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The National Party is calling for the Auditor General to investigate a bid for tax payer money made by a forestry company set up by a senior New Zealand First figure; and an award-winning author detained on Manus Island by Australia for six years has touched down in Auckland

1.The National Party is calling for the Auditor General to investigate a bid for tax payer money made by a forestry company set up by a senior New Zealand First figure.An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston Peters and judicial officer for the New Zealand First party, became a founding director of NZ Future Forest Products in March.

2.At least five people have been wounded after a shooter opened fire at a high school in California, Los Angeles, officials say.A suspect described as a male in black clothing had been located by authorities and was "no longer a threat," MSNBC reported, citing a law enforcement official. Reuters could not independently confirm that.

3.One person is dead and two others have been taken to hospital with minor injuries after a fire in Gosport Street in Christchurch just after 2am this morning.The next door neighbour Lois Horwarth said she woke to someone yelling "help" and then an almighty bang.

4.An award-winning author detained on Manus Island by Australia for six years has touched down in Auckland.It's the first time Iranian-Kurdish writer, film-maker and refugee Behrouz Boochani has left Papua New Guinea since 2013.New Zealand has repeatedly offered to resettle 150 refugees a year from the offshore detention centres but has been rebuffed

5.New Zealand is sending vaccines and nurses to Samoa to help the country tackle its worsening measles outbreak.Foreign Minister Winston Peters said that at the request of the Samoan government, New Zealand would provide 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines and 12 nurses to help contain the "serious and growing" outbreak.

6.Investigators looking into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine released intercepted phone calls on Thursday showing close links between "high-ranking" Russian officials and rebel suspects facing trial over the crash.

7.A 7.1 earthquake has struck 138km kilometres northwest of Kota Ternate in Indonesia's Molucca islands, the US Geological Survey said.The quake struck at 11.17pm local time and was measured at 45 km deep, USGS said. Earlier, the agency put the magnitude at 7.4.

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