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Papers released to Radio New Zealand reveal new insights into the deal the government made with Warner Brothers over the Hobbit movies. Predictions that savage cuts to public spending may lie ahead after the government announces a big blow out in the deficit and a confession and an apology from Rupert Murdoch as he gives more evidence to an inquiry into media practices. (32′20″)
The New Zealand photojournalist Robin Hammond remains in custody in Zimbabwe, but may be deported within days. (3′08″)
The latest from the Pacific region. (4′32″)
News from the rural and farming sector. (5′12″)
The Waitangi Tribunal's heard that the Teachers' Council is capable of approving a qualification created by Maori for Maori; A member of Auckland's largest hapu says she's prepared to protest if her tribe's Treaty Settlement deal's derailed; And a High Court Judge says Maori are going to have to think big in the future in order to have the impact needed to solve problems. (3′22″)
Opposition parties are casting doubt on the Government's ability to get its books back into surplus over the next three years without savage cuts. (3′09″)
As the Royal Commission continues deliberating on the cause of the Pike River Mine explosion, the manufacturer of a power regulator supplied to the site has rejected suggestions its equipment was to blame. (2′13″)
News from the business sector including a market report. (12′35″)
New papers reveal just how much the Government conceded to Warner Bros to ensure the Hobbit Movies were made in New Zealand. (5′45″)
Sir Peter Jackson declined to be interviewed because he had an early start and a busy schedule this morning. (6′18″)
There are calls from the business community for the Government to make tough decisions on spending - even if it could cost them popularity with voters. (6′02″)
Investors in the failed finance company, Bridgecorp, say Rod Petricevic, has got his just desserts. (4′11″)
Auckland rail commuters shouldn't expect further problems this morning after a power cut stopped all trains during rush hour yesterday evening. (4′37″)
The media magnate Rupert Murdoch has given his second day of testimony to the inquiry charged with investgating British media ethics. (5′18″)
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. (3′01″)
In Norway, 40,000 people have gathered to sing a peace song ridiculed by the mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, just blocks from where his trial was taking place. (3′52″)
The best friend of the New Zealand teenager, Emily Longley, has told a UK court of the obssession of the man accused of her murder. (2′39″)
Documents which have just been released in relation to the 2010 Hobbit industrial dispute show that the Government hid some details about the negotiations from the public. (4′42″)
Opposition parties, some economic forecasters, and the government's own coalition partner are casting doubts on whether the government will be able to stick to its plan for a return to surplus by 2014 without savage cuts. (6′42″)
Discussions are to begin with the Solomon Islands on the final withdrawal of the international troops which have helped maintain law and order in the country since 2003. (4′59″)
A New Zealand photojournalist arrested in Zimbabwe has not yet decided whether he will appeal a deportation order. (3′21″)
A senior Labour MP shared a stage last night with the convicted scientist Sean Davison as part of a new push to legalise voluntary euthanasia. (3′52″)
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. (37″)
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. (3′43″)
An Electoral Commission survey released today indicates that half of those who didn't vote in the last election made that decision on the day. (3′04″)
A man who prevented a sexual attack on his daughter is asking that people be informed when serious sexual predators are released back into the community. (3′47″)
A member of Auckland's largest hapu says she's prepared to protest if her tribe's Treaty Settlement deal's derailed; The Waitangi Tribunal's heard that the Teachers' Council's capable of approving a qualification created by Maori for Maori; And a High Court Judge says Maori are going to have to think big in the future in order to have the impact needed to solve problems. (3′19″)
Let's cross to Sydney and our correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. (3′53″)
Edited by Martin Gibson
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