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Brazil police dispute muddies Smith case

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

Convicted murderer and child molester Phillip Smith could be released from a Brazilian jail early next week if he is not deported by Monday, according to a journalist in Rio de Janiero. (AUDIO)

Minister defends anti-terror bill speed

Chris Finlayson.

The Attorney-General and Minister in charge of the SIS, Chris Finlayson, is defending the speed under which new laws against terrorist fighters are being put through Parliament. (AUDIO)

Hughes continues fight for life

Phil Hughes

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes has spent a second night in an induced coma after undergoing emergency surgery for a head injury suffered when he was hit by a ball during a match.

PM's contact with blogger questioned

John Key

Prime Minister John Key's contact with blogger Cameron Slater about a report on the SIS the night before it was released beggars belief, the leader of the Labour Party says. (AUDIO)

Maori 'dictated to' through home loan

house and money

A trustee building houses for whanau says a home loan aimed at Maori is prescriptive, conservative and dictatorial. The Kainga Whenua loans is a government initiative.

Decades of work pays off for physicist

Professor Peter Schwerdfeger

A physicist who discovered why mercury is liquid at room temperature using Einstein's theory of relativity has won New Zealand's most prestigious science award, the Rutherford Medal.

Dispute over success of housing accord

Labour MP Phil Twyford (L) and Housing Minister Nick Smith (R)

The Government and Auckland Council are labelling the Auckland Housing Accord a success based on a first-year report but Labour says it has been a hopeless failure.

Government IT project cost balloons

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A major government information technology project is close to $30 million over its original budget, and a year away from being fully operational.

Second night of protests across US

Protestors demonstrate on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, one day after the grand jury decision.

Protests have spread to a dozen US cities over the decision not to charge a white policeman who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

Tonga chooses parliament today

The National Shield of Tonga

It is election day in Tonga with voters going to the polls in the second election under political reforms that were widely hailed.

Pakistan dominate day one

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum

Pakistan took advantage of winning a vital toss to dominate day one of the third and deciding cricket Test against New Zealand in Sharjah.

Problem charter school review delayed

The charter school about a week before opening in February.

The Ministry of Education says an ERO review of troubled Northland charter school Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru has been delayed - but will ultimately be released.

Tourism Holdings lifts profit forecast

A campervan crosses SH8 in Mount Cook (Aoraki) National Park.

Tourism Holdings is confident it has turned the corner on poor performance as its strategy for growth begins to pay off, lifting its full year net profit forecast by $1 million. (AUDIO)

Controversial One Plan finally approved

Regional council chairman Bruce Gordon signs the plan.

The Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council has finally signed off its much debated One Plan after 10 years of consultation and legal battles with farmers and growers.