16:28 Nearly 10,000 firefighters are now battling wildfires in the US state of California. About 6,000 homes have been evacuated.

16:08 John Key's hinted at an announcement on Solid Energy's future in a few weeks. The PM has described the SOE as being in a precarious situation.

16:07 The Nurses Organisation wants to sit down with Waikato DHB over its tough stance against nurses who are not vaccinated against the flu.

16:05 Police are increasingly concerned for 15-year-old LA Tukerangi, who says she is being held hostage. She was last seen in Rotorua yesterday.

15:56 North Shore man Tian Chi Lee has been fined $15,000 after trying to sneak 68 dried birds' nests into the country.