Asylum seekers in boat were heading for NZ

Asylum seekers in boat were heading for NZ

A ramshackle fishing boat carrying 66 suspected asylum seekers from Sri Lanka has arrived in Australia - carrying passengers holding a sign saying "We want to go to New Zealand".

Loud bang heard at fatal house fire

Neighbours heard a large bang when a Tokoroa house went up in flames, killing one person and leaving another man fighting for his life in Waikato Hospital last night.

Rugby: Frustrated Smith needs to go back to basics - Hansen

Rugby: Frustrated Smith needs to go back to basics - Hansen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says Aaron Smith's frustrations at the Highlanders are affecting his game and he needs to take on less to help his team and himself.

Victim a 'difficult' child - mother

Victim a 'difficult' child - mother

Hayden Miles was a "difficult" child whose behavioural issues saw put him into foster care before he was killed, his mother told a court today.

Call to make visas easier for Chinese tourists

A Government-commissioned report into the booming Chinese tourism market finds visa processes should be streamlined to encourage travel by "low risk" high-spending visitors - or risk losing them to rival destinations.

League: Warriors props reunited

The Warriors will be able to field their strongest propping rotation for the first time in 17 matches when they face the Raiders in Canberra on Saturday.

Child support reform signed off

The biggest changes to the child support system in more than 20 years have been signed off in Parliament today and will come into place in April next year.

Stockton Mine wants to reduce production

Solid Energy has confirmed it wants to reduce Stockton mine's production to 1.6 million tonnes a year by changing operating hours and shift patterns.

Prison van collides with crane

A prison van that collided with a crane on State Highway 2 is blocking traffic near Katikati.

Privacy breach affected 1600 schools

The company behind the flawed Novopay system has sent a number of schools the wrong emails about yet-to-be-processed actions regarding their payrolls.

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