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Mortgage rates on the rise as OCR lifted again

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A major bank has signalled higher home loan rates following the Reserve Bank's announcement of another rise in the Official Cash Rate.

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New food safety council set up

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The Government has established a new food safety council to give it independent advice on food safety and risks. The Green Party said the new council is not in fact independent.

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Google adds 'time travel' feature

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in 2008.

Google has launched a new feature that allows users of its Google Maps website to travel back in time.

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Young soldiers experience Gallipoli

Trenches reconstructed at Canakkale on the site of the Battle of Chunuk Bair.

The leader of New Zealand's contingent at Gallipoli for Anzac Day services says the 34 young military people attending them will gain a sense of empathy for what their forebears went through.

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Nicholson eyes riding's grand slam

Andrew Nicholson.

New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson is eyeing an elusive equestrian grand slam after being handed the Burghley title that has officially been stripped from compatriot Jock Paget.

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UN probes ACC disability policies

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Advocates for people disabled through an accident are celebrating a United Nations committee inquiring into their rights and access to justice under ACC.

Kidnap suspect on run again

Brett Makiri.

A man arrested in Auckland over a kidnapping and assault has escaped police custody.

Pair charged with Justin Marshall assault

One of two men accused of assaulting former All Black Justin Marshall says the sportsman threw the first punch outside a strip club in Queenstown.

Photos create last parade of WWII vets

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An ambitious project will be launched on Anzac Day to photograph all surviving World War II veterans.

Pregnancy food advice not followed

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Research shows most New Zealand women are failing to meet Health Ministry nutritional guidelines when they are pregnant.

Credit data fee limit proposed

The Privacy Commission is proposing a limit on fees charged for urgent requests regarding personal credit information.

Unions seek prosecution over deaths

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In a rare move, the Council of Trade Unions is taking legal action against two forestry companies over the deaths of workers.

Crouching Tiger sequel boost for NZ industry

Taiwanese actress Zhang Zihi poses with her award for the first  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon film.

Film Auckland says having the sequel to martial arts classic Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon filmed in the city will bring a much needed boost for the industry.

ANZAC memorials planned nationwide

Dawn services will be held throughout the country followed in many places by civic services.

The spirit of the Anzacs will be alive and well as racing cars take to the track at Pukekohe for the New Zealand round of the Super V8s on Friday.

Rural help offered for big clean-up

Blown away  - a Whataroa farm garage demolished during the Easter storm.

Federated Farmers' West Coast president is meeting South Westland farmers to canvass the extent of damage from the Easter storm which devastated the region.

Fijian to be sent home for treatment

Nikki Kaye.

Associate Immigration Minister Nikki Kaye has defended her decision not to intervene to allow a Fijian man with kidney failure to stay in New Zealand for treatment.

Apology over prison cell death

A New Zealand prison cell.

The lawyer for the family of a woman who died in jail in 2008 says her children are pleased with an apology from the Department of Corrections and now hope to move on with their lives.

Study challenges fat-heart disease link

Federated Farmers says all things in moderation.

A British study examining the link between saturated fats and heart disease is challenging the belief that people should reduce their consumption.

Child dies in driveway accident

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A five-year-old child has been killed on a driveway in the fourth such death this year. The boy fell underneath a trailer being towed by a four wheel drive at Pokeno.

Appeal for would-be horse owners

The annual muster is scheduled for May.

Kaimanawa horse enthusiasts are urging people to re-home the animals as the date for the annual muster approaches.

NZ scientist to appear in terror trial

Abu-Hamza denies the charges.

A top New Zealand scientist is to be a key witness in a major terrorism trial involving radical preacher Abu Hamza in New York this week.

PM favours Easter trading change

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The Prime Minister says he is in favour of changing the law to allow businesses to open if they want on days currently restricted including over Easter.

Buller residents learn hard lesson

A huge landslide blocked Graham Valley Road in Tasman District.

The Buller District mayor says severe weather at Easter taught a hard lesson to many residents unprepared for the storm. One in five homes has been damaged.

New bank law raises privacy fears

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Attempts by the country's banks to comply with new American tax legislation are raising fears about customers' privacy.

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Indecent act in class by teacher alleged

A former teacher at a well-known Auckland school has been charged with doing an indecent act in a classroom.

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Robust economy fuels migration boom

New Zealand had a net gain of more than 3800 people in March.

A faster-growing economy is continuing to keep New Zealanders home and attract foreigners, with a net gain of more than 3800 people - the second highest monthly level on record.

PM's car pelted on visit to state homes

Police keep an eye on protesters in Marenui.

A rock, an egg and a tennis ball were thrown at Prime Minister John Key's car as he left a new state housing development in Napier on Wednesday.

Storm snapped off trees, power poles

Trees at Whataora were felled by the wind.

Local authorities, utility companies, householders and businesses in the South Island are battling to clear up the damage from last week's intense winds.

Sherpas deserve protection - Hillary

Thirteen guides died and three others are missing.

Sir Edmund Hillary's son is calling for greater protection for the Sherpas working on Mount Everest, after 16 of whom died in an avalanche last week.

Poor health delays Lorde's tour

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Grammy award-winning New Zealand singer Lorde has postponed her Australian tour this week after doctors advised she needed immediate rest and recuperation, her promoters say.

Police mistake payouts double in year

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The amount of compensation paid out by police for mistakes, including unlawful arrests, has more than doubled in the past year, official records show.

Chopper rescues touring kayaker

Philipp Cartier was dragged about 4km off course.

A German kayaker is safe and well after a dramatic night time rescue off the east coast of the South Island. He had been dragged 4km offshore by a combination of winds and tide.

Study looks at using mite to kill wasps

Mites infesting a german worker wasp - they may help control feral wasps.

Researchers believe a recently discovered mite may help end the country's wasp problem.