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Jack's parents 'just want him to come home'

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

The parents of five-year-old Jack Dixon, missing in the sea off Mount Maunganui since being swept away by a rogue wave yesterday, say they just want him home. (VIDEO)

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.

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.

High dollar blamed for plant closures


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

Women, children stuck in bus doors

Go Wellington buses

A Wellington company has admitted a health and safety charge relating to several incidents in which passengers, including pregnant women, were trapped in bus doors.

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.

Beleaguered secret service chief quits

Julia Pierson

The United States Secret Service director has resigned after a series of security lapses that showed holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. (AUDIO)

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)

Liu fined over Auckland properties

Donghua Liu.

Political donor and property developer Donghua Liu has been fined more than $17,000 over unsafe excavation work following an investigation by the Auckland Council.

Fiji police chief scotches assault allegations

Fiji flag

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

Suspended hooker allowed to celebrate

Isaac Luke, South Sydney hooker.

The suspended South Sydney hooker Isaac Luke will be able to join in with any celebrations by his South Sydney teammates should they win Sunday's National Rugby League grand final against Canterbury.

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)

Finzsoft banking on profit jump

computer mouse and money

Finzsoft shares jumped almost 25 percent yesterday after the software company said it expects at least a four-fold increase in this year's annual profit.

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)