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Divers in second day of search for missing child

Surf Life Savers resuming the search this morning.

Police divers have joined the search for a boy swept away by a large wave at a Mount Maunganui beach. Local people held a candle-lit vigil at Shelly Beach. (AUDIO)

Low marks for school literacy service

A review has found significant problems with a literacy service for schoolchildren.

A review has found significant problems with one of the main services for schoolchildren who are struggling to read. Literacy resource teachers, it says, are used ineffectively.

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.

Protest leader issues ultimatum

Crowds in the Admiralty district heard speeches from protest leaders.

Students spearheading mass protests in Hong Kong have vowed to occupy more government buildings unless the territory's chief executive steps down.

England players 'treated like babies'

Rio Ferdinand.

England's players are "treated like complete babies" in comparison to those of major international teams, according to former defender Rio Ferdinand.

NZ Muslims cool on SAS going to Iraq

A mosque in the Christchurch suburb of Riccarton.

Members of New Zealand's Muslim community have told Radio New Zealand sending troops to fight Islamic State in Iraq would be a mistake. (AUDIO)

US introduces gun law as mayor shot

Gun

California has become the first American state to introduce a law allowing family members to get a court order to impound firearms if they believe a close relative might commit a gun crime.

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)

Northland honey factory hit by fire

fire engine close crop

A honey factory near Whangarei has been badly damaged by fire. The Tahi Honey building at Pataua housed a packing facility and offices.

Australian govt ordered to table Nauru complaints

Asylum seekers on Nauru

Australia's Senate has ordered the government to table a year's worth of incident reports and complaints of sexual abuse in the asylum seeker detention centre on Nauru.

Loss of 'brute' a blow for Springboks

South African Duane Vermeulen during the Rugby Championship Test Match New Zealand All Blacks v South Africa. Wellington. 2014.

The Springboks are sweating on the fitness of number 8 Duane Vermeulen, who's been bracketed alongside Schalk Burger for Sunday morning's clash with the All Blacks.

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.

Ex-kiwifruit leader joins lawsuit

kiwifruit vines

A former president of New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated says new evidence has emerged which shows border officials were at fault for the Psa outbreak in 2010.

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