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Jack's parents 'just want him to come home'

Jack Dixon who was swept out to Shelley Beach.

The parents of five-year-old Jack Dixon, missing in the sea off Mount Maunganui since being swept away by a rogue wave yesterday, say they just want him home. (VIDEO)

Price fall another blow for farmers

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The latest fall in wholesale dairy prices suggests Fonterra's milk payout is likely to fall further, which could take about $6 billion out of the economy compared with last season.

Smelling bacon a good sign - study

Bacon and eggs in a fry pan

Being unable to smell bacon frying could indicate an increased risk of death within five years for older adults, a study shows. Nearly 40 percent of those who could not smell it died.

IPCA rules against car chase officer

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The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) has ruled an officer should have abandoned a pursuit which ended with a 15-year-old passenger being killed.

Council to look at pay incentives

Lyttelton Port

Christchurch City Council will review incentives for executives of companies it owns following criticism of a pay rise for the Lyttelton Port boss. (AUDIO)

Oil giant eyeing other parts of NZ

One of Statoil's rigs off the coast of Norway.

Norwegian oil giant Statoil is considering going further into New Zealand. The company at present has a concession to investigate conditions off the Northland coast.

Beleaguered secret service chief quits

Julia Pierson

The United States Secret Service director has resigned after a series of security lapses that showed holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. (AUDIO)

Robertson calls for honest debate

Grant Robertson.

As the Labour Party sets out its timeframe to elect a new leader, candidate Grant Robertson calls for a frank and honest conversation about the future of the party. (AUDIO)

Foetus found in water treatment plant


Police are investigating the discovery of a foetus in Christchurch's wastewater treatment plant at Bromley. Police hope to indentify the woman and confirm she has received any care needed.

French regret at Caledonian Union boycott

George Pau-Langevin

The French overseas minister, George Pau-Langevin, says she regrets that the Caledonian Union has decided to boycott this week's talks in Paris of the signatories of the Noumea Accord.

Fears Silver Ferns losing streak will continue

Former Silver Ferns coach Yvonne Willering has concerns about the lack of depth of international standard players.

As the Silver Ferns try to regain some respectability in the wake of the Commonwealth Games, a former coach fears their current five test losing streak to Austalia will only continue.

Whakatane wananga to repay $5.9m

Cash in a kete

A wananga has been forced to repay $5.9 million and the Serious Fraud Office called in after a Tertiary Education Commission and Qualifications Authority investigation. (AUDIO)

Finzsoft banking on profit jump

computer mouse and money

Finzsoft shares jumped almost 25 percent yesterday after the software company said it expects at least a four-fold increase in this year's annual profit.

Dairy prices plunge again

Anchor Milk. Fonterra products

Dairy prices dropped sharply by 7.3 percent and benchmark whole milk powder prices plunged 10 percent in the latest international auction overnight. (AUDIO)