after the judge ruled convicting her would have career implications. (AUDIO)

Fiji's Sodelpa party pledges inquiry into election fraud

Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji's SODELPA leader

Fiji's main opposition party has pledged to move a motion to launch a parliamentary inquiry into last week's election.

No excuses says Cruden

Aaron Cruden, Sydney, 2014.

The All Blacks first five Aaron Cruden accepts there may be further disciplinary action after being dropped from the side for upcoming tests against Argentina and South Africa. (AUDIO)

Election 'ugly and divisive' for Maori

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A campaigner for the winner of the Western Māori seat says the election was divisive for Maori, causing splits within some whanau due to differences in political allegiances.

Fonterra expects big profit drop


Fonterra's financial result for the year ended 31 July will be issued later this week, with profit expected to be about $0.5 billion less then it earned the year before.

Hinds Plains water, land use change

Canterbury Regional Council is to notify about land and  water use changes.

Canterbury Regional Council will be notifying the latest changes in its land and water plan this coming weekend. It covers the Hinds-Hekeao Plains catchment.