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The death of an eight-year-old in Southland yesterday has sparked a homicide investigation; and the Police say owners of now banned firearms need to hand them over in the next 50 days or they wont get any compensation at all.

1.The death of an eight-year-old in Southland yesterday has sparked a homicide investigation. Southland Inspector Mike Bowman said police are guarding two properties in Otautau as a result.

2.Newly released documents show officials were alarmed for years about the country's leading building product certifier but it was allowed to carry on largely unfretted. They found serious shortcomings and numerous errors in work done by CertMark but did not tell the public.

3.The Police say owners of now banned firearms need to hand them over in the next 50 days or they wont get any compensation at all.

4. National MP and voluntary euthanasia opponent Maggie Barry is warning debate on the idea needs to be kept civilised because of the possibility of an election year referendum.

5.The health ministry says 1500 health workers have so far fallen sick with measles since the latest outbreak began but there is no evidence of them infecting patients.

6.Survivors and bereaved relatives of the Grenfell Tower fire have called for London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton to resign - after a highly critical report from the inquiry into the blaze.

7.As several wildfires rage across California, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is under threat from a new blaze near Los Angeles. The region is under a rare "extreme red-flag warning" from weather officials as gusts approach hurricane-level speeds, over 74mph (119km/h).

8.Wellington's new mayor is confident he will hold the reins for three years - even though there is a recount on the cards.Andy Foster won the election by a narrow margin of 62 votes, but the now former mayor Justin Lester has gone to the District Court, asking for a recount. The decision is expected next week.

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