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Leaders clash over coalition partners

The final leaders debate.

Election 2014 - John Key and David Cunliffe have clashed over possible coalition partners in the final televised debate of the election campaign.

Key makes surveillance concessions

Key and Snowden

Election 2014 - Prime Minister John Key has conceded New Zealanders may be subject to mass surveillance but says what is important is that it is not done by the GCSB.

National down but still ahead - poll

voting box.

Election 2014 - National has lost support, while New Zealand First is climbing, in the latest TV3 Reid Research opinion poll, released this evening. National is on 44.5 percent.

CTV designer to face hearing

Rescue workers at the ruins of the CTV building in February 2011.

A disciplinary hearing against the lead designer of the CTV building, which collapsed in the February 2011 quake, is to proceed after a ruling from the High Court in Christchurch.

Income inequality - growing or stagnant

A new debate over income inequality is taking place ahead of Saturday's election.

Election 2014 - A Wellington accountant has sparked criticism after saying there is no evidence of growing income inequality over the past 20 years. (AUDIO)

Speed limit increase 'a bad idea'


A road safety charity says a plan to increase the speed limit to 110kph on some open roads under a proposal to tailor driving speeds to road conditions, is a bad idea.

Hours left to vote in Fiji's election

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For some voters in Fiji, it has been a long wait to cast their vote in the country's first election in more than eight years. The polls close at 6pm tonight. (AUDIO)

No mass surveillance in NZ - Key

John Key in Auckland on Wednesday.

John Key says New Zealand contributes information from spy programmes into Five Eyes databases but has has no control over what intelligence its partners gather. (AUDIO)

Jury returns verdict in cop attack case


An Otara man who bashed a police officer, leaving him with several broken bones in his face, has been found not guilty by a jury of attempted murder.

Polls close, counting underway in Fiji

Vote counting in Suva

The polls are closed after voting and counting is underway following a day of generally smooth polling in Fiji's general election.

Tutaia out while Latu doubtful

Silver Fern Maria Tutaia

The Silver Ferns' shooting woes continue with Maria Tutaia ruled out of the upcoming international series against Australia and England with an ongoing foot injury.

National welfare scheme calls on iwi

Paula Bennett

National says it will trial a scheme in which iwi would control benefits paid to rangatahi if it is re-elected into Government. It aims to reduce welfare numbers by 25 percent.

New Zealand dollar continues to slide

man walking down dollar

The New Zealand dollar gained half a US cent overnight, but then resumed its downward slide while shares also mostly weakened.

Lower Fonterra milk expected - analyst

Fonterra milk powder packaging plant

A dairy trade analyst is expecting Fonterra to lower its forecast milk payout again when it announces its annual results next week, despite prices stabilising in today's global dairy trade auction.