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Latest Bulletin: 11 am Friday 21 November

'Beast of Blenheim' gets 6 more months in jail

Stewart Murray Wilson at at the District Court of Wanganui today.

The so-called Beast of Blenheim, Stewart Murray Wilson, has been sentenced in the District Court of Wanganui to an extra six months in jail. The sentence was for breach of parole.

Malaysian diplomat pleads not guilty

Muhammad Rizalman outside the Wellington District Court.

Former Malaysian defence attaché Muhammad Rizalman, who is accused of attacking a Wellington woman, has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces and elected trial by jury.

Cyber attacks up 60 percent says GCSB

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The number of reported cyber attacks on New Zealand computer networks is increasing 60 percent each year according to the Government Communications Security Bureau. (AUDIO)

Demand "insatiable" - President Xi

State welcome for Chinese President Xi Jinping at Government House Wellington. Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said his country has an insatiable appetite for New Zealand products and a new trade deal with Australia does not threaten that. (AUDIO)

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Lorde wins 6 Tuis at music awards

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Teenage singer, Lorde, has taken home a bundle of trophies from last night's New Zealand Music Awards. The 18-year-old Aucklander won six Tuis, including album and single of the year. (VIDEO)

Secondary teachers back Govt pay plan

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Secondary teachers have voted overwhelmingly to include jobs created by the government's flagship education policy in their collective agreement.

Urgent request to deport Smith likely

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The deportation of Phillip Smith from Brazil could be gaining some momentum with a federal attorney there now assessing the case against the convicted murderer and sex offender. (VIDEO)

Chinese visit pays off for TV makers

Television

China's top-level visit here has paid large dividends for New Zealand television makers who will now have world-beating access to its more than one billion Chinese viewers. (AUDIO)

Privatising labs 'could risk lives'

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Senior doctors say patients' lives will be at risk if the Wellington region's health boards privatise testing laboratories as they are an integral part of hospital care.

Uniforms to improve safety for women

Danielle Apps

A new line of high-visibility gear that is cut to fit traditional women's clothing sizes has been developed to make it safer for women working in construction and traffic control.

Regional News

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Child dies after being hit on driveway

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A three-year-old died after she was hit by a four wheel drive vehicle on a driveway in the west Auckland suburb of Te Atatu Peninsula this morning.

Bridge blaze treated as suspicious

Fire service

A Tauranga volunteer firefighter says a blaze that caused millions of dollars of damage to a bridge is being treated as suspicious following number of suspicious fires in Papamoa.

Curtain set to go up on restored Bats

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It is a Wellington theatrical institution, helping the early careers of many successful actors including Cliff Curtis and Kerry Fox. Bats theatre reopens tomorrow night after nearly a year. (AUDIO)

Political News

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No surplus a problem for National

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - Slowly but surely, the Government appears to be softening the public up to break its promise of getting its finances back into surplus this financial year.

Joint therapeutic regulator canned

Jonathan Coleman.

A long-running initiative by the Australian and New Zealand governments to set up a joint regulator for the therapeutic products market has been abandoned.

English hints surplus may be elusive

Finance Minister Bill English releasing the Government financial statements.

Finance Minister Bill English has given the clearest hint yet that the Government's books might not get into surplus this financial year.

Sport News

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McCaw's All Blacks captaincy comes full circle

Richie McCaw has "no regard for his body" says fellow All Black Kieran Read.

The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will bring up yet another milestone at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this weekend when he captains the side for the 100th time in a test match. (AUDIO)

Adams says ban cheats for life

Val Adams named NZ flag bearer for Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.

New Zealand's shot put champion Valerie Adams says that athletes who test positive for performance-enhancing drugs should be banned for life, even if it is their first offence.

Honours even after 4 days in Dubai

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor

The New Zealand cricketers continue to press home efforts for a series-levelling win, but the honours are even after 4 days of the second cricket test against Pakistan in Dubai.

World News

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Fierce US storm returns to north-east

New York storm

A fierce storm is bringing more snow to parts of the US north-east, with officials warning residents to be prepared for 1 metre of new snow, after eight people died in New York state. (AUDIO)

Honduras beauty queen found dead

Maria Jose Alvarado

The bodies of Honduran beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister have been found nearly a week after they disappeared, and a man has confessed to their killing.

ANZ suspends seven traders

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ANZ is conducting its own investigation and has suspended seven traders while Australia's corporate regulator investigates the potential rigging of key interbank interest rates.

Pacific News

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First results declared after Solomons election

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First official results from the Solomon Islands eelctions show there will be at leat two new MPs.

PNG policeman charged over assault

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A Papua New Guinea policeman has been charged with assault and other charges after an attack on a woman in Gordons in Port Moresby.

Fiji police chief says man wrongly detained

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Fiji's Police Commissioner says the detention of a man in September for sending angry texts to the prime minister was wrong but disputes the claim that he was assaulted.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Maori at risk in low-end housing: expert

Professor Michael Baker

Public health specialist Michael Baker says Māori are over-represented in the number of people who die in low rental accommodation.

Court rejects anti-waste water plant claim

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A legal bid to stop a waste water plant being built on ancestral land has failed. The Maori Land Court has upheld a decision for the lease of whenua in the Matata area to Whakatane District Council.

Reserve Bank values Te Reo

Te Reo Maori is to feature more prominently on new banknotes with the words Te Putea Matua, which means Reserve Bank, and Aotearoa.

Business News

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F&P expects big demand for health products

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Fisher & Paykel Healthcare expects to see a 20-fold increase in the number of patients using its key respiratory and acute care products within 10 years. (AUDIO)

Xero net loss grows, but revenue up

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Xero's first-half net loss widened 50 percent but its revenue jumped 85 percent as the accounting software company continued to invest in growth. (AUDIO)

VHPT eyes more health facilities

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Vital Healthcare Property Trust is still on the hunt to buy more properties to add to its portfolio of hospitals and health facilities in Australia and New Zealand. (AUDIO)

Rural News

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Psa report advocates pest response plan

kiwifruit vines

An independent review of how the kiwifruit industry responded to the arrival of the vine killing disease Psa-V in 2010 has come up with 11 recommendations.

Not all celebrating Korea trade deal

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Foresters and wood processors aren't breaking out the bubbly over New Zealand's free trade deal with South Korea, signed last weekend.

Wool prices picking up

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Prices at this week's South Island wool sale have firmed up a bit, after taking a hit from a rising New Zealand dollar at last week's North Island auction.

On The Inside

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No surplus a problem for National

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - Slowly but surely, the Government appears to be softening the public up to break its promise of getting its finances back into surplus this financial year.

Insight: Will new labour laws pay off?

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A significant number of workers have an increasingly precarious work life and find it hard to make ends meet. Patrick O'Meara reports for Insight. (AUDIO)

Insight: Remembering the Great War

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As NZ and other countries mark 100 years since World War I, with no one left with personal memory of events, Insight looks at whether truth could become a casualty. (AUDIO)