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09:11 NZST Fri Sep 19 2014
A Maori carved statue has fetched a record price in the auction of a significant collection of Oceanic art in Paris.
09:03 NZST Fri Sep 19 2014
The Maori Party says Internet Mana is behind a campaign of "blatant lies and half-truths" that's been going on for a week.
08:21 NZST Fri Sep 19 2014
The future of whaling in the Antarctic is still up in the air after an International Whaling Commission meeting.
08:17 NZST Fri Sep 19 2014
David Cunliffe says the only parties he'll make deals with are the Greens and NZ First - it's a big commitment from the Labour leader.
08:00 NZST Fri Sep 19 2014
National has just enough support to win a third term if its poll ratings hold up and nothing goes wrong in the next 24 hours.
07:40 NZST Fri Sep 19 2014
A large building, believed to be an indoor bowls centre, in the suburb of Linwood in Christchurch has been badly damaged by a fire.
07:20 NZST Fri Sep 19 2014
Four of the seven Maori seats this election hold the key to whether Internet Mana and the Maori Party are in the next parliament.
06:57 NZST Fri Sep 19 2014
Police have seized drugs and cash from a raid on an Invercargill property and a local woman will appear in court on Friday as a result.
06:39 NZST Fri Sep 19 2014
National is down in the two latest polls, but still strong enough to win a third term, and there are signs a backlash against Kim Dotcom could help it.
They're off on the last lap
04:01 NZST Fri Sep 19 2014
Party leaders are out to hoover up as many votes as they can in the last hours of the campaign as the polls show the election going down to the wire.
Vote Labour, Peters tells Te Tai Tokerau
20:45 NZST Thu Sep 18 2014
NZ First leader Winston Peters has endorsed Labour's Kelvin Davis to win Te Tai Tokerau to try to wipe Internet Mana out of Parliament.
Party leaders ride the trail
19:34 NZST Thu Sep 18 2014
Party leaders jumped on and off buses as the Greens wrapped up their campaign and the departure of Colin Craig's press secretary became prime time news.
Latest poll points to close race
18:29 NZST Thu Sep 18 2014
National has dropped a point to 45 per cent in the latest opinion poll, which shows the election will be a very close race.
18:28 NZST Thu Sep 18 2014
Labour leader David Cunliffe sped through eight Auckland stops on his penultimate day of electioneering taking in sign wavings and night markets.
17:53 NZST Thu Sep 18 2014
Gerald McKay has been struck off as a lawyer after being found guilty of acting for more than one party in a house purchase.
John Key hits the road
17:42 NZST Thu Sep 18 2014
The election campaign is drawing to a close and John Key is on the road on the National Party campaign bus, travelling around the North Island.
Labour could have two deputy PMs
16:48 NZST Thu Sep 18 2014
Labour leader David Cunliffe's leaving his options open ahead of the election, and isn't ruling out having two deputy prime ministers.
Lodge owner denied bail on sex charges
16:28 NZST Thu Sep 18 2014
Kaitaia lodge owner Michael Harris, who faces more than 40 charges relating to indecent assault, has been denied bail.
15:55 NZST Thu Sep 18 2014
A man jailed for manufacturing methamphetamine using equipment he purchased on Trade Me has lost an appeal against his conviction.
Asylum suggestion 'barking mad', Key says
15:54 NZST Thu Sep 18 2014
Prime Minister John Key says the Internet Party is "barking mad" to suggest the next government should offer asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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