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Organisation's head accused of tax evasion

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The head of a publicly funded body in Auckland is charged with evading millions of dollars of tax after issuing false invoices to an organisation for which he continues to work. (AUDIO)

Shearer warns of hasty leadership race

David Shearer.

Election 2014 - Former Labour Party leader David Shearer says the party should consider internal polling results as part of a review of the party's election defeat. (AUDIO)

Quake rattles lower North Island

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An earthquake of a magnitude 5.5 struck the Wairarapa coast early this morning. The strong shake at 2.41am was centred 15 kilometres west of Pongaroa.

Kurds flee to Turkey in their thousands

Kurdish protestors clash with Turkish soldiers near the Syrian border after it was temporarily closed by Turkish authorities

The Turkish government says more than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border into Turkey in the past three days, fleeing an advance by Islamic State (IS) militants. (AUDIO)

Red Cross changes tack on Pacific aid

Melino Maka from Auckland's Tongan Advisory Council.

The New Zealand Red Cross is overhauling the way it deals with weather disasters in the Pacific saying Pacific countries are bearing the brunt of climate change.

Flyover plan cost taxpayers $11m

An artist's impression of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover.

Taxpayers footed a hefty bill as the NZTA spent nearly $11 million on the controversial Basin Reserve flyover proposal in Wellington before it was rejected by a Board of Inquiry.

IS calls to kill in Australia, US, Europe

An Islamic State jihadist

The Islamic State insurgency has called on supporters to kill soldiers and civilians in Australia, the United States and Europe, in a speech by its spokesman.

Dunne, Seymour seek ministerial jobs

John Key, right, meets with United Future Leader Peter Dunne.

Both United Future leader Peter Dunne and Act MP David Seymour are angling for ministerial positions in a new government. (VIDEO)

Queenstown cop ruling worries boss

Queenstown town centre.

The employer of a taxi driver racially abused by a Queenstown police officer says a terrible message has been sent by not convicting the officer.

Fiji's sodelpa pledges election inquiry

The leader of Fiji's main opposition party, Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Fiji's main opposition party has pledged to move a motion to launch a parliamentary inquiry into last week's election.

No excuses says Cruden

Aaron Cruden, Sydney, 2014.

The All Blacks first five Aaron Cruden accepts there may be further disciplinary action after being dropped from the side for upcoming tests against Argentina and South Africa. (AUDIO)

Doubts MP will bring about change

Adrian Rurawhe, new MP for Te Tai Hauauru.

A campaigner for the winner of the Western Maori seat, Adrian Rurawhe, doubts he will be able to bring about any changes for tangata whenua in the next few years.

Dice rolls refinery's way - CEO

Marsden Point oil refinery plans to dredge Whangarei Harbour entrance.

Refining New Zealand has had several factors outside its control go its way in July and August - but chief executive Sjoerd Post is not sure whether they will continue.

Robotic dog no match for real thing

sheepdogs on truck

Federated Farmers says a future with robotic sheepdogs herding sheep into pens is an unlikely yarn. Academics say they have created an algorithm that simulates dog behaviour.