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BlogWatch: Anatomy of misinformation

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BlogWatch columnist Peter Fowler looks at the controversy around the song "Kill the PM" and how misinformation about NZ On Air spread quickly online.

Insurer must pay for multiple quakes

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The Supreme Court has ruled that an insurance company must pay out for damages from multiple earthquakes - not just the final tremor that left a property unable to be repaired. (AUDIO)

Hager book hurts major parties - poll

Beehive and Parliament buildings.

Election 2014 - Support for National and Labour have fallen in the latest major poll out today, while smaller parties appear to have benefited from disclosures in the book, Dirty Politics. (AUDIO)

Fonterra in big joint venture with China

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Dairy giant Fonterra is planning to invest more than $1 billion in a Chinese joint venture and boost processing capacity in New Zealand. It is sticking to its forecast milk payout of $6. (AUDIO)

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

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Call for Collins to go over latest gaffe

Judith Collins at the "Meet the candidates meeting" at Drury.

Labour and the Greens say it is untenable for Judith Collins to remain a minister in the wake of her latest gaffe and the Prime Minister must step in. (AUDIO)

English hints at 'moderate' tax cuts

Finance Minister Bill English.

Finance Minister Bill English has given his strongest indication yet about the level of any tax cuts should National be returned to government. (AUDIO)

Tertiary-run charter schools possible

Hekia Parata.

Education Minister Hekia Parata says that the Government may be open to the idea of tertiary institutions setting up schools under the partnership school scheme.

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Art dealer biography judged best book

Publisher Claire Murdoch from Te Papa Press with Jill Trevelyan, winner of 2014 New Zealand Post Book of the Year

A biography about a Wellington art dealer has won the top prize at the New Zealand Post Book Awards tonight, with the judges describing it as a brilliant work. (AUDIO)

Consumers in cold despite $50m profit

$20 note in powerboard

A consumer advocate says power prices should be slashed, after one of New Zealand's largest power companies posted an annual profit of almost $50 million. (AUDIO)

Immigration minister happy with checks

Michael Woodhouse

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has confidence in border checks, despite the arrest of a man wanted for murder in Switzerland who has been living in NZ for 13 years.

Dotcom appeals asset disclosure ruling

Kim Dotcom.

Internet businessman Kim Dotcom is in the Court of Appeal trying to avoid revealing details of his total wealth to a group of American movie and recording studios.

Man found guilty of violent crime spree

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A jury has found a man guilty of going on a violent crime spree in Auckland targeting Asian tourists. John Koteka denied charges including aggravated robbery and aggravated assault. (AUDIO)

No Crown appeal over punch death

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

The family of Stephen Dudley say they've had no solace from the judicial process, now that the Crown will not appeal against the sentence given to a teen who punched him before he died. (AUDIO)

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EQC engineer defends conduct

quake crack in road

A senior Earthquake Commission engineer has told a disciplinary hearing into his professional conduct that sometimes, people just don't want to hear what he has to say. (AUDIO)

Extra dam funding kept secret

The site of the proposed dam.

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council is keeping secret the amount of money its investment company needs to continue developing the controversial Ruataniwha Dam project.

Funding boost for Otago sanctuary

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Dunedin's Orokonui Ecosanctuary is getting a big funding boost as part of a flurry of grants for Otago conservation partnerships from a Government conservation fund.

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Federer made to work for US Open win

Roger Federer

Roger Federer's bid for an 18th grand slam title has begun with a workmanlike straight sets win over Austrailan Marinko Matosevic to advance to the second round of the U.S. Open.

Brumbies backtrack on McCabe retirement

Wallabies back Pat McCabe

The Brumbies have watered down head coach Stephen Larkham's comments that hardman Pat McCabe has retired after suffering another neck injury.

United go from bad to worse

Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal

Manchester United sank to new depths when they crashed out of the English League Cup in the second round following a four-nil defeat at third-division Milton Keynes Dons.

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'Appalling' child abuse in English town

Rotherham, England

At least 1400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in the English city of Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found. Children as young as 11 were raped.

Malaysia Airlines crew quit jobs

Wreckage and debris at one of the crash sites of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

More than 180 cabin crew have resigned from Malaysia Airlines after it was hit by two tragedies this year. One flight disappeared, while another was shot down.

Gaza ceasefire brings end to fighting

Children hold up guns to celebrate the Gaza Strip ceasefire.

A long-term ceasefire has been agreed between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. The truce ends seven weeks of fighting which has left more than 2200 people dead.

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Fiji court to hear application on electoral candidate on Friday

Members at the launch of the Fiji Labour Party's Manifesto in Suva

The Fiji High Court will this Friday hear an application by the Fiji Labour Party to re-instate a candidate on the electoral roll.

Climate change refugees off SIDS agenda

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There is regret that next week's conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa will bypass the issue of creating a new category of environmental refugees.

Tonga candidates prompted over residency requirements

Parliament buildings in Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Prospective candidates in this year's election in Tonga have been reminded they must reside in their electorates for the three months left before the poll.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Continued dispute over Northland kura

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A row over the running of a Northland Maori immersion school has deepened with the school's commissioner releasing a draft report on his review.

Designer apologises for using headdress

270814. Photo Michael Ng fashion.ngfoto.com. A model showcases designs by Trelise Cooper at New Zealand Fashion Week.

An apology has been issued by designer Dame Trelise Cooper for using a native American headdress in her catwalk fashion show at New Zealand Fashion Week in Auckland.

Iwi wants feedback on new tribal entity

Consultation hui are happening over the next three weeks in Dannevirke, Wellington, Auckland, Mangakino (pictured), Christchurch and Masterton

The Wairarapa branch of Ngati Kahungunu iwi is seeking feedback from iwi members about a new tribal entity. Consultation hui are happening over the next three weeks.

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Air NZ profit soars to $262 million

Air New Zealand plane

Air New Zealand lifted net profit 45 percent to $262 million for the year ended June, as it held costs while increasing capacity and passenger numbers. It will pay a special dividend.

Record high for NZX Top 50

Shares rose today while the New Zealand dollar strengthened against trading partners.

New Zealand shares rose today, the benchmark Top 50 Index soaring a 48 points to a record 5244, while the dollar was mostly stronger against the currencies of major trading partners.

Meat strains world's resources - report

The Washington Institute highlighted the strain meat production puts on land and water.

A mainstay of New Zealand's economy is under fire from a global think tank, which has released a report highlighting meat production's strain on resources.

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Beet crop 'revolution' for beef farmers

Fodder beet is a bulb crop related to beetroot (pictured) but can grow to huge sizes.

The growth in the use of fodder beet as a forage crop in the beef industry has been so rapid, that seed supplies for the coming growing season are expected to run out.

Rural broadband pledge 'a little late'

The manifesto focuses on 13 areas where it says action is needed to ensure a fair deal for rural communities including broadband.

The Rural Women New Zealand organisation has welcomed an election pledge by the National Party to give the rural broadband rollout a boost - but says it is a little late.

No farms prosecuted over standards

Dairy farming

Canterbury Regional Council says it is pleasing no dairy farms had to be prosecuted for a lack of compliance with environmental standards this year.

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BlogWatch - keeping an eye online

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In the first column in a new series Peter Fowler looks at Pam Corkery's castigation of journalists, National's housing policy launch, Kim Dotcom, and growing worries about trolls.

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)

Treasury update no Dirty Politics

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - This week, probably the most important election document was released. But, unlike Nicky Hager's book, it got scant attention.