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Farah Palmer Cup semi finals kick off this weekend
It's semi-final weekend for women's rugby's Farah Palmer Cup with Canterbury, Manawatu, Waikato and Auckland vying for a place in the title decider.
Canterbury are favourites to advance and claim their fourth straight crown, but Waikato and Auckland are both battle hardened and bullish about their chances.
Rugby reporter Joe Porter sizes up their chances - beginning with Waikato.
Christchurch Cathedral restoration cost jumps $51m
The company running the restoration of Christchurch's Anglican Cathedral is confident it will be able to raise the extra $51 million still needed to finish the job, and says potential large donors are already being approached here and overseas.
The building has sat derelict since the 2011 earthquake and now the cost to fix it has soared from an original estimate of $104 million to $154 million.
Some Cantabrians are finding the price hard to justify.
The director of the restoration project Keith Paterson speaks to Corin Dann.
Iwi leader Ngahiwi Tomoana reacts to Race Relations Commissioner's prison management suggestion
The Race Relations Commissioner is calling for prisons to be run by iwi, believing the current model is not effective for Māori, who are over-represented in the prison system.
Meng Foon has Hastings' Mangaroa Prison initially in his sights and says he has been speaking with iwi to discuss the idea.
Ngahiwi Tomoana, the leader of Ngāti Kahungunu, says he hasn't heard from Foon about the concept but admits it is something his iwi has considered anyway.
Markets Update for 23 October 2020
A brief update of movements in the financial sector.
Final US Presidential debate this afternoon
The final debate in the US Presidential Campaign will begin just after 2pm on Friday (NZ time) in the city of Nashville.
And it could be one of the last chances for President Donald Trump to chip away at his rival's lead in the polls.
The outlook doesn't seem rosy, but his supporters note that he surprised the world in 2016.
David Harsanyi is a senior writer at the National Review and Ashe Scott is a senior editor at the Daily Wire.
Show goes on for Hawke's Bay A&P
One of the largest events on the Hawke's Bay calendar has had to make some big changes because of Covid-19.
With Friday being Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day and a public holiday, the A&P Show usually attracts tens of thousands of visitors.
It's been dramatically scaled back, but as Anusha Bradley reports, the show must go on.