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1. Garth George: Hager - much ado about nothing

And so it goes on ... and on ... and on - the kerfuffle over the big, fat, smelly red herring cast into the election campaign by Nicky Hager, that obsessive anti-establishment scribbler who seems to surface only when the chances of self-aggrandisement are at their highest.

2. Series of earthquakes near White Island

The GeoNet seismic network has detected a sequence of small earthquakes near White Island this morning. The largest quake was magnitude 3.3 and was located within 5km of the island.

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Route K tolls decision pushed back

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has fended off a gathering storm that the Government intended to cement in place the continuation of tolls on Route K prior to the election.

4. Maori blessing causes upset

A Maori blessing of workers laying the Southern Pipeline along Matapihi Peninsula has drawn flak from respected kaumatua and former school principal Charlie Timutimu.

5. Cold-case mystery revisited

A 49-year-old cold case involving the disappearance of a young baker - whose van was later found in Mount Maunganui - will be revisited in a coronial inquest this week.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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