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John Key rejects surveillance claims

John Key and Steven Joyce.

Election 2014 - The Prime Minister has responded to claims made by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, saying there is no mass surveillance nor to his knowledge NSA bases in New Zealand. (VIDEO)

Blenheim priest admits sex charge

Father Alistair Aidan Kay

A Blenheim Catholic priest has indicated he will plead guilty to one charge of indecent assault. Father Alistair Aidan Kay appeared in the Blenheim District Court this morning.

Colossal squid to give up its secrets

The colossal squid is defrosted.

Scientists from Te Papa Tongarewa and AUT are examining a whole colossal squid after one was collected intact. Watch the LIVESTREAM here. (VIDEO)

Chch fire teen died in his bed - police

Parklands fire

A teenager hailed as a hero for reportedly saving a pregnant woman from a Christchurch fire actually died in his bed and was unlikely to have woken during the blaze, police say.

Harre backs Dotcom over email

Laila Harre in Radio New Zealand's Auckland studio.

Election 2014 - Internet Party leader Laila Harre has no doubt that Kim Dotcom believes an email which suggests his residency was granted in order to be extradited to the US is legitimate.

Philippines suspends NZ companies

New Zealand $100 dollar bills

Philippines authorities have suspended two New Zealand companies and a recruitment company based in the Philippines after reports of recruitment violation and exploitation.

Last ditch appeal to Scottish voters

David Cameron urging Scottish voters to say 'no' to independence

The British Prime Minister has made his final speech to Scottish voters before Thursday's referendum on independence. He said a 'Yes' vote would lead to a painful divorce.

POLL of POLLS with Colin James

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National is again in the box seat with 48.6% in the four-poll average - enough to govern alone. The surveys include a Fairfax poll published in the Sunday Star Times.

Whale washes up near Wellington

A cuviers beaked whale washed up on the beach south of Titahi Bay near Wellington this morning.

A cuviers beaked whale washed up on the beach south of Titahi Bay near Wellington this morning. Department of Conservation staff are investigating.

Tuihani new French assembly president

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French Polynesia's territorial assembly has elected Marcel Tuihani as new assembly president, defeating Antony Geros.

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.

Labour criticises Tribunal appointments

The Waitangi Tribunal

The Labour Party's Maryan Street is criticising the Government's appointment today of new members to the Waitangi Tribunal, saying it is out of order so close to the election.

NZ warned over goldmine legal action

Oceana Gold's open pit mine at Macraes.

The company behind three South Island gold mines is suing the El Salvador government for refusing to grant it a mining permit. New Zealand is being warned about similar action.

Call for inquiry into cow-killing swedes

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GE Free New Zealand is calling on government officials to investigate herbicide tolerant swedes linked to the deaths or illness of hundreds of cows in Southland.