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Unemployment rate stays steady

Unemployment rate stays steady

New Zealand's unemployment rate has declined this year as businesses kept staff on deck amid an improving economic recovery.

EU trade beefed up

EU trade beefed up

New Zealand has got another hoof in the European trade door with a European Union decision to allow access of a quota for grain-fed high quality beef.

OCR remains at record low

OCR remains at record low

The Reserve Bank has left the Official Cash Rate unchanged at a record low 2.5%.

Labour releases balloons for Norway victims

Labour Party members gathered on Parliament's steps today to release red balloons in memory of their counterparts and other victims who died in Norway's mass shooting and bombing at the weekend.

Elderly farmer crushed to death by hay bale

An elderly Manawatu farmer was crushed to death by a large hay bale yesterday.

Thieves steal from sick children

Callous thieves are continuing to prey on sick children at Auckland's Starship Hospital.

Rugby: Auckland hold off late Wellington charge

A disciplined Auckland outfit withstood a late Wellington charge to take out their national provincial championship rugby match 21-17 in the capital  tonight.

NZ man dies in Fiji

A former West Coast man has died after reportedly being beaten up in Nadi, Fiji, several days ago.

Mine inquiry first phase completed

Mine inquiry first phase completed

The first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the series of explosion at the Pike River coal mine on the West Coast which killed 29 workers was completed in Greymouth today, with former company boss Peter Whittall testifying.

Bones of Hitler's deputy exhumed, burned

The bones of Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, have been removed from their grave in a small Bavarian town that had become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis.