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Key refuses to talk about spy programme

John Key campaigning in Dunedin today.

Election 2014 - John Key is refusing to talk about a spy programme that NSA analyst turned whistleblower Edward Snowden says is subjecting NZers to mass surveillance. (VIDEO)

National being sued over campaign song

Eminem performing earlier this year in Chicago, Illinois.

Election 2014 - National is facing another hurdle in its campaign, with the music publishers behind US rapper Eminem to take legal action over the party's use of a song in its campaign advertisement. (AUDIO)

Woman sentenced to life in prison

The New Zealand coat of arms, seen here at the Rotorua High and District Court.

A woman who murdered an elderly man by knocking him out with a sports trophy and setting him alight, has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 15 years.

Ballot boxes ready ahead of Fiji election

A man looks at the list of candidates for the up coming election in Suva.

Ballot boxes have been delivered to the more than 1400 polling stations set up in Fiji in preparation for tomorrow's vote. Police say more than 3000 officers will assist with security.

Countdown to polling on Saturday

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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.

Colossal squid to give up its secrets

The colossal squid is defrosted.

Scientists from Te Papa Tongarewa and the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) had a rare opportunity today to examine an intact colossal squid. (VIDEO)

US carries out airstrikes in Iraq

F/A-18/C Hornet fighter plane

The United States has carried out airstrikes in Iraq in support of troops who were being attacked by Islamic State fighters. The US has conducted 162 airstrikes across Iraq since August.

'Moment of Truth' on world stage

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With names like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden involved, Monday night's 'Moment of Truth' saw the issue of surveillance in NZ making headlines around the world.

IANZ assessors to return to Chch City Council

Christchurch City Council

Assessors from International Accreditation NZ are returning to the Christchurch City Council's consents department, as it struggles to regain its accreditation authority.

Fiji police prepared for potential election unrest

Members of Fiji police and military forces.

Fiji police commissioner says his officers have prepared for the polls and won't hesitate to call in the military if law and order breaks down.

Crotty to miss Argentina Test

Crusaders and All Blacks back Ryan Crotty.

The Crusaders midfield back Ryan Crotty won't be available for the All Blacks next match in the Rugby Championship against Argentina in La Plata as he recovers from a cheek injury.

Maori TV to axe three jobs

te reo sign

Maori Television has announced details of a restructure that could result in the loss of three jobs and the introduction of six senior management roles.

Infratil sale a success, say analysts

dollars and powerboard

Infratil's sales of its Australian energy businesses for $A605 million, plus adjustments, is an outstanding success, analysts say. The company expects to book a profit of about $NZ350 million.

Call to get tough on poachers

tresspass sign on farm gate

Tougher penalties are needed for hunters caught poaching on private rural land, the Game Animal Council says. Four people have recently been prosecuted.