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National dips in poll but still well ahead

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Election 2014 - The National Party's support has fallen in the first opinion poll carried out since Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics was released, though the party is still on 50 percent in Herald-Digi Poll . (AUDIO)

PM stands by statement on SIS issue

John Key.

Election 2014 - Prime Minister John Key is standing by his statement he was not directly informed of the release of SIS information to a blogger in the face of more questions on what he knew. (VIDEO)

Leaders talk about their top goals

Winston Peters

Under the grill - we asked the leaders of parties represented in parliament what they would most like to achieve if they are re-elected? (VIDEO)

James Foley killers asked for ransom

James Foley.

Islamic State Jihadists who killed US freelance journalist James Foley had requested that a $US132m ransom be paid to them for him to be released, his employer has said.

Varroa and bee viruses linked - study

Honey bee showing pollen sacs on legs, Canterbury, New Zealand

An Otago University study has thrown more light on the role that the varroa honey bee mite plays in spreading diseases through beehives, and in particular two viruses.

Crown to apologise to Ngai Tuhoe

Ngai Tuhoe chief negotiator Tamati Kruger and Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson.

The Crown delegation has been welcomed into Ngai Tuhoe's headquarters for the formal apology to the iwi over the Crowns' historical wrongdoings.

Ebola patients released from hospital

Dr Kent Brantly

One of the US aid workers who has recovered from an Ebola infection said he was "thrilled to be alive" after he and another patient were discharged from an Atlanta hospital. (AUDIO)

POLL of POLLS with Colin James

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The first poll taken after the Nicky Hager book launch, by DigiPoll for the New Zealand Herald from August 14 to 20, did not dent National's polling average.

Cautious welcome for Dunedin plan

A view of the Hillside workshops.

Dunedin leaders are cautiously welcoming Labour's election package for the South Island city promising spending of at least a quarter of a billion dollars. (AUDIO)

Samoa Govt changes market rules

Samoa produce

The Samoa government has changed the opening hours for the Fugalei market after local farmers and business operators critised the rules for the new market.

Phoenix confident of getting McGlinchey

Michael McGlinchey

The Wellington Phoenix are seeking legal advice but remain confident of signing playmaker Michael McGlinchey who has been told he is still contracted to the Central Coast Mariners.

King Tuheitia opens up at koroneihana

Maori King Tuheitia Paki arriving at a marae near the Whanganui River.

King Tuheitia has opened up about his health and one of his sons getting into trouble with the law - calling the media coverage of the case a "circus".

Port of Tauranga hints at future profit

Ports of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns said log volumes grew in the first month of the year.

Port of Tauranga is hinting at a much stronger profit this financial year than the 30 percent fall it reported for the year ended June. The company says the current year has begun well.

Forestry co-op eyes small plantations

A new forestry co-operative is hoping to cash in on New Zealand's so-called wall of wood.

A new forestry co-operative bankrolled by wealthy Chinese and Australian investors is hoping to cash in on this country's so-called 'wall of wood' which is reaching harvestable age. (AUDIO)