Latest Bulletin: 11 am Friday 4 September

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Christchurch marks quake anniversary

It was a morning of reflection for Cantabrians, five years after Christchurch was shaken awake by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in September 2010.

Four fall as bridge cable gives way

Four people escaped major injury after they fell 8 metres when a cable on a bridge on the Lake Waikaremoana Track gave way yesterday.

Oil industry in $71m tax standoff

The New Zealand oil industry is engaged in a $71 million standoff with the Customs Department over excise duties dating back to 1986.

Injured twins' parents jailed for neglect

The parents of 10-week-old twins found with broken arms and legs have been imprisoned for neglect but not for causing the injuries.

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Police search on for man who cut monitoring anklet

Police are looking for an Auckland man after he removed his electronically monitored anklet shortly after midday yesterday.

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Cathedral restoration group remains optimistic

Proponents of restoring Christchurch Cathedral are confident a Government-appointed mediator will agree with their side of the argument.

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'NZ women deserve much better'

Maurice Williamson's 'shockingly crude' jokes at a dinner last week highlight a problem with how National treats offensive behaviour, Labour says. (COMMENTS)

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Murray enjoys another trademark escape

World No.3 Andy Murray made another trademark escape to overcome Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and reach the third round of the US Open.

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Hungarian police force migrants off train

Hungary has started taking asylum-seekers to a transit camp about 40 kilometres outside Budapest after stopping the train they were on.

Te Manu Korihi

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New banknotes not on the money - iwi

The Reserve Bank's not on the money with its superficial approach to new banknotes designs, a Gisborne iwi says.

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Briscoe stands firm on Kathmandu takeover bid

Briscoe Group is standing firm on its takeover bid for Kathmandu Holdings, saying it will not increase its share offer.

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Dollar's dip helps lift wool prices

Bales of wool fetched strong prices at this week's North Island sale, helped by a lower New Zealand dollar and limited supply.

How cynical has NZ politics become?

There is growing public disenchantment with politics, but how much of it is due to the cynical way politics is conducted now, wonders Brent Edwards in Power Play . (COMMENTS)