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Fraud: Weak council culture cited

Fraud: Weak council culture cited

A weak internal culture at the Dunedin City Council allowed a staff member to get away with spending $100,000 of ratepayers' money on personal items using a council fuel card, the company that investigated the fraud says.

Relief after officer in abuse case resigns

Relief after officer in abuse case resigns

A taxi firm boss whose driver was racially insulted by an off-duty Queenstown policewoman says they are very relieved she has resigned.

NZ-Australia parity close

NZ-Australia parity close

The New Zealand dollar could reach parity with the Australian currency as early as the first quarter next year, following economic uncertainty in Russia and the Federal Reserve adopting a more cautious tone.

Key: Govt must weigh risk, rights

Key: Govt must weigh risk, rights

Prime Minister John Key said the Sydney siege gunman highlighted the conundrum for authorities over protecting citizens against potential terrorism and over-stepping their powers.

Orchard in family for 100 years

Orchard in family for 100 years

Cromwell orchardists the Webb family have marked a milestone by celebrating 100 years in the fruit industry this month.

US, Cuba's Cold War thaw

US, Cuba's Cold War thaw

The United States plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 50 years after they were severed, a major policy shift after decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said.

Sweeping investigation into a deadly hostage siege

Sweeping investigation into a deadly hostage siege

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott ordered a sweeping investigation into a deadly hostage siege after tough new security laws and the courts failed to stop a convicted felon from walking into a Sydney cafe with a concealed shotgun.

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