11:16 The number of commercial vehicle sales have slumped, reflecting the weakening economy.

10:24 Aust border authorities say their tip-off to Papua New Guinea played a part in the rescue of slaves aboard a Thai fishing boat.

10:19 Forecasters are predicting winds in Wellington will hit 140 kilometres an hour and the gales might also be felt in Marlborough and Wairarapa.

10:19 A severe weather watch has been issued for Nelson and much of the North Island warning of very heavy rain this afternoon and tomorrow.

10:18 The mother of a Christchurch five year old who was allegedly murdered has pleaded not guilty to failing to get medical care for her son.