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Increased threats to Work & Income offices

The police cordon in Ashburton, at the scene of the shootings

The police say a rash of threats have been made to Work and Income offices since Monday's shooting in Ashburton, including a window being smashed at the Nelson office this morning.

AOS operation in Coromandel resolved


Police say that a major armed police operation that closedlarge parts of State Highway 26 in the Coromandel has been now been resolved after shots were fired earlier today.

UN head condemns killing of US journalists

Ban Ki-moon speaks at Auckland University.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of American journalists by Islamic State jihadists. Footage of Steven Sotloff being beheaded emerged today.

Ombudsman to look at McCully move

Muhammad Rizalman.

The Office of the Ombudsman will look at complaints about Foreign Minister Murray McCully's decision not to release official information about the Malaysian diplomat case.

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.

Cop's racist tirade hits world headlines

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A Queenstown police officer's racist tirade toward a taxi driver is making headlines around the world.

Berlin opens Nazi victims' monument

Visitors lay wreaths and flowers at the Berline memorial for the victims of Nazi euthanasia.

A monument to remember 300,000 Nazi victims with physical and mental disabilities or chronic illnesses has opened in Berlin - the city's fourth monument to Nazi victims.

Labour affirms capital gains tax rules

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Labour has affirmed family homes held in trusts would not be subject to its capital gains tax policy. David Cunliffe stumbled over the question in a debate. (AUDIO)

Slum warning over Auckland CBD

The interior of Sunaj Kumar's Auckland apartment.

Auckland's central city is home to some of the region's poorest people, living in tiny overcrowded apartments which are threatening to turn some areas into slums.

Polling begins in Fiji election

Fiji's new ballot boxes with old box in foreground

Voting at polling stations around Fiji has started in the country's landmark election, the first since the ousting of the last elected government in 2006.

Captains pick Ryder Cup wildcards

Hunter Mahan

The United States captain Tom Watson has choosen Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his wildcard picks for this month's Ryder Cup against holders Europe.

Pouakani consider next move

Pouakani has been seeking ownership of a portion of the Waikato River that includes three state-owned hydro dams.

The people of Pouakani are considering their next legal move, after the Supreme Court failed to back their claim to a a 32 kilometre section of the Waikato riverbed.

Borrowers go global to save on debt

NZ twenty and five dollar notes.

New Zealand's largest banks, institutions and companies are turning to overseas wholesale markets to borrow rather than raising debt at comparatively low interest rates here.

Farmers prepared for lower payout

Dairy farmers are expecting a a lower payout.

Dairy farmers watching the continuing fall in international dairy prices say they will be budgeting for a lower payout than six dollars a kilo of milk solids forecast by Fonterra.