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Latest Bulletin: 3 pm Thursday 17 April

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Storm chaos and damage moves south

Tamaki Drive was closed because of flooding.

The storm that has buffeted Northland and Auckland is now hitting other parts of the country, with hundreds of emergency calls made, homes damaged and power out in several areas.

Updated 18 minutes ago

Genesis shares open higher

030214. Photo Genesis Energy. Genesis Energy logo

Shares in Genesis Energy jumped 17 percent to $1.81 in their first period of trading on Thursday. Analysts had been expecting this as there was huge demand.

Updated 44 minutes ago

Husband charged with Miramar murder

Mei Fan.

The estranged husband of slain Wellington woman Mei Fan has entered no plea on being charged with her murder.

Updated 13 minutes ago

Fonterra farmers in dark on China ban

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Fonterra dairy products at the centre of last year's botulism scare are still banned from entering China, but farmers have been kept in the dark.

Updated 42 minutes ago

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Wife discharged over air rifle shooting

Mona Dudley

The mother of a teenager who died after a school fight last year has been discharged without conviction for shooting her husband with an air rifle.

Owners in dog maul case in court

Sakurako Uehara.

The owners of four dogs that viciously mauled a seven-year-old girl in Murupara near Rotorua have appeared in court charged with owning dogs that caused serious injury.

Drone strike programme seen as ineffective

The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies says the American drone strike programme to prevent terrorism is ineffective and serves only to fuel Muslim militancy.

Property scammer going to prison

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A man who preyed on vulnerable South Auckland families in a property scam has been told to report to the High Court to start serving his prison sentence.

Police officer attacked during brawl

A police officer has been hospitalised with a laceration to the back of his head following a mass brawl in Auckland.

Karam wins defamation case

Joe Karam.

David Bain campaigner Joe Karam hopes his victory in a defamation case will lead to mainstream media being more careful about the way they use social media sources.

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Soggy end to royals' New Zealand tour

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Thousands of people braved a wet Wellington day to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the final appearances of their New Zealand tour.

Prince pays tribute to Canterbury spirit

William and Catherine at Wall of Remembrance.

ROYAL TOUR 2014: The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to the resilience of the people of Christchurch and their desire to rebuild the earthquake-hit city.

Royal visit takes in cricket match

The royal couple inspected the 2015 Cricket World Cup trophy.

ROYAL TOUR 2014: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by enthusiastic well-wishers and played cricket during their tour of Christchurch on Monday morning.

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People promised say on red zone land

170414. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Empty  house on the red zone, Christchurch.

Prime Minister John Key has announced the people of Christchurch and Kaiapoi will have a say on what happens to red zone residential land.

Mudslide in Oriental Bay

The slip scene on Oriental Parade.

A mudslide in Wellington forced occupants from two properties in Oriental Bay on Wednesday night.

Woman found dead at rural property

Police in North Otago say the death of a woman at a rural property is believed to be connected to a fatal road crash early Thursday.

Updated 35 minutes ago

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Frigid sea scoured for ferry survivors

A relative waits for news in Jindo.

Teams of divers are searching the upturned hull of a sunken South Korean ferry as families of nearly 300 people missing desperately wait for news.

More unrest in eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russia activists block a column of Ukrainian men in the city of Kramatorsk.

Pro-Russian groups have consolidated their control of government buildings in several cities in eastern Ukraine as NATO reinforces its military presence in the region.

Pakistani Taliban won't extend ceasefire

The Pakistani Taliban has refused to extend a ceasefire which it declared last month to facilitate peace talks with the Pakistani government.

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MPs approve Ka Mate legislation

The All Blacks perform the Haka meeting Australia in a Bledisloe Cup match in Dunedin last October.

Parliament has passed Treaty of Waitangi legislation that lays down conditions for the use of the Ka Mate haka performed by the All Blacks.

Labour reveals manufacturing policy

David Cunliffe.

The Labour Party has unveiled its manufacturing policy saying tax deferrals should be given to manufacturing companies that invest in new technology.

Updated 3 minutes ago

Electoral boundaries finalised

The Electoral Commission has finalised the electoral boundaries for the next two general elections.

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Setback for Maori charter school

Exit sign in English and Maori.

A Maori charter school in Northland has had another setback, this one the resignation of its business director.

Only half Ngapuhi hapu join mandate process

Fewer than half of all Ngapuhi hapu have chosen to support the tribe's Treaty settlement process - by nominating people to direct it.

PM rejects carbon price rise plea

A collective of tribal leaders has failed to convince the Government to boost the price of carbon credits.

Business News

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More jobs advertised last month

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The number of job advertisements has risen for the third month in a row which bodes well for unemployment figures.

Second stage of rendering plant commissioned

Meat processor and exporter Alliance Group has commissioned the second stage of its $25 million rendering plant at Lorneville near Invercargill.

New CEO for BNZ

The Bank of New Zealand has appointed Anthony Healy as its new chief executive.

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Concern over dam nitrogen restrictions

The site of the proposed Ruataniwha Dam.

There is growing disquiet among Hawke's Bay regional councillors the Board of Inquiry's decision on Tuesday to approve resource consents for the Ruataniwha Dam.

Updated about 1 hour ago

Numbers down for bunny hunt

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More than 300 hunters from around the country are getting ready for the 24th annual Easter Bunny Hunt in Central Otago but numbers will be down this year.

Updated about 1 hour ago

AgResearch hubs a step closer

AgResearch's Invermay facility near Dunedin.

AgResearch's innovation science hubs are a step closer with the appointment of a company to manage the campus relocation plans.