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Prime Minister backs Rennie despite mistake

John Key.

Prime Minister John Key has rejected calls for the State Services Commissioner to step down over his handling of the resignation of Roger Sutton, despite a "significant miscalculation."

Greens label foreign fighter bill flawed

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Opposition parties say they are yet to see any evidence that new legislation to be introduced to parliament aimed at protecting New Zealand from foreign fighters is necessary.

Lewis Hamilton wins F1 title

British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

A tearful Lewis Hamilton joined the elite ranks of double Formula One world champions after a nerve-racking drive to victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Prison death inquest gets underway

Outside the Otago Corrections Facility.

A major coroner's inquest begins this morning into the death of an Otago prisoner of a suspected drug overdose amid allegations prison staff failed in their duty of care.

Dozens killed in Afghanistan

Afghan policemen in the capital, Kabul.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 40 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan. Officials say the bomber walked into a crowd of spectators.

Mt Eden assaults top prison table

A New Zealand prison cell.

The country's only privately-run prison has had more prisoner assaults than any other jail for the last three years and unions say the figures show it is simply not safe.

Body found on Mt Maunganui

Mount Maunganui.

The body of a man has been found in thick bush on Mount Maunganui in Tauranga. Police were called by a member of the public.

Little will reveal new caucus line-up

Andrew Little has been announced as the new Labour Party leader.

New Labour Party leader Andrew Little will announce his caucus line-up this morning and says there may be some surprises. He will also indicate to caucus who he would like as deputy.

Kenyan bus gunman 'want religious war'

Family members and relatives outside the Nairobi morgue where the bodies of the victims were taken.

A senior adviser to the Kenyan president says the slaughter of 28 people on a bus by the Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabab is intended to create a religious war in the country.

Solomons voters shun political parties

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has lost his seat in the country's general election, with most of the 33 returning MP's running as independents.

Ko takes outright lead

Lydia Ko

Huge bonuses are at stake on the final day of the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship in Florida and the New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko is a major contender.

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.

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.

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.