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The National Party leader Simon Bridges says the Prime Minister can not distance herself from allegations against her coalition partner; and t he firearms buy-back comes to an end a month from today, but the police say the amnesty for returning banned guns will continue into next year and beyond.

1. The National Party leader Simon Bridges says the Prime Minister can not distance herself from allegations against her coalition partner. The Electoral Commission has received a complaint about loans from the New Zealand First Foundation.

2.The firearms buy-back comes to an end a month from today, but the police say the amnesty for returning banned guns will continue into next year and beyond.That is music to the ears of gun owners, but they say the government should go further and extend the buy-back period as well.

3. Otago is in for a battle over power price hikes as Aurora Energy signals customers will pay to cover major infrastructure upgrades. Electricity prices are expected to go up 18 percent for households in the region if the lines company's proposal goes ahead.

4.A 13-year-old girl has died after collapsing in a Northland school on Monday. Whangarei's Kamo Intermediate School said the student was unable to be revived after the collapse.

5.The Government is pointing to new figures is proof it is on track to bring up to 75,000 children out of poverty by 2021. It has released the first stock take of its $5.5 billion families package, which took effect on July 1st last year.

6. Mana whenua and Ihumatao says its imperative that they are kept in the loop about plans to resolve the south Auckland land dispute.Sources have told RNZ the Crown is considering loaning money to the council so it can purchase the land from Fletcher Residential, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fletcher Building.

7. A White House official has testified in the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump that a phone call made to ask Ukraine to investigate his political rivals was improper.Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the White House National Security Council's top Ukraine expert, testified at the third public hearing in the impeachment investigation before the US House of Representatives intelligence committee.

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