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Labour Party leadership contest hots up

David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson.

Any chance of a clean fight for the Labour leadership is looking slim after David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson yesterday took pot-shots at each other. (VIDEO)

More join huge Hong Kong protests

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Thousands more people are joining pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong ahead of what organisers are confident will be the largest day so far, on China's National Day holiday.

Working prisons plan 'ambitious'

Rimutaka Prison.

The plan to turn 16 prisons into working prisons by 2017 is being labelled ambitious and some question whether it can be done with current resources. (VIDEO)

PPTA threatens revolt over changes

teacher and students

The Post Primary Teachers' Association is planning a revolt against the body that registers and disciplines teachers. Possible measures include industrial action.

Man United want midweek games

Louis van Gaal, Manager of Manchester United and assistant, Ryan Giggs. 2014.

English football giants Manchester United are thinking about playing midweek friendlies abroad to help manager Louis van Gaal prepare for Premier League matches.

Lab plan sparks row with doctors

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A row is brewing between senior doctors and health chiefs in the lower North Island over a planned major reorganisation of medical testing services. DHBs say privatisation is possible.

US Secret Service head accepts blame

The head of the US Secret Service Julia Pierson.

The head of the US Secret Service has taken responsibility for security lapses at the White House, saying the recent intrusion by a knife-wielding man will not occur again. (AUDIO)

McCully accuses UN of impotence

Murray McCully.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has accused the United Nations Security Council of paralysis and impotence, saying it is time for actions in the world's war zones. (AUDIO)

Quake recorded in North Canterbury

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A magnitude 3.9 earthquake rattled the North Canterbury town of Oxford early this morning. Emergency services said there were no reports of damage.

Commissioners' resignation in Tonga rejected

Parliament buildings in Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Tonga's acting prime minister has refused to accept the resignation of four Public Servants Commission commissioners.

Knights beaten in last match in India

Northern Districts cricketer Anton Devcich

The Northern Districts cricketers have ended their Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India with a 6-wicket loss to the Barbados Tridents to finish bottom of their group.

More anti-drilling protests planned

Protesters walked to SkyCity yesterday where the Petroleum Summit is being held this week.

Protesters who staged a sit-in outside an oil conference in central Auckland are planning several more protests in coming months.

Air NZ eyeing Latin America routes

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Air New Zealand says there is huge opportunity to pick up on the demand for travel in the Asia-Pacific region and it has got an eye on Latin America in the medium term. (AUDIO)

Sharemilking clause no longer in effect


Today marks the end of what was dubbed a draconian clause in the dairy industry's standard sharemilking contract - the 'set-off' clause - allowing farmers to withhold payment.