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Maori Party heading for showdown with PM; Chinese immigration advisers warn govt to tighten up licensing; head-on collision kills four people on State Highway Four; death of 10 year old boy in Waikura Valley shocks locals; Orion bids again to raise Christchurch prices 10%; and Super Fund bets on bounceback in shares. (30′49″)
The New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, wants the Government to investigate the company contracted by Immigration New Zealand to process visa applicants in China. (2′00″)
The latest from the Pacific region. (4′15″)
News from the rural and farming sector. (5′15″)
A member of the central North Island iwi, Ngati Rangi, has suggested that a Maori-run body is set up to decide how water is allocated to hydro power schemes; The Federation of Maori Authorities Chief Executive, expects a memorandum of understanding with Business NZ, to provide significant benefits for both organisations; Massey University's Vice Chancellor Steve Maharey has appointed Dr Selwyn Katene as the Assistant Vice Chancellor Maori and Pasifika; Two crew members of the traditional war canoe Te Hono Ki Aotearoa, which took part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the river Thames, are heading to the United States next week for the Tribal Canoe Journey. (3′24″)
The political commentator, Willy Jackson, says the Maori Party will have to walk away from its role in government if the Prime Minister does not give the Waitangi Tribunal proper respect. (3′07″)
News from the business sector including a market report. (12′25″)
A meeting with the Prime Minister on Monday could be the make or break moment for the Maori Party as it comes under growing pressure to walk away from its role in government. (3′25″)
The Maori Party whip, Te Ururoa Flavell, comments on Monday's meeting with the PM. (7′28″)
Authorities are hunting for 279 students from China who've arrived in New Zealand illegally using false documents to gain visas. (4′02″)
The Head of Immigration, Steve Stuart, comments on the visa frauds. (4′11″)
A head-on collision between a car and a logging truck, on State Highway Four in the central North Island, has killed four people and left a fifth person injured. (1′51″)
The death of a 10-year-old boy on the remote Te Kumi station has shocked people living in the Waikura Valley near East Cape. (2′57″)
Christchurch's lines company Orion says it is again seeking permission to raise prices by 10 percent, despite making more than $50 million in profit. (3′22″)
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. (2′55″)
The investment fund that will help pay for National Super from 2030 had its worst month in almost a year in May with close to a billion dollars in losses due to falling global sharemarkets. (3′15″)
In Spain, police have fired rubber bullets and used batons to disperse protesters in central Madrid amid growing anger at further austerity measures announced by the government, as it seeks to curb the country's debt crisis. (3′16″)
New Zealand is relaxing its deadline for Samoans to apply for residency here under their country's special immigration quota, to give them extra time to find a job. (3′07″)
Controversy is raging in India over the case of Pinki Pramanik. (4′13″)
The Maori Party will consult its members before a meeting with the Prime Minister on Monday that could spell the end of its relationship with the Government. (8′14″)
Meanwhile, the specially held Waitangi Tribunal hearing is continuing in Lower Hutt. (3′08″)
The Labour Party says a scam at Immigration New Zealand's office in Beijing shows the rules for issuing visas need to be tightened. (4′29″)
The New Zealand cricketers have had their first win on their tour of the West Indies. (3′17″)
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. (1′06″)
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. (3′19″)
A Northland police area commander has retired abruptly, saying he is frustrated with law enforcement being run like a business. (4′03″)
Syrians living in New Zealand say there will never be peace in their home country while president Bashar al-Assad still rules, despite his promise to quell the violence. (3′18″)
A member of the central North Island iwi, Ngati Rangi, has suggested that a Maori-run body is set up to decide how water is allocated to hydro power schemes; The Federation of Maori Authorities wants to see some tangible results by Christmas from a memorandum of understanding it's reached with Business NZ; Dr Selywn Katene who until recently headed the inter university Maori academy, has been appointed as the Massey University's assistant vice chancellor Maori and Pasifika; Two crew members of the traditional war canoe Te Hono Ki Aotearoa, which was part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the river Thames, are heading to the United States next week for the Tribal Canoe Journey. (3′13″)
The Royal Commission into the Canterbury earthquakes has been told of new deficiencies in the structure of the CTV Building. (2′10″)
A new report by Unicef New Zealand on the plight of children criticises the Government for its narrow focus on fixing abuse, while ignoring the underlying causes, such as poverty. (3′16″)
South Korea has hinted it might bow to international pressure and ditch its plan to resume its so-called 'scientific whaling'. (3′36″)
Edited by Martin Gibson
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