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Collins supported over NZ First deal claim

Judith Collins.

Election 2014 - National's leader John Key says he is backing senior MP Judith Collins 100 percent over her denial of a claim that her supporters approached NZ First with a possible post-election deal. (AUDIO)

Corrections defends inmates' treatment

The TV rental system in prison finds support.

The Department of Corrections is defending its treatment of prisoners after a United Nations report sharply criticised the state of New Zealand's detention centres. (AUDIO)

More than 3m Syrians now refugees

Syrian refugee child in Istanbul

More than 3 million Syrians have now fled the civil war ravaging their country to become refugees - 1 million in the past year alone, the UN says, while over 190,000 have died in the conflict.

Capture of Samoa in WW1 remembered

The centenary of New Zealand's capture of Samoa from Germany on August 29, 1914, is commemorated at a national service at the cenotaph at Auckland's War Memorial Museum.

The centenary of New Zealand's capture of Samoa from Germany has been commemorated at a service in Auckland this afternoon which was attended by the Governor-General.

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.

Shadow alcohol marketing body formed

The Ministerium Forum on Alcohol Marketing and Sponsorship is due to report back on 1 October.

A group of specialists in alcohol harm say they are so irritated by a ministerial forum set up to consider restrictions on alcohol marketing, they've decided to do the job themselves.

Malaysia Airlines to shed 6000 staff

The airline has posted its sixth straight quarterly loss.

Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6000 staff and become completely state-owned as part of a recovery plan after being hit by two disasters this year. Trading in its shares has been suspended.

Cunliffe now unsure over Lochinver sale

David Cunliffe.

Labour leader David Cunliffe says the party may not be able to stop Lochinver Station near Taupo being sold even if it leads the next government after the election. (AUDIO)

Urgent meeting called for port death

The Port of Lyttelton.

WorkSafe New Zealand is requesting an urgent meeting with Lyttelton Port's management to discuss health and safety concerns after the third workplace death in the past year. (AUDIO)

Despite capture, Fiji troops to stay in Golan

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Fiji's military commander has ruled out withdrawing its peacekeeping troops from the Golan Heights, after 43 were captured by Syrian rebels overnight.

Rojas out of All Whites match

Marco Rojas

All Whites striker Marco Rojas has been ruled out of next week's camp and the match against Uzbekistan as he'll instead turn out for his new German second division club.

Maori Party aims to lift tertiary access

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

The Maori Party says it wants to encourage more young Maori to participate in tertiary education at the launch of their tertiary education strategy in Palmerston North.

KiwiRail posts big loss in difficult year

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KiwiRail has reported an increased loss. The state-owned rail operator lost $248 million in the year to the end of June - $73 million more than the previous year. (AUDIO)

Beef and Lamb critical of US report

Beef and Lamb New Zealand general manager of market access Ben O'Brien.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand is critical of an international report which highlights the pressures increasing meat production has on land and water resources.