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Netherlands mourns as MH17 victims returned

The coffins were brought from the plane by members of the military.

The first bodies of the victims of the Malayasia Arlines flight been unloaded from two planes at an air force base in the Netherlands. A national day of mourning was observed.

Call for Harawira to reject flag burning

Hone Harawira.

Political opponents of the Mana Movement, and its allies, are calling on leader Hone Harawira to denounce the burning of an Israeli flag during a protest over Gaza at the weekend.

PM under pressure over Hauiti

Claudette Hauiti

The Prime Minister is coming under increasing pressure to disclose how much taxpayers' money errant list MP Claudette Hauiti misspent, but John Key says he does not know. (AUDIO)

Fonterra looking to cut jobs in Waikato

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Fonterra has acknowledged that last year's botulism scare is among the reasons production has dropped at its packaging plant in Waikato. Up to 110 jobs could go. (AUDIO)

ERA told of sacked woman's letter

Whangarei District Council chief executive Mark Simpson.

The Employment Relations Authority has reserved its decision in the case of a Whangarei District Council employee sacked last year for nominating a mayoral candidate.

Ex-wife wins over $1m in settlement

money and wedding rings

The lawyer for a Wellington woman awarded more than $1 million in a divorce settlement says it's a landmark ruling. Her ex-husband lost a High Court appeal over the amount. (AUDIO)

UN: Israel may be guilty of war crimes

Navi Pillay condemned what she called indiscriminate fighting.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says Israel may have committed war crimes by killing civilians, and shelling houses and hospitals during its ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Phoenix shock Hammers

Alex Gorrin and his Phoenix team-mates celebrate their second goal against West Ham

The Wellington Phoenix footballers have upstaged their English Premier League guests West Ham United with a shock 2-1 win at Eden Park in Auckland on Wednesday night.

Flyover ruling 'will delay projects'

An artist's impression of the external view of the Basin Reserve's Northern Gateway building looking up Ellice Street.

The head of Wellington Regional Council has "grave doubts" for a proposed rapid public transport system, now that the flyover at the Basin Reserve will not go ahead.

Conviction of French Polynesian president upheld

Gaston Flosse

France's highest court has upheld the conviction of the French Polynesian president Gaston Flosse, a ruling that's likely to spell the end of his political career.

Warning minority dialects could be lost

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A national campaign to promote Maori language week is underway with 50 words over 50 weeks - but some Te Reo advocates fear tribal dialects could be lost because of a push to learn a standardised version of Maori.