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Minister should resign, says Fish and Game

Dr Nick Smith.

The Fish and Game Council wants Conservation Minister Nick Smith to resign, accusing him of threatening its future if it continues to question irrigation projects and intensive farming. (AUDIO)

PM won't accommodate Conservatives

Prime Minister John Key.

Prime Minister John Key has confirmed National will do electoral deals in Epsom and Ohariu, but there will be no accommodation for the Conservatives in East Coast Bays. (AUDIO)

Balloon firm owner admits failing duty

Police officers at the site of the crash in January 2012.

A director of the company that owned a hot-air balloon that crashed in Wairarapa has admitted he should have been aware that the pilot's medical certificate had expired. (AUDIO)

Golden Games day for New Zealanders

New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe kisses her gold medal.

New Zealand has added three golds, a silver and two bronzes to the medal tally at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, taking our total medals to 20 and putting us fifth overall.

Big funding call for Northland roads

State Highway 1 at Maromaku, south of Kawakawa, remains closed due to storm damage.

Northland council and business leaders have told the NZTA the region is overdue a major investment in its roading networks and wants an urgent review. (AUDIO)

Job losses at Stockton mine confirmed

Large dump truck hauling coal at Stockton coal mine, Granity, West Coast.

Solid Energy has confirmed the total number of job losses at its Stockton mine on the West Coast will be 184 as it seeks to reduce production by a quarter in the next financial year.

Plea for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

A Palestinian salvages cushions found in the rubble of destroyed buildings  in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City.

A late-night meeting of the UN Security Council has called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza, urging Israel and Hamas to allow the delivery of assistance to civilians.

Hansen chasing Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen as All Black assistant coaches, 2008.

The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says he has tried to lure the Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith back to Test rugby and take up a position as one of his assistants.

Teen shot during suspected home invasion


A 17-year-old girl has been shot in what is thought to be a home invasion in Thames on Monday night. An elderly man with her has also been taken to hospital.

PNG court keeps Taskforce Sweep

Papua New Guinea parliament facade.

Papua New Guinea's national court has permanently stayed an attempt by the National Executive Council to disband the anti-corruption unit Taskforce Sweep.

Whanau Ora launches southern agency

Tariana Turia.

The Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island was launched in Christchurch on Monday. Nine iwi authorities in Te Wai Pounamu will receive funding.