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US and EU condemn 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.

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.


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.

Tax already on the way out - National

Labour leader David Cunliffe announced the plan to scrap secondary tax while campaigning at the Otara Market in Manukau.

Election 2014 - The National Party says Labour's plans to scrap secondary tax are nothing new and it plans to abolish the tax itself within the coming year.

Morning ReportMidday Report and Checkpoint set the news agenda, and there is news every hour.

Insight and Focus on Politics provide in-depth coverage of current issues.

Election 2014 News

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No plans to resign - Judith Collins

Judith Collins.

Speaking briefly to the media this afternoon, Justice Minister Judith Collins said she had no plans to resign after giving a public servant's name to a blogger. (AUDIO)

ACT promotes shopkeeper weapons

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

ACT says shopkeepers should be allowed to arm themselves against violent crime. The party's leader Jamie Whyte has made the law and order policy announcement in Auckland.

Cunliffe doubts Key's SIS claims

Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

Labour leader David Cunliffe says if he had been the Prime Minister he would have personally dealt with media requests involving the Security Intelligence Service.

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Pohutukawa fungus discovered in US


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.

Tuhoe say they will work with Crown

A powhiri was performed for the Crown.

Tuhoe say they and the Crown will now have to work together to dispel any doubts about the value of yesterday's apology at Taneatua from the Crown.

Planet Key video keeps reappearing

Darren Watson's Planet Key video was ruled an election advertisement.

The Electoral Comission appears to have no power to stop people posting copies of the political parody video Planet Key, despite the removal of the video by its owner.

Cook Strait whale migration 'unusual'

A humpback whale comes to the surface in New Zealand.

A researcher says warmer than expected sea temperatures could be the explanation behind the behaviour of whales migrating through the Cook Strait this year.

Solid Energy unlikely to supply Ukraine

Solid Energy says it is unlikely that New Zealand would provide thermal coal to Ukraine.

Solid Energy says it is unlikely that New Zealand would provide thermal coal to Ukraine, which is facing a power supply crisis. Russia has cut off Ukraine's gas supply.

Slater facing breach of privacy charge

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

Blogger Cameron Slater is facing prosecution for breaching the privacy of an Auckland businessman and publishing the information on his blog. A complaint was laid in 2012.

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Campus attack 'sexually-motivated'

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Police say a serious and sexually-motivated attack on a young woman took place at about 8.30am this morning in the grounds of Waikato University.

Local govt body says check car fleets

Local Government New Zealand will advise councils to check their car fleets after a major case of alleged fraud in Dunedin.

Local Government New Zealand says it will advise all councils to check their car fleets after a major case of alleged fraud in Dunedin. The council says 152 vehicles were sold fraudulently.

Robber escapes on child's scooter

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Police say a woman demanded cash from two Dunedin shops late last night, using a piece of glass as a weapon and then escaped on a child's scooter.

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Wallabies face Eden Park hoodoo

Sam Whitelock gives Bernard Foley a facial during their Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney, 2014.

Australia will try to get one hand on the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday when they meet the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland.

Counties defend Shield

Counties' Bundee Aki on the break against Otago in Pukekohe, 2014.

Counties Manukau have beaten Otago 29-25 at Pukekohe to defend the Ranfurly Shield from their first top-flight challengers of the year.

NRL defends doping penalties

Paul Gallen plays for the Sharks against the Warriors in 2013.

The National Rugby League has defended the punishments meted out to past and present Cronulla players for doping.

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US National Guard leaves Ferguson

Demonstrators protest the death of Michael Brown on 21 August 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, were muted for a third straight evening as troops begin withdrawing from the St Louis suburb racked by nearly two weeks of racial turmoil.

Lithuanian consul 'murdered' in Ukraine

A resident holds a Russian national flag as lorries, part of a Russian humanitarian convoy cross the Ukrainian border.

Lithuania says its honorary consul in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Luhansk has been murdered. It says consul Mykola Zelenec was kidnapped and brutally killed by terrorists.

Israel promises Hamas a 'heavy price'

 Palestinian men walking under the toppled minaret of a mosque in Gaza City which was almost completely destroyed in an Israeli airstrike.

Israel says a mortar bomb fired from Gaza has killed a four-year-old Israeli child in a border collective farm. The boy is the fourth civilian in Israel to be killed in an attack from the territory.

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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.

Now calm in Solomons capital after arsons

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Police in Solomon Islands say it is now calm in the West Honiara settlement of Karaina after clashes between family groups from Temotu Province earlier this week.

Boycott at Fiji's elections candidate list draw

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Fiji's Electoral Commission has boycotted today's national candidate list draw at the Fijian Elections Office.

Te Manu Korihi News

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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)

Te Puni Kokiri jobs under threat

 A koru or unfurling tree fern frond.

Some Te Puni Kokiri staff will have to reapply for their jobs after the Ministry of Maori Development today announced the second phase in a restructure of the organisation.

Maori Party promises trades boost

A Christchurch building leader says the industry is frustrated with delays in the consents issuing process.

The Maori Party says it is promising to double the number of Maori and Pasifika Trades Training placements a year from 3000 to 6000 if it is re-elected back into government.

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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)

Sky Network's profit rises 21%

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Sky Network Television's net profit rose almost 21 percent, due in part to it gaining more customers and charging higher fees for its programme packages. (AUDIO)

Vector's annual net profit falls 17%

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Vector's annual net profit fell 17 percent, reflecting price-cutting forced on the electricity lines company by the corporate regulator. (AUDIO)

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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.

Winegrowers toasting bumper harvest

The wine industry has confirmed a record grape harvest this year.

The New Zealand wine industry has confirmed a record grape harvest this year. All up, 445,000 tonnes of grapes have been picked - about 60,000 more than last year.

Northland farmers 'severely affected'

Flooding at Hukerenui, Northland.

A Northland dairy farmer says the future is bleak for many in the industry in the region, particularly farm workers, after flooding, a fall in the milk payout and increased rates.

On The Inside

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Immigration lobbying - is it a problem?

Figures from the minister of immigration's office show MPs are increasingly involved in lobbying for ministerial intervention in immigration cases. Insight reports.

Figures from the minister of immigration's office show MPs have a significant involvement in lobbying on immigration cases. Insight reports. (AUDIO)

Is tertiary funding damaging learning?

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The days when tertiary institutions received government funding for every student who turned up and enrolled are long gone. Insight reports on the impact of stricter funding. (AUDIO)

CORRESPONDENT - Stephen Hewson

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A light-hearted opening ceremony, 45 medals for New Zealand, a standout success for cycling mixed with disappointment for triathletes, we look at how "People Made Glasgow".