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PM happy to give evidence to SIS inquiry

Prime Minister John Key at today's press conference announcing Judith Collins' resignation.

Election 2014 - The Prime Minister says he is happy to turn up and give evidence to a hearing to be held by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, nine days before general election. (AUDIO)

Poll shows drop in support for National

About 2500 party supporters attended the National Party campaign launch in Manukau.

Election 2014 - The latest political poll shows a drop in support for National, but an increase in support for John Key. It shows National down 2 points to 48% and Labour up 2 points to 28%.

The blogger, the minister and the SFO

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

Election 2014 - Cameron Slater posted a series of blogs on the then Serious Fraud Office director in 2011 around the same time he wrote his friend Judith Collins was gunning for him.

US planes deliver aid and strikes in Iraq

An Iraqi Turkmen Shiite fighter, who volunteered to join the government forces, holding position in Amerli earlier this month.

US planes have made air drops delivering humanitarian aid and carried out strikes against Islamic State positions around the besieged northern Iraqi town of Amerli.

Ship docked in Tauranga has 14 deficiencies

The Port of Tauranga.

An inspection of the Liberian-flagged ship Vega Auriga that arrived in the port of Tauranga today has revealed 14 deficiencies relating to crew treatment and the ship's seaworthiness.

Security concerns prompt 18+ card update

The 18+ cards offer those without a driver's licence legal documentation to buy alcohol.

For the first time in 14 years, the 18 Plus card is getting security upgrades, and a price increase. Since they were introduced more than 229,000 18 Plus cards have been issued.

Hundreds injured in Pakistan protest

A Pakistani supporter of the Canadian cleric Tahir ul Qadri returns a tear gas shell towards police during clashes with security forces.

At least 230 people have been wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, after around 25,000 people marched to the PM's house.

Controversial final months for Collins

Judith Collins announcing her resignation.

After months of controversy, Judith Collins has resigned as a minister. Brent Edwards takes a look at the series of events that led to her resignation and the questions that remain. (AUDIO)

Northland rainfall should ease tonight

Flooding over SH1 North of Whangarei.

MetService says rainfall in Northland, which is weathering its third bout of flooding in a month, should gradually ease tonight. SH10 at Kaeo remains impassable due to flooding.

Whereabouts of captured Fiji troops remains unknown

Mosese Tikoitoga.

Fiji's military commander says he and the UN still have no idea where 44 of his soldier captured by Syrian rebels are being held, as negotiations continue for their release.

Warriors crush Titans

The Warriors celebrate Dominique Peyroux's try.

The Warriors have kept their hopes of qualifying for the National Rugby League finals alive by crushing the Gold Coast Titans 42-nil at Mount Smart Stadium.

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)

NZ wine industry looking strong


The NZ Winegrowers CEO says the industry is looking strong despite a year of challenging weather. More than 500 people attended the annual winegrowers' national conference this week.