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ACT promotes shopkeeper weapons

Jamie Whyte addressing ACT's annual conference in Auckland in March 2014.

Election 2014 - The ACT Party says, if it is elected to Government, it would allow shopkeepers to keep weapons such as baseball bats behind the counter, to protect themselves against crime.

Minister faces media over Dirty Politics

Judith Collins.

Election 2014 - Justice Minister Judith Collins says she will not be apologising to a public servant for leaking his name and details to a blogger. (AUDIO)


Fact or fiction

Election 2014 - In the first week of a new fact-checking column, Brent Edwards checks claims made at the campaign launches of Labour and New Zealand First.

Landslide protection to take months

A house smashed in half by a boulder on the Port Hills in February 2011.

The Christchurch City Council says it will take up to 15 months to complete earthworks designed to protect 21 Port Hills homes from the threat of landslides.

'Our problem, not our grandchildren's'

Lobby goup Generation Zero organised a series of youth climate change summits in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Feature - While campaigners argue climate change is this generation's nuclear-free moment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions will not be easy. The Wireless takes a look.

Pohutukawa fungus discovered in US

A US study has found Cryptococcus gattii on pohutukawa trees in California.

A public health specialist says the fact that a common fungus has been found on pohutukawa trees shouldn't concern the general public in New Zealand.

West condemns Russian aid intrusion

A local resident holds a Russian national flag as lorries, part of a Russian humanitarian convoy, cross the Ukrainian border on August 22, 2014.

Western countries have angrily condemned the unauthorised entry of Russian aid lorries into rebel-held eastern Ukraine, which Ukraine has said was effectively an invasion.

Tax already on the way out - National

Labour leader David Cunliffe announced the plan to scrap secondary tax while campaigning at the Otara Market in Manukau.

The National Party says Labour's plans to scrap secondary tax are nothing new and it plans to abolish the tax itself within the coming year.

Two helicopter call-outs in Waikato

A Philips Search & Rescue Trust helicopter.

A woman has sufffered serious injuries from being kicked by a horse in Waikato. In a separate incident, a woman was airlifted to hospital after a car crash.

Disqualification of Fiji candidate could end up in court

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The Fiji Labour Party says the faulty decision to disqualify Steven Singh from contesting next month's election must be promptly reversed or the poll could be delayed.

Bledisloe Cup locked away again

Richie McCaw and Kieran Read in the sheds after retaining the Bledisloe Cup

It was another nightmare visit to Eden Park for the Wallabies, sinking to a 12th straight Bledisloe Cup series defeat on Saturday night as the All Blacks dished out a 51-20 hammering.

Crown returns flag to Ngai Tuhoe

A powhiri was performed for the Crown.

The Crown has returned a historic flag to Ngai Tuhoe, to help restore injustices the iwi has suffered at the hands of the Crown. The move came as part of a formal apology. (AUDIO)

Spark near doubles reported profit

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Spark is signalling this may be the last year its underlying profits will fall. It has reported a near doubling of annual net profit but its underlying result is down nearly 8 percent. (AUDIO)

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.