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Dunne, Seymour aiming for ministerial jobs

John Key, right, meets with United Future Leader Peter Dunne.

Election 2014 - Both United Future leader Peter Dunne and Act MP David Seymour are angling for ministerial positions in a new government. (VIDEO)

IS calls to kill in Australia, US, Europe

An Islamic State jihadist

The Islamic State insurgency has called on supporters to kill soldiers and civilians in Australia, the United States and Europe, in a speech by its spokesman.

Woman endured pain during Caesarean

Pregnant woman's belly

An anaesthetist could face legal action for refusing to give a woman adequate pain relief during a Caesarean, leaving her scared to have another child, the health watchdog says. (AUDIO)

Tussling starts for Labour's top job

David Cunliffe.

Election 2014 - Labour needs to take a serious look at how it relates to the public following Saturday's disastrous election result, senior MP Grant Robertson says. (AUDIO)

No conviction for Queenstown cop

generic taxi pic

A Queenstown police officer who abused a taxi driver has been discharged without conviction, after the judge ruled convicting her would have career implications. (AUDIO)

Teacher not guilty on sex charges


An Auckland teacher accused of inappropriately touching female students as young as eight years old while in class has been cleared of all charges after a jury trial. (AUDIO)

Australia seeks tougher security powers

Prime Minister Toy Abbott.

Australia's government will seek broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists, following counter-terrorism raids last week.

Hager sceptical on Ede resignation

About 2500 party supporters attended the National Party campaign launch in Manukau.

Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager does not believe National Party advisor Jason Ede - named in the book as John Key's "black ops man" - has resigned voluntarily. (AUDIO)

Yoga mats, cufflinks charged to CCC

Yoga mat

Yoga mats, flowers, coffee and cufflinks contributed to the more than $1.2 million Christchurch City Council staff have spent on entertainment and expenses in the past year.

Fiji's Bainimarama sworn in as PM

Frank Bainimarama arrives for his swearing in ceremony at Government House in Suva after his landslide victory at the 2014 election

Fiji's President has sworn Frank Bainimarama into office as prime minister at a ceremony in Suva after a landslide win in Fiji's first election in eight years.

No excuses says Cruden

Aaron Cruden, Sydney, 2014.

The All Blacks first five Aaron Cruden accepts there may be further disciplinary action after being dropped from the side for upcoming tests against Argentina and South Africa. (AUDIO)

Election 'ugly and divisive' for Maori

voting ballot box

A campaigner for the winner of the Western Māori seat says the election was divisive for Maori, causing splits within some whanau due to differences in political allegiances.

Fonterra expects big profit drop


Fonterra's financial result for the year ended 31 July will be issued later this week, with profit expected to be about $0.5 billion less then it earned the year before.

Hinds Plains water, land use change

Canterbury Regional Council is to notify about land and  water use changes.

Canterbury Regional Council will be notifying the latest changes in its land and water plan this coming weekend. It covers the Hinds-Hekeao Plains catchment.