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Rough seas hampering search for missing boy

Surf Life Savers return to shore after searching for a five-year-old boy swept out to sea off Mount Maunganui.

The search for a five-year-old boy swept out to sea off Mount Maunganui by a large wave is being hampered by rough seas and big swells, a helicopter rescue pilot says. (AUDIO)

Woman's body found in burning house

fire engine

The body of a woman has been found in a burning house in Waikato this afternoon. The body was found soon after the Fire Service arrived at the house in Springvale.

Whakatane wananga to repay millions

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)

Cunliffe didn't know of wife's actions

Karen Price and David Cunliffe.

Labour leadership candidate David Cunliffe had no knowledge of a Twitter account set up by wife Karen Price in which she criticised members of his caucus, he says. (AUDIO)

Violent, sex crimes up in two regions

Waikato District Commander Superintendent Bruce Bird.

Waikato and Waitemata have experienced a jump in violent and sexual crime in the past year. Nationwide, crime has dropped 3.2 percent this year but fewer crimes are resolved. (AUDIO)

Oil giant defends fracking

A pump jack and frack tanks in a field being developed for drilling in California.

An energy industry conference has heard a robust defence of fracking from oil company Halliburton. Delegates have been told it can actually improve the environment. (AUDIO)

First Ebola case in US confirmed

The Ebola virus budding from a cell.

United States health officials have confirmed the first case of the deadly Ebola virus in the country - a man who had become infected in Liberia and travelled to Texas. (AUDIO)

Labour leadership contest hots up

David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson.

Any chance of a clean fight for the Labour leadership is looking slim after David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson yesterday took pot-shots at each other. (VIDEO)

Delays in teen death inquiry - coroner

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A coroner says there were significant delays in a police investigation into the death of a teenage boy from Lower Hutt. Michael Lafou died of alcohol poisoning in August 2012. (AUDIO)

Drug misuse helps spread TB in PNG

Angau Hospital, Lae, Papua New Guinea

The head of Papua New Guinea's tuberculosis programme says the disease may be spreading because people stop taking their medicines too early.

Bracewell back for Black Caps

NZ pace bowler Doug Bracewell

The pace bowler Doug Bracewell has done his penance and is back in favour with New Zealand cricket selectors for the upcoming Pakistan series in the UAE.

Maori TV confirms job changes

Paora Maxwell.

Maori Television has confirmed two jobs will be axed in a restructuring proposal. Chief executive Paora Maxwell says the company is adjusting to the digital environment.

Businesses paying bills faster

The ANZ says chequebook use by its customers has dropped by 10 per cent over the past year.

New Zealand businesses are paying their bills faster, reflecting the strength of the economy, an economics adviser says. All up, 66 percent of invoices were paid within 30 days.

Sharemilking clause no longer in effect


Today marks the end of what was dubbed a draconian clause in the dairy industry's standard sharemilking contract - the 'set-off' clause - allowing farmers to withhold payment.