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Principals take Key's side on poor kids


Schools in some of Northland's poorest communities agree with Prime Minister John Key that a universal lunch programme is not the best way to help hungry children. (AUDIO)

Akl's Santa falls to Christmas grinch

The Queen Street Santa.

Auckland's giant Queen Street Santa has been axed after adorning major city buildings for 54 years. Heart of the City says it can't afford the $180,000 cost.

PM refuses to answer Slater questions

John Key

John Key is refusing to answer questions in Parliament about his contact with Cameron Slater, saying he never called or texted him in his capacity as Prime Minister. (AUDIO)

Sex-accused diplomat expected back

Muhammad Rizalman.

A Malaysian defence attache accused of a sex crime is expected to return to New Zealand this weekend. He is expected to appear in the Wellington District Court on Saturday. (AUDIO)

Man gives new meaning to stick shift

 Generic police vest

A man who has no use of his legs has been blasted by the police in Manukau after allegedly being caught using a shortened walking stick to operate his car's brake and accelerator. (AUDIO)

Glassons bull-headed over ad

Bull riding at a rodeo

The clothing giant Glassons has no plans to pull an advertisement which has been slammed by animal rights groups for glamourising animal cruelty. (AUDIO)

Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee in 2013.

Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, has died at the age of 93.

Turei to take on Feed the Kids bill

Metiria Turei.

Parliament's Speaker has agreed for another MP to pick up Hone Harawira's Feed the Kids member's bill for breakfast and lunch to be provided in decile one to two schools. (AUDIO)

Oil industry meets in New Plymouth

Protestors outside the oil and gas industry conference in New Plymouth.

The oil and gas industry has been talking up its environmental credentials at a conference in New Plymouth this week, while outside protestors try to get their message across.

Fiji 2007 audit shows military overspend

Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

An audit into the Fiji military's spending shows it spent 23 million US dollars over its allocated budget in 2007, the year after it staged a coup.

Cheika to lead Wallabies

Michael Cheika

Michael Cheika has been confirmed as the new coach of the Wallabies by the Australian Rugby Union, four days after Ewen McKenzie dramatically quit the job.

Maori TV's Julian Wilcox resigns

Julian Wilcox.

Maori Television's head of news and production Julian Wilcox has resigned after 10 years at the broadcaster, which is undergoing a restructure.

Market cool on Fletcher's profit guide

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Fletcher Building's profit guidance for this year has disappointed the market. The mid-point is 2 percent below analysts' consensus forecasts.

Swede warning for pregnant cows

jersey cows

The company which sells herbicide tolerant swedes linked to the death of hundeds of cows in the lower South Island is advising farmers not to let pregnant cows feed on them.