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Foreign SAS on stand-by if needed in Bamyan, Defence Minister says April exit from Afghanistan likely, Wanganui council begins legal action against Wilson today, Search resumes for two climbers presumed drowned, Multi-million dollar gap in Auckland ticket project, Dunedin urged to build for Christchurch, NZ Kiwifruit growers worried about PSA symptoms. (28′59″)
The Prime Minister has ruled out sending the SAS back to Afghanistan in a combat role, saying there are special forces troops from other coalition countries on stand-by if extra support is needed in Bamyan. (3′21″)
The latest from the Pacific region. (3′44″)
News from the rural and farming sector. (5′13″)
The Auckland Council has been told to be more transparent with Maori about its plans to sell off surplus properties; Steam vented communal hangi pits in Rotorua's Whakarewarewa Village are being repeatedly raided; A Maori GP in Northland has labelled comments on child poverty from the Social Development Minister as absurd; The Chilean Ambassador to New Zealand says a student exchange between Maori and indigenous Easter Islanders will get to the root of where early polynesians first found the kumara. (3′36″)
The Prime Minister says New Zealand will probably withdraw from Afghanistan as early as April next year. (3′26″)
The Snapper bus ticket system could be scrapped in Auckland, after the region's transport agency removed it from the new HOP public transport ticketing project. (1′53″)
News from the business sector including a market report. (13′20″)
Special forces troops from other coalition countries are on stand-by if extra support is needed in Bamyan, and the Prime Minister says there's no point sending the New Zealand SAS back to Afghanistan in a combat role. (3′37″)
We are joined by the Minister of Defence Jonathan Coleman. (8′05″)
The Wanganui District Council will this morning launch legal action to stop the sex predator Stewart Murray Wilson moving to their city. (4′02″)
A search in the seas off New Plymouth's Paritutu Rock is once again underway for the bodies of the two people still missing after they fell into the sea while climbing the rock almost two weeks ago. (2′11″)
A multi-million dollar question mark hangs over Auckland's new public transport ticketing system this morning. (4′01″)
The Dunedin City Council says the city could create a whole new industry building modular houses for Christchurch. (3′24″)
Symptoms of the vine disease, PSA, have appeared in some PSA-tolerant green Hayward and G3 gold varieties in the Bay of Plenty. (3′21″)
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. (2′28″)
The Labour Party's been told it needs to mend fences with its loyal, older Pacific voters over the same-sex marriage bill. (3′03″)
Just-released documents show Kiwirail considered importing and assembling rail wagons in New Zealand when it was looking at its options for new rolling stock. (3′08″)
Selling stakes in state-owned assets is being likened to killing the goose that lays the golden egg. (3′13″)
The Government has reaffirmed its support for the ongoing military mission in Afghanistan, and is adamant that the deployment will run its course, despite the deaths of five soldiers in just two weeks. (5′18″)
Attention now turns to the ongoing role of the New Zealand forces, until they do withdraw, and a former Afghanistan politician says it would be a big mistake for the New Zealand defend force to extend its patrols beyond the Bamiyan province. (2′51″)
A social work specialist from Canterbury University says the attention being given to Stewart Murray Wilson is fuelling a dangerous misconception about sex offenders. (4′29″)
School principals say the Education Review Office's decision to drop decile ratings from their reports is a step in the right direction. (5′31″)
That's the new single from the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, released after the sentencing of three of its members for hooliganism. (3′29″)
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. (36″)
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. (3′27″)
One of the soldiers killed on Sunday was Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker. Women were fully integrated into the New Zealand Armed Forces in 1977 and Lance Corporal Baker is the first New Zealand female soldier killed in combat. (2′42″)
The Auckland Council has been told to be more transparent with Maori about its plans to sell off surplus properties; Steam vented communal hangi pits in Rotorua's Whakarewarewa Village are being repeatedly raided; A Maori GP in Northland has labelled comments from the Social Development Minister on child poverty as absurd; The Chilean Ambassador to New Zealand says a student exchange between Maori and indigenous Easter Islanders will get to the root of where early polynesians first found the kumara. (3′27″)
Disabled people in Christchurch say they hope the new city centre will take account of their needs. (3′19″)
New research from the United States has shown that Monday doesn't deserve its reputation as the worst day of the week. (3′35″)
Edited by Martin Gibson
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