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Final group of NZ soldiers heads to Afghanistan

New Zealand's last group of soldiers to serve in Afghanistan will leave today.

Industry head blames Govt for job losses

A run of factory closures and redundancies hitting manufacturing firms is the legacy of successive governments' neglect of the sector, says the head of an industry group.

Cricket: Hesson defends batting order changes

Cricket: Hesson defends batting order changes

New Zealand cricket team coach Mike Hesson has defended the decision to play solitaire with the batting order in their opening two games of the World T20.

Police hunt Christchurch bank robber

Police hunt Christchurch bank robber

Police are hunting for a robber who walked into a Christchurch bank and demanded money this afternoon.

Auckland ferry has engine fire

A mechanical problem on an Auckland ferry carrying 60 people sparked fears of a fire onboard.

New rules for jury service

A set of new rules governing jury service is set to become law this week.

Fuel prices fall

Fuel prices fall

Two major oil companies have dropped fuel prices by 3 cents a litre for petrol and 2 cents for diesel.

Rugby: Smaller crowds not bothering Lions

Attendances in the ITM Cup might be dwindling but Wellington Lions coach Chris Boyd says his players haven't voiced any concerns about the issue to him.

Nuplex plans to close factories, cut jobs

Australasian resins maker Nuplex Industries says it will close factories and cut its payroll by just under 10 per cent to align the business with what it expects to be a deep decline in the manufacturing, building and construction sectors.

Rugby: Juggling act key as All Blacks look to future

Rugby: Juggling act key as All Blacks look to future

Two games to go and the inaugural Rugby Championship is almost in the bag for the All Blacks, but they will know they were in the same position last year and lost the Tri Nations.

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