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Oscar Pistorius sentencing under way

A fan tries to give Oscar Pistorius flowers as he arrives for his sentencing.

The sentencing of Olympic and Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, is under way in Pretoria. He has been convicted of culpable homicide.

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 he wanted their address for a family court matter. (AUDIO)

Wind cancels Heathrow flights

Trollies at Heathrow Airport

About 10 percent of flights out of London's Heathrow Airport are being cancelled with strong winds expected from the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo, which hit Bermuda last week.

No charges over Christchurch asbestos

Homeowners in Canterbury are being warned they could be putting themselves at risk of asbestos contamination.

WorkSafe will not be laying charges following an investigation into allegations of unsafe handling of asbestos in quake-damaged buildings in Canterbury, it says. (AUDIO)

Greens hoping to work with National

Metiria Turei.

The Green Party has made another approach to National about working more closely on specific issues - but Prime Minister John Key says he sees little point in it.

Commonwealth welcomes back Fiji

Frank Bainimarama

The Commonwealth has reinstated Fiji as a full member following credible elections earlier this month, eight years after the nation was first suspended following a military coup.

Just one hour left to vote in general election

ballot box

Voters have one hour left to cast their ballot in the general election. The Electoral Commission says polling booths throughout the country have reported steady flows of people since 9am.

Winds cut power in North Island

Dark clouds gather during a previous storm over Castlepoint, Wairarapa.

Power was cut to hundreds of properties in the lower North Island this afternoon as strong winds and heavy rain lashed the area. Electricity should be restored in the next hour.

Poll irregularity 'evidence' shown in Fiji

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Five political parties in Fiji have presented evidence which they say back up their claims of irregularities in the country's landmark election.

Knights on winning streak in India

Kane Williamson in action for the Black Caps during the ICC World Twenty20 this year.

The winning streak continues for the national Twenty20 cricket champions Northern Districts at the Champions League in India.

36 ballot boxes in question in Fiji polls


Fiji elections authorities say 36 ballot boxes have been quarantined because of objections to Wednesday's polling process. Five parties say they won't accept the outcome of the elections.

Dirty Politics: warnings for the media?

Author Nicky Hager.

The subtitle of Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics is 'How attack politics is poisoning New Zealand's political environment'. Mediawatch asks if it has also poisoned the media.

Valerie Adams records 56th victory

Val Adams

New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams has recorded a 56th straight victory by winning the Diamond League meet in Brussels after recording a throw of 20.59 metres to win from her German rival Christina Schwanitz.

Reduce, recycle, replace?

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Technology has reached a point where it is solving problems you never knew you had, but it is causing problems for the environment. The Wireless reports.

Golden double for NZ rowers

Hamish Bond, cox Caleb Shepherd and Eric Murray with their gold medals

It has been another golden day for New Zealand rowers at the world championships in Amsterdam with Hamish Bond and Eric Murray and the women's four setting world records.

Marina Erakovic in US Open upset win

Marina Erakovic during the French Open.

New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic has pulled off a major upset at the US Open, toppling Russia's former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening round 3-6 6-2 7-6.

Man U sign Di Maria in record deal

Angel Di Maria playing for Argentina in the World Cup, 2014.

Manchester United have agreed to a British record transfer football fee of $120 million to sign Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, according to British media.

Wallabies hammered at Eden Park

Kieran Read scores against the Wallabies, Eden Park 2014.

It was another nightmare visit to Eden Park for the Wallabies, sinking to a 12th straight Bledisloe Cup series defeat on Saturday night as the All Blacks dished out a 51-20 hammering.