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Mayoral candidate defies billboard ban

Two Auckland mayoral candidates are defying a bylaw on election advertising, saying it breaches the Bill of Rights. (COMMENTS)

Hundreds protest against hospital food

Hundreds of people have held a noisy protest outside Dunedin Hospital, calling for the cancellation of local hospitals' food supply contract.

NZ could take Manus Island asylum seekers

New Zealand could take asylum seekers from Manus Island's soon-to-be-shut detention centre but Australia hasn't made the request, minister's office says. (COMMENTS)

Man shot dead outside Sydney shopping centre

A man has been killed and two people injured in a shooting outside a shopping centre in Sydney.

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Foreign drivers crash for same reasons as NZers

Foreign drivers account for less than 6 percent of all fatal and injury crashes in New Zealand, according to a new report. (COMMENTS)

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PM accused of 'half-truths' on foreign trust links

The Prime Minister's foreign trust links undermine his ability to address concerns about New Zealand being seen as a hax haven, Labour says.

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Obama declares Marshalls drought a disaster

The United States president, Barack Obama, has declared the severe drought in the Marshall Islands a disaster, opening emergency federal funding.

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New York Times CEO sued over discrimination

The chief executive of the New York Times is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit alleging an "environment rife with discrimination based on age, race and gender".

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NZR says Rio gold a priority, didn't shoulder tap Savea

New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew claims the All Blacks played no part in Hurricanes openside Ardie Savea's decision to pull out of contention for the Olympics.

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Another Onehunga sex attack reported

Police have received a new complaint about an assault in Onehunga, a day after saying they were hunting for a young serial sex attacker.

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Head of South Island's biggest tribe to step down

The head of South Island's biggest tribe is to step down, with Sir Mark Solomon leaving his post at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu later this year.

Land tax talk is a classic political tactic

Power Play - Float an idea to test the public mood? John Key has deployed a classic tactic with his land tax talk, writes Jane Patterson. (COMMENTS)

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Z Energy's takeover of Caltex approved

The Commerce Commission has approved Z Energy's takeover of the rival petrol retailer Caltex.