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Highlanders triumph, 'Canes fumble

The Highlanders have been crowned Super Rugby champions for the very first time after upsetting the Hurricanes 21-14 in a thrilling final in Wellington.

Alcohol sachets 'cunningly' smuggled to events

Alcohol Healthwatch has joined the National Addiction Centre in calling for the sale of alcohol powder sachets to be banned or tightly regulated.

Does water on Mars mean life on Mars?

Space scientists have seen water vapour in the planet's atmosphere, but in theory Mars should be too cold to support liquid water. (AUDIO)

Highlanders savour Super victory

Super Rugby - The Highlanders have beaten the Hurricanes in the Super 15 final. Look back at the full match commentary here:

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Police investigate death of baby in Christchurch

Police in Canterbury say a forensic investigation of the house where a 15 month-old boy was found unconscious last night will take three or four days to complete.

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Martin says Mark is best NZ First deputy

The former deputy leader of New Zealand First has endorsed her replacement as the best person for the job. (AUDIO)

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Lee one shot off the pace

The New Zealand golfer Danny Lee is tied for third place after the second round of the latest PGA tour event in West Virginia.

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Rare WW2 Spitfire restored to flight

A rare example of an iconic aircraft - a Mark 1 Spitfire painstakingly restored after being shot down during WW2 - is to be sold in London.

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With pomp and ceremony, a new Tongan King is crowned

Festivities are continuing in Tonga as the country celebrates the official crowning of King Tupou VI, which took place in Nuku'alofa this morning.

Te Manu Korihi

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Harris plans to see how leadership play out

The Northland Conservation Board chair says he is not about to resume his seat on the Tūhoronuku board just because Sonny Tau had stepped down.

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Pumpkin Patch shares plunge

Shares in the struggling Pumpkin Patch have fallen 13 percent after the company signalled a modest annual loss, and a sharp fall in future earnings.

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Drama as NZ First coup rumours swirl

Power Play with Jane Patterson - As coup rumours swirl around New Zealand First, Winston Peters is moved to quote Longfellow. (COMMENTS)