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MH17 shootdown may have been 'mistake'

International monitors said uniformed men were seen cutting into parts of the wreckage.

Malaysian flight MH17 may have been shot down by "mistake" by ill-trained pro-Russian separatists, US intelligence officials say, dismissing Moscow's accounts of the incident. (AUDIO)

Fonterra signals 110-plus job losses

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At least 110 jobs could be lost at Fonterra's Canpac packaging plant in Hamilton, the dairy giant says. The plant employs 330 people but Fonterra says it is changing its focus.

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.

ERA told of sacked woman's letter

Whangarei District Council chief executive Mark Simpson.

A Whangarei council worker sacked for nominating a mayoral candidate described her fomer boss as a nasty man, an employment hearing has been told.

A writer's India journey

Jean Watson in India.

Writer Jean Watson sold her house in Wellington to fund a children's home in southern India. The 80-year-old known in Tamil Nadu as 'Jean Aunty' spoke to Nine to Noon.

Seasonal worker scheme expanded

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The horticulture industry is welcoming an increase in the number of overseas seasonal workers who will be allowed into the country, mostly from the Pacific Islands.

President-elect calls for unity

Joko Widodo made a victory speech calling for unity.

Joko Widodo has officially won Indonesia's presidential election and called for the country to unify after a deeply divisive poll that ended with his rival quitting in controversy.

Val Adams named flag bearer

Val Adams named NZ flag bearer for Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.

Reigning Olympic, Commonwealth and World Champion Valerie Adams has been named flag bearer for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team.

Winter ills put pressure on hospitals

Sick boy in hospital bed.

Hospital staff in parts of Auckland are having to work extra shifts to cope with an influx of patients with winter-related illnesses. Some patients have had surgery postponed.

Vale New Caledonia guards shot

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Two guards at the Vale nickel plant in New Caledonia's south have been injured after an unidentified gunman shot at them.

MetService rebuked over Whanganui

Whanganui city centre.

The Maori Language Commission is calling on the MetService to start using the correct spelling of Whanganui. Crown agencies were told to use the 'h' in Whanganui in 2009.