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PM holidaying in Hawaii when office briefed

John Key

Election 2014 - Prime Minister John Key was holidaying in Hawaii when his office was briefed by the Security Intelligence Service on the release of information to a right-wing blogger, he says. (VIDEO)

Couple accused of MH370 theft

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A Malaysian bank officer and her husband have been charged with forgery, theft and other offences after allegedly stealing from the accounts of four people on missing flight MH370.

NZEI rejects key Government policy

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Election 2014 - Thousands of primary school teachers and principals have rejected the Government's flagship education policy that pays counterparts to raise achievement. (AUDIO)

Hundreds of North Island jobs at risk

Jobs at Infracon could be lost in Hastings, Waipukurau, Dannevirke, Woodville and Palmerston North.

Hundreds of jobs are set to go in the North Island, with moves to liquidate a roading contractor and stationery giant Croxley considering closing its Auckland factory. (AUDIO)

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

Election 2014 News

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Pledge to rebuild Dunedin Hospital

Dunedin Hospital

The Labour Party has announced plans for Dunedin Hospital and retaining jobs, including keeping an agresearch centre open and reopening Hillside Workshops.

Bloggers haven't joined standards code

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No bloggers have yet signed up to its year-old code intended to create standards for journalism on the internet, the Online Media Standards Authority says.

Inequality between races 'widening'

Maori obesity

A new study by Victoria University shows inequality gap between Maori and Pasifika, and Pakeha has widened on a number of measures, including obesity and unemployment.

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Concerns over Pike re-entry delay

A memorial at Blackball to the Pike River miners, where the 29 dead included contractors.

A spokesperson for some of the families of the 29 men killed in the Pike River mine explosion in November 2010 is concerned Solid Energy is stalling the mine re-entry.

Dotcom asset freeze extended to 2015

Kim Dotcom wants companies trying to freeze his assets to put up $500,000 surety.

Kim Dotcom will have to wait until at least next year to claim back millions of dollars in property, after a court extended a freeze on some of his assets. (AUDIO)

Health workers halt industrial action

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Planned industrial action by nearly 12,000 health workers has been called off after a pay agreement was struck following mediation between the PSA and district health boards.

CT cancer scans 'urgently needed'

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A radiologist is calling for the health system to urgently adopt an additional method of scanning for bowel cancer, known as virtual colonoscopies, to reduce waiting lists. (AUDIO)

Obesity 'can affect breast treatment'

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Obesity can reduce the effectiveness of some breast cancer treatments in post-menopausal women, new research from Auckland University shows.

New drug lab to boost border tests

The Class C analogues and unknown powders seized by Customs under Operation Static.

The first drug-screening laboratory on the New Zealand border has opened, and is expected to speed up substance testing to take minutes, rather than weeks.

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Pledge to rebuild Dunedin Hospital

Dunedin Hospital

The Labour Party has announced plans for Dunedin Hospital and retaining jobs, including keeping an agresearch centre open and reopening Hillside Workshops.

Earthquake claim delays for vulnerable

Thousands of owners of damaged homes in Canterbury are still waiting for their insurance claims to be resolved.

Close to 6000 Cantabrians classed as vulnerable, including the elderly and those with poor health, are still waiting for their earthquake insurance claims to be resolved.

Northland farmers facing ruin

Flooding in Pipiwai

At least 30 farmers in mid-Northland are facing financial ruin in the wake of this year's extreme weather events and falling income, and banks may have to write off millions in bad loans.

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'Ref cost us' say All Blacks

Jaco Peyper sinbins Beauden Barrett during the 1st Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney.

The All Blacks are blaming South African referee Jaco Peyper for their failure to win an 18th straight Test match, when they drew the first Bledisloe Cup against the Wallabies in Sydney at the weekend.

Three changes to All Blacks

All Black flanker Liam Messam

Liam Messam, Ryan Crotty and Conrad Smith all come into the All Blacks starting lineup for Saturday's second Rugby Championship clash with Australia at Eden Park.

Ko goes for Canada treble

2013 Canadian Open champion Lydia Ko

New Zealand's teenage golfing star Lydia Ko will seek her third consecutive LPGA Canadian Women's Open title when she tees off in London, Ontario on Friday.

World News

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Abbott warns of terror acts at home

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned Australia cannot let down its guard against homegrown terrorism or risk "sickening" acts of barbarity like those in Iraq playing out at home.

Officer suspended for pointing gun

Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

A Missouri police officer has been suspended for pointing an assault rifle at a peaceful demonstrator as tensions flared during protests over the shooting of a black teenager.

World aghast at James Foley killing

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

US President Barack Obama has said the beheading of US journalist James Foley is "an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world".

Pacific News

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Tahiti's Flosse charged with misuse of power

Gaston Flosse

French Polynesia's president, Gaston Flosse, has been charged with misuse of power in the way he awarded a US$55 million contract a decade ago to build Tahiti's new hospital.

Suspect faked death in PNG's Barati case

An asylum-seeker holds a picture of Reza Barati who died at the detention centre.

Papua New Guinea police say one of the men charged over the death of an Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island tried to fake his own death to evade capture.

Party says consultation needed over 'Fijian'

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The leader of One Fiji Party, Filimoni Vosarogo, says it's unfair to use the term Fijian to refer to every citizen in the country.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Call for auction house to return taonga

Taonga Puoro

A specialist in traditional Maori custom and the arts is demanding the return of scared taonga, or treasure, that have been put up for sale by the auction house Sotheby's. (AUDIO)

Maori King creates honours system

King Tuheitia Paki during his coronation ceremony at Turangawaewae in Ngaruawahia in August 2006.

The Kiingitanga has created its own honours system, with three different awards and the first round of honours bestowed by King Tuheitia Paki today. (AUDIO)

Closer ties with Maoridom - Labour

David Cunliffe is welcomed at Ratana Pa.

The Labour leader David Cunliffe says if his party wins the general elections next month it promises to have a stronger relationship with the kingitanga and with Maoridom. (AUDIO)

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Migration remains near all-time highs

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The number of people moving to New Zealand or staying long term has continued to hover near all-time highs, while the number of Kiwis moving to Australia has plummeted.

Further drop for NZ dollar

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The New Zealand dollar fell about half a US cent today, after breaking below a key support level at 84 US cents. Shares continued to rise, with a climb of 13 points.

Consumers remain upbeat - index

Economic confidence

Consumers have remained upbeat, despite confidence falling to its lowest level in 10 months, the latest ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence monthly index shows.

Rural News

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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.

Food markets told to join forces

NZ and businessmen.

An agribusiness authority told an industry conference that food exporters and marketers selling into China should be doing a lot more to work collectively under a NZ Inc. banner.

Benefits of fish silage confirmed

Dairy cattle numbers continue to grow.

A conference in Wellington has heard the results of trials which confirmed production and health benefits of liquid silage produced from fish guts for cattle and sheep.

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".