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Teen killed after fight in Grey Lynn named


The New Zealand Rugby League says the teenager killed in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn last night was a promising player, Luke Tipene.

Forestry review will help - Worksafe NZ

The study has identified the potential to turn forestry waste into biofuels.

New Zealand's workplace health and safety regulator, Worksafe, says proposed changes to how the forestry industry operates will make a difference.

Ukelele Orchestra touches down in NZ

The Wellington Ukelele Orchestra on a tour of China and Japan.

Just back from China and Japan, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is about to start a local tour to promote their first album before heading to the US. (AUDIO)

Sugary drinks 'real concern' for health

Sir Peter Gluckman has singled out sugary drinks as a "real concern" for children's health.

The prime minister's chief science advisor says sugary drinks have no place in a child's diet but has stopped short of calling for a tax or ban on them. (AUDIO)

Pensioner flats to stay on council books

Aerial view of Port Taranaki breakwater area and New Plymouth beyond.

The New Plymouth District Council has decided to ditch a review of its pensioner flats, which are worth up to $15m but make an annual loss of about $100,000.

Hunt starts for illegal tourism operators

bungy jumping

Worksafe New Zealand inspectors will today begin checking adventure tourism operators who have failed to complete a safety audit under new regulations.

Car ramming dad 'would do it again'


A father who rammed a car, hitting one man and pinning another between the two vehicles, says he would do the same again if he was called on to protect his son.

Fox to take Maori Party leader position

Marama Fox (L) and Tariana Turia ahead of the Maori Party co-leader election

Maori Party list MP Marama Fox will today be confirmed as the party's new female co-leader following the retirement of Tariana Turia.

One dead in Virgin Galactic crash

Virgin's SpaceShipTwo, pictured during a test flight in September 2013, is reported to have crashed over California.

One person is reported dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed during a test flight in California.

Nauru government condemns attacks on young refugees

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The Nauru government has condemned a recent attack on young refugees, saying it will not tolerate any such violence.

Luke's return boosts Kiwis

Isaac Luke

Bouyed by the return of hooker Isaac Luke, the Kiwis hope to cement their place at the top of the Four Nations table with a win over Samoa in Whangarei on Saturday.

Forestry contractors welcome review

Forest Industry Contractors Association president and managing director of Kajavala Forestry, Jacob Kajavala.

The Forest Industry Contractors Association is welcoming the recommendations of a major review into safety and workplace practices in the industry.

ANZ optimistic after $1.7bn profit

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New Zealand's largest bank, ANZ, is expecting the economic environment to be favourable for it over the next year.

Weather causes potato harvest headache

Potato fields in Pukekohe.

The early season potato crop is now being harvested around the country as planting of the the main crop, to be harvested next year, begins in earnest.