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Prime Minister backs Rennie despite mistake

John Key

Prime Minister John Key has rejected calls for the State Services Commissioner to step down over his handling of the resignation of Roger Sutton, despite a "significant miscalculation." (AUDIO)

Greens label foreign fighter bill flawed

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Opposition parties say they are yet to see any evidence that new legislation to be introduced to parliament aimed at protecting New Zealand from foreign fighters is necessary.

Adult costumes spark toy store complaint

An adult costume on display in Toy World.

A Wellington man has laid a complaint with the Toy World retail chain over a display of adult Play Bunny costumes among toys on a shelf at his daughter's eye level.

Netflix facing crowded market

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Even though it is a global leader, Netflix will be very much a Johnny-come-lately when it launches its internet based movie and television subscription service here in March.

Prison death inquest gets underway

Outside the Otago Corrections Facility.

A major coroner's inquest begins this morning into the death of an Otago prisoner of a suspected drug overdose amid allegations prison staff failed in their duty of care.

Mt Eden assaults top prison table

A New Zealand prison cell.

The country's only privately-run prison has had more prisoner assaults than any other jail for the last three years and unions say the figures show it is simply not safe.

Body found on Mt Maunganui

Mount Maunganui.

The body of a man has been found in thick bush on Mount Maunganui in Tauranga. Police were called by a member of the public.

Little will reveal new caucus line-up

Andrew Little has been announced as the new Labour Party leader.

New Labour Party leader Andrew Little will announce his caucus line-up this morning and says there may be some surprises. He will also indicate to caucus who he would like as deputy.

Dozens killed in Afghanistan

Afghan policemen in the capital, Kabul.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 40 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan. Officials say the bomber walked into a crowd of spectators.

Solomons voters shun political parties

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has lost his seat in the country's general election, with most of the 33 returning MP's running as independents.

Ko takes outright lead

Lydia Ko

Huge bonuses are at stake on the final day of the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship in Florida and the New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko is a major contender.

Crozier gifted to Anglican Maori Bishop

Anglican church

A bishop's crozier gifted to the Anglican Bishop of Auckland in 1914, is being gifted to the Anglican Maori Bishop at a ceremony on Sunday. The crozier is an intricately carved pastoral staff.

Warehouse strives for digital dominance

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The Warehouse Group is aiming to become the number one multichannel and digital retailer in New Zealand, as fast moving technology changes the face of retailing.

Dairy deal latest in Chinese investment

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Chinese dairy giant Yili's plan to spend a further $400 million on developments at its South Canterbury processing site has capped a flurry of investment announcements.