21:14 A 4.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled Hawke's Bay, but there have been no initial reports of damage.

21:14 Two men armed with knives, who took several hostages at a French church, have been neutralised. There are reports a priest was killed.

20:28 Suicide bombers have struck Somalia's Capital Mogadishu in a double car bombing - at least 8 are dead.

16:19 National MP Maurice Williamson will bow out of politics at next year's election. The MP for Pakuranga has spent three decades in Parliament.

16:19 Farmers growing peas in Wairarapa are facing a two year ban,following the discovery of a "pea weavel" pest insect in the region.

Tue, 25 Sep 2012

Family violence report released today

Nearly 50% of children who die as a result of family violence are killed by their mothers a Police report says - Police National Crime Manager Superintendent Rod Drew explained the findings of the report. Drew said that Police and their partner agencies are handling family violence cases much better no and are co-operating a lot more. 25 September 2012

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