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MH17 wreckage cut into, say investigators

International monitors said uniformed men were seen cutting into parts of the wreckage.

European monitors in Ukraine say pieces of the wreckage at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines plane have been cut into, which could compromise any investigation into the tragedy.

Valerie Adams to carry NZ flag

Valerie Adams at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Reigning Olympic, Commonwealth and World Champion shot putter Valerie Adams has been named flag bearer for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team in Glasgow.

Basin Reserve neighbours celebrate

An artist's impression of the external view of the Basin Reserve's Northern Gateway building looking up Ellice Street.

People living near Wellington's Basin Reserve are celebrating the scrapping of a controversial flyover proposal. A Board of Inquiry denied resource consent for the project.

Hockey pledges to look at welfare

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey has promised to look at giving New Zealanders living in Australia access to social welfare, health and education programmes.

New phase for Len Lye Centre

Len Lye in his studio in 1958.

Construction of the $11.5 million Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth is about to take a dramatic turn with the installation of a 32-tonne, mirror-grade stainless steel facade.

Book award finalists announced

Eleanor Catton.

The Man Booker prize-winning novel The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton, is in line to pick up another award next month. It is a finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards.

President-elect calls for unity

Joko Widodo made a victory speech calling for unity.

Joko Widodo has officially won Indonesia's presidential election and called for the country to unify after a deeply divisive poll that ended with his rival quitting in controversy.

Newcastle beat Sydney in Dunedin

Newcaslte United manager Alan Pardew.

Newcastle United has opened the 4-team football series with a convincing 4-nil victory over Sydney FC in Dunedin in what manager Alan Pardew says is a very encouraging effort.

Mother surprised to learn of near miss

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The mother of a flying instructor killed in a mid-air collision near Feilding says she was suprised to learn of a near-miss in the area only days before her daughter's fatal crash.

Motorbike 'bribes' for Cooks votes

Henry Puna, the current Prime Minister of the Cook Islands

Motorbikes, and washing machines are just some of the items the Cook Islands Democratic Party says were used by the Cook Islands Party to bribe voters.

MetService rebuked over Whanganui

Whanganui city centre.

The Maori Language Commission is calling on the MetService to start using the correct spelling of Whanganui. Crown agencies were told to use the 'h' in Whanganui in 2009.