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South Island main roads open

The country has been battered by the tailend of a cyclone.

All major roads in the South Island are open, but motorists are advised to drive with caution. Meanwhile MetService has issued a warning for Bay of Plenty and Rotorua.

Updated 15 minutes ago

Theft, traffic offences common for people on bail

Offender in handcuffs

Theft and vehicle offences are among the most common acts committed by people on bail.

Updated 34 minutes ago

Campers rescued from rising river

Fire crews had to ferry more than 20 trapped people from a camping spot on the flooded Selwyn river, south of Christchurch late on Friday night. The operation at Coes Ford took about two hours.

Kiev govt must go - E.Ukraine rebels

A flag of the 'Donetsk republic' is displayed outside a regional state building.

Pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine say the government in Kiev must step down before they leave all occupied buildings and lay down their arms.

Updated 34 minutes ago

Lab mix-up leads to cancer diagnosis

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A woman incorrectly diagnosed with cancer had extensive surgery after a mix-up in a laboratory in what the Health and Disability Commissioner says was a case of human error.

NZ consulting Australia over Solomons

Homes have been left uninhabitable after the flooding.

New Zealand is in close consultation with Australia over plans for future aid support to the Solomon Islands after fatal and devastating flooding.

Kauri-killing disease spreads

Kauri king Tane Mahuta.

A disease which has killed thousands of kauri trees in the past 10 years has spread to the Coromandel, and part of the Whangapoua forest is closed to try to contain it.

Minister to get advice on dogs

Paula Bennett.

The Local Government Minister is keen to look at what can be done to protect people from dangerous dogs, after what she describes as a horrific mauling left a seven-year-old Japanese girl in intensive care.

Southland wants ban on sale of legal highs

Synthetic cannabis and a pipe.

The mayors of Southland are demanding the Government ban the sale of synthetic cannabis and other legal highs.

Less funding for tertiary institutions

Seven polytechnics and universities will get less government funding this year, figures from the Tertiary Education Commission show.

Call for ban on some Australian fruit

Assure Quality officer Richard Calvert in Whangarei.

A biosecurity clampdown is in place in Whangarei after the discovery of another Queensland fruit fly, prompting a call for a ban on importing fruit from some Australian states and tougher screening measures.

NZ won't recognise Crimea vote

Murray McCully.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand will not recognise the result of the referendum on the status of Crimea.

Spy agency dirty trick claims dismissed

GCSB listening station at Waihopai in Marlborough.

The former head of the GCSB says claims about possible dirty tactics by New Zealand's spy agencies and speculation of spying on trading partners give the agencies too much credit for their capabilities.

No sympathy from PM for drone victim

110314. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Prime Minister John Key announced that a referendum about a new flag will be held during the next parliamentary term.

The Prime Minister has blamed the New Zealand man killed during a counter-terrorism drone attack in Yemen last year for his own death.

Glenn seeks investigation into Warriors

Sir Owen Glenn.

The wrangle over the Warriors is intensifying with its co-owner Owen Glenn calling for the rugby league team to be investigated by an independent commissioner.

Resignation after lack of answers

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A director of South Canterbury Finance's parent company resigned after failing to get straight answers from the late Allan Hubbard, the High Court at Timaru has been told.

Cyber crime levels continue to rise

The internet safety organisation Netsafe says levels of cyber crime continue to rise, and more than $500,000 in losses as a result of online scams and fraud was recorded last month.

TVNZ inquiry members named

Media lawyer Steven Price and retired radio manager Bill Francis are to be part of a review into claims of political bias at Television New Zealand.