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Leaders debate Dirty Politics and tax cuts

David Cunliffe, left, and John Key.

Election 2014 - The leaders of National and Labour have kicked off their first televised campaign debate talking about the Dirty Politics book, and whether or not John Key's party is going to offer tax cuts.

Police illegally shut down parties

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Police will face at least one big claim for compensation after their watchdog found officers have been illegally shutting down parties, including two where people were seriously hurt. (AUDIO)

Human-trafficking charges laid in NZ

Indian trafficking

Two men are facing the the first people-trafficking charges to be laid in New Zealand. If convicted, they face up to 20 years' jail or a fine of $500,000 - or both. (AUDIO)

Bright lights dazzle skywatchers


Bright lights seen in the sky over parts of the South Island and Wellington tonight are believed to have been a meteor. People described it as a shooting star with a spark. (VIDEO)

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.

Murderer had 68 previous convictions

Aaron McDonald.

The judge sentencing a man for the rape and murder of a woman says his actions were barbaric. Aaron McDonald spat as he left the dock and must serve at least 21 years. (AUDIO)

Nine-year-old shoots gun instructor

A target filled with bullet holes.

A nine-year-old girl in the United States has killed her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use a high-powered submachine gun. Charles Vacca was shot in the head.

Blogger lays complaint with police

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

Police have confirmed they are investigating a complaint laid by the Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater following the publication of the book Dirty Politics. (AUDIO)

Auckland rates to rise in 10-year plan

Len Brown.

Aucklanders face higher rates rises over the next decade, and a stark choice about having to pay extra if they want all of the city's major transport projects delivered. (AUDIO)

PNG MP warns about Manus woes

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An MP in Papua New Guinea has warned the government about mounting problems at the Manus Island asylum seeker detention camp.

Ko set for extended break

Lydia Ko lines up a putt during the third round of the LPGA Canadian Pacific Women's Open at the London Hunt Golf Club in London, Ontario. 2014.

The New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, is taking a week off after having a procedure to drain a cyst on her wrist in a bid to be fit for the year's final major.

PSA says 66 jobs lost at Te Puni Kokiri

Te Puni Kokiri has said it will focus on a narrower range of mahi as part of a "recruitment and reassignment process".

The Public Service Association says 66 jobs will be lost at the Ministry for Maori Development, Te Puni Kokiri, cutting the workforce to just under 300. (AUDIO)

New Zealand dollar hits 84 cents

Dollar coins and bank notes on newspaper with New Zealand stock market news

The New Zealand dollar bounced around today, rising to a high of 84 US cents on the back of some strong economic data out of Australia. (AUDIO)

Hawke's Bay Council to defend appeals

The site of the proposed dam.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council has decided to defend appeals by environmental groups against the granting of resource consents for the Ruataniwha dam.