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Massey University professor Andy Tower joined Breakfast this morning to discuss why it could cause issues.

Wine industry given 'a free ride' with alcohol content labels' 1.5 per cent leeway

"We have an issue with drink-driving in New Zealand, and we need accurate labels on alcohol."

04:25
Simeon Brown labelled the four-year policy unfair and a failure, with less people involved in tertiary education in its first year.

Government’s $2.8 billion fees-free tertiary education policy is an 'unfair', failure: National

Kiwis on lower income paying for education of people who will earn more than them.

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A number of roads in the region remain closed or have warnings in place after flooding.

Otago in clean-up mode after heavy rain causes widespread flooding

Businesses were kept busy sandbagging premises to keep flood water at bay.

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Price point casts doubt over KiwiBuild homes in New Plymouth

Almost 70 KiwiBuild homes are to be built in a neglected New Plymouth neighbourhood.

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Seven Sharp' Julian Lee got stuck in the with the University of Auckland Meat Club.

Watch: Meat connoisseurs taste test new no-meat mince

Supermarkets are rolling out something that looks exactly like beef mince - except it contains zero cow.

Transpower is warning those in the affected area that power could be out for some time.

More than 1200 Dunedin homes without power after South Island power outage

Aurora Energy is hoping to have power restored by 9am.

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The slice of prime real estate comes complete with a few unique extras.

Christchurch police station tipped to fetch up to $30 million

The temporary police station was built to replace the central station demolished after the earthquakes.

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The deluge is causing headaches and concerns across the region.

SHI closed by flooding south of Milton in Otago after deluge hits south

Police say anyone travelling on the road needs to drive to the conditions.

03:48
Xavier and Logan Coulam are fundraising for Make a Wish.

Selfless siblings affected by cancer embrace Auckland abseiling challenge to help others

"We're fundraising for Make a Wish, to help get another kid's wish come true."

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The deluge is causing headaches and concerns across the region.

Man rescued from car trapped in Otago floodwater

Poor weather conditions in the worst affected areas are expected to ease overnight.

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It comes following the biggest ever review into the network.

Drinking water standards to be beefed up after Havelock North gastro crisis

The Health Minister says he's making changes including to the testing for bacteria in water supplies.

Hawke's Bay apple growers' fear looming labour shortage

The region has record low unemployment and an industry that is planting a million new trees a year.

Flooding in Henley.

Residents in parts of Otago urged to evacuate as floodwaters rise

The Dunedin City Council said people should stay off the roads to prevent washing floodwaters into properties.

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One person dead, State Highway One closed after crash north of Wellsford

Police say two others have been left seriously injured in the crash.

One person dead after single-car crash in Marlborough

The crash happened on State Highway One near Ward, Marlborough around 4pm.

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A further 257,000 cars with Takata airbags are also subject to recall but aren't as urgent as the first lot.

About 35,000 vehicles in NZ have faulty airbags as summer travel looms

The Government is urging motorists to check if their vehicle has the Takata Alpha airbags being recalled.

00:32
Shop owners in the Otago town sandbagged their front doors to try and keep floodwaters out.

Watch: Businesses evacuated as torrential rain floods Mosgiel's main drag

Shop owners in the Otago town sandbagged their front doors to try and keep floodwaters out.

02:34
British authorities are reviewing the records of up to 3000 employees following the exposure of Zholia Alemi.

Kiwi woman's fake psychiatry career uncovered by journo in three calls from UK to NZ

The woman worked for 23 years in the UK under a false University of Auckland qualification.

Group of doctors in a hurry down the hospital hallway for emergency

Otago Medical School says some students training to be doctors broke rules during third year exams

"Professional behaviour that we would not expect to see from people training to be doctors."

The video has whipped up a storm, with some calling it a promotion stunt.

Senior Head Hunters gang member among 11 people arrested in Auckland meth bust

Police executed search warrants at 18 properties in Auckland today.

Police hunt pair over 'unprovoked, senseless' knife attack on two men outside Auckland bar

A man wielding two knives attacked both men after another offender punched one of them.

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It follows a decision to ban police in uniform from taking part.

Ponsonby Business Association pulls support from Auckland Pride Parade over police uniform ban

Parade organisers have told police they can march in next year's parade, but not in uniform.

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Further rain is forecast to hit already sodden parts of Otago this afternoon.

Further heavy rain and snow predicted as roads close in lower South Island

A king tide is expected to cause more problems for the sodden Clutha District.

Urgent action is being called for over kauri dieback disease in Northland’s Waipoua Forest.

Government commits $13.75m to fight against Kauri dieback, myrtle rust

The Government says there's a critical need for a surge of investment in research that'll generate long-term solutions to the spread of the two diseases.

02:05
The Ministry of Primary Industries is waging war on the stink bugs.

Ship destined for NZ stopped in Australia after stink bug infestation discovered

A report found the insects could do $4.2 billion worth of damage in two decades if they became established.

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It will mean beggars and the homeless won’t be allowed within five metres of retail areas.

Tauranga council bans begging, rough sleeping near shops

The council has passed a controversial bylaw 6-5.

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