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Malaysian diplomat pleads not guilty

Muhammad Rizalman outside the Wellington District Court.

Former Malaysian defence attaché Muhammad Rizalman, who is accused of attacking a Wellington woman, has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces and elected trial by jury.

Cyber attacks up 60 percent says GCSB

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The number of reported cyber attacks on New Zealand computer networks is increasing 60 percent each year according to the Government Communications Security Bureau. (AUDIO)

No surplus a problem for National

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - Slowly but surely, the Government appears to be softening the public up to break its promise of getting its finances back into surplus this financial year.

Demand "insatiable" - President Xi

State welcome for Chinese President Xi Jinping at Government House Wellington. Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said his country has an insatiable appetite for New Zealand products and a new trade deal with Australia does not threaten that. (AUDIO)

McCaw's captaincy comes full circle

Richie McCaw

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will bring up yet another milestone at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this weekend when he captains the side for the100th time in a test match.

Lorde wins 6 Tuis at music awards

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Teenage singer, Lorde, has taken home a bundle of trophies from last night's New Zealand Music Awards. The 18-year-old Aucklander won six Tuis, including album and single of the year. (AUDIO)

Curtain set to go up on restored Bats

bats theatre

It is a Wellington theatrical institution, helping the early careers of many successful actors including Cliff Curtis and Kerry Fox. Bats theatre reopens tomorrow night after nearly a year. (AUDIO)

Joint therapeutic regulator canned

Jonathan Coleman.

A long-running initiative by the Australian and New Zealand governments to set up a joint regulator for the therapeutic products market has been abandoned.

Fierce US storm returns to north-east

New York storm

A fierce storm is bringing more snow to parts of the US north-east, with officials warning residents to be prepared for 1 metre of new snow, after eight people died in New York state. (AUDIO)

PNG policeman charged over assault

A Papua New Guinea police vehicle

A Papua New Guinea policeman has been charged with assault and other charges after an attack on a woman in Gordons in Port Moresby.

Honours even after 4 days in Dubai

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor

The New Zealand cricketers continue to press home efforts for a series-levelling win, but the honours are even after 4 days of the second cricket test against Pakistan in Dubai.

Maori at risk in low-end housing: expert

Professor Michael Baker

Public health specialist Michael Baker says Māori are over-represented in the number of people who die in low rental accommodation.

F&P expects big demand for health products

dollar man on crutches

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare expects to see a 20-fold increase in the number of patients using its key respiratory and acute care products within 10 years. (AUDIO)

Psa report advocates pest response plan

kiwifruit vines

An independent review of how the kiwifruit industry responded to the arrival of the vine killing disease Psa-V in 2010 has come up with 11 recommendations.