BREAKING NEWS - Police arrest 17-year-old over attack on good samaritan Lucy Knight

Police make arrest in good samaritan case

Good samaritan Lucy Knight.

A 17-year-old youth has been arrested and charged in relation to the attack on 43-year-old Lucy Knight yesterday. Ms Knight intervened during an alleged attempted bag snatch. (VIDEO)

Dairy farmers assess Fonterra report

Fonterra chairman John Wilson and chief executive Theo Spierings.

Analysis - While Fonterra's record payout for last season's milk was confirmed this morning, it will be of limited comfort to farmers as they watch the price forecast plunge.

Parker not seeking Labour leadership

David Parker on election night in Auckland.

Election 2014 - Labour Party deputy leader David Parker is ruling out a tilt at the leadership following the party's disastrous election result. Instead, he wants to stay deputy leader.

Fresh charges for backpackers' owner

The lodge in Kaitaia.

Fresh charges have been laid against the man accused of drugging, raping and taking photos of tourists at his Northland backpackers', Main Street Lodge in Kaitaia.

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Pike River call up to company - Govt

The Pike River coal mine in November 2010.

A decision on whether to re-enter the Pike River Mine is up to owner Solid Energy to make, the Government says. Documents show the company has been told it is safe to enter the tunnel. (AUDIO)

Fonterra profit falls, payout down

Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings announces a large profit fall with chairman John Wilson, left, and chief financial officer Lukas Paravicini, right.

Fonterra managers have announced a fall in annual net profit of 78 percent, and the dairy giant has revised down this year's milk payout for a second time to $5.30 a kilo of solids.

Expert reports awaited in Kumar case


Lawyers for two boys charged with killing a west Auckland dairy owner say their trial may not be able to go ahead in November as scheduled.

'Honour killing targets' fled to NZ

indian woman covering face

A couple who say they were targeted for an honour killing after fleeing to marry in New Zealand faced deportation after their application for asylum was turned down. (AUDIO)

Lucy Knight's family shocked, upset

Good samaritan Lucy Knight.

The husband of an Auckland good samaritan who suffered serious head injuries during an attempted mugging says the family is shocked and upset by the incident (VIDEO)

Council staffing 'didn't break budget'

calculator and money

The Auckland Council rejects claims the cost of staff is higher than expected and salary costs outstrip budget forecasts, but admits figures seized on by a critic don't tell the full story.

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Auckland sprawl threatens food basket

House building, new development

As Auckland tries to house its bulging population, the city is being warned that losing prime agricultural land may mean it struggles to feed its people.

Pit bull attack leaves two in hospital

The two-year-old pitbull

Two people remain in hospital following a pit bull attack in Rotorua. The two were attacked yesterday when they rescued the eight-year-old son of one of them from the dog.

Christchurch cenotaph still off-limits

Christchurch cenotaph close-up

The president of the Christchurch Returned and Services Association is disappointed the cenotaph in Cathedral Square is still out of bounds following the February quake in 2011.

Election 2014 News

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National's proposed labour laws

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National has said employment law changes are a priority in the first 100 days in Government. Economics correspondent Patrick O'Meara looks at the proposals.

Greens expecting radical changes

Russel Norman.

The Green Party's Russel Norman is expecting the new National-led Government to push through radical changes to weaken environment and workplace protection laws.

Cunliffe clings onto Labour leadership

David Cunliffe

Labour leader David Cunliffe is refusing to be drawn on discussions about his leadership after a marathon caucus meeting yesterday and a drubbing at the polls. (VIDEO)

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Record shoot-out win for Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool have snuck into the fourth round of English football's League Cup after a record 14-13 penalty shoot-out win over second-tier Middlesbrough at Anfield.

Knights suffer first loss

Northern Districts cricketer Scott Styris

The Northern Districts cricketers have suffered their first loss at the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India, going down to the Hobart Hurricanes by 86 runs.

Relegation fight for NZ Tennis

New Zealand Tennis number one Michael Venus.

The New Zealand Davis Cup team and the venue have been confirmed for the side's Asia/Oceania Group One relegation tie against Chinese Taipei next month.

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Obama vows more strikes against IS

Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama has vowed to continue the fight against Islamic State militants after the first American-led air-strikes targeting the group in Syria.

A regal purr for Scottish union

Queen Elizabeth

The Queen "purred" like a pussycat when David Cameron told her about Scotland's rejection of independence, he has inadvertently revealed.

US, allies launch air attacks on IS

People inspect a shop damaged after what Islamist State militants say was a US drone crashed into a communication station in Raqqa.

The US and Arab allies have launched the first air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, the Pentagon says. The Syrian government was told before the attack. (AUDIO)

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Fiji Cabinet sworn in

Frank Bainimarama

Fiji First has named a new Cabinet line up with 18 ministers sworn in this afternoon at Government House in Suva.

Kiribati's Tong pleas for action at UN

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The President of Kiribati is calling for stronger leadership from the international community to address climate change.

Forum praises Fiji for election

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The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has congratulated the government and people of Fiji for the success of its historic national election.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Maori attending Indigenous conference

Carl Hutchby.

Cultural property rights, the impact of mining and climate change are the issues being raised by Maori at the UN's first World Indigenous Conference being held in New York.

Seals 'causing problems' for muttonbirders

The adult male fur seal is the third to be killed this year.

A leader of a Ngai Tahu Runanga says seals are causing problems on Titi/Muttonbird Islands where tangata whenua go hunting for the birds.

Turia defends relationship with National

Tariana Turia.

Retiring Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia has defended its relationship with National and is expected to return to Parliament with two seats.

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Fonterra profit falls, payout down

Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings announces a large profit fall with chairman John Wilson, left, and chief financial officer Lukas Paravicini, right.

Fonterra managers have announced a fall in annual net profit of 78 percent, and the dairy giant has revised down this year's milk payout for a second time to $5.30 a kilo of solids.

August trade deficit smallest in 4yrs

banknote and sheep

The trade deficit for August of $472 million was the smallest for that month since 2010. The value of exports rose by 6.9% to $3.5 billion compared with August last year.

Comvita predicts sales up, profit down

honey pot

Comvita is expecting a significant rise in sales for the six months ending September. It estimates first-half, year-on-year revenue will go up from $43 million to $56 million.

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Christchurch Yarns bid extended

wool bale

The farmer bid to buy the Christchurch Yarns wool spinning business out of receivership has been extended by a month. A number have committed their support.

Farmers wait for final milk payout

fonterra milk truck crossing Balclutha bridge

Dairy farmers are waiting to hear what Fonterra will tell them today when it announces its financial results for the past year and its final milk payout for the 2013-14 season.

Rotorua farmers await nitrogen rules

Lake Rotorua primary producers are eager to learn about new nitrogen rules.

Dairy farmers, lifestyle block owners and horse riders packed into a football clubroom last night in Rotorua to hear about how new nitrogen rules will affect them.

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Election Night LIVE - As it happened

John Key declares victory for the National Party.

The National Party has won the 2014 election by a broad margin. It is set to have 61 seats in a 121 seat Parliament, with enough support to govern alone. Political Reporter Liz Banas watched events unfold. (VIDEO)

Chasing the Tuna Dollar

A school of yellow fin tuna encircled by a net

Three thousand hooks to catch ten tuna. That's the result of massive overfishing in the Pacific. Insight reports from Fiji on calls for drastic action to rebuild some of the regions stocks. (AUDIO)

CORRESPONDENT - Rosemary Rangitauira

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With another election looming on Saturday, what are some of the main political issues for tāngata whenua? Te Reo Māori, education, housing and employment are on the list.