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Police taking Hager to court for access

Author Nicky Hager says it's the era of dirty tricks.

The police are taking the investigative journalist Nicky Hager to court in a bid to access information he wants kept secret. Police searchedh is home earlier this month.

IPCA says officer's use of dog unlawful

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An Auckland police officer who ordered his dog to bite and hold an offender when his hands were in the air and has been criticised for unlawful and excessive use of force.

Inflation steady at 1 percent

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Inflation rose a less-than-expected 0.3 percent in the September quarter, taking the annual rate to 1 percent, which is at the very bottom of the Reserve Bank's target range.

Finance company failures 'predictable'

Money

A study led by Otago University researchers has found more than 80 percent of New Zealand finance company failures over a three-year period could have been predicted.

Te Ara - encyclopedia of NZ completed

Hinemoana Baker

The completion of a 12 year online project, Te Ara -The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, was celebrated in the capital last night in front of an audience of 300 people. (AUDIO)

Fonterra launches waterways project

Fonterra has launched a waterways project in Canterbury.

Fonterra has launched a waterways project in Canterbury it says will prove that sustainable dairying and healthy ecosystems can co-exist.

Shooting victim in stable condition

Paeroa

A 50-year-old Hauraki Plains man who fled and was shot a number of times by police on Tuesday night remains in a serious but stable condition in Waikato Hospital.

Experts believe mine can be re-entered

the entry to the mine in november 2010

International experts believe Solid Energy should get back in to the main tunnel at Pike River mine on the West Coast, saying the re-entry plan is not as risky as the company fears. (AUDIO)

System for tracking high-risk drivers

driving

A new system for tracking high-risk and repeat drink-drivers that can take electronic fingerprint scans and photographs and see who has been convictions was launched today.

Flu strains outpacing new vaccines

Research for flu vaccines cannot keep up with the speed at which new strands, such as H3N2, of the virus develop.

The National Influenza Centre says research for flu vaccines cannot keep up with the speed at which new strands of the virus develop - such as the H3N2 strand. (AUDIO)

Call for ACC to restore public trust

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Advocates for accident claimants say the Accident Compensation Corporation must do more to restore public confidence in the organisation. (AUDIO)

Big ticks for first charter schools

Pupils at South Auckland Middle School.

The first two charter schools to get Education Review Office reports are hoping the results will help vindicate their place in the education system. (AUDIO)

Company displayed 'wilful ignorance'

Greenepeace

Greenpeace says New Zealand's largest mining company Shell-Todd displayed wilful ignorance for breaching new maritime relating to acquiring a resource consent.

Sex-accused diplomat expected back

Muhammad Rizalman.

A Malaysian defence attache accused of a sex crime is expected to return to New Zealand this weekend. He is expected to appear in the Wellington District Court on Saturday. (AUDIO)

Pike River - Timeline of events

Pike River timeline of events - key moments in the mine tragedy

Principals take Key's side on poor kids

Sandwich

Schools in some of Northland's poorest communities agree with Prime Minister John Key that a universal lunch programme is not the best way to help hungry children. (AUDIO)

Glassons bull-headed over ad

Bull riding at a rodeo

The clothing giant Glassons has no plans to pull an advertisement which has been slammed by animal rights groups for glamourising animal cruelty. (AUDIO)

Commissioner keen on wealth tax

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New Zealand needs have a look at the possibility of taxing wealth, as the gap in wealth has increased faster than the disparity in income, Children's Commissioner Russell Wills says. (AUDIO)

Officer honoured after saving man

bravery award - Deane O'Connor

An officer who rescued a drowning man after a three-car collision on a Tauranga bridge last year has received the Police Association's Bravery Award.

ACC $2b in surplus, now fully funded

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The Accident Compensation Corporation says it is now essentially fully funded, paving the way for significant levy cuts next year - it has a net surplus of over $2 billion.

Time no longer standing still in Chch

Christchurch's historic clock tower.

Time is no longer standing still on Christchurch's historic clock tower, which has been restored to its pre-quake glory. All four clock faces froze at the exact time of the February 2011 quake.

Ministry to appeal family carer ruling

Court of Appeal

The Ministry of Health has gone to the Court of Appeal in a bid to overturn a High Court ruling regarding funding for an Auckland woman who is supporting her disabled son.

ERO happy with charter schools

Education

Two charter schools in Auckland have been given positive reviews by the Education Review Office. The publicly-funded schools opened this year. (AUDIO)

Mystery deepens over suspected IS site

Address in Parnell in Auckland listed on the website's registration details.

The mystery over who is behind a suspected terrorist website with links to Islamic State, and to New Zealand, has deepened after a mailing account is suddenly cancelled.

Donations site defends processes

computer mouse and money

An online donations website is defending its registration and vetting processes after a page was linked to fraud allegations, saying it has worked perfectly for the past seven years.

Anger over Worksafe asbestos decision

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There is anger over a Worksafe investigation which concluded risks from asbestos in the Canterbury Home Repair Programme are very low, and no action is needed. (AUDIO)

New Zealand population grows

Census

New Zealand's population has grown by the highest rate for 11 years, with Statistics New Zealand saying the population grew by 67,800 in the year to June.

Auckland commuters catch capital

auckland trains

Auckland has replaced Wellington as the country's capital for rail commuting, with 12 million trips made in the year to September, thanks to a multibillion-dollar investment over a decade. (AUDIO)

Medicines 'won't cost more under TPP'

Tim Groser

Trade Minister Tim Groser said medicines will not be made more expensive if New Zealand signs up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement with 12 other countries. (AUDIO)

Auckland Uni fee idea divides sector

University of Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn building, Auckland

A suggestion by Auckland University that highly ranked universities should be able to charge higher fees than others has divided the tertiary sector. (AUDIO)

Defence chief urges security debate

Lieutenant-General Tim Keating.

The chief of the Defence Force believes there is a "cultural cringe" about debating issues of security in New Zealand - and that needs to change.

AFP drop 'Balibo Five' investigation

The house where the journalists were allegedly killed by Indonesian forces.

The Australian Federal Police has dropped a war crimes investigation into the deaths of five journalists in Timor Leste in 1975, citing lack of evidence.

Call for Glassons to pull bull advert

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Animal rights activists are calling on the clothing store chain Glassons to pull its latest advertisement, saying it glamorises animal cruelty - it shows a model riding a bull.

Gigatown waste of money, say critics

Dunedin is competing against Gisborne, Nelson, Timaru and Wanaka.

Chorus' broadband competition Gigatown, which gives a subsidised supply of the fastest internet service to the winning town, is a waste of money, critics say.

Dead girl's father, police at odds

Faizal Kalim

The father of a preschooler killed with her mother claims police were told of their disappearance but did nothing; the police say no concerns for their safety were raised until last year. (AUDIO)

Govt aiming to tempt ex-pats home

Immigration

The Government is planning a series of job fairs in Australia to recruit skilled expatriate New Zealanders. Work will be offered in areas where there are skills shortages.

Missing teen thought to be with boyfriend

police

Police are searching for a 16-year-old girl who has been missing from Levin for almost two weeks. Sela Fifita-Tovo was last seen travelling on a bus to visit family in Auckland.

NZ edging closer to 3m tourist mark

Chinese tourists visiting geysers in Rotorua.

International visitor arrivals topped 2.8 million in the year to September as New Zealand edges closer to welcoming a record 3 million annual visitors.