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Ballance trading profit rises almost 20%

Fertiliser co-operative Ballance Agri-Nutrients says cost-cutting helped drive its trading profit up by 19.8 per cent to $92.6 million, despite last summer's drought reducing demand.

Waikato drug search halted by bomb discovery

A drug search was halted today after a bomb was discovered at a rural Waikato property.

Golf: McCall misses cut after slow-play penalty

Southland No 1 Vaughan McCall missed the two-round cut of the 111th Western Amateur in Arkansas by only one stroke today.

Rugby: Masaga bracket only potential change for Chiefs

Rugby: Masaga bracket only potential change for Chiefs

Dave Rennie has named an unchanged Chiefs team to play the Brumbies in Saturday's Super Rugby final in Hamilton, although wing Lelia Masaga has been bracketed with Robbie Robinson due to injury.

Parliamentary Service boss resigns over phone records

Parliamentary Service boss resigns over phone records

The head of Parliamentary Service had taken a hit over the accessing of Fairfax journalist Andrea Vance's phone records and resigned today.

120 jobs to go at Westport cement plant

Holcim has delivered another body blow to the West Coast, announcing today the closure of its Westport cement plant within two to three years.

Man jailed for post-quake burglaries

A former Hokitika man charged over the burglary of four vacant Christchurch houses soon after the deadly Canterbury earthquakes has been jailed for 19 months.

Basketball: Tall Blacks have targets on their backs

Basketball: Tall Blacks have targets on their backs

Success at this week's Shikoku Basketball Classic at Szenchen has provided the Tall Blacks with ideal preparation for the upcoming Oceania championship series against Australia.

Quake near East Cape

Quake near East Cape

A shallow 4.2 magnitude earthquake has been detected near East Cape.

Hills Flooring in liquidation - 18 jobs to go

Eighteen people are expected to lose their jobs after a 53-year-old New Zealand flooring company, owed $250,000 by failed construction firm Mainzeal, went into liquidation today.

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