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Inspector-General to look into SIS release

Phil Goff.

Election 2014 - The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security will investigate claims the Security Intelligence Service declassified information and gave it to a blogger for political purposes.

Parties look at spending promises

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Election 2014 - Political parties are reassessing their spending promises in the wake of an updated economic forecast that shows growth will be slower than predicted during the next few years. (AUDIO)

Glen Scanlon to lead RNZ digital

RNZ head of digital media Glen Scanlon

Glen Scanlon is Radio New Zealand's new head of digital media. Mr Scanlon, who is currently the editor at, is expected to join the public broadcaster in October.

Leaders dream of life outside politics

John Key

Under the grill - in the latest in our series of election videos we asked the leaders of parties represented in parliament what they would be doing if they were not in politics? (VIDEO)

Drug mule sentenced to jail

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A woman who tried to smuggle heroin into New Zealand has been sentenced to seven years and ten months imprisonment by the Christchurch District Court.

Suicide rate remains 'stubbornly high'

Judge Neil MacLean.

The suicide rate is disappointingly consistent, the Chief Coroner says. Fewer young people are taking their own lives, but there is an ongoing rise in suicides among older people.

Icelandic volcano causes evacuations

Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010, affecting millions of travelers.

Icelandic authorities began evacuating people and emergency services are on alert - after warnings that the country's largest volcano - the Bardarbunga is as risk of eruption.

Blogger to bring in tougher rules

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Blogger David Farrar is making changes to his website following allegations he was among right-wing bloggers fed material to be used against National's opponents.

Council investigates soil contamination

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The Christchurch City Council is working to identify how many of its properties could be contaminated with toxic substances due to their past use.

Solomons atoll desperate for supplies

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The people of Sikaiana Atoll in the Malaita Province in Solomon Islands are desperate for food and medical supplies after five months without a shipping service.

Snakey adds some hiss

All Black centre Conrad Smith

The return of Conrad Smith has brought a much-needed boost to the All Blacks camp, which is set to be without two senior stars for Saturday's second Bledisloe Cup test.

Fears mining could affect eco-tourism

whale watching

Maori advisers to the Environmental Protection Authority say plans to mine phosphate from the Chatham Rise would potentially affect fisheries and eco-tourism such as Whale Watch Kaikoura.

Mighty River profit surges

Mighty River Power's Whakamaru power station on the Waikato River.

Mighty River Power's annual net profit rose just over 84 percent reflecting the contribution of its new Ngatamariki geothermal power station, and despite low Waikato hyro inflows.

Move to reintroduce wool levy

wool fleece

The Campaign for Wool will be a beneficiary of a resurrected wool levy if farmers decide to support it. A charge of three cents per kilo is proposed and voting begins in September.