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DoC claims it now has 'resources to do its job'

Director General of the Department of Conservation, Lou Sanson.

Department of Conservation director-general Lou Sanson claims the deparment now has the resources to do its job after its annual report showed it failed to meet key goals in pest controls. (AUDIO)

800 jobs for Wellington screen industry

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The production of the Disney film, Pete's Dragon, is set to inject up to 800 jobs into Wellington's screen industry over the next six months. Filming will take place from January to April next year. (AUDIO)

Multimillion-dollar deals with China

Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan as they arrived at Auckland International Airport.

Millions of dollars of deals in dairying, telecommunications and food research have been announced during the Chinese President Xi Jingping's visit to New Zealand.

Secondary teachers back Govt pay plan

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The secondary teachers' union says the Government's flagship education policy could fundamentally change the school system and it is critical primary teachers get on board with it. (AUDIO)

Four firms vying to fly Far North route

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Aviation companies are lining up to provide regular flights to Kaitaia after Air New Zealand's decision to abandon the service at the top of the North Island as it was uneconomic. (AUDIO)

Wilson gets 6 more months jail time

Stewart Murray Wilson at at the District Court of Wanganui today.

Serial sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson is to serve another six months of jail time on top of his existing 21-year sentence after being found guilty of breaching his parole conditions.

$1.5m for motoring charges referendum

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An Auckland councillor is expecting overwhelming opposition to possible motorway charges and believes a referendum, estimated to cost $1.5 million, should go ahead.

Key elected chair of conservative union

John Key

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has been unanimously elected chair of the International Democrat Union, a global group of conservative and centre-right political parties.

Mexico protests over missing students

A protest at the Eje Central Avenue in Mexico City.

Relatives of 43 missing Mexican students, who the authorities say were murdered by a drugs gang, have led mass protests in the capital. The marches were generally peaceful.

More new faces than old so far in Solomons poll

A ballot paper in Solomon Islands

More election results are being declared in Solomon Islands as the second day of counting draws to a close.

McCaw's All Blacks captaincy comes full circle

Richie McCaw has "no regard for his body" says fellow All Black Kieran Read.

The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will bring up yet another milestone at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this weekend when he captains the side for the 100th time in a Test match. (AUDIO)

WITT students could be reimbursed

Western Institute of Technology

A Taranaki polytechnic wants to talk to every student who enrolled in its failed Maori performing arts course so it can work out how to help them.

Ryman posts another record result

Franklin Local Board chairman Andy Baker, Ryman Healthcare managing director Simon Challies and Ryman regional construction manager David Gibson at the Valley Rd site.

Ryman Healthcare has posted another record first-half result and is forecasting its second-half will be even stronger.

Record prices paid for dairy farms

farm gate - sale sign

The slump in farm gate milk prices has not taken the wind out of the market for dairy farms, if the latest farm sales figures are anything to go by.