17:24 Daybreak in Italy has revealed the extent of the devastation following a powerful earthquake in the central region of the country.

17:22 A man has been taken to Christchurch Hospital after being crushed by a digger at a worksite in Mt Pleasant shortly after three o'clock.

16:14 A full military welcome has been rolled out for the state farewell of Sir Jerry Mateparae from the role of Governor-General.

16:13 New Zealand First will continue to pressure the Government to make a planned child sex offender register public.

16:07 First reports of casualties are coming through after a big earthquake in central Italy. An elderly couple was killed when their home collapsed.

Thu, 06 Sep 2012

Hone Harawira calls out the Maori Party as servants to John Key.

Hone Harawira is stirring up trouble this morning. He has dropped the N-Word to imply that the Maori Party are servants of the Prime Minister. The Maori Party is dismissing claims made by Hone Harawira that they are servants of the Prime Minister. John Key has told his MPs they are not allowed to attend a hui on water rights next week and Mr Harawira has hit out at suggestions the Maori Party may not send its MPs either. He's called them Mr Key's slaves using the dreaded n-word to make his point clear.

Harawira is angry that the Maori Party MPs have been told not to attend a national hui over water rights next week after John Key banned his MPs from attending.

The Maori Party is dismissing claims made by Hone Harawira that they are servants of the Prime Minister.

John Key has told his MPs they are not allowed to attend a hui on water rights next week and Mr Harawira has hit out at suggestions the Maori Party may not send its MPs either.

He's called them Mr Key's slaves using the dreaded n-word to make his point clear.

Te Ururoa Flavell says Mr Harawira's comments are unfortunate, but they're what people have come to expect.

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