Latest Bulletin: 9 am Friday 19 December

Washington mulls Sony attack

A cyber attack on Sony Pictures that forced the cancellation of a major film release is being seen as a serious national security matter, the US says.

Family waiting years for ramp

A family with a severely disabled daughter have been waiting two years for a small change to their state house that would dramatically improve their lives. (AUDIO)

MFAT urges caution over 'poaching vessel'

New Zealand officials are urging restraint as a Sea Shepherd boat pursues a fishing boat the group says is poaching toothfish in Antarctic waters. (AUDIO)

Rain relief for some, headache for others

Nor'west winds and weather patterns are being labelled a curse by farmers in the Otago region - bringing too much rain for some and not enough for others.

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

National News

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New code for water fluoridation

A new code for the use of fluoride in drinking water has been released by Water New Zealand - but it won't resolve controversy, Local Government New Zealand says.

Marsden bicentenary in Bay of Islands

Big crowds are expected in the Bay of Islands for the bicentenary of the first pakeha settlement in New Zealand. (AUDIO)

Govt moves to regulate small airfields

The Government is moving to regulate small airfields in the wake of a fatal air accident over an airport near Paraparaumu in 2008. (AUDIO)

Tourist missing in Tararua Forest Park

Police and search and rescue volunteers are looking for a tourist missing in the Otaki Forks area of the Tararua Forest Park.

Info gap helped Smith escape

A new report into the escape of killer and paedophile Phillip John Smith has found he was able to exploit information gaps between several government agencies. (AUDIO)

Air collision near-perfect storm - coroner

A coroner wants changes to the rules for smaller aerodromes, following the deaths of three men when a light plane and helicopter collided over Paraparaumu. (AUDIO)

Regional News

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Council under fire after fraud report

The Dunedin City Council is being criticised for not picking up the Citifleet fraud sooner than it did, after a report found huge pitfalls in its culture and processes. (AUDIO)

Hokitika celebrates 150 years - and beards

The pioneers will come ashore, the cannon will fire and the best beards will be chosen this weekend as Hokitika celebrates its 150th birthday.

Auckland airport flights disrupted

Heavy fog has disrupted more than 30 flights in and out of Auckland Airport, mostly to regional destinations.

Political News

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Work needed to fix gaps - Justice Minister

Justice Minister Amy Adams says more work is needed to plug gaps in the system following a report into murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith's flight overseas.

Govt promising to measure up over surplus

Power play with Jane Patterson - While the promised government surplus is still elusive, Bill English is stubbornly clinging to the hope the books will be back in the black this year.

Documents released to Nicky Hager's lawyers

A High Court judge has today ruled on which documents police have to disclose to author Nicky Hager's lawyers relating to a raid on his Wellington home in October.

Sports News

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Balotelli banned for post on social media

The Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban as punishment for his Super Mario post on social media.

Vettori to miss 5th ODI

The veteran spinner Dan Vettori won't play in tonight's 5th and final one-dayer against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi as he's returning home.

All even in second test

The Australian cricketers are 221 for 4 heading into the third day of the second test in Brisbane, that's in reply to India's first innings of 408.

World News

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US executions drop to 20-year low

A watchdog group says executions in the United States fell to their lowest point in two decades this year.

Interest rate to hit Swiss deposits

Switzerland's central bank is bringing in a negative interest rate - cutting the value of large sums of money left on deposit in the country.

Putin breaks silence on rouble problems

President Vladimir Putin has sought to assure Russians that the economy would rebound after the rouble's dramatic slide this year. (AUDIO)

Pacific News

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Asylum seekers offered one off deal

Thirty-one babies born to asylum-seeker parents in Australia will be allowed to stay on the mainland as part of a one-off arrangement.

Sols MP must quit logging links

A watchdog group, Transparency Solomon Islands, is recommending the new minister for logging resign any directorships to ensure there is no conflict of interest.

Polynesian resumes Savaii flights

Polynesian Airlines plans to resume flights to Samoa's bigger island Savai'i in the new year.

Te Manu Korihi

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Iwi wants to buy back ancestral mountain

A Far North iwi plans to buy back its ancestral maunga, Whakakoro. It was the home of Ngapuhi tupuna Ueoneone and the ancestral mountain of Te Rarawa and hapu Ngati Haua.

All should be entitled to compo: RSA

The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association is backing a move by Māori military veterans seeking compensation, but says everyone who served should be entitled.

Community organisation defends cutbacks

A community organisation says it has been forced to make some hard decisions about what services it has got rid of, after Auckland lawyers saved the job of a disestablished worker.

Business News

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Spark to offer Lightbox Sport

Spark's internet TV business Lightbox has formed a joint venture with Coliseum Sports Media to offer premium sport content to subscribers. (AUDIO)

GDP rises, driven by primary sector

The pace of economic activity has risen, according to official figures released this morning.

Fed may raise short-term interest rates

The United States central bank has indicated it may raise short-term interest rates next year, but is cautious on exactly when.

Rural News

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GPs kept on skills shortage list

Rural doctors say a decision to keep general practitioners on the country's skills shortage list is just common sense.

Trees trump sheep and beef - advocate

A farm forestry advocate says planting trees can be a more profitable option on hill country than sheep or beef farming.

Farmer contracts not taxing water-take

Contracts signed so far to take water from Hawke's Bay's Ruataniwha dam and irrigation project added up to only about 13 percent of the commitment needed to make the scheme commercially feasible.

Govt promising to measure up over surplus

Power play with Jane Patterson - While the promised government surplus is still elusive, Bill English is stubbornly clinging to the hope the books will be back in the black this year.

Insight: Living in the shadow of ISIS

Muslim leaders are worried members of their communities in NZ may become alienated by political statements about the possible threat from Islamic State. (AUDIO)

PM unlikely to change formula

Power Play with Brent Edwards - The Prime Minister has been judged by many to be the country's politician of the year, but his integrity has come under question.