16:25 The Far North should be back on the grid now after a huge power cut this morning. More than 30,000 properties north of Kaikohe were disconnected.

16:24 An online donation page for Alex Fisher's family has already raised more than $5,000 in the wake of the 10 year old's death.

16:21 Australia's new PM Malcolm Turnbull will make New Zealand his first official visit. He is crossing the Tasman next week for bilateral meetings.

16:19 Thousands of British newspaper readers have helped vote Air New Zealand the Longhaul Airline of Year at the Independent Travel Awards.

16:18 Silver Fern Farms is not giving much weight to an 11th hour homegrown bid for control of the meat co-operative.

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