16:07 NZ band Six60 has been snapped in studio with singer/producer Pharrell Williams after signing a deal with Capitol Records in the US earlier this year.

16:06 Cycling is getting safer but the government admits there is a long way to go and it will look at recommendations from a specialist panel.

15:49 Women's Refuge is criticising the minimum 11 year sentence given to Martin Schofield who bludgeoned his partner, Katrina Drummond to death.

15:37 Vincent Skeen's lawyer has told the Auckland High Court he accepts he caused the death of Luke Tipene last November but says it was not murder.

15:29 A 53-year-old man is in custody following a firearms incident off State Highway 10 south of Kerikeri - no charges have been laid at this stage.