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Minister should resign, says Fish and Game

Dr Nick Smith.

The Fish and Game Council wants Conservation Minister Nick Smith to resign, accusing him of threatening its future if it continues to question irrigation projects and intensive farming. (AUDIO)

Plea for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man carries prayer paraphernalia at a staging area outside the Gaza Strip.

A late-night meeting of the UN Security Council has called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza, urging Israel and Hamas to allow the delivery of much-needed assistance to civilians.

Job losses at mine confirmed

Large dump truck hauling coal at Stockton coal mine, Granity, West Coast.

Solid Energy has confirmed the total number of job losses at its Stockton mine on the West Coast will be 184 as it seeks to reduce production by a quarter in the next financial year.

Golden Games day for New Zealanders

New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe kisses her gold medal.

New Zealand has added three golds, a silver and two bronzes to the medal tally at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, taking our total medals to 20 and putting us fifth overall.

Balloon firm owner admits failing duty

Police officers at the site of the crash in January 2012.

A director of the company that owned a hot-air balloon that crashed in Wairarapa has admitted he should have been aware the pilot's medical certificate had expired.

Police concerned for woman and child

Police vest generic New Zealand

Police are searching for a man who may be holding a woman and her son against their will. It's believed the 24-year-old entered their Upper Hutt home with a firearm on Sunday.

Clashes over control of crash site

Debris from MH17 on the ground near the village of Rozsypne.

The Ukrainian armed forces have launched an offensive against pro-Russian rebels in the east in a bid to gain control over the crash site of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Hansen chasing Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen as All Black assistant coaches, 2008.

The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says he's tried to lure the Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith back to Test rugby.

Northland roads 'not up to it'

State Highway 1 at Maromaku, south of Kawakawa, remains closed due to storm damage.

Northland council and business leaders have told the New Zealand Transport Agency that the region is overdue a major investment in its roading networks and wants an urgent review.

Fiji's PDP announces more candidates

Felix Anthony

Former civil servants, farmers and community workers make up the latest batch of candidates of Fiji's People's Democratic Party.

MetService makes deal with marae

Cumulus clouds over Northland.

MetService has reached an agreement with two marae to put a weather radar station on ancestral land in the Far North. In exchange, MetService will offer scholarships for local children.