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Storm moves south as others mopping up

A slip in Karori.

The South Island is being battered by strong winds and heavy rain, with the West Coast, Nelson-Tasman and Otago regions bearing the brunt, as others further north start cleaning up.

Updated 25 minutes ago

Ferry captain 'not at helm'

Coast guard crew members at the sunken ferry.

The third officer was at the helm of a South Korean ferry carrying 475 passengers when it capsized and the captain may have been away from the bridge, investigators say.

Updated 13 minutes ago

Novelist Garcia Marquez dies

Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose novels put magical realism on the literary map, has died at his home in Mexico City. His masterpiece was One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Holiday road toll climbs to 3

The Easter holiday road toll stands at three on Friday afternoon, a day after the period began.

Updated about 1 hour ago

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