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24 September 2017 4:43 AM NZ dollar in for volatility with govt still unclear

The New Zealand dollar is set for more volatility in coming weeks after the election left New Zealand's major parties with no majority to govern, forcing them to enter negotiations with the nationalist New Zealand First Party. The National Party secured the largest number of votes in Saturday's election but two of its possible allies lost seats in parliament

23 September 2017 9:53 PM Ardern confident in Labour-NZ First-Greens govt

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says she is confident a Labour, NZ First, Greens government could provide stable government despite having just a one-seat majority. Ms Ardern said she was due to speak to Green co-leader James Shaw on Sunday afternoon but it was clear that NZ First leader Winston Peters wanted some time before any conversations were held. She denied 10

23 September 2017 6:43 PM North Korea: Mystery quake 'not nuclear test'

A shallow magnitude 3.4 tremor has been detected near North Korea's nuclear test site, but experts believe it was a natural earthquake. South Korea said the specific soundwaves of man-made quakes were not recorded, while China said the tremor's features were of a natural quake. North Korea - which has recently carried out a series of nuclear tests - has so far made no comments

23 September 2017 6:15 PM Lotto results: First division split between two

No matter who they voted for, there will be two households celebrating Sunday morning after winning Lotto's first division. Punters from Tauranga and Porirua have split the pool, taking home $500,000 each. One winning ticket was sold at New World Brookfield in Tauranga, and the other at Countdown in Porirua. Nobody hit the Powerball this time, so it'll

23 September 2017 4:02 PM Decision now lies with Peters

National and Labour had been almost neck and neck in opinion polls, with charismatic 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern almost single-handedly dragging Labour back into the race after taking over the party's leadership in August. National took 46% of the vote, the Electoral Commission said, while support for Labour was 35.8%. A final tally including overseas 1

23 September 2017 12:33 PM New Zealand's ruling Nationals win most votes, New Zealand First Party kingmaker

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand’s ruling National Party won the largest number of votes in the country’s general election on Saturday, securing a comfortable margin over the Labour Party after what had promised to be the most hotly contested race in recent history. National and Labour had been almost neck and neck in opinion polls, with charismatic

23 September 2017 11:47 AM Swarbrick to become youngest MP in 42 years

Chlöe Swarbrick, the young woman who came from nowhere and finished third in the Auckland mayoralty race last year, has made it to parliament 12 months later - the youngest MP in 42 years. The Greens candidate is ranked seventh on the party list, but came third in the electorate race in Maungakiekie. The 23-year-old says she knows her life is going to change 1

23 September 2017 12:33 AM New Zealand polls open as record numbers of voters cast ballots in advance

New Zealand goes to the polls to choose the make-up of its 52nd Parliament today, in a close-run race between the governing National Party and the opposition Labour Party. Doors to the polling booths opened at 9:00am (local time), though a record number of voters had already cast their ballots in advance. Voting will end at 7:00pm (local time) and the country's 2

23 September 2017 12:23 AM Neighbours beaten back by fierce fire

Neighbours made daring attempts to enter a Dunedin home engulfed in flames in the hope of saving the occupant, but were beaten back by the intensity of the blaze. A body has been recovered from the scorched remnants of the Nutsford St home in the suburb of Brockville, after fire tore through the flat about midnight on Friday. Senior Sergeant Brian Benn said a fire investigator 2

23 September 2017 12:00 AM $100k bill: House left in ruins after an open-invite party

Shocking footage has emerged of a unoccupied house left in ruins after an open-invite party. The party was held at a house in Dairy Flat, Auckland, which was under renovation, on September 16. It resulted in about $100,000 worth of damage. Waitemata Police have released footage of the aftermath, which shows walls kicked in and tagged, smashed windows 1