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Bennett says Rennie has been held to account

Paula Bennett

State Services minister Paula Bennett insists the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has been held to account over his handling of the Roger Sutton case. (AUDIO)

SIS report set to criticise agency

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

A report on the SIS is expected to heavily criticise both the spy agency and the Prime Minister's office over the release of information to right-wing blogger Cameron Slater. (AUDIO)

Little's first test as Labour leader

Labour Leader Andrew Little announcing Labours new caucus.(LR) Grant Robertson and Andrew Little.

Power Play with Brent Edwards - Andrew Little faced his first major test since becoming Labour Party leader in deciding who would get the plum jobs in his new line-up.

Trio no longer trapped in car

Yaldhurst Road Crash

Three people thought trapped following a crash near Christchurch appear to have been removed from the car they were in, but traffic diversions are still in place in the area.

Students push immigration up

Indian student

More people from India studying in New Zealand have pushed annual immigration to an all-time high - the highest ever net gain of 47,700 people in the year to October.

Smith inquiry 'must find answers'

CCTV footage of  Phillip Smith as he passed through Auckland Airport.

The Government has announced the terms of reference for its inquiry into the escape of the paedophile and murderer Phillip Smith, who absconded overseas. (VIDEO)

Teen charged over framing dead friend

 Generic police vest

The grandfather of 16-year-old Cheyenne Ihaka who was killed in a car crash in July says the arrest of another teenager for framing his grandson comes as little surprise.

Annette King new Labour deputy

Labour Party leader Andrew Little (left) and new deputy Annette King.

Long-serving Labour MP Annette King is the new Labour Party deputy leader, but only for the coming year. The announcement this morning was delayed by a fire alarm. (AUDIO)

NZ bureau casualty of ABC cuts

abc tickertape job cuts

The Auckland bureau of the ABC is to be axed to meet the $A254 million the government is slashing from its budget from July 2015. A reduction in the news service has also been flagged.

Tonga Power strike called off

The National Shield of Tonga

Staff at Tonga Power Limited have called off a planned strike, following cabinet's decision to suspend an investigation into the company.

Ko must take break - coach

Lydia Ko finishes runner-up at the LPGA Arkansas Championship.

Having won the biggest payday in the history of women's golf, it's crucial New Zealand's world number three Lydia Ko now takes a break from the game says her coach David Leadbetter.

'Landmark' work charts Māori history

A "landmark" book on Māori has been launched, with high-profile Māori such as Pita Sharples and Sir Tipene O'Regan praising it for its comprehensive coverage of the history of tangata whenua.

Economy lures work-seekers to NZ

auckland airport arrivals

The number of people moving to New Zealand or staying long-term has hit an all time high for the third month in a row, as a fast-growing economy attracts people looking for work.

China investment to create 50 new jobs

butcher meat hooks -

Fifty new jobs for Southland and a guaranteed supply chain into China for sheep and beef farmers have been secured in the latest in a series of Chinese investments in the NZ primary sector.