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Ashburton shooting victims named

Members of the police forensics team leave the Ashburton Work and Income office, where three women were shot, two fatally.

The names of the women shot in Ashburton's Work and Income office yesterday have been released. Peggy Noble and Susan Cleveland died, while Lindy Curtis was seriously injured. (AUDIO)

Armed guards step too far - Bennett

Police this morning at the scene of the fatal Ashburton shooting.

Placing armed guards at Work and Income offices is a step too far but staff will be asked what measures they want implemented, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says. (AUDIO)

UN head calls for Ukraine dialogue

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

A lasting settlement in Ukraine will not come through military means, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says. Mr Ban was speaking during a visit to Auckland.

Blenheim Work & Income shut down

The Government says its welfare reforms saved $47m in wrong or fraudulent payments in the last financial year.

The Work and Income office in Blenheim has closed its doors after a man phoned this morning, threatening to turn up with a gun. Police are trying to identify the caller.

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.

Slip closes Napier-Gisborne road

Road closed sign

A major slip has closed State Highway 2 between Napier and Gisborne. The road will be closed until further notice, and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Pro-Russian rebals advance in Ukraine

A Ukrainian prisoner-of-war.

Ukrainian forces have suffered a series of setbacks, including being forced to withdraw from Luhansk airport, as pro-Russian rebels advance in the east of the country.

Labour asks for Collins police probe

David Parker.

The Labour Party has laid a complaint with police in relation to the resignation of Judith Collins, asking for an urgent investigation into allegations against her. (AUDIO)

Auckland plan hearings start today

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The country's biggest planning hearing begins today to consider the Auckland Council's 30-year development blueprint, the Unitary Plan. Hearings will cost $12 million.

Fighting in Golan where Fijians held

European members of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force.

Activists have reported renewed fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces in the Golan Heights, where 44 Fijian peacekeepers were taken by the rebels on Thursday.

Walsh beats top field in Zagreb

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

Funding for group fighting for kokako

North Island kokako.

A Waikato conservation group fighting to bring back North Island kokako to Mount Pirongia says it is pleased its efforts will be boosted by Government funding.

Datacom profit rises after sale

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Datacom's annual net profit jumped 43 percent reflecting a profit from selling an Asian call centre. The IT business posted a $51.4m for the year ended March.

Farmer-owned wool co-op on agenda

The Primary Wool Co-operative will take a 5 percent stage in Wool Equities if shareholders agree.

A single, farmer-owned wool operation is still on the agenda for the Primary Wool Co-operative. The co-operative will take a 5 percent stake in Wool Equities, if shareholders agree.

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