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Shooting victim a 'lovely lady' who will be missed

Members of the police forensics team leave the Ashburton Work and Income office, where three women were shot, two fatally.

One of the women who died in the Ashburton Work and Income shootings yesterday was a "lovely lady" who knew everyone in the town, one of her clients says.

Ashburton - reaction over the killings

Minister for Social Development Paula Bennett addresses the media in Ashburton.

There's been a widespread response to events in Ashburton. John Key said he was shocked and dismayed, and Work and Income offices across the South Island closed early. (VIDEO)

Auckland plan hearings start today

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The country's biggest planning hearing begins today to consider the Auckland Council's 30-year development blueprint, the Unitary Plan. Hearings will cost $12 million.

Retired judge likely inquiry head - Key

John Key

Election 2014 - Prime Minister John Key says an independent person, probably a retired judge, will chair an inquiry into allegations surrounding former Minister Judith Collins. (VIDEO)

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.

Head of IRD scam Katrina Briggs jailed

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The head of a sophisticated online IRD scam that cost tax payers $700,000 has been jailed. Katrina Briggs pleaded guilty to a representative charge of causing loss by deception. (AUDIO)

Official heckled over HK poll anger

Benny Tai (right), co-founder of the Occupy Central movement, talks to the media at a rally near the Hong Kong government complex.

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong disrupted a speech explaining voting changes which rule out open nomination of candidates for the chief executive election in 2017.

SIS inspector confirms calling witnesses

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has confirmed she has called a number of people to give evidence to her inquiry into the release of SIS information to Cameron Slater. (AUDIO)

Taranaki company axes 20 jobs

The Ministry for Primary Industries has investigated oil waste on dairy farms in Taranaki.

Taranaki engineering services company ITL has announced it is to shed more than 20 jobs. A company spokesperson said several large oil and gas contracts were coming to completion.

UN to 'spare no effort' for Fijian soldiers

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the SIDS conference in Samoa

The United Nations says it will spare no effort in seeking the release of the 45 Fijian soldiers held hostage by Syrian rebels.

United sign Falcao

The Colombian striker Radamel Falcao playing for Atletico Madrid.

In need of more defensive help, Manchester United have instead agreed to sign the Colombian striker Radamel Falcao in a 12 million dollar season-long loan deal from Monaco.

Waikato riverbed claim unresolved

Pouakani has been seeking ownership of a portion of the Waikato River that includes three state-owned hydro dams.

The Supreme Court has failed to resolve a sub-tribe's claim to a section of the Waikato River riverbed, and leaves its ownership in question.

APN considering asset float

The New Zealand Herald

APN News & Media may float its New Zealand assets and list them on the local stock exchange. APN's assets include the New Zealand Herald, and Newstalk ZB and ZM.

Northland farmers in clean-up mode

Hikurangi Swamp is one of the hardest hit areas in Northland.

Farmers in many parts of Northland are again facing a cleanup after heavy rain over the weekend.