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Ashburton shootings - a view from above

Sunrise over Ashburton.

Ashburton remains in shock after the daylight killing of two of its residents and a manhunt which swept through the district. We went above the town this morning to see where events unfolded. (VIDEO)

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. (VIDEO)

CTV criminal investigation advances

Christchurch CTV site

The police in Christchurch are to advance a criminal investigation into the collapse of the CTV Building in which 115 people died. The 6-storey building pancaked during the 2011 earthquake.

Greens announce workers' package

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

Election 2014 - 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. (VIDEO)

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.

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)

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.

Collins invesitgation 'will take weeks'

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

Prime Minister John Key says an investigation into Judith Collins' conduct is likely to report back after the election on September the 20th and will be conducted by a retired judge or QC.

National would make changes to CERA

John Key.

Prime Minister John Key has announced CERA would be merged into the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, if a National government was re-elected.

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.

All Blacks snubbed in World Cup advert

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The world champion All Blacks have been snubbed in the latest marketing video for next year's World Cup in England.

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.

Commodity prices down for 6th month

dairy farmer with cows

Global commodity prices for the country's exports have fallen for the sixth successive month. The commodity price index declined by 3.3% in August, from the previous month.

Forest industry sees start of log price recovery

Ports of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns said log volumes grew in the first month of the year.

The forest industry thinks it is seeing the start of a recovery in the export log market. Prices slumped earlier this year when a glut of logs built up in the main market China.