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Lundy: the second verdict

Two quiet words yesterday brought to an end to the case which has transfixed the nation for 15 years: "Guilty. Guilty."

Global dairy prices fall again

Global dairy prices have taken another tumble in the latest overnight auction, prices fell by 10.8 percent with an average price of $2,746 US dollars a tonne.

Maadi legal action 'dangerous precedent'

Legal action against a school's decision to ban two of its pupils from a rowing event shows parents can now buy their children out of trouble, a law expert says.

McCullum takes home supreme medal

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum has taken the top award at the New Zealand Cricket Awards in Auckland.

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National News

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CYF panel too focused on money - advocates

Child advocacy groups are criticising an overhaul of Child, Youth and Family for being too focused on money and not children.

Crime resolution rate drops

The police are resolving fewer crimes but say that should not deter people from reporting incidents to them.

Auckland regatta increasingly unlikely

An America's Cup qualifying regatta in Auckland is looking less likely after a vote by teams to have all of the racing in Bermuda.

NZ slipping in human rights issues - report

A new report warns New Zealand's poor handling of human rights issues and Parliament's failure to act is harming the country's reputation.

'Three distinctive areas' for property market

New figures show New Zealand's house prices are rising sharply, with a huge amount of regional variation.

Historic tūpuna portraits on show

The public will get a chance to view historic tūpuna portraits - some of which have never before been seen outside whānau collections - at Te Papa this Easter.

Regional News

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Fatal crash at Ngaruawahia

One person has died in a crash on State Highway 1 at Ngaruawahia, north of Hamilton.

Fuel thief sentenced to home detention

A man who stole 30,000 litres of fuel and sold it at his Dunedin service station has been sentenced to 18 months' home detention.

Man arrested for Rolleston heist

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the theft of jewellery and motocross equipment in Canterbury earlier this year.

Political News

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Solid Energy resignation over Govt disagreement

The Finance Minister has confirmed the the former chair of Solid Energy resigned because she did not believe any more could be done for the troubled coal company.

Govt to overhaul Child, Youth and Family

The Government has established an independent panel to lead a complete overhaul of Child, Youth and Family.

Speed needed in police reform, MPs told

Police need to pick up the pace in their management of adult sexual assault cases and police misconduct, MPs have been told.

Sports News

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McCullum takes top NZ Cricket award

The Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum has received the top honour at the New Zealand Cricket Awards, but Kane Williamson picked up just about everything else.

Smaller boats agreed for Americas Cup

America's Cup teams have voted to use smaller boats in the historic sailing contest to save money, even though the decision has caused a split.

ICC President quits

ICC President quits after World Cup final snub.

World News

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Songwriter Joni Mitchell in hospital

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has been rushed to hospital in the United States.

Lufthansa knew of co-pilot's depression

The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing his plane into the Alps had disclosed an earlier bout of depression, Lufthansa has said.

NZ drug accused 'soaked' in sweat, court told

A New Zealand man accused of smuggling drugs into Bali was sweating so much that his jacket was soaking wet, the officer who X-rayed his bag has told his trial.

Pacific News

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FSM sends out response team after Maysak

The local government in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia says a rapid response team is being dispatched to get a fuller picture of damage caused by Typhoon Maysak.

Germain becomes New Caledonia president

New Caledonia's government has elected Philippe Germain as the new president, ending a political crisis that erupted last year.

Vanuatu extends state of emergency

The Vanuatu government has announced an extension to the state of emergency (SOE) it imposed in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Cricket World Cup 2015 News

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Vettori retires from Black Caps

The cricketer Daniel Vettori has announced his retirement from the Black Caps after an 18 year career with the national team.

Hesson hopes McCullum stays on

There is little doubt that Brendon McCullum's captaincy has been one of the key elements to the Black Caps' runners-up finish at the Cricket World Cup and their rise up the one-day rankings and coach Mike Hesson hopes that is not about to end.

Five Black Caps make tournament team

Brendon McCullum has been named captain of the International Cricket Council's team of the 2015 World Cup.

Te Manu Korihi

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Historic tūpuna portraits on show

The public will get a chance to view historic tūpuna portraits - some of which have never before been seen outside whānau collections - at Te Papa this Easter.

Iwi moves forward after settlement

The Chairperson of a Ngāi Tahu hapū is offering to give a Taranaki tribe guidance as it moves into post Treaty settlement mode.

Workers at risk from forestry strains

The owner of a Māori forestry company says the industry's growing mechanisation has put forestry contracting businesses under financial stress, in turn putting workers more at risk.

Business News

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Kiwi Property portfolio value rises

The overall value of Kiwi Property Group's portfolio has risen by $57 million in the past year, largely due to the strength of Auckland's property market. (AUDIO)

House asking prices reach new record

Asking prices for homes continue to climb.

Diligent appoints new CEO

Diligent founder Alex Sodi is stepping aside as the company leader to make room for Brian Stafford, who takes over as president and chief executive, effective today. (AUDIO)

Rural News

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Log transport business into administration

A long-standing log transport business at the top of the South Island has gone into voluntary adminstration because of tough trading conditions and cash flow problems.

Sheep killing mystery 'resolved'

Police say they have identified the dogs that killed more than 200 sheep in North Otago last year but some locals are not convinced by their findings. (AUDIO)

Farmers breaching employment laws targeted

The Government's Labour Inspectorate is taking enforcement action against 19 dairy farm owners for employment law breaches.

Is the GCSB focusing on what matters?

Powerplay with Brent Edwards - Is our security being compromised by the spy agency's failure to focus solely on potential and real threats?

China aims to boost links in the Pacific

China is moving to boost its links with individuals in the Pacific. As Insight has been discovering it's just the latest stage in Beijing's ever growing interest in the region. (AUDIO)

Overseas students - boom or bubble?

Foreign student numbers are on the rise, but an Insight investigation has found it's putting strains on the education system. (AUDIO)