Latest Bulletin: 11 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)

Key and Cunliffe face off in Chch

John Key and David Cunliffe

Election 2014 - National Party leader John Key and Labour Leader David Cunliffe have faced off in The Press Leaders Debate at St Margaret's College in Christchurch tonight.

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. (AUDIO)

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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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.

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.

National News

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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.

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. (AUDIO)

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.

Regional News

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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.

Link road submissions report released

An aerial view of Petone looking north.

Part of a new link road between the Hutt Valley and Porirua has received strong public support but support for other parts is divided, following consultation.

Sheep rustled from city park

Sheep grazing in Cornwall Park.

There's been a spate of sheep rustling in Auckland's Cornwall Park over the past few weeks. Police said people had used dogs and traps to round up and capture sheep after dark.

Sport News

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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.

World News

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IS accused of ethnic cleansing in Iraq

An Iraqi woman who fled violence in the northern city of Tal Afar walks through the Bahrka camp, in the autonomous Kurdish region.

Amnesty International says it has gathered evidence that shows Islamic State jihadists have been carrying out what it calls a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq.

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.

Pacific News

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Effort to release Fiji soldiers stepped up

Mosese Tikoitoga.

Fiji's military commander says the UN has stepped up efforts to secure the release of 45 of Fiji soldiers held by Syrian rebels.

Obesity and NCDs high priority at SIDS

Maori obesity

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says the region has more obese children than ever before.

Australian FM confident of Fiji elections

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Australia's Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, is confident Fiji's elections will vindicate moves to rekindle ties with the Pacific nation.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Local kuia mourned in Ashburton

Paula Bennett meeting local Ashburton leaders to express her condolences.

The Maori community in Ashburton is mourning the death of local kuia, Peggy Turuhira Noble, caught up in yesterday's fatal shooting at a Work and Income office in the town.

Ngapuhi looking for negotiators

ngapuhi map

The Board steering Ngapuhi's treaty settlement - Tuhoronuku is looking for its negotiators after it inducted its 22-member board and named Sonny Tau as chair.

Preserving Maori Battalion's legacy

The 28th Maori Battalion waiting to move up into the front lines from Gambettola, Italy on 19 October 1944.

The Government is contributing $700,000 to a project to help preserve the Maori Battalion's legacy and lead to new learning resources for students, Hekia Parata says.

Business News

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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.