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Report set to criticise agency, PM's office

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

A report on the SIS is expected to heavily criticise both the spy agency and the Prime Minister's office over the release of information to right-wing blogger Cameron Slater. (AUDIO)

Little's first test as Labour leader

Labour Leader Andrew Little announcing Labours new caucus.(LR) Grant Robertson and Andrew Little.

Power Play with Brent Edwards - Andrew Little faced his first major test since becoming Labour Party leader in deciding who would get the plum jobs in his new line-up.

Smith inquiry 'must find answers'

CCTV footage of  Phillip Smith as he passed through Auckland Airport.

The Government has announced the terms of reference for its inquiry into the escape of the paedophile and murderer Phillip Smith, who absconded overseas. (VIDEO)

Teen charged over framing dead friend

police car

The grandfather of 16-year-old Cheyenne Ihaka who was killed in a car crash in July says the arrest of another teenager for framing his grandson comes as little surprise.

Guard suspected concealed drugs

Jai Davis died in prison in February 2011.

A Corrections officer has told an inquest he suspected remand prisoner Jai Davis, who died in 2011, was bringing concealed drugs into prison from phone calls intercepted. (AUDIO)

Accused intended to kill, says Crown

coat of arms - wellington high court -

The Crown says a man accused of killing a homeless man in a central Auckland park could not have done so much damage to his victim without knowing death could be a result.

Body of missing diver recovered

Pourerere Beach

Searchers have recovered the body of a 56-year-old man who went missing yesterday while snorkelling at Pourerere Beach in Central Hawke's Bay yesterday

Annette King new Labour deputy

Labour Party leader Andrew Little (left) and new deputy Annette King.

Long-serving Labour MP Annette King is the new Labour Party deputy leader, but only for the coming year. The announcement this morning was delayed by a fire alarm. (AUDIO)

Woman charged over baby in drain

The baby was found at the bottom of a 2.5 metre drain in Sydney.

A woman has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn baby boy, found in a drain in Sydney yesterday morning.The baby is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Tonga Power strike called off

The National Shield of Tonga

Staff at Tonga Power Limited have called off a planned strike, following cabinet's decision to suspend an investigation into the company.

Ko must take break - coach

Lydia Ko finishes runner-up at the LPGA Arkansas Championship.

Having won the biggest payday in the history of women's golf, it's crucial New Zealand's world number three Lydia Ko now takes a break from the game says her coach David Leadbetter.

Mayor wants half council to be Māori

Andrew Judd

New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd is calling on the Government to change the law so that half of all councillors are Māori, saying the Treaty of Waitangi should be reflected.

Economy lures work-seekers to NZ

auckland airport arrivals

The number of people moving to New Zealand or staying long-term has hit an all time high for the third month in a row, as a fast-growing economy attracts people looking for work.

China investment to create 50 new jobs

butcher meat hooks -

Fifty new jobs for Southland and a guaranteed supply chain into China for sheep and beef farmers have been secured in the latest in a series of Chinese investments in the NZ primary sector.

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