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Increased threats to Work & Income offices

The police cordon in Ashburton, at the scene of the shootings

The police say a rash of threats have been made to Work and Income offices since Monday's shooting in Ashburton, including a window being smashed at the Nelson office this morning.

AOS operation in Waikato resolved


Police say that a major armed police operation that closedlarge parts of State Highway 26 in the Waikato has been now been resolved after shots were fired earlier today.

Ombudsman to look at McCully move

Muhammad Rizalman.

The Office of the Ombudsman will look at complaints about Foreign Minister Murray McCully's decision not to release official information about the Malaysian diplomat case.

Cop's racist tirade hits world headlines

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A Queenstown police officer's racist tirade toward a taxi driver is making headlines around the world.

Gun used in shootings found - Police

A police officer guards the cordon in central Ashburton.

The police in Ashburton say they have located what they believe is the gun used in Monday's shooting at the town's Work and Income Office.

Morris murder accused to be named

Connor Morris and partner Millie Elder-Holmes.

A 33-year-old man charged with the murder of a prominent gang member's son has lost his bid to continue name suppression - despite his lawyer having concerns for his safety.

Tributes flow for Ashburton victims

Floral tributes to the women killed and injured in the Ashburton Work and Income shootings.

The Ashburton Returned and Services Association will hold a minute's silence tomorrow for a member killed in Monday's shooting at the town's Work and Income office. (AUDIO)

Warmer spring on the cards

Spring daffodils

Spring might be slightly warmer than usual, with National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research data showing average or above average temperatures are likely.

$250,000 fine for car salesman

Car clip on money

A judge has handed down a record penalty for selling vehicles without being a registered trader, with a company and its director fined $250,000. The previous record was $30,000.

Decision on CTV charges months away

A rescue worker searches the ruins of the CTV building site four days after the 22 February 2011 earthquake.

Police face major hurdles before being able to make any kind of prosecution over the collapse of the CTV building, a lawyer for families of victims says. (AUDIO)

Indecent assault investigation continues

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There may be more victims of a former Hawke's Bay teacher who yesterday pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting primary school children, police say. (AUDIO)

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 will be interviewed by police as part of a criminal investigation into the building's collapse in February 2011, killing 115 people. (AUDIO)

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 - 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 in court over Switzerland death

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

A man charged over the death 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.

Ex-teacher guilty of 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)

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)

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)

Mental health feeling funding strain

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Community mental health and addiction service providers say they are being driven into the ground by unfair and uneven funding from district health boards nationwide. (AUDIO)

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.

Napier-Gisborne road reopens

Road closed sign

State Highway 2 between Napier and Gisborne has reopened. The road was closed after a slip but one lane, in the area known as The Devil's Elbow, has been reopened.

Ashburton - reaction over the killings

Minister for Social Development Paula Bennett addresses the media in Ashburton.

There's been a widespread response to events in Ashburton. John Key said he was shocked and dismayed, while minister Paula Bennett described it as a tragedy. (VIDEO)

Head of IRD scam Katrina Briggs jailed

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The head of a sophisticated online IRD scam that cost tax payers $700,000 has been jailed. Katrina Briggs pleaded guilty to a representative charge of causing loss by deception. (AUDIO)

Man who lived in burnt out house 'loner'


A neighbour near a burned out Far North house where a man's body has been found says the man who lived there was a loner who had troubles.

Man in custody after Wellington chase

Police looking for the 'armed' man in Wellington.

A 23-year-old man is in police custody and is being questioned after a chase through Wellington CBD this afternoon. Police say he was chased through a hotel by armed police with dogs.

Coroner finds man died from medication overdose

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A coroner has found Dunedin man Kenneth Douglas, who was 72, died from a medication overdose due to mistakes made by his doctor and pharmacist.

Ashburton shooting - how events unfolded

Scene of the shooting in Ashburton.

The incident happened at the offices of Work and Income office just after 10am, and the man then fled the office on a bike. Police immediately massed in the centre. (VIDEO)

Southern DHB faulted over care of man

Anthony Hill.

Doctors at Dunedin Hospital stopped treating an elderly man without looking at a chest x-ray that explained why he was so ill, says Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill.

Terms of trade near all time high

New Zealand's terms of trade are near an an all time high.

The country's purchasing power with the rest of the world has risen for the sixth successive quarter up 0.3 percent in the three months to June - just below 1973's all time high.