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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)

National being sued over campaign song

Eminem performing earlier this year in Chicago, Illinois.

Election 2014 - Publishers behind US rapper, Eminem, have launched legal action against the National Party over a song used in its campaign advert seeking damages for copyright infringement.

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.

Moment of Truth on world stage

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Election 2014 - With names like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden involved, Monday night's 'Moment of Truth' meeting saw the issue of surveillance in New Zealand making headlines around the world.

$3m to develop rheumatic fever vaccine

girl with thermometer

The New Zealand and Australian governments are to spend more than $3 million in an attempt to develop a vaccine against rheumatic fever.

Woman sentenced to life in prison

The New Zealand coat of arms, seen here at the Rotorua High and District Court.

A woman who murdered an elderly man by knocking him out with a sports trophy and setting him alight, has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 15 years.

US carries out airstrikes in Iraq

F/A-18/C Hornet fighter plane

The United States has carried out airstrikes in Iraq in support of troops who were being attacked by Islamic State fighters. The US has conducted 162 airstrikes across Iraq since August.

Harre backs Dotcom over email

Laila Harre in Radio New Zealand's Auckland studio.

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. (AUDIO)

$100m grant for quake-hit university

Canterbury University

The Government has confirmed a $100 million boost for the University of Canterbury after the February 2011 quakes saw 10 buildings unable to be used.

Vanuatu police chief suspended

050514. Photo supplied. Pacific flags. Vanuatu

Vanuatu's police commissioner, Arthur Caulton, has confirmed his suspension from the role by the Police Service Commission.

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.

Infratil sale a success, say anaylsts

Infratil's sales of its Australian energy businesses for $A605 million, plus adjustments, is an outstanding success, analysts say. The company expects to book a profit of about $NZ350 million.

Call to get tough on poachers

tresspass sign on farm gate

Tougher penalties are needed for hunters caught poaching on private rural land, the Game Animal Council says. Four people have recently been prosecuted.