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Kidnap-accused escapes from police
18:49 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
A man accused of kidnapping a 29-year-old woman has escaped from police within hours of being arrested.
18:30 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
Australian authorities have dismissed questions of cost as they continue searching for missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370.
Govt rejects 'cynical plot' accusations
18:07 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
Foreign Minister Murray McCully is denying he was part of a plot to steal Shane Jones from the Labour Party.
15:38 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
The white powder that prompted an evacuation of part of Christchurch Mail Centre was flour, police said.
15:06 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
Turkey's Gallipoli Peninsula remains mostly unchanged from how it would've looked about 100 years ago when the Anzac troops arrived.
14:35 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Adelaide for a whirlwind visit to the Northern Sound Factory and a civic reception.
Pair charged with assaulting Marshall
14:30 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
Two men have been charged with assaulting former All Blacks halfback Justin Marshall in Queenstown.
Ministry chasing teacher overpayments
14:00 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
The Ministry of Education still has to collect nearly $9 million in overpayments to teachers and school staff.
13:51 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
Prime Minister John Key's Crown limo has been egged in Napier.
13:36 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
Prime Minister John Key has announced top lawyer Cheryl Gwyn will be the next Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.
Jail for Taranaki torture trio
13:30 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
Three people who tortured a Taranaki teenager have each been jailed for two years and four months.
New alcohol laws cut crime, minister says
13:20 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
Police Minister Anne Tolley says new alcohol laws are working - there's been a significant drop in serious assaults and public disorder offences.
13:02 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
Corrections has apologised to the family of a woman who died in custody in Auckland after no one responded to her call for help amid heart failure.
NZ company cancels Everest expedition
12:30 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
A NZ company has cancelled its Mount Everest expedition this season after three of its Sherpas were killed in an avalanche.
12:25 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
The Green Party has launched its Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill and it'll be asking the public to contribute ideas.
11:16 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
A new report into the economic potential of the East Coast stresses the importance of the region's roading network to its development.
Two suffer hypothermia after boat capsize
11:00 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
A man and a woman have been taken to Hawera Hospital suffering from moderate hypothermia after their boat capsized on the Patea bar.
10:43 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
About 10,500 people will attend the Anzac centenary at Gallipoli in 2015, but 1200 of them will have to wait for an hour off site due to space restrictions.
All vets eligible for pension: Labour
10:30 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
Labour leader David Cunliffe says his party would drop eligibility criteria for war veterans to receive a veteran's pension.
10:10 NZST Wed Apr 23 2014
Kelvin Davis is making an unexpected return to parliament with the depature of Labour's Shane Jones.
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