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Labour pledges to scrap secondary tax

David Cunliffe at Otara Market in Manukau this morning.

Election 2014 - The Labour Party is promising to scrap the secondary tax system within five years, if elected, instead allowing people to pay the correct amount of tax as they earn it.

Tuhoe say they will work with Crown

A powhiri was performed for the Crown.

Tuhoe say they and the Crown will now have to work together to dispel any doubts about the value of yesterday's apology at Taneatua from the Crown.


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.

Lithuanian consul 'murdered' in Ukraine

A resident holds a Russian national flag as lorries, part of a Russian humanitarian convoy cross the Ukrainian border.

Lithuania says its honorary consul in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Luhansk has been murdered. It says consul Mykola Zelenec was kidnapped and brutally killed by terrorists.

Put your questions to the politicians

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Whether it's poverty, housing or education on your mind, Radio New Zealand has teamed up with Ask Away to let you raise your issues directly with election candidates.

Cook Strait whale migration 'unusual'

A humpback whale comes to the surface in New Zealand.

A researcher says warmer than expected sea temperatures could be the explanation behind the behaviour of whales migrating through the Cook Strait this year.

Israel promises Hamas a 'heavy price'

 Palestinian men walking under the toppled minaret of a mosque in Gaza City which was almost completely destroyed in an Israeli airstrike.

Israel says a mortar bomb fired from Gaza has killed a four-year-old Israeli child in a border collective farm. The boy is the fourth civilian in Israel to be killed in an attack from the territory.

Cunliffe doubts Key's SIS claims

Labour leader David Cunliffe says if he had been the Prime Minister he would have personally dealt with media requests involving the Security Intelligence Service.

Local govt body says check car fleets

Local Government New Zealand will advise councils to check their car fleets after a major case of alleged fraud in Dunedin.

Local Government New Zealand says it will advise all councils to check their car fleets after a major case of alleged fraud in Dunedin. The council says 152 vehicles were sold fraudulently.

Now calm in Solomons capital after arsons

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Police in Solomon Islands say it is now calm in the West Honiara settlement of Karaina after clashes between family groups from Temotu Province earlier this week.

Wallabies hit back at All Blacks' moaning

Jaco Peyper sinbins Beauden Barrett during the 1st Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney.

The Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has thrown the All Blacks' refereeing complaints back in their faces ahead of the second Bledisloe Cup Test at Eden Park.

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.