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Meeting notes confirm minister's threat

Dr Nick Smith.

Notes obtained by Radio New Zealand News from a Fish and Game meeting held earlier in July back up claims that Conservation Minister Nick Smith threatened to take away its statutory powers.

Balloon firm director denies conflict

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

The director of the company involved in a fatal balloon crash in Wairarapa in 2012 has told a coroner's court there was no conflict of interest in her husband certifying the pilot.

Undisclosed lending claim disputed

South Canterbury Finance accused, from left, Edward Sullivan, Robert White and Lachie McLeod.

A forensic accountant disputes allegations that South Canterbury Finance structured loans in such a way that they would not have to be disclosed in prospectuses or any other public documents.

McCully confirmed to contest seat

Murray McCully.

The Prime Minister has confirmed Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully will contest the East Coast Bays electorate where Conservative's leader Colin Craig is standing. (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.

Plane crash victim 'an ordinary chap'

St John's Church, Johnsonville.

The family of New Zealander Rob Ayley, who was killed in the Malaysian airliner crash over eastern Ukraine, will hold a memorial service for him in Wellington on Monday.

Gaza ceasefire fails as attacks continue

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man carries prayer paraphernalia at a staging area outside the Gaza Strip.

A 24-hour ceasefire announced by Hamas in Gaza appears to be collapsing, with both Palestinian militants and the Israeli army continuing their attacks.

Carter, Piutau, Cane return for ABs

Dan Carter

The return of Daniel Carter from a sabbatical and Charles Piutau and Sam Cane from injury are the highlights of the All Blacks squad named to contest the Rugby Championship.

Locals push for bridge replacement

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Northland National MP Mike Sabin is hopeful two bridges in Kaipara locals say are "death traps" will be replaced. The Transport Agency is discussing plans with local groups.

Fiji's PDP announces more candidates

Felix Anthony

Former civil servants, farmers and community workers make up the latest batch of candidates of Fiji's People's Democratic Party.

MetService makes deal with marae

Cumulus clouds over Northland.

MetService has reached an agreement with two marae to put a weather radar station on ancestral land in the Far North. In exchange, MetService will offer scholarships for local children.