Latest Bulletin: 10 am Saturday 25 October

Accused diplomat arrives back in NZ

Muhammad Rizalman.

The Malaysian defence attache accused of a sex crime against a Wellington woman has arrived at the Wellington District Court.

Plan for Ebola vaccines in 2015 - WHO

Geneva University Hospital receives a batch of experimental Ebola vaccine developed in Winnipeg, Canada.

The World Health Organisation says hundreds of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be ready for use by the middle of next year.

Terrorism a threat - but lest we forget

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - The Prime Minister is adamant New Zealand won't be sending troops to Iraq to help fight against Islamic State insurgents. Well, he was in June.

Farmers push for TPP tariff elimination

Tim Groser at speaks to media at the TPP ministerial meeting in Singapore.

Federated Farmers is urging Trade Minister Tim Groser to insist on the elimination of agricultural tariffs at the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks this weekend.

Morning ReportMidday Report and Checkpoint set the news agenda, and there is news every hour.

Insight and Focus on Politics provide in-depth coverage of current issues.

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Warning on calls to arm police

Police woman

A criminal defence lawyer has issued a warning about arming police following a unanimous vote and call by Police Association members for sworn officers to start carrying guns. (AUDIO)

Doctors asked not to decline Ebola care

Middlemore Hospital's clinical head of infectious diseases, Stephen McBride, dressed in personal protection gear.

The Medical Council has written to all district health boards saying it expects most doctors to be ready and willing to care for a patient with Ebola if required. (AUDIO)

Fatal crash as holiday period starts

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A fatal crash just moments into the holiday road period is a terrible start to Labour Weekend, police say. One person has died after a car collided with a truck at Dairy Flat north of Auckland.

Serepisos cleared of bankrupcy

Terry Serepisos.

Wellington businessman Terry Serepisos has been discharged from bankruptcy. He was declared in September 2011 and lost ownership of the Phoenix football team.

Japan to have next Super Rugby team

Keisuke Uchida of Japan rugby team.

Japan will be the first Asian team in the Super Rugby competition. It has beaten out Singapore to be the 18th team in the competition when it expands for the 2016 season.

Pair arrested in scam inquiry


Two people have been arrested in connection with an alleged Meridian scam that has targeted elderly residents in Christchurch.

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Police hunt follows knife-point robbery

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Police are continuing to search for a man who robbed a Lower Hutt dairy at knife-point yesterday afternoon and say the incident "could have easily escalated".

Severance pay labelled 'hush money'

Tony Marryatt.

A former Christchurch City councillor has labelled severance pay to the outgoing chief executive 'hush money'. Tony Marryatt received almost $800,000 in final payments.

Conduct complaint about principal

The New Zealand coat of arms, seen here at the Rotorua High and District Court.

The Teachers' Council is investigating the actions of a Hawkes Bay principal over his handling of allegations against a teacher found guilty of indecently assaulting children.

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Call for security for MP offices

Hone Harawira

Mana leader Hone Harawira is calling for a review of parliamentary security in the wake of the Canadian shootings to be extended to cover MPs' electorate offices.

Joining IS fight 'could threaten NZ security'

Canada shooting

An analyst says New Zealand joining the fight against the Islamic State could increase the risk of a terrorist attack in this country following the killing of a Canadian soldier. (AUDIO)

Minister threatened special legislation

Amy Adams.

Former Environment Minister Amy Adams threatened to pass legislation to fast-track planning rules if Christchurch City Council did not do the job itself. (AUDIO)

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Turbos win Championship

Manawatu celebrate the win

Manawatu have scored two very late tries to beat Hawke's Bay 32-24 in the Championship final in Palmerston North, earning promotion to the Premiership next season.

Paddon wins a WRC stage

Haydon Paddon cornering in his Hyundai in Spain

Geraldine driver Hayden Paddon has taken out his maiden stage victory on the World Rally Championship, beating world champion Sebastien Ogier on the Rally of Spain by 2.1 seconds.

Nadal out of ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal waves goodbye to Basel

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the ATP World Tour Finals next month, after losing in the quarter-finals at the Swiss Indoors tournament to the Croatian teenager Borna Coric.

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Canadian gunman a lone wolf

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It is believed the terrorist gunman in Canada acted alone. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was shot dead after killing a soldier and going on a shooting rampage in the Canadian parliament.

Ebola fears in New York after first case

A health alert is displayed at the entrance to Bellevue Hospital where Dr Craig Spencer is being treated.

New York's mayor is trying to reassure residents they are safe from Ebola following revelations a doctor with the virus travelled on public transport before developing symptoms. (AUDIO)

Sir Cliff Richard owed apology

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The search of Sir Cliff Richards' house by police investigating allegations of child abuse has found it was inept and caused irreparable damage to the singer's reputation.

Pacific News

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French journalists in Papua convicted, but will be freed on Monday

Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat

Reports from Indonesia say the two French journalists have been convicted for misusing their tourist visas to work in Papua but will be freed on Monday.

PNG Police deny shooting man in Mt Hagen riot


Order has been restored in the Papua New Guinea city of Mt Hagen after a large fire and looting on Wednesday night.

Fiji's suspension from Pacific Islands Forum is lifted

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The chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Palau's President, Tommy Remengesau, has announced Fiji's suspension from the Forum has been lifted.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Funder supports TVNZ outsourcing

tvnz building auckland

Te Mangai Paho says it believes Television New Zealand's decision to outsource its Maori programmes will give the agency more control over what content is produced.

Urban Maori attracted to work on whenua

maori man with fence post

A Massey University senior lecturer says most rangatahi Maori wanting to take up agricultural courses are from the cities.

Book chronicles Bay of Island's history

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A Bay of Islands hapu says a new book documenting the early years of settlement in the region is a welcome addition to a lack of written history about the rohe.

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IS threat forces Burger Fuel pullout

BurgerFuel has 26 stores throughout the Middle East - including several in Saudi Arabia (pictured).

The threat posed by Islamic State militants has forced Auckland-based franchise Burger Fuel to pull out of its only store in Iraq and plans to open others have been put on hold. (AUDIO)

Qantas out of the red and 'making money'

Qantas plane tail.

Qantas investors have welcomed news that the airline is once again profitable. It comes less than two months after the Australian airline made a record loss of $A2.8 billion.

Dairy prices drive $1b deficit

fonterra  milk powder packaging plant

The slump in global dairy prices is having a big impact on New Zealand's overseas trade position, and was the major driver of the $1 billion deficit recorded in September.

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Groups accused of vicious campaign

kiwifruit vines

A spokesperson for the group of kiwifruit growers looking to sue the Government says they have been subjected to a vicious campaign by Zespri and groups aligned with the marketer.

Fonterra may expand Canterbury site

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Fonterra is considering expanding its milk processing site at Studholme in South Canterbury to keep up with the increasing milk flow from the region's dairy farms.

Wool processing plant rescued

bale of wool

A wool processing plant has been rescued out of receivership. Christchurch Yarns has been been bought by a new company set up for the purpose.

On The Inside

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Call to tackle culturally justified crimes

Malalai Sadat, a young Afghani woman and Youth Advocate at Shakti Womens Refuge, Auckland

There are demands coming from those working with ethnic communities in NZ for more specific legislation to help counter culturally justified crimes. Insight looks at what is needed. (AUDIO)

Decision due on Pike River re-entry

Flames emerge from a ventilation shaft at Pike River Coal Mine after the explosions in November 2010.

Ahead of Solid Energy's decision this month on re-entry to the Pike River Coal Mine main tunnel, Gay Cavill considers what is proposed and the hurdles that remain. (VIDEO)

Government prioritising child poverty

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - Prime Minister John Key has made dealing with child poverty a priority for his third term government.