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Foreign fighter draft legislation released

John Key at the APEC summit in Beijing.

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

Call for Rennie to quit over Sutton case

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie.

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

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.

Light plane crash near Winton


Police say the condition of a person who was seriously injured in a plane crash on a private airfield in Southland near Winton this afternoon is improving, and their injuries are not life threatening.

Retallick named player of the year

All Blacks

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 award.

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.

Auckland 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.

Norman's warning over Chinese trade

Russel Norman

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman warns New Zealand should not compromise its principles on human rights for trade with its biggest export market China.

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.

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.

All Blacks end tour unbeaten

All Blacks' Richie McCaw with the trophy for winning the match. All Blacks vs Wales. 2014.

Five second half tries have helped the All Blacks to a 34-16 win over Wales at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the victory marking Richie McCaw's 100th test as captain.

WITT students could be reimbursed

Western Institute of Technology

A Taranaki polytechnic wants to talk to every student who enrolled in its failed Maori performing arts course so it can work out how to help them.

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.