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Smith should not have been released - review

CCTV footage of  Phillip Smith as he passed through Auckland Airport.

A Corrections Department review has found convicted paedophile and murderer Phillip John Smith should have never been considered for temporary release.

Too dry in north, too wet down south

farmer in dry paddock

Long spells of warm, dry weather in parts of the country have prompted a call to save water, while in the lower South Island farmers are having to cope with a 'green drought'.

Prisoner 'smuggled' for gang friends

Jai Davis died in prison in February 2011.

A former partner of a prisoner who died from a suspected drug overdose says he was trying to smuggle in a bottle of pills for gang friends. (AUDIO)

Five injured, one critical, after crash

The scene of the Yaldhurst Road crash.

An elderly woman is in a critical condition and four others are injured following a police chase and crashes in Christchurch. Two of those in hospital are under police guard.

Speed limit rise to 110km/h considered

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The Government is considering raising the speed limit on the best roads to 110 kilometres an hour kilometres an hour pending safety considerations.

Hobbit screening tracks world premiere

Actor Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

A special screening of the third Hobbit movie is being held in Wellington to coincide with the world premiere in London, in an event surrounded in secrecy. (VIDEO)

Teen charged over framing dead friend

 Generic police vest

The grandfather of 16-year-old Cheyenne Ihaka who was killed in a car crash in July says the arrest of another teenager for framing his grandson comes as little surprise.

Parliament to consider anti-terror bill

Prime Minister John Key

Parliament will consider legislation under urgency this afternoon aimed at protecting New Zealand from the threat of foreign fighters. The Prime Minister wants cross party support.

Swiss museum accepts Nazi art trove

Christoph Schaeublin of the Bern Art Museum.

Switzerland's Bern Art Museum has agreed to accept artworks from a billion-dollar collection which includes masterpieces looted from their Jewish owners by the Nazis.

Solomons PM election loss due to 'late ferry'

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo

The outgoing Solomon Islands Prime Minister says he lost his seat in last week's election due to a late ferry.

Vettori joins up with Black Caps

New Zealand Cricket's Bruce Edgar and Black Caps coach Mike Hesson.

The veteran New Zealand spin bowler Dan Vettori has joined up with the Black Caps in Sharjah and is a possibility to play in the third Test against Pakistan starting tomorrow night.

Mason Clinic to build new Maori unit

brain - jigsaw puzzle - mental illness

New Zealand's largest forensic mental health unit, the Mason Clinic, has been given the go-ahead to build a new kaupapa Maori driven unit.

Queen St property sells for $97m

Precinct Properties has sold a building in Auckland's Queen Street to Robert Jones Holdings.

Precinct Properties has sold a building in Auckland's Queen Street to Robert Jones Holdings for $97 million - nearly $1.5 million more than its June book value. (AUDIO)

China investment to create 50 new jobs

butcher meat hooks -

Fifty new jobs for Southland and a guaranteed supply chain into China for sheep and beef farmers have been secured in the latest in a series of Chinese investments in the NZ primary sector.