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New toxic algae test for shellfish

Sample of algae found in Otago in 2013

Shellfish growers could soon be able to use cheap technology, similar to a home pregnancy test, to determine whether algal toxins are reaching dangerous levels.

Holiday road toll 'two deaths too many'


Police say they are disappointed the Labour Weekend road toll is already at two deaths and are calling on motorists to reduce speed and drive to the conditions.

Ebola's impact on economy 'negligible'

Fonterra chairman John Wilson, left, and chief executive Theo Spierings.

Export New Zealand says this country's economy is unlikely to suffer because of Ebola, despite Fonterra's estimate that it could lose $150 million in sales in West Africa.

NZ Kurds protest against Islamic State

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Around 200 members of New Zealand's Kurdish community have rallied in downtown Auckland, demanding more support for those fighting against Islamic State.

Crash pushes holiday road toll to two

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The holiday weekend road toll stands at two after a crash involving a car and a truck in Waikato. The accident happened on State Highway One south of Lichfield.

Ladi6 up for challenge of 'dream' career


Karoline Tamati, otherwise known as Ladi6, might be able to pack out venues here, but she admits winning crowds over on her recent US tour was a challenge. (VIDEO)

Malaysian diplomat appears in court

Muhammad Rizalman.

The former Malaysian diplomat accused of attacking a Wellington woman five months ago appeared in court on Saturday after returning to New Zealand.

Air NZ flight forced to turn back

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An Air New Zealand flight on its way to Hawaii was forced to return to Auckland because of a suspected fault. The pilots burned off excess fuel before landing safely.

Greenpeace hits out at prospect plan

The Ocean Patriot drilling platform off the coast of Taranaki

Greenpeace claims an application to survey a huge area of seabed off the Otago coast is a sign of an industry in its sunset phase. The area is about the size of New Zealand.

Families want 'fair crack' at Pike River

Solid Energy has said a special meeting may be held to discuss whether the mine's drift can be safely re-entered.

The lawyer acting for some of the Pike River families says they are concerned Solid Energy has already made up its mind not to try to re-enter the mine.

Farmers push for TPP tariff elimination

Tim Groser at speaks to media at the TPP ministerial meeting in Singapore.

Federated Farmers is urging Trade Minister Tim Groser to insist on the elimination of agricultural tariffs at the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks this weekend.

Pike River - Timeline of events

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

Warning on calls to arm police

Police woman

A criminal defence lawyer has issued a warning about arming police following a unanimous vote and call by Police Association members for sworn officers to start carrying guns. (AUDIO)

Doctors asked not to decline Ebola care

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

The Medical Council has written to all district health boards saying it expects most doctors to be ready and willing to care for a patient with Ebola if required. (AUDIO)

Fatal crash as holiday period starts

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A fatal crash just moments into the holiday road period is a terrible start to Labour Weekend, police say. One person has died after a car collided with a truck at Dairy Flat north of Auckland.

Serepisos cleared of bankrupcy

Terry Serepisos.

Wellington businessman Terry Serepisos has been discharged from bankruptcy. He was declared in September 2011 and lost ownership of the Phoenix football team.

Japan to have next Super Rugby team

Keisuke Uchida of Japan rugby team.

Japan will be the first Asian team in the Super Rugby competition. It has beaten out Singapore to be the 18th team in the competition when it expands for the 2016 season.

Pair arrested in scam inquiry


Two people have been arrested in connection with an alleged Meridian scam that has targeted elderly residents in Christchurch.