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No mass surveillance in New Zealand - PM

John Key in Auckland on Wednesday.

Election 2014 - John Key says New Zealand contributes information from spy programmes into Five Eyes databases but has has no control over what intelligence its partners gather. (AUDIO)

Speed limit increase 'a bad idea'

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A road safety charity says a plan to increase the speed limit to 110kph on some open roads under a proposal to tailor driving speeds to road conditions, is a bad idea.

Election 2014 VIDEO

050914. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Davis Cunliffe stand-up at Newlands Community Centre.

Election 2014 - WATCH videos made during the 2014 election campaign by Radio New Zealand's team of digital journalists who have been following the politicians across the country. (VIDEO)

Top General hints at US troops in Iraq

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US ground forces could be deployed against Islamic State (IS) militants if the current US-led strategy fails, top US General Martin Dempsey has said.

Hours left to vote in Fiji's election

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For some voters in Fiji, it has been a long wait to cast their vote in the country's first election in more than eight years. The polls close at 6pm tonight.

Homeless man left to die court told

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Steven Churchis was just 17 years-old, living on the streets of Auckland and was full of beer when he attacked a homeless man and left him to die in an alleyway.

Pro-Russian rebels granted self-rule

Ukrainian servicemen sit atop of an armored personnel carrier as they patrol in Donetsk region.

Ukrainian MPs have granted self-rule to parts of two eastern regions and an amnesty to pro-Russian rebels there, while Russia says it needs to boost troops in the Crimea.

Nats promise to reduce benefit numbers

Paula Bennett.

The National Party is promising to reduce the number of people on benefits by 75,000 by 2017 and offer an incentive for beneficiaries who stay in work.

Migrants turning up at City Mission

People who arrive in Christchurch from overseas homeless and jobless are getting beds at the City Mission over others who are sleeping rough. It has 37 beds in total.

Quieter polls in Fiji this afternoon

Fiji's Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem

First results in Fiji's historic elections are expected to start coming in about three hours after polling closes at 6 this evening.

Tutaia out while Latu doubtful

Silver Fern Maria Tutaia

The Silver Ferns' shooting woes continue with Maria Tutaia ruled out of the upcoming international series against Australia and England with an ongoing foot injury.

Court threat over housing accord

A building in Hobsonville is due to be finished later this year.

An Auckland tribal leader is threatening legal action to stop one of the Government's fast-tracked housing developments if the council does not consult with mana whenua.

Balance of payments gap widens

Export growth has slowed and expected to further deteriorate over the second half of the year.

The difference between what the country earned and spent internationally has widened, with the current account deficit increasing to $2 billion in the June quarter.

Lower Fonterra milk expected - analyst

Fonterra milk powder packaging plant

A dairy trade analyst is expecting Fonterra to lower its forecast milk payout again when it announces its annual results next week, despite prices stabilising in today's global dairy trade auction.

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