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Latest Bulletin: 11 am Saturday 20 September

Stormy weather as New Zealanders head to polls

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Polling stations throughout the country have opened for voting in the general election and will stay open until 7pm.

Salmond resigns after Scots say 'no'

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond speaks during a press conference to announce his resignation.

Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond, who led the campaign for independence, has announced he will step down. In yesterday's referendum 55 percent of Scots voted to stay in the United Kingdom.

Poll irregularity 'evidence' shown in Fiji

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Five political parties in Fiji have presented evidence which they say back up their claims of irregularities in the country's landmark election.

NZ's oldest regiment turns 150

Queen Alexandra’s Mounted Rifles at Linton Military Camp on its official birthday, 16 September 2014.

A military parade will be held in Palmerston North this morning to mark the 150th anniversary of one of this country's oldest regiments.

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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National and Labour make final push

John Key and David Cunliffe

A visit by John Key to a mall in Rotorua was abandoned because of a protest today, while David Cunliffe said he would campaign until late tonight. (VIDEO)

Minor parties confident ahead of poll

Laila Harre speaks to media before voting in the Epsom electorate on Suffrage Day.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, the Conservatives' Colin Craig and Internet Party leader Laila Harre have made a final campaign push in Auckland. (AUDIO)

John Key rejects Customs claims

John Key talking to reporters in the Manawatu Gorge on 18 September, 2014

Prime Minister John Key has rejected accusations of political interference in the official information process at the Customs department, made by whistleblower Curtis Gregorash.

National News

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Open dialogue 'the best terror defence'

Forensic experts collect evidence from a house in Sydney a part of  Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism raid.

Security experts say the risk of a home-grown terrorist attack in NZ can never be eliminated, but agree with local Muslim leaders that open dialogue is the best defence.

Annual migration hits record-high

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The number of people moving to New Zealand or staying long-term has hit an all-time high. The tide of New Zealanders heading across the Tasman has also slowed significantly.

Deadly object was 'size of a brick'

Rutger Hale.

The inquest of Rutger Hale has left many questions hanging about the deadly object that killed him but has been described as like a brick or as big as a cannonball. (AUDIO)

Helen Clark honoured for health work

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark.

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has been honoured for her work on women's health at an event to mark the 121st anniversary of women's suffrage.

Benefit drug testing numbers released

Synthetic cannabis products must be pulled from sale from midnight Wednesday.

Twenty people have had their benefits cancelled or suspended since a policy introduced in July last year made drug-testing compulsory for some jobs.

Former principal's name kept secret

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A former school principal charged with possessing objectionable material has been allowed to keep his name secret, after he appeared in the Auckland District Court.

Regional News

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Chch's Twin Towers sculpture moved

A piece from one of New York's twin towers in Christchurch.

A piece of one of New York's twin towers that has sat as a memorial in Christchurch for the past 12 years is to be moved for safekeeping while earthquake repairs are made.

New lease of life for Wanganui port

Wanganui is to breathe new life into its derelict port.

A joint venture between Tupoho Whanau Trust and Wanganui District Council is to take over the running of the city's port once an upgrade of its facilities is completed.

Top US universities recruit in Auckland

University of Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn building, Auckland

Leading American universities including Caltech, New York University and UCLA are recruiting students in Auckland on Saturday.

Sport News

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Knights win again

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The winning streak continues for the national Twenty20 cricket champions Northern Districts at the Champions League in India.

Roosters edge Cowboys in thriller

North Queensland's Jonathon Thurston

North Queensland's National Rugby League season has once again been ended on a sour note after a refereeing call went against them.

Canterbury pushed by Counties

Counties' Frank Halai is tackled by Canterbury's Matt Todd

The provincial rugby champions Canterbury made it six victories from six games on Friday night in Pukekohe, but Counties Manukau gave their visitors a real battle before losing 28-20.

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Bodies of Ebola education team found

Health workers wearing protective suits prepare to carry the body of a victim of Ebola in Conakry, Guinea.

Officials say nine members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea

Terror threats against Australian govt

Australian Federal Police officers are seen outside Parliament House in Canberra, after 'chatter' about a possible terrorist attack

Security at the Australian parliament in Canberra is being beefed up in the wake of a foiled terror plot. Intelligence reports indicate specific threats against the Government.

Scotland votes no to independence

Pro-union supporters celebrate as Scottish independence referendum results.

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after rejecting independence, with all of the country's 32 council areas having declared and the result being confirmed.

Pacific News

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Cooks Democrats withdraw another petition

Cook Islands Democratic Party Logo

The Cook Islands Democratic Party has withdrawn a petition against a tied seat in Mitiaro, which means the constituency will go to a by-election.

Samoa health ministry advises about ebola

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Samoa's Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organisation has issued an advisory amid concerns about the Ebola virus disease.

Sonar search expected for plane in American Samoa

Pago Pago, American Samoa

The family of a father and son team whose small plane crashed off Pago Pago international airport in July in American Samoa will carry out a sonar search of the ocean floor where the aircraft is believed to have crashed.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Reedy taught valuable lessons for life

Amster Reedy.

Ngāti Porou teacher and mentor Amster Reedy is being remembered as a man who instilled a sense of pride and inspiration about being Māori in an urban environment.

Meri Te Tai honoured on Suffrage Day

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Meri Te Tai Mangakahia, one of Te Rarawa's influential ancestors and women's suffrage campaigner, is being remembered as the inspiration for wahine to take on the big issues.

Tai Tokerau seat crucial for Harawira

Hone Harawira.

The Tai Tokerau seat is likely to be the main focus for many people this election. Hone Harawira is the incumbent and must win it for Internet Mana to get any seats in Parliament.

Business News

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Dollar steady, market higher ahead of vote

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The New Zealand currency was little changed against the US dollar ahead of tomorrow's general election, while the sharemarket ended the trading week higher.

Consumer confidence edging up - poll

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Consumers have remained upbeat with confidence edging up, according to the ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence monthly index.

Job ads rose in August

Unemployment has remained above 8 percent in provinces such as Northland, Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa.

The number of job advertisements rose in August, almost reversing July's slump. Overall, ads rose by almost 1.5 percent afer a near 2 percent fall the previous month.

Rural News

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Farmers hit by high cost of cow losses

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Southland farmers who have lost hundreds of cows grazed on swedes will be hit hard financially. Federated Farmers say to buy one in-milk cow now could cost over $2000.

Extra daily rail service for Westland

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An increase in milk production for Westland Milk Products has led to the announcement of an additional daily rail service between Christchurch and Hokitika.

Progress made in breeding database

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There has been further progress in the reorganisation of the dairy industry's livestock breeding databases as MPI agrees changes to a genetics company's constitution.

On The Inside

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Chasing the Tuna Dollar

A school of yellow fin tuna encircled by a net

Three thousand hooks to catch ten tuna. That's the result of massive overfishing in the Pacific. Insight reports from Fiji on calls for drastic action to rebuild some of the regions stocks. (AUDIO)

CORRESPONDENT - Rosemary Rangitauira

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With another election looming on Saturday, what are some of the main political issues for tāngata whenua? Te Reo Māori, education, housing and employment are on the list.

Parties at cross purposes on inequality

David Cunliffe, left, and John Key.

Power Play with Brent Edwards - John Key says the country is on "the cusp of something special" and voters should not put that at risk by changing the Government. (AUDIO)