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Key refuses to talk about spy programme

John Key campaigning in Dunedin today.

Election 2014 - John Key is refusing to talk about a spy programme that NSA analyst turned whistleblower Edward Snowden says is subjecting NZers to mass surveillance. (VIDEO)

National being sued over campaign song

Eminem performing earlier this year in Chicago, Illinois.

Election 2014 - National is facing another hurdle in its campaign, with the music publishers behind US rapper Eminem to take legal action over the party's use of a song in its campaign advert. (AUDIO)

$3m to develop rheumatic fever vaccine

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The New Zealand and Australian governments are to spend more than $3 million in an attempt to develop a vaccine against rheumatic fever. (AUDIO)

Deal to give Scots more power

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The leaders of the three main British political parties have cut a deal to devolve more powers to Scotland if voters reject independence in Thursday's referendum.

Countdown to polling on Saturday

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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.

Man convicted for undeclared cash

New Zealand Customs intercepted bags of cash - 700,000 Chinese yuan in total.

A man caught by a sniffer dog trying to take cash equivalent to $136,452 out of the country without declaring it has been convicted and fined in Auckland.

Ballot boxes ready ahead of Fiji election

A man looks at the list of candidates for the up coming election in Suva.

Ballot boxes have been delivered to the more than 1400 polling stations set up in Fiji in preparation for tomorrow's vote. Police say more than 3000 officers will assist with security.

'Moment of Truth' on world stage

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With names like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden involved, Monday night's 'Moment of Truth' saw the issue of surveillance in NZ making headlines around the world.

IANZ assessors to return to Chch City Council

Christchurch City Council

Assessors from International Accreditation NZ are returning to the Christchurch City Council's consents department, as it struggles to regain its accreditation authority.

Fiji elections today - first since 2006 coup

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Polling booths are due to open at 7.30 this morning in Fiji's first election since the 2006 coup.

Crotty to miss Argentina Test

Crusaders and All Blacks back Ryan Crotty.

The Crusaders midfield back Ryan Crotty won't be available for the All Blacks next match in the Rugby Championship against Argentina in La Plata as he recovers from a cheek injury.

Maori TV to axe three jobs

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Maori Television has announced details of a restructure that could result in the loss of three jobs and the introduction of six senior management roles.

Infratil sale a success, say analysts

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Infratil's sales of its Australian energy businesses for $A605 million, plus adjustments, is an outstanding success, analysts say. The company expects to book a profit of about $NZ350 million.

Call to get tough on poachers

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Tougher penalties are needed for hunters caught poaching on private rural land, the Game Animal Council says. Four people have recently been prosecuted.