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Call for Rennie to quit over Sutton case

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie.

Labour leader Andrew Little says State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie should step down over his mishandling of the resignation of the CERA head Roger Sutton.

Foreign fighter draft legislation released

John Key.

The Prime Minister has released the final draft of legislation which addresses the rising threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters. The final draft contains previously announced proposals.

US to expand Afghan combat role

The US force in Afghanistan is be cut to 9,800 by the end of 2014.

United States troops in Afghanistan will be allowed to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan from 2015, US officials say, expanding their role after the end of major combat operations.

Mayoral campaign fund complaint

Len Brown.

A complaint has been laid about a trust used to fund two of Auckland mayor Len Brown's election campaigns. The complainant says she laid the complaint with the council a year ago.

Man missing off Hawke's Bay coast

Pourerere Beach in Hawke's Bay

The police dive squad is being called in to help search for a man missing off the Hawke's Bay coast. The 56-year-old was snorkelling with another man but never made it back to shore.

Call for strategy on population change


A group of researchers is calling on the Government to develop a strategy around the country's population change and growth to avoid problems such as regional decline.

Light plane crash near Winton

The Cessna 182 hit a fence before flipping onto its roof while attempting to take off.

Three men are in hospital in Southland after a plane crashed as it tried to take off for a hunting trip. Police say the pilot tried to land the plane but skidded, hit a fence and the plane flipped over.

Collins inquiry results due this week

Judith Collins.

The findings of an inquiry into allegations former Justice Minister Judith Collins was involved in a smear campaign are expected this week. Ms Collins resigned in September.

Hitler painting auctioned for $161,000

Generally Hitler's artworks are considered to be of only limited artistic merit.

A 1914 watercolour by Adolf Hitler fetched 130,000 euros ($US161,000) at auction in the German city of Nuremberg. The buyer was a private person from the Middle East say auctioneers.

Women fare poorly in Solomons poll

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The Commonwealth Observer Group monitoring the Solomon Islands election says significant impediments remain to women successfully standing for election in the country.

Retallick named player of the year

All Blacks

The All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick has been named the World Rugby Player of the Year by an independent panel, the fourth player from New Zealand to win the prestigious...

Crozier gifted to Anglican Maori Bishop

Anglican church

A bishop's crozier gifted to the Anglican Bishop of Auckland in 1914, is being gifted to the Anglican Maori Bishop at a ceremony on Sunday. The crozier is an intricately carved pastoral staff.

Chinese dairy giant to invest in NZ

dairy farming

A major Chinese dairy company has announced plans to invest a further $400 million in New Zealand dairy projects as-well-as research work with Lincoln University.

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.