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Call for Rennie to quit over Sutton case

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie.

Labour leader Andrew Little says State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie should step down over his mishandling of the resignation of the CERA head Roger Sutton.

Call for strategy on population change

Population

A group of researchers is calling on the Government to develop a strategy around the country's population change and growth to avoid problems such as regional decline.

NZ workers offer to help fight Ebola

Middlemore Hospital's clinical head of infectious diseases, Stephen McBride, dressed in personal protection gear.

The Health Minister says 34 health professionals from New Zealand want to join the International efforts to combat Ebola as part of an Australian-led mission in Sierra Leone.

Monarch butterfly population down

An increase in wasp numbers poses a major threat to all butterflies.

The Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust is warning that the monarch butterfly population is down due to wasps and believes this spells danger for native butterflies.

Big demand for 'Do Not Knock' stickers

Door knocking

Consumer New Zealand says there has been huge demand for its 'Do Not Knock' stickers with almost 100,000 already handed out.

Smith has extra money says lawyer

File image of Phillip John Smith in custody in NZ

The lawyer for the convicted murderer, Phillip John Smith, says he understands his client has more money available to him than the $10,200 he declared when he fled New Zealand. (VIDEO)

Charge over New Zealander's murder

Campbell Paterson

A 32-year-old man charged with murdering a New Zealander and dismembering his body in North Queensland is due back in court on 17 December.

Aussie job prospects fading for expats

Construction

The chief executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce says he had seen hundreds of expat New Zealanders who are eager to return as job prospects in Australia fade.

Smith to be deported within 10 days

Phillip John Smith

A Brazilian court has said that New Zealand murderer and paedophile Phillip John Smith is considered to be dangerous and ordered that he be deported within 10 days. (VIDEO)

High winds batter lower North Island

The weather changes from a northerly to a southerly in Wellington.

Winds reaching 140 kilometres an hour have been battering the lower North Island, prompting about 10 Fire Service callouts to lifted rooves and damaged telephone lines.

Learning difficulties 'over-diagnosed'

education

The head of the Secondary Principals' Association says children are being over-diagnosed with learning difficulties and those who are not could be the ones who suffer.

A 'tragic reminder' for climbers

Hiroki Ogawa and Nicole Sutton.

The New Zealand Alpine Club says the death of two climbers on a trip to the summit of Mount Taranaki is a tragic reminder to people to be more aware of time and weather.

NZEI still opposed to education policy

Teacher

The primary teachers' union, the NZEI, is standing by its opposition to the Government's flagship education policy, despite endorsement by secondary teachers.

Can shift work make you stupid?

shift work punch card

A new study has shown working anti-social shifts can dent your brain power. Dr Chris Smith from the Naked Scientists spoke to This Way Up's Simon Morton about the results. (AUDIO)

Tourism companies still to be approved

Whitewater rafting

With just over a week to go before a safety audit deadline for adventure tourism companies, Worksafe New Zealand says about 200 businesses still have to be approved.

Forest and Bird worried for habitats


A DoC worker checks a trap for pests. Thousands of hectares were missed last year due to staff shortages following restructuring.

Leading environment protection agency Forest and Bird says habitat that has missed out on pest control in the past year is now worse off than before.

Disney film good news for graduates

wellington sign near airport

The head of a Wellington-based film school says the production of Disney feature Pete's Dragon in the region will provide steady employment for graduates.

International visitors spending more

Tourists

International visitors are spending more money in New Zealand, with spending from Chinese visitors hitting a record $979 million in the year to September.