Latest Bulletin: 6 pm Tuesday 2 September

CTV criminal investigation advances

Rescuers stand in the smoking ruins of the CTV building two days after the quake in 2011.

Two designers of the CTV building are to be interviewed by police as part of a criminal investigation into the building's collapse in February 2011, which killed 115 people. (AUDIO)

80 police officers still in Ashburton

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About 80 police officers remain in Ashburton investigating yesterday's shooting at a Work and Income office in which two women died and another was seriously injured. (VIDEO)

Ex-teacher pleads guilty to indecent assault

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

Former music and drama teacher Charles Harter has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting nine children he had contact with while teaching at Havelock North Primary School.

Charges over $2m Mighty River fraud

Mighty River Power hydro dam

The Serious Fraud Office has laid charges against two people over what it says is about $2 million dollars worth of fraudulent invoices to power company Mighty River Power.

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Greens announce workers' package

Metiria Turei said the Greens aimed to ensure all workers had enough money to live on.

The Green Party is proposing to lift the minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2017 and to introduce a living wage for the Government sector. (VIDEO)

Economic issues still dominate - poll

NZ twenty and five dollar notes.

A new survey has found economic issues are still the most important problems facing New Zealand - but worries about war and terrorism have also shown sharp increases.

Labour would reinstate 10 yr passports

New Zealand passport

The Labour Party wants a return to 10-year passports and a review of locations and nature of gambling outlets in neighbourhoods as part of its Internal Affairs policy.

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Ashburton shootings - a view from above

Sunrise over Ashburton.

Ashburton remains in shock after the daylight killing of two of its residents and a manhunt which swept through the district. We went above the town this morning to see where events unfolded. (VIDEO)

Man appears in court over killing in Switzerland

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

A man arrested for the killing of his partner in Switzerland more than a decade ago has appeared in an Auckland court. The man cannot be named because of a suppression order.

UN head can't comment on NZ bid

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

The head of the United Nations says he cannot comment on NZ's chances of winning a Security Council seat, but this country's international contribution has been exemplary.

Armed guards step too far - Bennett

Paula Bennett

Placing armed guards at Work and Income offices is a step too far but staff will be asked what measures they want implemented, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says. (VIDEO)

Interislander ferry out of action

The Kaitaki.

Interislander ferry the Kaitaki will be out of action for the rest of today because of problems with a backup generator. Freight and passengers are being transferred to the Aratere.

Man arrested after Work & Income threatened

The Government says its welfare reforms saved $47m in wrong or fraudulent payments in the last financial year.

A man has been arrested after the Work and Income office in Blenheim closed its doors in response to a threatening phone call. Armed offenders officers arrested the 38 year-old in Koromiko.

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National would make changes to CERA

John Key.

Prime Minister John Key has announced CERA would be merged into the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, if a National government was re-elected.

Auckland plan hearings start today

Auckland Council logo.

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.

Lyttelton Port board gives green light

Lyttelton Port

The board of Christchurch's Lyttelton Port has recommending a takeover should proceed. Christchurch City Holdings wants to increase its holding to 100 percent.

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Walsh beats top field in Zagreb

Tom Walsh 16x10

The Canterbury shot-putter Tom Walsh has beaten a strong field at the a World Challenge Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia.

All Blacks snubbed in World Cup advert

RWC logo

The world champion All Blacks have been snubbed in the latest marketing video for next year's World Cup in England. (VIDEO)

McKenzie benches Beale, White

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has run out of patience with misfiring playmakers Kurtley Beale and Nic White, dumping them to the bench for the Springboks Test in Perth.

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Pro-Russian rebels advance in Ukraine

A Ukrainian prisoner-of-war.

Ukrainian forces have suffered a series of setbacks, including being forced to withdraw from Luhansk airport, as pro-Russian rebels advance in the east of the country.

Britain outlines anti-terror measures

British Prime Minister David Cameron.

New powers are needed to seize terrorist suspects' passports and stop British-born extremists from returning to Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

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.

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Kiribati proposes death penalty

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The Kiribati parliament has passed the first reading of the amendment to the penal code to adopt the death penalty.

Fiji's Bainimarama scorns Sodelpa policies

Fiji Prime Minister, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, at Nasau Village, Wainibuka, 2014.

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says it is demeaning and offensive to claim the indigenous people of Fiji need protecting.

'Surprise' pre-polling in Fiji knocks campaigning

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Fiji's People's Democratic Party says political parties' campaigns have been compromised after surprise plans for pre-polling which begins tomorrow.

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Questions over kura board election

putanga/exit sign

A review of a board election at a troubled Far North kura last year has found some parents and staff did not know it was happening. The Commissioner said he was seeking a legal opinion.

Funding for group fighting for kokako

North Island kokako.

A Waikato conservation group fighting to bring back North Island kokako to Mount Pirongia says it is pleased its efforts will be boosted by Government funding.

Skype used to teach Maori symbols

Anne Rooney.

A teacher in Australia is using Skype to help her students learn about Maori symbols such as koru and poutama motifs. Anne Rooney teaches at Wilderness School in South Australia.

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Commodity prices down for 6th month

dairy farmer with cows

Global commodity prices for the country's exports have fallen for the sixth successive month. The commodity price index declined by 3.3% in August, from the previous month.

Lyttelton Port board backs offer

The Port of Lyttelton.

Lyttelton Port's board is unanimous in recommending shareholders accept a $3.95 per share takeover offer from the major shareholder, Christchurch City Council.

Insurance broker case goes to appeal

fire truck

The Supreme Court has granted the Fire Service an appeal over a long-running legal row with the Insurance Brokers Association, over levies payable to the service.

Rural News

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Forest industry sees start of log price recovery

Ports of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns said log volumes grew in the first month of the year.

The forest industry thinks it is seeing the start of a recovery in the export log market. Prices slumped earlier this year when a glut of logs built up in the main market China.

Edible fungi may have export potential


Scientists researching the cultivation and commercialisation of two edible fungi believe it could be the start of a lucrative gourmet export market for this country.

Scientist warns of soil biodiversity loss

Stephen Nortcliff said there had been a massive loss of biodiversity across the globe thanks to human intervention.

The scientist responsible for making next year the United Nations International Year of Soils says far too little is known about the microscopic life forms which are critical to healthy soil.

On The Inside

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Dirty Politics: warnings for the media?

Author Nicky Hager.

The subtitle of Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics is 'How attack politics is poisoning New Zealand's political environment'. Mediawatch asks if it has also poisoned the media.

Is New Zealand an unequal society?

Poverty, inequality and incomes are big issue topics for voters in the forthcoming election. Insight reports on tackling the health, education and income gap.

Poverty, inequality and incomes are big issue topics for voters in the forthcoming election. Insight reports on tackling the health, education and income gap. (AUDIO)

Dirty Politics gives way to policy

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - John Key launched the National Party's election campaign on Sunday and it was no accident the party chose South Auckland for the rally.