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Ashburton shooting victims named

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The names of the women shot in Ashburton's Work and Income office yesterday have been released. Peggy Noble and Leigh Cleveland died, while Lindy Curtis was seriously injured. (AUDIO)

Armed guards step too far - Bennett

Aerial view of the cordoned off area around the Work and Income offices in Ashburton.

Placing armed guards at Work and Income offices is a step too far but staff will be asked what measures they want implemented, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says. (AUDIO)

Mental health feeling funding strain

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Community mental health and addiction service providers say they are being driven into the ground by unfair and uneven funding from district health boards nationwide. (AUDIO)

Interislander ferry out of action

The Kaitaki.

Interislander ferry the Kaitaki will be out of action for the rest of today because of problems with a backup generator. Freight and passengers are being transferred to the Aratere.

Countdown to polling on 20 September

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Go to our Election 2014 page for the latest on the campaign trail, Poll of Polls, Power Play, our party leader VIDEOS, Fact or Fiction?,Ask Away and The Big Issues.

$250,000 fine for car salesman

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A judge has handed down a record penalty for selling vehicles without being a registered trader, with a company and its director fined $250,000. The previous record was $30,000.

Pro-Russian rebels advance in Ukraine

A Ukrainian prisoner-of-war.

Ukrainian forces have suffered a series of setbacks, including being forced to withdraw from Luhansk airport, as pro-Russian rebels advance in the east of the country.

Greens announce workers' package

Metiria Turei said the Greens aimed to ensure all workers had enough money to live on.

The Green Party is proposing to lift the minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2017 and to introduce a living wage for the Government sector.

Auckland plan hearings start today

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The country's biggest planning hearing begins today to consider the Auckland Council's 30-year development blueprint, the Unitary Plan. Hearings will cost $12 million.

Kiribati proposes death penalty

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The Kiribati parliament has passed the first reading of the amendment to the penal code to adopt the death penalty.

Walsh beats top field in Zagreb

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The Canterbury shot-putter Tom Walsh has beaten a strong field at the a World Challenge Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia.

Funding for group fighting for kokako

North Island kokako.

A Waikato conservation group fighting to bring back North Island kokako to Mount Pirongia says it is pleased its efforts will be boosted by Government funding.

Datacom profit rises after sale

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Datacom's annual net profit jumped 43 percent reflecting a profit from selling an Asian call centre. The IT business posted a $51.4m for the year ended March.

Farmer-owned wool co-op on agenda

The Primary Wool Co-operative will take a 5 percent stage in Wool Equities if shareholders agree.

A single, farmer-owned wool operation is still on the agenda for the Primary Wool Co-operative. The co-operative will take a 5 percent stake in Wool Equities, if shareholders agree.

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