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Arrest over Hamilton baby snatching

Ross Patterson

The police in Hamilton have arrested an 18-year-old woman after the kidnapping of an 8 week old baby this afternoon, and she was helping them with their inquiries.

Police hunt for gunman in Invercargill

A police cordon.

Police hunting a gunman who robbed a dairy in Invercargill this afternoon say they have security footage of the hold-up and are following various lines of enquiry.

Car ramming dad 'would do it again'


A father who rammed a car, hitting one man and pinning another between the two vehicles, says he would do the same again if he was called on to protect his son.

Auckland rates policy change

Auckland mayor Len Brown.

The Auckland Council looks set to change its rating policy next year to save home owners from a rates increase linked to rising property values.

Body found in Tararua Forest Park

Tararua Mountains

A body found in rugged terrain in Tararua Forest Park is believed to be that of a hunter, who left Palmerston North to go hunting on Sunday morning.

Forestry needs overhaul - panel

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Forestry's weak safety culture must be changed to stop injuries and save lives, a major review released this morning has found. (AUDIO)

Church 'must win Cantabrians' respect'

ChristChurch Cathedral.

An Anglican minister says if the church wishes to be respected by Christchurch residents, it needs to rethink its stance on the quake-damaged cathedral.

Maori Party's difficult balancing act

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Power Play with Chris Bramwell - If the National Party had got its way three elections ago, then this year the Maori seats would have been abolished.

Aust royal commission clears Gillard

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

An Australian royal commission on trade unions has cleared former prime minister Julia Gillard of criminal conduct in relation to a 1990s corruption case.

Australia and Fiji restore full diplomatic ties

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and Julie Bishop

Australia and Fiji have jointly announced they will exchange High Commissioners.

No booze ban for Ryder

Jesse Ryder in action for Essex

New Zealand Cricket says there is no booze ban in place for Jesse Ryder following his recall to international cricket for the New Zealand 'A' tour of the UAE next month.

Forestry contractors welcome review

Forest Industry Contractors Association president and managing director of Kajavala Forestry, Jacob Kajavala.

The Forest Industry Contractors Association is welcoming the recommendations of a major review into safety and workplace practices in the industry.

ANZ optimistic after $1.7bn profit

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New Zealand's largest bank, ANZ, is expecting the economic environment to be favourable for it over the next year.

Weather causes potato harvest headache

Potato fields in Pukekohe.

The early season potato crop is now being harvested around the country as planting of the the main crop, to be harvested next year, begins in earnest.