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Apology should come from PM - Labour

TVNZ screengrab. Blogger Cameron Slater.

The new leader of the Labour Party says an apology about the release of information to a right-wing blogger should come from the Prime Minister, not the Security Intelligence Service. (AUDIO)

Five injured, one critical, after crash

The scene of the Yaldhurst Road crash.

An elderly woman is in a critical condition and four others are injured following a police chase and crashes in Christchurch. Two of those in hospital are under police guard.

Minister disputes power price claim

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Energy Minister Simon Bridges has rejected claims that people are spending more of their pay packet on power and the government's electricity market is failing. (AUDIO)

Hagel resigns as US defence secretary

Chuck Hagel

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, ending nearly two years in the Pentagon's top job. Officials said Mr Obama wanted fresh leadership during the final two years of his administration.

Vettori possible starter for third test

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The veteran New Zealand spin bowler Dan Vettori has joined up with the Black Caps in Sharjah and is a possibility to play in the third Test against Pakistan starting tomorrow night.

Hobbit screening tracks world premiere

Actor Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

A special screening of the third Hobbit movie is being held in Wellington to coincide with the world premiere in London, in an event surrounded in secrecy. (VIDEO)

Teen charged over framing dead friend

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The grandfather of 16-year-old Cheyenne Ihaka who was killed in a car crash in July says the arrest of another teenager for framing his grandson comes as little surprise.

Parliament to consider anti-terror bill

Prime Minister John Key

Parliament will consider legislation under urgency this afternoon aimed at protecting New Zealand from the threat of foreign fighters. The Prime Minister wants cross party support.

NZ bureau casualty of ABC cuts

abc tickertape job cuts

The Auckland bureau of the ABC is to be axed to meet the $A254 million the government is slashing from its budget from July 2015. A reduction in the news service has also been flagged.

Solomons police keeping up presence

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Solomon Islands police are stepping up operations in Honiara as MPs prepare for the often turbulent period surrounding the formation of the new government.

Ko must take break - coach

Lydia Ko finishes runner-up at the LPGA Arkansas Championship.

Having won the biggest payday in the history of women's golf, it's crucial New Zealand's world number three Lydia Ko now takes a break from the game says her coach David Leadbetter.

Mason Clinic to build new Maori unit

brain - jigsaw puzzle - mental illness

New Zealand's largest forensic mental health unit, the Mason Clinic, has been given the go-ahead to build a new kaupapa Maori driven unit.

Queen St property sells for $97m

Precinct Properties has sold a building in Auckland's Queen Street to Robert Jones Holdings.

Precinct Properties has sold a building in Auckland's Queen Street to Robert Jones Holdings for $97 million - nearly $1.5 million more than its June book value. (AUDIO)

Too dry in north, too wet down south

farmer in dry paddock

Long spells of warm, dry weather in parts of the country have prompted a call to save water, while in the lower South Island farmers are having to cope with a 'green drought'.