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Final choice ahead as campaigning ends

Prime Minister John Key talking to media in the Manawatu Gorge.

Election 2014 - Power Play with Brent Edwards - The country's political leaders are making their final desperate bids for votes before campaigning finally winds up this evening.

Concern over IS reach in Australia

Members of the Sydney Muslim community pray prior to a rally against counter-terrorism raids across western Sydney of people with suspected links to the terror group Islamic State.

Police in Australia are concerned that young Australian Muslims are being targeted for radicalisation by members of the Islamic State after a violent plot was foiled.

Election 2014 - FACT or FICTION?

Fact or fiction

Election 2014 - Our fifth week of examining political statements to assess whether they are fact fiction or exaggeration features Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.

Inquest seeks answers to mystery death

Rutger Hale's station wagon.

A Coroner will today try to end the mystery of what killed Rutger Hale while driving near Wanaka last year. The 22-year-old was hit in the head by an object that has not been found.

POLL of POLLS with Colin James

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Election 2014 - National continued to slip in the final polls to a four-poll average of 46.4%. That would still get it back into office with the support of ACT and United Future.

Jockey guilty over betting charges

David Walker giving evidence

A racing judicial committee has found a jockey guilty of betting on a rival horse and then deliberately riding to ensure his bets were successful.

Polls close in historic Scottish vote

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The polls have closed in Scotland in its historic vote on independence. More than four million people were registered to vote and a record turnout has been predicted.

Harawira riled at backing for Labour

Hone Harawira.

Mana leader Hone Harawira is accusing National and New Zealand First of ganging up to oust him from Te Tai Tokerau. The parties have endorsed the Labour candidate. (AUDIO)

Scots in Chch share a wee dram

Alastair Campbell of Christchurch's Whisky Galore where Scots gathered before Scotland's historic independence vote

Politics and whisky mixed in Christchurch where some of the city's Scottish residents got together to share a wee dram as Scots went to the polls for a historic vote on independence.

Fiji elections deemed credible

Members of the Fiji elections the observer group.

The Multinational Observer Group monitoring the Fiji election says the result broadly represents the will of the Fiji people.

Tuke and Burling still on top

New Zealand sailors Blair Tuke and Peter Burling on the 2012 Olympic medal podium.

World champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke remain on top of the 49er standings after the latest day of sailing in their class at the World Championships in Spain.

Tertiary union concerned at closure

Victoria University's Dean of Commerce says the Māori Business Programme has struggled to achieve a significant numbers of students.

The Tertiary Education Union says it is concerned that there are other motives behind the proposed closure of Maori Business Programme at the University of Victoria in Wellington.

Govt promises $103m to Solid Energy

Solid Energy's Stockton coal mine.

The Government has thrown Solid Energy a $103 million financial lifeline that allows the miner to avoid becoming technically insolvent.

Support for breast cancer charity

breast cancer pink ribbon

Dairy farmers are being encouraged to donate a proportion of their milk production to help raise funds for breast cancer research.