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No plans to resign - Justice Minister

Judith Collins.

Election 2014 - Speaking briefly to the media this afternoon, Justice Minister Judith Collins said she had no plans to resign after giving a public servant's name to a blogger. (AUDIO)

Landslide protection to take months

A house smashed in half by a boulder on the Port Hills in February 2011.

The Christchurch City Council says it will take up to 15 months to complete earthworks designed to protect 21 Port Hills homes from the threat of landslides.


Fact or fiction

Election 2014 - In the first week of a new fact-checking column, Brent Edwards checks claims made at the campaign launches of Labour and New Zealand First.

Tax already on the way out - National

Labour leader David Cunliffe announced the plan to scrap secondary tax while campaigning at the Otara Market in Manukau.

Election 2014 - The National Party says Labour's plans to scrap secondary tax are nothing new and it plans to abolish the tax itself within the coming year.

Two helicopter call-outs in Waikato

A Philips Search & Rescue Trust helicopter.

A woman has sufffered serious injuries from being kicked by a horse in Waikato. In a separate incident, a woman was airlifted to hospital after a car crash.

Pohutukawa fungus discovered in US

A US study has found Cryptococcus gattii on pohutukawa trees in California.

A public health specialist says the fact that a common fungus has been found on pohutukawa trees shouldn't concern the general public in New Zealand.

West condemns Russian aid intrusion

A local resident holds a Russian national flag as lorries, part of a Russian humanitarian convoy, cross the Ukrainian border on August 22, 2014.

Western countries have angrily condemned the unauthorised entry of Russian aid lorries into rebel-held eastern Ukraine, which Ukraine has said was effectively an invasion.

Failed Expat Party blames Commission

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A group trying to set up a political party for expatriate New Zealanders says it has failed to register in time to contest the general election, and blames the Electoral Commission.

Campus attack 'sexually-motivated'

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Police say a serious and sexually-motivated attack on a young woman took place at about 8.30am this morning in the grounds of Waikato University.

Disqualification of Fiji candidate could end up in court

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The Fiji Labour Party says the faulty decision to disqualify Steven Singh from contesting next month's election must be promptly reversed or the poll could be delayed.

Wallabies face Eden Park hoodoo

Sam Whitelock gives Bernard Foley a facial during their Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney, 2014.

Australia will try to get one hand on the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday when they meet the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland.

Crown returns flag to Ngai Tuhoe

A powhiri was performed for the Crown.

The Crown has returned a historic flag to Ngai Tuhoe, to help restore injustices the iwi has suffered at the hands of the Crown. The move came as part of a formal apology. (AUDIO)

Spark near doubles reported profit

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Spark is signalling this may be the last year its underlying profits will fall. It has reported a near doubling of annual net profit but its underlying result is down nearly 8 percent. (AUDIO)

Varroa and bee viruses linked - study

Honey bee showing pollen sacs on legs, Canterbury, New Zealand

An Otago University study has thrown more light on the role that the varroa honey bee mite plays in spreading diseases through beehives, and in particular two viruses.