15:15 Staff at the Edgecumbe Plains Hotel in Bay of Plenty have been left shaken after a man robbed them at gunpoint.

14:35 Defence Force top brass are brushing off a near-fail mark given to them by minister Gerry Brownlee for the quality of advice.

14:32 Nine council staff have been treated at the scene of a chemical scare in Balclutha. The source of the fumes was a battery used as a power backup.

14:31 A five month old baby has been seriously hurt after the car she was in crashed following a police pursuit in West Auckland.

14:18 The Secular Education Network is going to the high court in its bid to have religious instruction removed from our schools.