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Fish and Game wants PM's written assurance

John Key

Fish and Game's chief executive wants Prime Minister John Key's written assurance that its statutory role is safe, while the Conservation Minister has dropped a threat of legal action. (AUDIO)

Harré to stand in Key's electorate

Internet Party leader Laila Harré.

Internet Party leader Laila Harré is to stand in the Prime Minister's electorate of Hellensville, saying she wants a proper candidates' debate away from his army of spin doctors.

NZ First shuns race-based parties

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says his party won't be part of any deal involving either the Maori Party or Mana following the general election on 20 September. (AUDIO)

More gold medals for NZ in Glasgow

Richie Patterson at a session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The New Zealand weightlifter, Richie Patterson, has won gold at the Commonwealth Games in dramatic fashion, with all hope of a medal coming down to his final lift.

Fonterra slashes payout forecast

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Fonterra has slashed its forecast payout to farmers for this season from $7 per kilo of milk solids to $6, following sharp falls in global dairy prices which are down 16 percent since June.

Air NZ flight stranded in Honolulu

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The departure of an Air New Zealand aircraft from Hawaii has been postponed for the third night in a row. The plane is stuck in Honolulu because of an engineering problem.

'Shrapnel' blamed for MH17 crash

Jerzy Dyczynsk (R) and Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski from Australia show grief as they arrive at the crash site to look for their late daughter, Fatima.

Security officials in Ukraine believe the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in suffered an explosive loss of pressure after it was punctured by shrapnel from a missile.

Hamblin, Pascoe headline day six medal chances

Sophie Pascoe

The pool and the athletics track are expected to offer New Zealand's best medal chances on day six of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Council to reset rates after blunder

Auckland City.

The Auckland Council will have to re-run the vote to set its rates, after a technical blunder. Decisions were made in the wrong order, but this won't change what has to be paid.

France considers Flosse pardon

The French High Commission in French Polynesia

The French High Commissioner in French Polynesia is defying the supreme court, saying he won't enforce its order against the territory's president because he may be pardoned by Francois Hollande.

Clinic wants to expand Maori unit

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The country's largest forensic mental health unit wants to expand its Maori unit because of its success in patient rehabilitation. More than half the Mason Clinic's patients are Maori. (AUDIO)