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Live Election Night Results Coverage

Live results, live coverage and live comment tonight from 7pm right here and on Radio New Zealand NationalGuyon Espiner and Kathryn Ryan will be joined by Brent Edwards, Liz Banas, and our political reporters across the country.

Top Stories

Just one hour left to vote in general election

ballot box

Voters have one hour left to cast their ballot in the general election. The Electoral Commission says polling booths throughout the country have reported steady flows of people since 9am.

Man sets himself alight in Tauranga

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Police in Tauranga say a man who doused himself in petrol and set himself alight at a city intersection has critical injuries. An investigation is underway.

Auckland Council cuts up to 90 jobs

Auckland Council

The Auckland Council is making its biggest single staff cut, chopping up to 90 jobs in its planning and strategy department and reducing spending by up to $14 million.

Salmond resigns after Scots say 'no'

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond speaks during a press conference to announce his resignation.

Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond, who led the campaign for independence, has announced he will step down. In yesterday's referendum 55 percent of Scots voted to stay in the United Kingdom.

Winds cut power in North Island

Dark clouds gather during a previous storm over Castlepoint, Wairarapa.

Power was cut to hundreds of properties in the lower North Island this afternoon as strong winds and heavy rain lashed the area. Electricity should be restored in the next hour.

Work to boost kidney transplants starts

hospital bed

The new National Renal Transplantation Service says extra help is on the way for those patients seeking a live donor for a kidney transplant.

Bodies of Ebola education team found

Health workers wearing protective suits prepare to carry the body of a victim of Ebola in Conakry, Guinea.

Officials say nine members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea

Magpies defend Ranfurly Shield

Hawkes Bay's Shannan Chase. ITM Cup Rugby, Ranfurly Shield, Hawkes Bay v Bay of Plenty, McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand. Saturday, 20 September, 2014.

Hawkes Bay have successfully defended the Ranfurly Shield, dispatching Bay of Plenty 36-17 in Napier to climb to the top of provincial rugby's Championship.

Residents protest pohutukawa felling

Fiona Clark, Andrea Moore and Mark Jury are not convinced 23 mature pohutukawas in Waitara need to be felled.

A group of Waitara residents is vowing to fight a decision to fell 23 pohutukawa trees as part of a "one-in-one-hundred-year" flood protection scheme.

Fiji election authorities call for more proof

Fiji's Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem

The elections authorities in Fiji say they say they'll look into allegations of alleged irregularities but they're not satisfied with documents provided so far.

Reedy taught valuable lessons for life

Amster Reedy.

Ngāti Porou teacher and mentor Amster Reedy is being remembered as a man who instilled a sense of pride and inspiration about being Māori in an urban environment.