Latest Bulletin: 4 pm Tuesday 21 October

No charges to be laid over Chch asbestos

Homeowners in Canterbury are being warned they could be putting themselves at risk of asbestos contamination.

WorkSafe will not be laying charges following an investigation into allegations of unsafe handling of asbestos in buildings damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes, it says.

Police told of missing pair, father says

Faizal Kalim

The father of a preschooler killed with her mother about seven years ago claims Manukau police were told of their disappearance but nothing was done about it. (AUDIO)

Revival for Auckland's St James

The planned St James Suites.

Auckland's St James Theatre has been sold and is a step closer to opening its doors again. What was once one of Auckland's most famous venues will soon incorporate apartments.

Greens hoping to work with National

Metiria Turei.

The Green Party has made another approach to National about working more closely on specific issues - but Prime Minister John Key says he sees little point in it.

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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Govt aiming to tempt ex-pats home


The Government is planning a series of job fairs in Australia to recruit skilled expatriate New Zealanders. Work will be offered in areas where there are skills shortages.

University fees 'a fair amount'

uni of otago clock tower

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce, says students are paying a fair amount for their university fees, but the Union of Students Associations say they are close to the limit. (AUDIO)

Missing teen thought to be with boyfriend

 Generic police vest

Police are searching for a 16-year-old girl who has been missing from Levin for almost two weeks. Sela Fifita-Tovo was last seen travelling on a bus to visit family in Auckland.

Restored notebook goes home

Self portrait of surgeon George Murray Levick's cubicle in his hut at Cape Adare.

A photographer's notebook left behind a century ago at Captain Scott's last expedition base has been discovered and conserved by New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust. (AUDIO)

NZ edging closer to 3m tourist mark

Chinese tourists visiting geysers in Rotorua.

International visitor arrivals topped 2.8 million in the year to September as New Zealand edges closer to welcoming a record 3 million annual visitors.

Cricket amnesty domestic players only


New Zealand Cricket says if it follows Australia's lead of a corruption amnesty, this will only apply to domestic players, not international players who are covered by the ICC.

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Buller Gorge reopens after fatal crash


The main route between the West Coast and Nelson has reopened after a fatal crash in the Buller Gorge which forced motorists to take a lengthy detour through Reefton.

Auckland ponders open fire ban

Auckland Council is considering a ban on open fires and old woodburners.

A report to Auckland Council says 110 people in the city die prematurely every year because of emissions from some home open fires and woodburners.

Irrigators say it's now or never for dam

The proposed Ruataniwha dam site.

Irrigation New Zealand says it is now or never for the Ruataniwha Dam scheme and is urging Hawke's Bay farmers and growers to back it by Christmas.

Political News

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Governor General outlines Govt plans

The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae Governor General of New Zealand inspect the guard during the official opening of Parliament

The Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, has laid out the Government's plan on behalf of the Prime Minister in the official state opening of Parliament today.

New Zealanders 'in the dark over TPP'

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman speaks to media after the official election results.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says New Zealanders are being kept in the dark about key aspects of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. (AUDIO)

Shane Jones appointed ambassador

Shane Jones.

New Zealand's High Commissioner-designate to Nauru, former Labour MP Shane Jones, has today presented his credentials to President Baron Waqa.

Sport News

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Ronchi helps NZ to 230

Luke Ronchi

Luke Ronchi's fallen agonisingly short of a maiden ODI hundred, but has given New Zealand some respectability in the first match against South Africa in Tauranga.

Maori game in Singapore called off

Chiefs loosie Liam Squire

The Maori All Blacks will play just 2 matches on their tour of Asia next month with the match in Singapore cancelled because of the unplayable state of the pitch.

United snatch late draw

Manchester United Logo

Daley Blind's late second half strike helped a lacklustre Manchester United salvage a 2-all draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in their EPL football match.

World News

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Surgery enables man to walk again

Wheelchair outline

A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

Designer Oscar de la Renta dies

Oscar de la Renta.

American fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed former first ladies Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, has died aged 82, US media are reporting.

Former Australian PM Whitlam dies

Gough Whitlam

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam has died at the age of 98. Mr Whitlam led the country through a period of massive social change from 1972 to 1975.

Pacific News

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Land found for evicted Vanuatu squatters

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Vanuatu's Minister of Lands says land has now been secured for the more than 300 residents who were evicted from an illegal settlement near the Port Vila airport.

Norfolk resists return to Australian rule

Norfolk Island Flag

The Norfolk Island government is preparing a public petition against the planned termination of its self-governance which it intends to bring before the Australian Parliament in Canberra next week.

NCW supports 26 women in Solomons elections

Solomon Islands dancers

With nominations for candidates to close tomorrow the National Council of Women in Solomon Islands says it has helped prepare at least 26 women nationwide to run for office in elections next month.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Fox to continue pressure over oath

Marama Fox.

Maori Party MP Marama Fox says she will continue to put pressure on the Government to include the Treaty of Waitangi when taking an oath at Parliament.

Te Reo hui not just for academics

te reo sign

A senior lecturer at Waikato University is welcoming anyone working with Te Reo to participate in a national hui about keeping the Maori language alive.

Finalists named for book awards

Te Papa at dusk

The finalists for the Aotearoa Maori book awards have been announced and include a majority of books on Maori development. The awards will be given out at Te Papa next month.

Business News

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PGG Wrightson confident on profit

PGG Wrightson stock agents at the Rangiuru saleyards.

PGG Wrightson says it believes it can produce a higher operating profit this year than last, despite the significant uncertainty caused by the lower forecast milk payout.

Fletcher Building predicts profit lift

Fletcher Building sign

Fletcher Building's outgoing chair, Ralph Waters, says he expects the company's first-half operating earnings to be broadly flat - but second-half profits should be higher

Bulk not the answer says trade council

China exports

Trade body the New Zealand-China Council is warning New Zealand can not rely on a few commodities sold in bulk to significantly boost business with China.

Rural News

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High hopes for heat tolerant cow

The company says the mutation allows cows like Holsteins to cope with heat better.

A New Zealand company believes it may have bred a heat tolerant cow that could thrive in the tropics and says the genetic mutation allows the animal to produce more milk.

Lack of data hampers health alliance

The Rural Health Alliance says a lack of data is hampering its efforts to push for improved health services in rural communities and tackle high suicide and depression rates.

Cow swede deaths prompt survey

cows in pens

The national dairy organisation will be conducting a detailed survey of Southland farmers to try to get to the bottom of swede poisoning in the region.

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.