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CTV criminal investigation advances

Rescuers stand in the smoking ruins of the CTV building two days after the quake in 2011.

Two designers of the CTV building are to be interviewed by police as part of a criminal investigation into the building's collapse in February 2011, which killed 115 people. (AUDIO)

80 police officers still in Ashburton

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About 80 police officers remain in Ashburton investigating yesterday's shooting at a Work and Income office in which two women died and another was seriously injured. (VIDEO)

Key and Cunliffe face off in Chch

John Key and David Cunliffe

Election 2014 - National Party leader John Key and Labour Leader David Cunliffe have faced off in The Press Leaders Debate at St Margaret's College in Christchurch tonight.

Ex-teacher pleads guilty to indecent assault

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

Former music and drama teacher Charles Harter has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting nine children he had contact with while teaching at Havelock North Primary School. (AUDIO)

Countdown to polling on 20 September

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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.

Charges over $2m Mighty River fraud

Mighty River Power hydro dam

The Serious Fraud Office has laid charges against two people over what it says is about $2 million dollars worth of fraudulent invoices to power company Mighty River Power.

IS accused of ethnic cleansing in Iraq

An Iraqi woman who fled violence in the northern city of Tal Afar walks through the Bahrka camp, in the autonomous Kurdish region.

Amnesty International says it has gathered evidence that shows Islamic State jihadists have been carrying out what it calls a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq.

Labour would reinstate 10 yr passports

New Zealand passport

The Labour Party wants a return to 10-year passports and a review of locations and nature of gambling outlets in neighbourhoods as part of its Internal Affairs policy.

National would make changes to CERA

John Key.

Prime Minister John Key has announced CERA would be merged into the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, if a National government was re-elected.

Effort to release Fiji soldiers stepped up

Mosese Tikoitoga.

Fiji's military commander says the UN has stepped up efforts to secure the release of 45 of Fiji soldiers held by Syrian rebels.

Walsh beats top field in Zagreb

Tom Walsh 16x10

The Canterbury shot-putter Tom Walsh has beaten a strong field at the a World Challenge Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia.

Local kuia mourned in Ashburton

Paula Bennett meeting local Ashburton leaders to express her condolences.

The Maori community in Ashburton is mourning the death of local kuia, Peggy Turuhira Noble, caught up in yesterday's fatal shooting at a Work and Income office in the town.

Commodity prices down for 6th month

dairy farmer with cows

Global commodity prices for the country's exports have fallen for the sixth successive month. The commodity price index declined by 3.3% in August, from the previous month.

Forest industry sees start of log price recovery

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

The forest industry thinks it is seeing the start of a recovery in the export log market. Prices slumped earlier this year when a glut of logs built up in the main market China.