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Search fails to find boy taken by the sea

Jack Dixon who was swept out to sea off Mt Maunganui.

Search and rescue teams have ended their search for the day without finding any sign of five-year-old Jack Dixon, who was swept into the sea at Mount Maunganui yesterday. (VIDEO)

High dollar blamed for plant closures


Nearly 50 workers at two manufacturing companies have been told their jobs may go as their employers propose to have their products made overseas, blaming the high NZ dollar. (AUDIO)

NZ seal stops by Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

A young New Zealand fur seal has been found sunning itself on the boat steps at the Opera House on Sydney Harbour. The juvenile took occasional dips to cool off.

Dairy foods unlikely to be cheaper

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Shoppers are being told not to expect a price cut on their dairy products, despite another sharp fall in world prices of 7.3 percent in an international auction overnight. (AUDIO)

Cop didn't hear abandon chase order

Superintendent Gary Knowles.

A technical glitch meant the officer involved in a fatal pursuit did not hear initial orders to abandon the chase, the Canterbury District police commander says. (AUDIO)

Lawyer on drugs charges named

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Name suppression has lapsed for a Wellington lawyer accused of drug offending. Keith Jeffries is facing four charges, including possession of LSD and methamphetamine.

Smelling bacon a good sign - study

Bacon and eggs in a fry pan

Being unable to smell bacon frying could indicate an increased risk of death within five years for older adults, a study shows. Nearly 40 percent of those who could not smell it died.

Robertson calls for honest debate

Grant Robertson.

As the Labour Party sets out its timeframe to elect a new leader, candidate Grant Robertson calls for a frank and honest conversation about the future of the party. (AUDIO)

Car taken at gunpoint in Hamilton

Detective Inspector Karl Thornton.

A woman allegedly had her car taken at gunpoint in the Hamilton suburb of Chartwell this afternoon. Police eventually stopped it after a pursuit involving road spikes.

Fiji police chief scotches assault allegations

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The police in Fiji have scotched allegations of assault in the case of a man allegedly beaten by soldiers in Fiji's military.

Retallick and Crockett lose fitness race

All Blacks prop Wyatt Crockett leaves the field with an eye injury against the Pumas.

Lock Brodie Retallick and loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett have lost their race to be fit in time for the All Blacks' final Rugby Championship test of the year, against South Africa in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Whakatane wananga to repay $5.9m

Cash in a kete

A wananga has been forced to repay $5.9 million and the Serious Fraud Office called in after a Tertiary Education Commission and Qualifications Authority investigation. (AUDIO)

Commodity prices continue to slide

food in supermarket trolley

New Zealand's commodity prices fell 1.3 percent in September - the seventh month in a row. Dairy led the fall with 14 percent lower but beef jumped 10 percent.

Dairy prices plunge again

Anchor Milk. Fonterra products

Dairy prices dropped sharply by 7.3 percent and benchmark whole milk powder prices plunged 10 percent in the latest international auction overnight. (AUDIO)