17:34 There is a heavily armed police presence on Barber Grove in Lower Hutt, with residents being told to stay indoors.

17:27 The BNZ has dropped its one-year fixed rate to 4.35% for those who have at least 20% equity, ahead of the Reserve Bank's expected drop in the OCR.

17:08 The National Party's youth wing is joining the chorus of voices calling for the refugee quota to be increased.

17:07 There will be an attempt by the Opposition next week to increase the refugee quota, as well as allowing a special intake of 750 Syrians.

17:06 A High Court jury has been unable to reach a decision over the guilt of Auckland teenager Vincent Skeen, who killed another boy after a party.