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Latest Bulletin: 11 pm Tuesday 21 April

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'Wow, that could have been me'

The Wireless talks to young New Zealanders about their experiences of and connection to Anzac Day.

NSW weather threat 'could worsen'

Authorities have sent emergency alerts to tens of thousands of people in NSW's Hunter region as forecasters warn wild weather will worsen after claiming three lives.

Tramper's marathon crawl

A tramper who crawled for 10 hours for help says it only takes a spilt second to be in a life-or-death situation. (AUDIO)

New forestry model adds 'huge value'

The Fonterra milk co-operative model that's created billions of dollars for farmers is being proposed for Māori-owned forestry.

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.

National News

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Lawyer fears delays in right to die case

The lawyer for a woman fighting for the right to die with her doctor's help fears allowing other parties to become involved will turn the case into a euthanasia debate. (AUDIO)

Livingstone inquest reveals rape, threats

The wife of the Dunedin man who died after killing his two children last year has revealed he raped her on the night she left him. (AUDIO)

Call to take action over stray cats

The Veterinary Association is calling for urgent action to curb the number of stray cats which are preying on New Zealand's wildlife.

AC/DC's Phil Rudd pleads guilty

When AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's solo album launch failed he sacked a group of staff and threatened to kill one of them. (VIDEO)

NZ troops depart ahead of Iraq deployment

The Defence Force says the main deployment of New Zealand soldiers has left for Australia today, ahead of their training mission to Iraq.

Health worker decision defended

The Health and Disability Commissioner is defending a decision not to release names of health workers involved in the case of a boy who died after routine surgery. (AUDIO)

Regional News

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Human remains found at Farewell Spit

Police have contacted the family of missing tramper Ken Boogers after human remains were discovered at Farewell Spit by a member of the public.

No conviction over father's death

An Auckland man has been discharged without conviction following the death of his father after a fight between the two.

Red zone owners consulted on buy-out

The owners of bare land, uninsured and commercial properties in Christchurch's red zone will be given the chance to have their say on the Government's revised buy-out offers.

Political News

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Churches call for more info on TPP

The Anglican and Catholic churches are urging the Government to tell the public more about the trans-Pacific trade negotiations.

Doctor visit promise falls short

An estimated 10 percent of injured children will miss out on free doctors' visits despite a Government promise to cover all primary school aged children.

Little concern at preferred leader polling

Labour Party leader Andrew Little is undismayed by his low polling as preferred Prime Minister, at just 11 percent. (AUDIO)

Sports News

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Auckland City reach O-League final

Auckland City Football Club are through to their fifth consecutive Oceania Champions League final after beating Vanuatu's FC Gaitcha 1-nil in Suva.

No Cruden, no worries

The All Blacks will be fine without first-five Aaron Cruden at this year's World Cup in England, writes RNZ rugby reporter Barry Guy.

Chatfield calls time on netball career

After 17 years of top flight netball Bianca Chatfield has called time on her career.

World News

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Keeping Royals under wraps

A new book by Andrew Morton highlights the treasonous and selfish chatter of the former King of England, Edward the VIII, and his wife Wallis Simpson while Britain was at war. (AUDIO)

Migrant crisis forces action plan

Amid harrowing scenes across the Mediterranean, the EU has set out a ten-point package of measures to try to ease difficulties across Europe.

UK teen held over terror 'plot'

A British teenager has been arrested in connection with the alleged Islamic State-linked plot to attack Anzac commemorations in Melbourne.

Pacific News

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Expert spies holes in Samoan investment plan

Samoa's proposed citizenship for investment package is seen as not competitive enough in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

Fijian chiefs take concerns to UN forum on indigenous issues

Indigenous chiefs from Fiji are calling on UN experts and agencies to step in over international treaty breaches by the Fiji government.

French Polynesian relief donations arrive in Vanuatu

French Polynesia has presented six containers of relief supplies to Vanuatu following the damage caused by Cyclone Pam last month.

Cricket World Cup 2015 News

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ICC president quits over CWC snub

The President of the International Cricket Council has resigned after he was prevented from presenting the World Cup trophy after the final in Melbourne.

Vettori retires from Black Caps

The cricketer Daniel Vettori has announced his retirement from the Black Caps after an 18-year career with the national team.

Hesson hopes McCullum stays on

There is little doubt that Brendon McCullum's captaincy has been one of the key elements to the Black Caps' runners-up finish at the Cricket World Cup.

Te Manu Korihi

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Call for rangatahi historians

A Maori historian is eager for more rangatahi to take up his profession so the stories of Maori veterans live on.

Harawira has message for Australian PM

The Mana Movement leader Hone Harawira is accusing the Australian Prime Minister of ignoring the plight of remote indigenous communities in Western Australia.

Boost for Maori leadership in agriculture

A South Island iwi-led agricultural training programme is aiming to give a boost to Māori leadership in agriculture as it expands and offers higher level qualifications.

Business News

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Jetstar's 'opt-out' pricing under investigation

The Commerce Commission is investigating Jetstar's online booking service that automatically ticks the baggage box.

NZD inches towards parity

After a big jump overnight sparked by events in New York, the Kiwi is again making a move towards parity with the Australian dollar.

Coats Group director resigns

Sir Ron Brierley has stepped down from the board of Coats Group, which was part of the investment company Guinness Peat Group he founded.

Rural News

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Seasonal shopping: smarter and savvier

Horticulture New Zealand says buying produce in season is shopping smarter and a money saver, which it says is backed up by figures from Statistics New Zealand.

Health-tech alliance to boost rural broadband

The ongoing frustration that rural communities are having in getting decent broadband coverage has led to an alliance to try and get more progress in closing the gaps.

Elite bull hits Hall of Fame

The contribution that an elite breeding bull has made to the national dairy herd has been recognised with his induction into Livestock Improvement Corporation's Hall of Fame.

How real is terror threat to NZ?

Rebecca Kitteridge became director of the SIS 11 months ago and since then, she tells Insight, the threat of a terrorist attack in New Zealand has risen. (VIDEO)

Housing: a crisis or a success story?

Powerplay with Jane Patterson - Housing is the monkey on the back of the Government that it just cannot shake.

Collision course in Auckland port battle

The Auckland Council-owned Ports of Auckland seems on a collision course with its political masters, Todd Niall reports.