17:09 The death toll in Italy's devastating earthquake has risen dramatically. It is now 247 and officials say many people are still buried.

16:55 Individual councils can decide on whether shops in their area should open on Easter Sunday. The Shop Trading Hours Bill passed 62-59.

16:53 The High Court has directed Corrections to reconsider its decision to not allow a journalist to be present when Scott Watson meets Gerald Hope.

16:10 Hawke's Bay Regional Council is going to war against the Hastings District Council over the contaminated water supply, which made thousands ill.

16:09 A homicide investigation is underway into the disappearance of 48 year old Northland man Kimble Moore, who was reported missing early this year.

Wed, 22 Aug 2012

Housing New Zealand rent cheats

More than 300 state housing tenants were evicted in the past year for lying about their circumstances, including one couple who turned over nearly $400k from their state house - Housing Minister Phil Heatley explains. Mr Heatley said that the Ministry has beefed up the investigation unit and they are getting more sophisticated and the acid is really starting to be put on. 22 August 2012

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