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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 campaign for higher water quality.

PM won't accommodate Conservatives

Prime Minister John Key.

Prime Minister John Key has confirmed National will do electoral deals in Epsom and Ohariu, but there will be no accommodation for the Conservatives in East Coast Bays. (AUDIO)

UN 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.

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.

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 the region is overdue a major investment in its roading networks.

Balloon firm owner admits failing duty

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

The owner of a hot air balloon that crashed in the Wairarapa in January 2012, killing all 11 people on board, says he did not notice the pilot's medical certificate had expired.

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.

Carter, Piutau, Cane return for ABs

Dan Carter

The return of Daniel Carter from a sabbatical and Charles Piutau and Sam Cane from injury are the highlights of the All Blacks squad named to contest the Rugby Championship.

Locals push for bridge replacement

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Northland National MP Mike Sabin is hopeful two bridges in Kaipara locals say are "death traps" will be replaced. The Transport Agency is discussing plans with local groups.

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.