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Labour Party leadership contest hots up

David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson.

Any chance of a clean fight for the Labour leadership is looking slim after David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson yesterday took pot-shots at each other. (VIDEO)

More join huge Hong Kong protests

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Thousands more people are joining pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong ahead of what organisers are confident will be the largest day so far, on China's National Day holiday.

PPTA threatens revolt over changes

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The Post Primary Teachers' Association is planning a revolt against the body that registers and disciplines teachers. Possible measures include industrial action.

Lab plan sparks row with doctors

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A row is brewing between senior doctors and health chiefs in the lower North Island over a planned major reorganisation of medical testing services. DHBs say privatisation is possible.

Beef prices set to rise as supply falls

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Beef prices are tipped to rise as world demand severely cuts this country's supplies and retailers struggle to absorb price increases.

EQC offer ridiculous, say couple

Cameron and Suzy Kelly outside the High Court in Christchurch.

A Christchurch couple fighting insurer Southern Response and the Earthquake Commission in court say accepting EQC's offer would leave them massively out of pocket.

Sonar search to resume for MH370

Indian sand artist Sudersan Pattnaik gives final touches to a sand sculpture with a message of prayers for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

The sonar search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight is about to resume, with a Malaysian ship the first to begin scouring the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia for MH370.

McCully accuses UN of impotence

Murray McCully.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has accused the United Nations Security Council of paralysis and impotence, saying it is time for actions in the world's war zones. (AUDIO)

Quake recorded in North Canterbury

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A magnitude 3.9 earthquake rattled the North Canterbury town of Oxford early this morning. Emergency services said there were no reports of damage.

Real Tonga under pressure over reports

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The owner of Tonga's domestic airline, Real Tonga Airlines, says their commercial services have been impacted by reports that the government plans to revoke their licences.

Luke out of Grand Final

Isaac Luke, South Sydney hooker.

South Sydney's Kiwi hooker Issac Luke will miss Sunday's National Rugby League grand final against Canterbury after the NRL judiciary upheld his suspension for a dangerous throw.

Northland iwi join anti-drilling protest

More than 500 people took part in the protest today.

Iwi representatives from Northland and throughout the rest of New Zealand have taken part in a march in central Auckland in protest against deep sea oil drilling. (AUDIO)

Goodman negotiates Auckland sales

Goodman Property Trust is negotiating the sale of two of its Auckland properties.

Australian fund manager, Quattro Asset Management, is looking to snap up properties from two of New Zealand's largest listed property investors.

Tatua makes record payment

Tatua milk plant at Tatuanui.

The country's smallest dairy co-operative, Tatua in Waikato, has delivered its farmers the biggest milk payout again. It is paying its 109 suppliers $9 per kilo of milk solids.