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Motorists trapped as storm moves south

Tamaki Drive in Auckland was closed because of flooding.

A widespread storm has brought power cuts, safety warnings and serious disruption to transport from the Far North to the West Coast ahead of the Easter holiday.

Updated 6 minutes ago

Genesis shares open higher

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Shares in Genesis Energy have debuted on the stock exchange at a 17 percent premium above the price the Government sold them for. Bill English rejected a claim they were too cheap.

Updated about 1 hour ago

Hopes of finding survivors fading

Coastguard crews searching for ferry passengers.

A search official says it is unlikely that any of the hundreds of schoolchildren trapped in a capsized ferry off South Korea will be found alive.

Karam defamer to lodge appeal

Joe Karam.

A man ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for defaming David Bain campaigner Joe Karam says the penalty is too harsh and he will appeal against it.

Updated 4 minutes ago

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