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Resignation won't derail campaign says PM

Prime Minister John Key at today's press conference announcing Judith Collins' resignation.

Election 2014 - Prime Minister John Key insists Judith Collins' sudden resignation will not derail the National Party's campaign three weeks out from the election. (AUDIO)

The blogger, the minister and the SFO

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

Election 2014 - Cameron Slater posted a series of blogs on the then Serious Fraud Office director in 2011 around the same time he wrote his friend Judith Collins was gunning for him.

Dirty Politics: warnings for the media?

Author Nicky Hager.

The subtitle of Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics is 'How attack politics is poisoning New Zealand's political environment'. Mediawatch asks if has it also poisoned the media?

EU warns of new 'cold war' with Russia

Petro Poroshenko

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said there are now thousands of foreign troops and hundreds of tanks in the country, as the European Union warns a "new Cold War" with Russia.

Half of NZ small firms have no website

Half of New Zealand's SMEs do not have a website.

A survey has found that half of New Zealand's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) do not have a website and 20 percent have no online presence at all.

Prisoners 'rotting away' says advocate

Prison wire.

Advocates for penal reform say a critical United Nations report on conditions inside New Zealand prisons is an indictment on Government penal policy.

Ebola drug ZMapp '100%' effective

Research shows Ebola drug ZMapp is 100 percent effective in monkeys.

The only clinical trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100 percent effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection, the journal Nature reports.

Collins resigns after 'smear campaign'

Judith Collins makes a statement to media following her resignation on 30 August.

National MP Judith Collins is insisting she has done nothing wrong and says she will fight to clear her name after new email allegations led to her resignation today. (AUDIO)

Storm warning issued for Northland

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Civil Defence in Northland is warning farmers and residents to brace for a battering of heavy rain over the next two days, with up to 180 millimetres of rain expected.

Whereabouts of captured Fiji troops remains unknown

Mosese Tikoitoga.

Fiji's military commander says he and the UN still have no idea where 44 of his soldier captured by Syrian rebels are being held, as negotiations continue for their release.

Two more rowing golds for NZ

2014 WORLD ROWING Championships. New Zealand's Hamish Bond and Eric Murray.

The New Zealand rowers, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, have made it double gold, winning the coxless pair, at the World Championships in Amsterdam.

Maori Party aims to lift tertiary access

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

The Maori Party says it wants to encourage more young Maori to participate in tertiary education at the launch of their tertiary education strategy in Palmerston North.

KiwiRail posts big loss in difficult year

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KiwiRail has reported an increased loss. The state-owned rail operator lost $248 million in the year to the end of June - $73 million more than the previous year. (AUDIO)

Beef and Lamb critical of US report

Beef and Lamb New Zealand general manager of market access Ben O'Brien.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand is critical of an international report which highlights the pressures increasing meat production has on land and water resources.