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Ashburton shooting suspect in custody

Armed police walk into Ashburton Police Station.

Ashburton is in shock after two people working in the town's Work and Income office were killed with a shotgun this morning and a third person is in a critical condition. A suspect - John Tully - was arrested late this afternoon. (AUDIO)

Ashburton - reaction over the killings

Minister for Social Development Paula Bennett addresses the media in Ashburton.

There's been a widespread response to events in Ashburton. John Key said he was shocked and dismayed, and WINZ offices across the South Island closed early. (VIDEO)

Retired judge likely to chair inquiry - Key

John Key

Election 2014 - Prime Minister John Key says an independent person, probably a retired judge, will chair an inquiry into allegations surrounding former Minister Judith Collins. (VIDEO)

Head of IRD scam Katrina Briggs jailed

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The head of a sophisticated online IRD scam that cost tax payers $700,000 has been jailed. Katrina Briggs pleaded guilty to a representative charge of causing loss by deception. (AUDIO)

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.

Man who lived in burnt out house 'loner'


A neighbour near a burned out Far North house where a man's body has been found says the man who lived there was a loner who had troubles.

Official heckled over HK poll anger

Benny Tai (right), co-founder of the Occupy Central movement, talks to the media at a rally near the Hong Kong government complex.

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong disrupted a speech explaining voting changes which rule out open nomination of candidates for the chief executive election in 2017.

SIS inspector confirms calling witnesses

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has confirmed she has called a number of people to give evidence to her inquiry into the release of SIS information to Cameron Slater. (AUDIO)

Taranaki company axes 20 jobs

The Ministry for Primary Industries has investigated oil waste on dairy farms in Taranaki.

Taranaki engineering services company ITL has announced it is to shed more than 20 jobs. A company spokesperson said several large oil and gas contracts were coming to completion.

45 Fiji soldiers now believed to be held in Syria

The 45 Fiji soldiers captured by al-Nusra in Golan Heights.

Fiji authorities now say that 45 of its soldiers are being held by Syrian rebels in the Golan heights, one more than has been claimed for the past three days.

All Blacks admit Pumas win inevitable

Conrad Smith

The All Blacks centre Conrad Smith concedes its only a matter of time before Argentina beat the All Blacks.

Waikato riverbed claim unresolved

Pouakani has been seeking ownership of a portion of the Waikato River that includes three state-owned hydro dams.

The Supreme Court has failed to resolve a sub-tribe's claim to a section of the Waikato River riverbed, and leaves its ownership in question.

APN considering asset float

The New Zealand Herald

APN News & Media may float its New Zealand assets and list them on the local stock exchange. APN's assets include the New Zealand Herald, and Newstalk ZB and ZM.

Northland farmers in clean-up mode

Hikurangi Swamp is one of the hardest hit areas in Northland.

Farmers in many parts of Northland are again facing a cleanup after heavy rain over the weekend.