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Dunne, Seymour hopeful of ministerial positions

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)

Cruden disappointed, embarrassed

All Black Aaron Cruden

All Blacks first five-eighth Aaron Cruden is "deeply embarrassed" and disappointed in himself for missing a flight to play in Argentina after a night out drinking, he says.

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.

Aust 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.

Tussling starts for Labour's top job

David Cunliffe.

Election 2014 - The Labour Party 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)

Woman endured pain during Caesarean

Pregnant woman

An anaesthetist could face legal action for refusing to give a woman adequate pain relief during a Caesarean birth. She is now terrified of having another child, the health watchdog says. (AUDIO)

Cameron stands by Scotland pledges

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, says Scotland will get more autonomy.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, says Scotland will get more autonomy, after Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, accused him of trickery. (AUDIO)

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.

No conviction for Queenstown cop

generic taxi pic

A Queenstown policewoman who racially abused a taxi driver has been discharged without conviction, after the judge ruled convicting her would have career implications.

Vanuatu dismisses nickel plant claim

Santo, Vanuatu

Vanuatu's government has dismissed a report that a major nickel plant is to be built in Santo in the country's north.

Man United self-destruct in thriller

Louis van Gaal, Manager of Manchester United and assistant, Ryan Giggs. 2014.

Manchester United's stuttering start to the season has continued after they let a 3-1 lead slip to lose 5-3 at Leicester City in an enthralling Premier League football match.

Call for Kingitanga to unite Maori

Annette Sykes

Mana Party co-vice president Annette Sykes wants the Kingitanga to step in and help reconcile the political division within Maoridom. Labour won in six of the Maori electorates.

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.