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Collins resigns following new email allegations

Judith Collins announcing her resignation.

Election 2014 - The Minister of Justice and National candidate for Papakura Judith Collins has resigned. Prime Minister John Key made the announcement a short time ago. (AUDIO)

Collins' resignation damaging - Labour

David Cunliffe.

Election 2014 - Labour Party leader David Cunliffe says the resignation of Judith Collins is damaging to the National Party and there should be a full commission of inquiry.

Election 2014 - FACT or FICTION?

Fact or fiction

In the second week of a new fact-checking column, Brent Edwards checks claims made by Judith Collins, John Key, David Cunliffe, Rangi McLean and Winston Peters.

Major parties face off over housing

Housing

Election 2014 - The two main political parties have again faced off over policies to take pressure off the New Zealand housing market, which is shaping up as a major issue this election.

Banned ship to dock in Tauranga

The Port of Tauranga.

A Liberian-flagged ship that has been banned from Australia because of its treatment of workers and its unseaworthiness, is expected to dock in Tauranga tonight.

Prisoners 'rotting away' says advocate

Prison wire.

Advocates for penal reform say a critical United Nations report on conditions inside New Zealand prisons is an indictment on Government penal policy.

Ebola drug ZMapp '100%' effective

Research shows Ebola drug ZMapp is 100 percent effective in monkeys.

The only clinical trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100 percent effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection, the journal Nature reports.

NZ workers not up to job says Whyte

Jamie Whyte

ACT party leader Jamie Whyte says businesses are reluctantly opting for immigrant labour because New Zealanders are not up to getting out of bed and going to work.

Ruataniwha Dam funding boost

The site of the proposed Ruataniwha Dam.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council has advanced $3.1 million to the company managing the resource-consent phase of the Ruataniwha Dam project.

Fiji military commander says captured soldiers are safe

European members of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force.

The families of 44 Fiji soldiers detained by Syrian rebels are being notified by the military, as negotiations continue for their release

Hawke's Bay clinch Ranfurly Shield in thriller

Israel Dagg tries to bust the tackle of Bundee Aki.

Hawke's Bay have taken the Ranfurly Shield, ending Counties-Manukau's run with a thrilling victory in their ITM Cup rugby clash in Pukekohe.

Maori Party aims to lift tertiary access

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

The Maori Party says it wants to encourage more young Maori to participate in tertiary education at the launch of their tertiary education strategy in Palmerston North.

KiwiRail posts big loss in difficult year

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KiwiRail has reported an increased loss. The state-owned rail operator lost $248 million in the year to the end of June - $73 million more than the previous year. (AUDIO)

Beef and Lamb critical of US report

Beef and Lamb New Zealand general manager of market access Ben O'Brien.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand is critical of an international report which highlights the pressures increasing meat production has on land and water resources.

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