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Labour will build rail link in Auckland immediately

An artist's impression of an underground station on the City Rail Link, which will be built under QE2 Square.

Election 2014 - The Labour Party will build Auckland's $2.4 billion City Rail Link immediately rather than waiting until 2020 if elected to govern its transport spokesperson, Phil Twyford says.

Iceland volcano prompts aviation alert

Smoke and ash billow from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano near Porolfsell, on 21 April 2010.

A small volcanic eruption has occurred under Iceland's Dyngjujokull glacier, prompting authorities to raise the warning code for aviation to its highest level, red.


Fact or fiction

Election 2014 - In the first week of a new fact-checking column, Brent Edwards checks claims made at the campaign launches of Labour and New Zealand First.

Wallabies hammered at Eden Park

Kieran Read scores against the Wallabies, Eden Park 2014.

It was another nightmare visit to Eden Park for the Wallabies, sinking to a 12th straight Bledisloe Cup series defeat on Saturday night as the All Blacks dished out a 51-20 hammering.

Call for volunteers to mind seal pups

A seal pup at Ohau Stream near Kaikoura.

The Department of Conservation is calling for volunteers to help mind seal pups who each year turn a freshwater pool near Kaikoura into their home. (VIDEO)

Pohutukawa fungus discovered in US

A US study has found Cryptococcus gattii on pohutukawa trees in California.

A public health specialist says the fact that a common fungus has been found on pohutukawa trees shouldn't concern the general public in New Zealand.

West condemns Russian aid intrusion

A local resident holds a Russian national flag as lorries, part of a Russian humanitarian convoy, cross the Ukrainian border on August 22, 2014.

Western countries have angrily condemned the unauthorised entry of Russian aid lorries into rebel-held eastern Ukraine, which Ukraine has said was effectively an invasion.

ACT promotes shopkeeper weapons

Jamie Whyte addressing ACT's annual conference in Auckland in March 2014.

The ACT Party says, if it is elected to Government, it would allow shopkeepers to keep weapons such as baseball bats behind the counter, to protect themselves against crime.

Landslide protection to take months

A house smashed in half by a boulder on the Port Hills in February 2011.

The Christchurch City Council says it will take up to 15 months to complete earthworks designed to protect 21 Port Hills homes from the threat of landslides.

Disqualification of Fiji candidate could end up in court

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The Fiji Labour Party says the faulty decision to disqualify Steven Singh from contesting next month's election must be promptly reversed or the poll could be delayed.

Bronze medal for Boyle

Lauren Boyle

The Auckland swimmer Lauren Boyle has won her second medal at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast, taking bronze in the 400 metres freestyle.

Crown returns flag to Ngai Tuhoe

A powhiri was performed for the Crown.

The Crown has returned a historic flag to Ngai Tuhoe, to help restore injustices the iwi has suffered at the hands of the Crown. The move came as part of a formal apology. (AUDIO)

Spark near doubles reported profit

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Spark is signalling this may be the last year its underlying profits will fall. It has reported a near doubling of annual net profit but its underlying result is down nearly 8 percent. (AUDIO)

Varroa and bee viruses linked - study

Honey bee showing pollen sacs on legs, Canterbury, New Zealand

An Otago University study has thrown more light on the role that the varroa honey bee mite plays in spreading diseases through beehives, and in particular two viruses.