17:23 North Korea has deployed aircraft and submarines as parts of drills simulating an attack on "enemy warships" .

16:54 Winston Peters is defending comments made after launching a scathing attack on two journalists of Asian descent about an immigration article.

16:53 The stadium-sized pressure balloon launched by NASA in Wanaka has begun collecting data. It is undertaking a 100-day journey.

16:34 47 year old policeman, Benjamin Peter McLean has been charged with the murder of a woman and attempted murder of a man in Invercargill.

15:53 Valerie Adams is now officially a Dame. The 32-year-old Olympian's investiture ceremony was held at Government House today.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014

VIDEO: John Key says he was briefed by Warren Tucker over SIS's 2011 OIA Phil Goff release to 'Whale Oil' Cameron Slater

John Key yesterday told us he was "in Hawaii" at the time his office was briefed about the SIS release on Phil Goff under the Official Information Act.

Video footage here, however, appears to show the Prime Minister confirming he was briefed personally over the release of information - which covered a briefing given to former Labour leader Phil Goff about suspected Israeli spies caught up in the Christchurch earthquake.

"What happened is Warren Tucker didn't come to me, he went to his legal adviser and his legal advisers told him this is the process they have to follow, and when he was going through that process it was at that point he told me he'd release it because he has to tell me that under the no-surprises doctrine," Mr Key told media that day.

RadioLIVE has adjusted the sound levels on this clip to improve audibility. You can watch the entire press conference here.

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