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Increased threats to Work & Income offices

Ashburton shooting

Extra security guards are being ordered in and the police are clamping down after a rash of threats against Work and Income since the Ashburton triple shooting. (VIDEO)

National's environment plan slammed

Prime Minister John Key

Election 2014 - National's environmental policy to exclude dairy cows from waterways by 2017 has been roundly criticised by both farming and environmental lobby groups.

AOS operation in Waikato resolved


An armed operation involving the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad is now over after police swarmed a rural Waikato property this afternoon after shots were heard.

UN head condemns killing of US journalists

Ban Ki-moon speaks at Auckland University.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of American journalists by Islamic State jihadists. Footage of Steven Sotloff being beheaded emerged today.

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.

Manslaughter charge over forestry death

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A man has been charged with manslaughter after a worker died in a tree felling operation near Levin last December.

Berlin opens Nazi victims' monument

Visitors lay wreaths and flowers at the Berline memorial for the victims of Nazi euthanasia.

A monument to remember 300,000 Nazi victims with physical and mental disabilities or chronic illnesses has opened in Berlin - the city's fourth monument to Nazi victims.

Emails seem to back Hager claims

TVNZ screengrab. Blogger Cameron Slater.

The hacker "Rawshark" has released emails that appear to back up claims in Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics that the Whale Oil blog was used to attack critics of a grocery lobby group.

Slum warning over Auckland CBD

The interior of Sunaj Kumar's Auckland apartment.

Auckland's central city is home to some of the region's poorest people, living in tiny overcrowded apartments which are threatening to turn some areas into slums.

Polling begins in Fiji election

Fiji's new ballot boxes with old box in foreground

Voting at polling stations around Fiji has started in the country's landmark election, the first since the ousting of the last elected government in 2006.

Black Caps coach says one more term

Mike Hesson and Brendon McCullum have enjoyed a successful partnership.

The New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson says he doesn't see himself in the role beyond 2017.

Pouakani consider next move

Pouakani has been seeking ownership of a portion of the Waikato River that includes three state-owned hydro dams.

The people of Pouakani are considering their next legal move, after the Supreme Court failed to back their claim to a a 32 kilometre section of the Waikato riverbed.

Borrowers go global to save on debt

NZ twenty and five dollar notes.

New Zealand's largest banks, institutions and companies are turning to overseas wholesale markets to borrow rather than raising debt at comparatively low interest rates here.

Farmers prepared for lower payout

Dairy farmers are expecting a a lower payout.

Dairy farmers watching the continuing fall in international dairy prices say they will be budgeting for a lower payout than six dollars a kilo of milk solids forecast by Fonterra.