13:33 State houses in Tauranga and Invercargill are a step closer towards going under the hammer as the Government starts sounding out the market.

13:32 Kiwi travellers are falling foul of thieving monkeys, with numerous insurance claims made for items nabbed.

13:14 Hamilton police investigating a suspicious fire at Hamilton East school are appealing to the public for information.

13:13 Police are speaking to a man over a violent assault outside a Hamilton church. A 35-year-old woman suffered serious facial injuries.

13:12 A 53-year-old woman is appearing in the Hamilton District Court today, after a domestic dispute turned violent.