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Human-trafficking charges laid in NZ

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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.

Blogger lays complaint with police

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

Election 2014 - Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater has returned to New Zealand and laid a complaint with police over leaked emails revealed in the book Dirty Politics.

Call for PM to explain latest spy claims

The Waihopai spy base in Blenheim.

Election 2014 - The Prime Minister says the GCSB operates within the law, following new revelations by Edward Snowden indicating NZ spies are sharing metadata with the US.

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 and inhumane. Aaron McDonald spat as he left the dock and must serve at least 21 years.

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.

Air NZ not only one flying to regions

An Air New Zealand plane.

A group representing the country's airlines is defending the cost of regional air travel, saying Air New Zealand is not the only one flying the routes. (VIDEO)

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.

National gains, NZ First at 5% - poll

Sign pointing to the voting booths for the 2008 elections.

The latest Herald-Digi poll shows support for National rising, support for Labour and the Greens down and puts NZ First at 5 percent - enough to get list MPs elected to Parliament.

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.

Fiji military warns about campaigning

Fiji government buildings

The commander of the Fiji military has told political parties campaigning for next month's election to refrain from promoting discriminatory policies.

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.

Make Te Reo available - Maori Party

The Maori Party's Tamaki Makaurau candidate Rangi McLean

The Maori Party says it wants to make Te Reo compulsorily available in all schools and increase funding for Maori language teacher trainees.

Qantas declares $2.8 billion loss

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Qantas has suffered a massive $A2.8 billion loss - the biggest in the airline's history - following another poor performance from its international division and its battle with rival Virgin.

New deal not like Sanlu - Fonterra

Fonterra milk tankers parked up between collections

Fonterra is assuring its dairy farmers that there is a world of difference between its new Chinese partnership and its first disastrous joint venture foray into China. (AUDIO)