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New spanner in the works for partial sales programme; Cities on shortlist for Wilson's release would reject him; Labour says there's evidence asset sales shouldn't go ahead; School principals discuss report into sex offender teacher; and Cabinet asks for reassurance over Baghlan patrols. (29′54″)
The Mayor of the beleaguered Kaipara District, Neil Tiller, says he's sad his council's being sidelined - after a gruelling effort to get on top of its debt and rating problems. (3′40″)
The latest from the Pacific region. (4′15″)
School principals say a raft of recommendations to improve the way teachers are vetted should go further - but teachers are urging caution. (6′44″)
News from the rural and farming sector. (5′12″)
The Maori King's sixth coronation wrapped up yesterday, ending with King Tuheitia Paki delivering his annual speech - peppered with a couple of political messages; The pressure felt by schools to employ staff who know the Maori language and culture is being linked to a sex offender getting a job as a teacher; Maori tourism firms in Otago and Southland are looking to extend an indigenous welcome to cruise ship passengers; Northern Taranaki iwi are urging the public to respect a rahui, or a restriction, along the entire north Taranaki coastline - out of respect for the people who fell off Paritutu Rock and into the sea in New Plymouth. (3′32″)
The Labour Party says the poor economic health of the energy company, Solid Energy, is evidence that the Government's asset sales programme should be scrapped. (2′27″)
The Primary Teachers' Union says cost should not be a barrier to introducing biometric photographing of all teachers. (2′30″)
News from the business sector including a market report. (14′23″)
The Finance Minister says the Government may have to re-evaluate how much of its asset sales programme it'll be able to complete this term, in light of what the opposition says is yet another spanner in the works. (2′59″)
The mayors of two cities reportedly shortlisted to host Stewart Murray Wilson say they too would reject the serial sex offender. (6′53″)
An investigation has begun into the death of a five year old boy, hit by a school bus in the small West Coast community of Hector. The youngster had just got off the bus in his hometown, north of Westport, when witnesses say he ran out in front of the vehicle as it turned a corner. (4′03″)
Residents of some of Auckland's wealthiest suburbs have heckled and taunted the Auckland Mayor at a public meeting about the city's rates rises. (3′57″)
As the bodies of three New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan begin their journey home, the Cabinet is seeking an assurance from the Defence Force that extending New Zealand patrols into southern Baghlan province is the right course of action. (2′45″)
Just hours before the soldier's bodies left the Bagram airforce base, a Taleban attack on the runway damaged the plane of the top US general. (3′21″)
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. (2′22″)
The Labour Minister is adamant proposed law changes, which include removing the right of new workers to be hired under the terms of a collective contract, will help boost workers' wages even though her own Cabinet paper says it will provide an opportunity for employers to pay less. (3′33″)
The Prime Minister, John Key, is dismissing the latest flood of people to Australia as nothing unusual. (3′24″)
In the United States, Republican party officials are fighting against time as they try to force a disgraced sentate candidate out of the race. (4′59″)
Labour says the poor economic health of the energy company, Solid Energy, is evidence that the Government's asset sales programme should be called off. (5′16″)
A raft of recommendations to improve the way school teachers are vetted have been applauded by some in the education sector, but others say they should go further. (7′38″)
Sumner residents whose properties have been condemned have vented their frustrations at a meeting with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. (3′24″)
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. (42″)
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. (3′19″)
Kiwifruit growers will meet in Cambridge to discuss ways to control the vine disease PSA. (3′51″)
Food sector unions say employers are using the threat of cheaper labour costs in New Zealand as a bargaining weapon when negotiating with workers in Australia. (3′02″)
The pressure felt by schools to employ staff who know the Maori language and culture is being linked to a sex offender getting a job as a teacher; The Maori King's sixth coronation wrapped up yesterday, ending with King Tuheitia Paki delivering his annual speech - peppered with a couple of political messages; Northern Taranaki iwi are urging the public to respect a rahui, or a restriction, along the entire north Taranaki coastline - out of respect for the people who fell off Paritutu Rock and into the sea in New Plymouth; Maori tourism firms in Otago and Southland are looking to extend an indigenous welcome to cruise ship passengers. (3′28″)
At least four people have been killed and 60 injured in clashes in the Lebanese city of Tripoli between opponents and supporters of Syria's president. (3′37″)
The Urewera Four's fight against their convictions and sentences gets underway in the Court of Appeal at Wellington. (2′34″)
A collection of rare Maori letters written before and during the New Zealand wars is to be put online. Taranaki iwi have been working with the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington to understand the historical context of the 250 fragile letters before they become widely available to the public. (3′07″)
Edited by Martin Gibson
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