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20 September 2017 4:33 AM Election 2017 Live: National’s poll puts it at 43 to Labour’s 39

With three days to go, the election debate focused on infrastructure stresses in the midst of a jet fuel crisis, although officials said this afternoon the crisis was easing. Jacinda Ardern campaigned on homelessness and low wages in South Auckland and warned Bill English against using "fake news" in tonight's debate. Bill English spoke to lawyers in Auckland

20 September 2017 3:20 AM Mexico: Strong earthquake topples buildings, killing scores

A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 140 people. The 7.1 magnitude quake toppled dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, including a school where several children were reported to have died. There has also been widespread damage in Morelos and Puebla states and in Mexico State. The tremor struck while many people

20 September 2017 2:48 AM Jitters and surprise in South Korea and Japan over Trump’s speech to the U.N

TOKYO — The United States’ closest allies in Asia seemed blindsided by President Trump’s latest outburst against North Korea, in which he threatened not just to act against Kim Jong Un’s regime, but also to destroy an entire country of 25 million people. In his maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump derided Kim as “Rocket

20 September 2017 2:11 AM The Latest: Buildings tumbled in Mexican town near epicenter

Buildings collapsed, including the town hall and local church, in the town of Jojutla in southern Morelos state, which was close to the epicenter of Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 quake. Twelve people died in the town. The Instituto Morelos secondary school partly collapsed, but school director Adelina Anzures said the earthquake drill the school held in the morning

20 September 2017 1:59 AM Magnitude 5.8 quake shakes lower South Island

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck south-west of Invercargill this afternoon. It struck 585km south-west of Invercargill at a depth of 12km. Residents in Balclutha, Gore, Invercargill, Lumsden, Roxburgh, Te Anau and Tuatapere have reported that they felt shaking, according to GeoNet. It was initially classified as a strong quake, but has since been classified

20 September 2017 1:55 AM Seymour: 'I can't afford my own house in Auckland'

Act Party leader and Epsom MP David Seymour says he can't afford to buy his house in Auckland. Seymour told NZ Herald Focus' Tristram Clayton that the fact he can't afford to buy the house where he lives shows how deep the housing crisis is in Auckland. Seymour earns about $190,000 a year as an MP (plus benefits) and was questioned by Clayton about his previous

19 September 2017 9:48 PM Senators push for churches to get disaster relief grants

Four Republican senators introduced a bill Monday that would allow churches to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance program grants, putting the houses of worship on the same playing field as non-religious nonprofits. Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, along with Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt and Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford

19 September 2017 7:00 PM Hawke’s Bay a microcosm of NZ’s growth and skill stresses

Famous for its wineries and orchards, Hawke’s Bay has a regional economy that is cyclical and heavily reliant on immigration. Shane Cowlishaw explores what effect a potential change of government could have - and what’s being done to get local young workers into jobs. Despite its sunshine and wine, Hawke’s Bay has always struggled with a relatively high unemployment 1

19 September 2017 5:01 PM Last chance for party leaders to impress

In turn, Ms Ardern will have to overcome the emotion of her grandmother dying earlier this week to focus on this one last major challenge in her quest to become prime minister on Saturday. Election momentum has clearly swung behind Ms Ardern in recent weeks and the fuel crisis caused by a tear in the pipeline between Marsden Point and Wiri has given 1

19 September 2017 5:12 AM Update 6: Auckland fuel supply issue

Air New Zealand is continuing to experience disruption to its services following the temporary shut-down of Refining New Zealand’s pipeline to Auckland. The airline cancelled four trans-Tasman and 26 domestic flights between Sunday and Wednesday. Unfortunately, is it now necessary to cancel further services due to operate tomorrow. These include five Australian 2