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Greens label foreign fighter bill flawed

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Opposition parties say they are yet to see any evidence that new legislation to be introduced to parliament aimed at protecting New Zealand from foreign fighters is necessary.

Prison death inquest gets underway

Outside the Otago Corrections Facility.

A major coroner's inquest begins this morning into the death of an Otago prisoner of a suspected drug overdose amid allegations prison staff failed in their duty of care.

Bennett disappointed over Sutton case

Paula Bennett

State Services Minister Paula Bennett says the States Services Commissioner has accepted he should have handled the sexual harassment case involving Roger Sutton differently.

Kenyan bus gunman 'want religious war'

Family members and relatives outside the Nairobi morgue where the bodies of the victims were taken.

A senior adviser to the Kenyan president says the slaughter of 28 people on a bus by the Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabab is intended to create a religious war in the country.

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.

Call for Rennie to quit over Sutton case

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie.

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

Future of shipwreck relics to be decided

The propellor of the SS Ventnor.

The future of items recovered from the shipwreck SS Ventnor is expected to be decided this week. It sunk in 1902 with the coffins of nearly 500 Chinese miners on board.

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.

Retallick named player of the year

All Blacks

The 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...

Crozier gifted to Anglican Maori Bishop

Anglican church

A bishop's crozier gifted to the Anglican Bishop of Auckland in 1914, is being gifted to the Anglican Maori Bishop at a ceremony on Sunday. The crozier is an intricately carved pastoral staff.

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.