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Storm lashes north with flooding, power cuts

Tamaki Drive was closed because of flooding.

The band of wild wet weather sweeping down the country is leaving a trail of fallen trees, flooding and power cuts in its wake.

Updated 20 minutes ago

Wife discharged over air rifle shooting

Mona Dudley

The mother of a teenager who died after a school fight last year has been discharged without conviction after admitting shooting her husband with an air rifle.

Updated 7 minutes ago

Owners in dog maul case in court

Sakurako Uehara.

The owners of four dogs that viciously mauled a seven-year-old girl in Murupara near Rotorua have appeared in court charged with owning dogs that caused serious injury.

Drone strike programme seen as ineffective

The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies says the American drone strike programme to prevent terrorism is ineffective and serves only to fuel Muslim militancy.

Updated about 1 hour ago

Karam wins thousands for defamation

Joe Karam.

David Bain campaigner Joe Karam has been awarded $535,000 in a defamation case described as a full-scale assault against him.

Legal action pondered after storage fire

Fire crews at the Kiwi Self Storage facility.

People who lost possessions in the Kiwi Self Storage fire in Wellington at the beginning of April are considering legal action against the company.

Guilty plea on Amy Farrall murder

Amy Farrall and her dog Chop.

Aaron Rhys McDonald has pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of Christchurch community worker Amy Farrall and attacks on two backpackers on the West Coast while on parole.

Questions over police DNA collection

A senior law lecturer says the police collection of DNA is valuable but she is raising questions about how wide such collections should go.

ACC challenged at United Nations

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The group behind a successful court ruling against ACC is taking its wider concerns about how the corporation operates to the United Nations.

Tributes to 'father of ACC'

Sir Owen Woodhouse, who first recommended a no-fault accident compensation scheme for New Zealand, has died at the age of 97. He chaired the Royal Commission on Accident Compensation in the 1960s.

English says Budget will lift wages

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Finance Minister Bill English is promoting the Budget as one which will create more jobs and lift wages. But the Greens say so far under National, wages haven't kept pace with inflation and low and middle income families are worse off.

Nufarm to close Auckland factory

Agricultural chemicals company Nufarm is closing its factory at Otahuhu in South Auckland with the loss of up to 59 jobs. Production will be transferred to its plant in Victoria in Australia.

Expert pushes for renewable power

Genesis Energy's Hau Nui 1 windfarm.

New Zealand could produce far more renewable electricity than it does, energy experts at a conference in Wellington have been told.

Prosecutor who dealt drugs struck off

A former police prosecutor who dealt drugs on his lunch break has been struck off as a lawyer.

Property scammer going to prison

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A man who preyed on vulnerable South Auckland families in a property scam has been told to report to the High Court to start serving his prison sentence.

Privacy watchdog wants ACC answers

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The Privacy Commissioner says he does not think it is acceptable for employers to be able to trawl through people's ACC files.

Claims ACC sent sensitive files

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The Human Rights Commission has received five complaints in the past two years about Accident Compensation Corporation files sent to prospective employers.

Treasury knew SCF in trouble, court told

The Treasury knew South Canterbury Finance was in trouble but extended a Crown guarantee anyway, the High Court has been told.

NZ Post mail service faces tough times

NZ Post logo.

New Zealand Post has warned the Government its mail volume is falling faster than it anticipated last year when it negotiated a new deed of settlement.

Confidence farmers will sign up to dam water

The site of the proposed dam.

A farmer in central Hawke's Bay says locals are excited the Ruataniwha dam has been given resource consents and he's confident more farmers will now be looking to sign up to take water.

'Not enough' due diligence on SCF

The Treasury should have carried out far more due diligence on South Canterbury Finance before it was approved for the Crown's Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme, the High Court has been told.

Crown pushes to keep Dotcom orders

Kim Dotcom.

Police are seeking to extend restraining orders on property belonging to internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom.

Privacy waiver ruling may be costly for ACC

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The Accident Compensation Corporation admits it may owe people thousands of dollars for cutting their compensation when they refused to sign a privacy waiver that courts have ruled unlawful.

Stargazers see red in night sky

The moon seen in Masterton.

A colourful lunar eclipse known as a blood moon was visible in New Zealand on Tuesday night, the first of four eclipses between now and the end of the year.

Police officer attacked during brawl

A police officer has been hospitalised with a laceration to the back of his head following a mass brawl in Auckland.

Dotcom claims victory in assets case

Kim Dotcom.

Kim Dotcom could get access to his confiscated assets within a fortnight after a court decided not to extend the seizure order.

NZ man killed in counter-terror attack

Prime Minister John Key.

Prime Minister John Key has confirmed that a New Zealand man was killed during a counter-terrorism drone attack in Yemen, along with others including al Qaeda operatives last year.

Crown loses bid to keep Dotcom assets

Kim Dotcom.

Internet businessman Kim Dotcom has won access to confiscated assets after a court rejected the Crown's bid for an extension.They include luxury cars, a giant TV, jewellery and art.

NZers urged to plan for end of lives

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A national campaign is being launched to encourage New Zealanders to decide how they want to be cared for at the end of their lives.

ICT industry short by 10,000 workers

The body representing the technology sector says an online recruitment fair to attract foreign workers will help alleviate the skills shortage blighting the sector.

No further fruit flies found

The Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni).

Two weeks of trapping have not found any evidence that the Queensland fruit fly is breeding in Whangarei, the Ministry for Primary Industries says.

Quarter of New Zealanders born overseas

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More than a quarter of New Zealand's population was born overseas according to the latest figures from the 2013 census.

Council questions if dam worth it

Toxic algae can choke rivers which have a high concentration of nutrients.

A Board of Inquiry into the Ruataniwha Dam in Hawke's Bay has granted resource consents for the $600 million project, but the regional council says it's yet to be determined whether the dam is still viable.

Freedom camping test case in court

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The rights of freedom campers to park anywhere on the Coromandel Peninsular is being argued in the High Court in Hamilton.