Latest Bulletin: 4 am Friday 31 October

Silver scroll goes to sister and brother duo

Tami Neilson poses after winning the APRA Silver Scroll Award for her song 'Walk (Back to your Arms) at the 2014 Silver Scroll Awards

The country singer Tami Neilson and her co-writer and brother Joshua Neilson have won the 2014 Apra Silver Scroll award. They won for their song Walk (Back to Your Arms).

MP retracts Ebola homeopathy support

Steffan Browning

Green MP Steffan Browning has admitted he was unwise to support and then promote a petition calling on the World Health Organisation to fight Ebola with homeopathy. (AUDIO)

Jail possible for dirty dairy farmer

Phillip Woolley in the Nelson District Court.

An Environment Court judge has described a Murchison dairy farmer's repeated and deliberate polluting as the worst in New Zealand and is not ruling out sending him to jail.

No plans to change evidence storage

Mike Blowers in court.

The police have no plans to review systems for checking evidence in and out of police hands despite a former cop today admitting stealing and dealing drugs stored at a police station. (AUDIO)

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

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Record may lead to Dotcom deportation

Kim Dotcom speaks to media after his "Moment of Truth" event at Auckland's Town Hall.

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom could be deported if it is confirmed he has undisclosed criminal convictions, according to Immigration New Zealand.

Adams to consider sex abuse court

Amy Adams.

New Justice Minister Amy Adams has reopened the idea of a special court for sexual abuse cases. However, she warns such a court would be no 'silver bullet' for victims. (AUDIO)

Man uses sick wife to keep name secret


A man who shared child sex abuse images is to be allowed to keep his name secret, because of his wife's health. Many of the images showed men raping children.

Fonterra rejects milk ill-health link

A Friesian cow ready for milking.

A study linking drinking large amounts of milk to an early death needs to be viewed in the context of a large body of research that says milk is good for health, Fonterra says.

Warning to sex ring perpetrators

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The fact possible victims of a teenage sex ring could make a complaint at any time should serve as a deterrent to the young men at the centre of the allegations, a lawyer says.

Police cleared of protest brutality

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An Independent Police Conduct Authority investigation has cleared police of using excessive force in breaking up a student demonstration in Auckland two years ago. (AUDIO)

Regional News

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Reefton firm to mill storm-felled tree

Most roads have been cleared of fallen trees.

The first lot of West Coast native timber felled in a storm earlier this year has been approved for salvaging by a Reefton sawmilling company.

Women's murder convictions quashed


Murder convictions have been quashed against two women in relation to the death of a man in Whanganui six-years ago.

Pensioners protest housing plan

Garden Place, Hamilton.

A mock-coffin symbolising the possible demise of council-owned pensioner housing units in Hamilton was carried into the council building today as part of protest action.

Political News

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Minister admits drink-drive conviction

Michael Woodhouse

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse learned an important lesson and became more aware of the risks on the road after being convicted of drink-driving when he was 21, he says.

Hager challenges search legality

Author Nicky Hager says it's the era of dirty tricks.

A lawyer for Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager has filed papers in the High Court challenging the legality of the police search of his client's home.

Employment bill passes by 62-58

Cup of tea and biscuits

Parliament has passed the Government's controversial Employment Relations Amendment Bill. The Labour Party claims it effectively scraps tea break entitlements.

Sport News

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All Blacks skipper rested, SBW back

Kieran Read who will captain the All Blacks in their first match against the United States in 23 years.

An inexperienced All Blacks side has been named to play the United States this weekend in Chicago with skipper Richie McCaw being rested.

Giants win World Series

San Francisco Giants' pitcher Madison Bumgarner was named was named Most Valuable Player of the World Series.

The San Francisco Giants have beaten the Kansas City Royals 3-2 to win baseball's World Series title.

Adams and OKC lose

Steven Adams

An inauspicious start to his career as the starting centre for Oklahoma City, with Rotorua's Steven Adams and the Thunder going down 106-89 on the road to the Portland Trail Blazers.

World News

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Elephants kill elderly people, child

Herd of elephants

A herd of elephants has trampled eight elderly people and an eight-year-old girl to death in Malawi. The marauding elephants were thought to have come from Mozambique.

Ebola may be slowing in Liberia

A health worker checks a woman entering Mali from Guinea for signs of Ebola.

The Ebola epidemic appears to be slowing in the worst hit West African country though the battle to contain the outbreak is far from won, the World Health Organization says.

Milk diet 'may not cut fracture risk'


Despite being recommended as a high source of calcium, drinking lots of milk may not lower the risk of fracturing bones a study in the British Medical Journal suggests.

Pacific News

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US lifts sanctions on Fiji

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The United States is lifting sanctions on Fiji in light of the elections held last month, according to a U.S. State Department spokesperson.

Fiji defends violence against women record

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Fiji has defended its record on dealing with violence against women before a UN human rights meeting in Geneva.

Doubt cast on Vanuatu airport upgrade

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An aviation expert working with a Singaporean company that wants to undertake a huge airport development in Vanuatu, says a long term upgrade of Bauerfield International Airport is not feasible.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Cherrington mourned north and south

Riki Cherrington

Māori at opposite ends of the country are mourning the passing of influential kaumatua Riki Cherrington, who has died at the age of 72.

Chinese park decision upsets marae

Atawaha Marae

A leader at an Auckland marae is disappointed the New Zealand-inspired aspect to a Chinese theme park has been dropped, but is glad the pa hasn't lost any taonga.

Govt calls for hunter patience

The Te Urewera National Park.

The Government is calling for patience from hunters wanting to get into Te Urewera, as Tuhoe works on a review of hunting permits.

Business News

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Householders to pay less for energy

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Households could see their power bills drop by about $25 a year under a Commerce Commission decree which cuts profit margins for electricity and gas distribution companies.

NZ dollar falls against the greenback

New Zealand dollar

The New Zealand dollar dropped more than one-and-a-quarter US cents today, and fell against all the currencies of the country's major trading partners.

Tower brings back full fire cover

Tower insurance

Tower insurance has brought back full cover for homes destroyed by fire as the previous policy of sum insured home insurance was confusing policy holders.

Rural News

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Asparagus growers grumpy at prices


Asparagus growers are not only grumpy about the prices fresh asparagus is fetching but they fear for the future with Watties looking to can its canning facility.

Disagreement over employment laws

meat worker

Meat companies and the Meat Workers Union have strongly opposing views on new industrial relations legislation which is due to be finally passed in Parliament today.

Southland wood energy hub launched


The country's first regional wood energy hub has been launched today in Southland. it is a joint initiative between the EECA and Venture Southland.

On The Inside

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Insight: Labour's search for X factor

Labour leader David Cunliffe speaking to party supporters at its 2014 election campaign launch in Auckland.

After a poor showing at this year's election and the leadership up for grabs, Labour is desperate to turn its fortunes around. Insight talks to voters about what's gone wrong. (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)

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)