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MH17 wreckage cut into, say investigators

International monitors said uniformed men were seen cutting into parts of the wreckage.

European monitors in Ukraine say pieces of the wreckage at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines plane have been cut into, which could compromise any investigation into the tragedy.

Basin Reserve neighbours celebrate

An artist's impression of the external view of the Basin Reserve's Northern Gateway building looking up Ellice Street.

People living near Wellington's Basin Reserve are celebrating the scrapping of a controversial flyover proposal. A Board of Inquiry denied resource consent for the project.

Hockey pledges to look at welfare

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey has promised to look at giving New Zealanders living in Australia access to social welfare, health and education programmes.

PM accused of breaking word

John Key.

Prime Minister John Key has been accused of breaking his word by now refusing to apologise to the Wellington woman at the centre of the Malaysian diplomat case. (AUDIO)

New phase for Len Lye Centre

Len Lye in his studio in 1958.

Construction of the $11.5 million Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth is about to take a dramatic turn with the installation of a 32-tonne, mirror-grade stainless steel facade.

Book award finalists announced

Eleanor Catton.

The Man Booker prize-winning novel The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton, is in line to pick up another award next month. It is a finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards.

UN, US meet over fighting in Gaza

Medics tend to a boy injured in the shelling of a Gaza hospital.

Diplomatic efforts to broker a truce in Gaza have intensified, with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meeting American Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo.

Newcastle beat Sydney in Dunedin

Newcaslte United manager Alan Pardew.

Newcastle United has opened the 4-team football series with a convincing 4-nil victory over Sydney FC in Dunedin in what manager Alan Pardew says is a very encouraging effort.

Problems at aerodrome, inquest told

The Feilding clock tower.

An expert witness has told an inquest into a fatal mid-air collision in July 2010 that systemic problems at Feilding Aerodrome contributed to the accident. Two people died.

Motorbike 'bribes' for Cooks votes

Henry Puna, the current Prime Minister of the Cook Islands

Motorbikes, and washing machines are just some of the items the Cook Islands Democratic Party says were used by the Cook Islands Party to bribe voters.

MetService rebuked over Whanganui

Whanganui city centre.

The Maori Language Commission is calling on the MetService to start using the correct spelling of Whanganui. Crown agencies were told to use the 'h' in Whanganui in 2009.