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Fears for economy if rates keep rising

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Unions and some business groups warn economic activity may stall if interest rates keep rising. The Reserve Bank lifted the benchmark rate to 3 percent on Thursday - the second time in six weeks.

China restrictions could hurt exporters

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy with Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye.

About 50 small infant formula companies in New Zealand could be barred from exporting to China under new rules.

New food safety council set up

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The Government has established a new food safety council to give it independent advice on food safety and risks. The Green Party said the new council is not in fact independent.

Laid-off workers 'treated like cattle'

Timber sawmill.

The union for some Otago workers laid off from a major timber company says they have been treated like cattle.

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.

Retailers want Anzac hours for Easter

Eftpost machine.

Retailers and employers want Anzac Day trading hours applied to the Easter weekend.

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.