23:24 Waikato's lifted the Ranfurly Shield from Hawke's Bay with a 36 - 30 victory in Napier tonight.

19:00 Thai islands are being blanketed by haze from Indonesian forest fires and several flights have been turned back due to poor visibility.

18:59 An 0800 number has been set up for information in the ongoing homicide investigation in Waitarere. The number is 0800 234 7437.

18:59 Police in Hamilton say the discovery of a body behind several properties in Lake Crescent is unexplained, and an investigation is underway.

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.

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