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Controversial final months for Collins

Judith Collins announcing her resignation.

Election 2014 - 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)

Collins resigns after 'smear campaign'

Judith Collins makes a statement to media following her resignation on 30 August.

Election 2014 - National MP Judith Collins is insisting she has done nothing wrong and says she will fight to clear her name after new email allegations led to her resignation today. (AUDIO)

Election 2014 - FACT or FICTION?

Fact or fiction

In the second week of a new fact-checking column, Brent Edwards checks claims made by Judith Collins, John Key, David Cunliffe, Rangi McLean and Winston Peters.

Emergency housing plan for homeless

Surburban New Zealand state houses in Hornby, Christchurch.

Election 2014 - The Labour Party has released a plan to use empty state houses as emergency housing for vulnerable people so they are not left to sleep on the streets or in their cars.

Tourist missing in Queenstown

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Police hold grave concerns for a tourist who has not been seen for a week. Kwei Ying Wong, a Hong Kong national, was last seen at her hotel in Queenstown.

Banned ship to dock in Tauranga

The Port of Tauranga.

A Liberian-flagged ship that has been banned from Australia because of its treatment of workers and its unseaworthiness, is expected to dock in Tauranga tonight.

Ebola drug ZMapp '100%' effective

Research shows Ebola drug ZMapp is 100 percent effective in monkeys.

The only clinical trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100 percent effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection, the journal Nature reports.

Collins' resignation damaging - Labour

David Cunliffe.

Labour Party leader David Cunliffe says the resignation of Judith Collins is damaging to the National Party and there should be a full commission of inquiry. (AUDIO)

Storm warning issued for Northland

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Civil Defence in Northland is warning farmers and residents to brace for a battering of heavy rain over the next two days, with up to 180 millimetres of rain expected.

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.

Hawke's Bay clinch Ranfurly Shield in thriller

Israel Dagg tries to bust the tackle of Bundee Aki.

Hawke's Bay have taken the Ranfurly Shield, ending Counties-Manukau's run with a thrilling victory in their ITM Cup rugby clash in Pukekohe.

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)

Beef and Lamb critical of US report

Beef and Lamb New Zealand general manager of market access Ben O'Brien.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand is critical of an international report which highlights the pressures increasing meat production has on land and water resources.