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Social workers go to marae for help

Social agencies desperate to help their clients have joined the queues of people turning up at a south Auckland marae that opened its doors to the homeless. (VIDEO)

Brazilian hid money through NZ firm

EXCLUSIVE - Panama Papers NZ - A Brazilian politician, accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes, used a New Zealand company as part of an arrangement to hide his wealth in secret bank accounts.

Scientists prepare for Lake Taupo eruption

There is only a small chance the volcano that is now Lake Taupo will erupt, but researchers are planning for a worst case scenario in case it does. (COMMENTS)

Iraqi army tries to take back IS-stronghold

The Iraqi army says it has begun an operation to storm Falluja, a bastion of so-called Islamic State where 50,000 civilians are trapped.

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Alpine Adventures choppers grounded

All Alpine Adventures' helicopters have been grounded in the wake of a helicopter crash on Fox Glacier last year that killed seven people.

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'If anything we could have used more consultants'

The millions spent on consultants to restructure the social housing system was money well spent, says the Finance and Housing NZ Minister. (AUDIO, COMMENTS)

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Kiwi feared dead after croc attack

A New Zealand woman is missing after being attacked by a crocodile in far north Queensland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says.

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Rio hopes dashed but Walker's BMX career not over

Her dream of competing at the Rio Olympics has been dashed but London Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker says her BMX career is far from over.

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Whanganui to lose Air NZ flights

Air New Zealand is pulling out of Whanganui and is axing flights from Blenheim to Christchurch.

Te Manu Korihi

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'All I did was gathered kai'

A man who was sentenced to a year in prison for stealing trout is unrepentant and says he won't apologise for trying to feed his family.

Bill English's business-as-usual Budget

Power Play with Jane Patterson - Bill English's wide-ranging eighth Budget had few surprises and spread new money across several portfolios. (COMMENTS)

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'Pointless' admin costs NZ companies billions

New Zealand companies are throwing away billions of dollars a year on pointless, unproductive and unnecessary administration, a study shows. (COMMENTS)

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Fonterra forecasts prices will improve

Fonterra is taking a conservative approach to next season's payout, but is expecting prices to improve, the co-operative's chairman John Wilson says.