Latest Bulletin: 9 pm Sunday 21 December

More fallout from Smith escape

There's been more fallout within the Department of Corrections over the escape of the convicted murderer and sex offender Phillip John Smith.

Man's body found in Port Hills

Christchurch police say a man's body has been found in the Port Hills earlier this evening.

Man charged with murder at 21st party

A steelworker has been charged with the murder of a South Auckland man at a 21st birthday party.

Mother charged with murder of 8 children

A 37-year-old mother is charged with the murder of seven of her children and her niece after their bodies were found at a home in Cairns, in far north Queensland.

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

National News

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Two prisoners escape in separate incidents

The police are hunting for two prisoners who are on the run after escaping from separate hospitals.

New online tool for beach water quality

The Minister for the Environment has unveiled a special online tool with information on the water quality of 350 beaches around New Zealand.

'Running sore' in NZ's legal history

Author Lynley Hood and former National Party leader Don Brash are calling for an independent inquiry into Peter Ellis' conviction as a child molester.

Warbirds mourn Kiwi aviator's death

Trevor Bland, an experienced aviator who founded the New Zealand Warbirds Association has died. He was 78.

Bronze finish for Auckland City

Auckland City FC have won the third place play-off at the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco in a penalty shootout, marking the end to a fairytale run. (AUDIO)

Gas and coal down, water up - MBIE

New figures were in the latest quarterly energy review by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment show renewable energy is continuing to rise.

Regional News

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Body recovered from inlet near Nelson

The police dive squad have recovered a body from the water at the mouth of the Waimea River Inlet near Nelson earlier today.

Shellfish warning for parts of Bay of Plenty

The public is being warned not to eat shellfish from a large area of Bay of Plenty coastline after a dozen people became sick with paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Policeman hit by car in stable condition

A policeman remains in a stable condition in Hawke's Bay Hospital after being hit by a car early on Friday morning.

Political News

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Police tight-lipped about assault allegation

Police are staying tight-lipped about an allegation of assault against the MP for Northland Mike Sabin.

Backlash over SkyCity funding gap

Opposition parties say it is unacceptable SkyCity could receive taxpayer money to meet the cost of building its international convention centre in Auckland. (AUDIO)

More work 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.

Sports News

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Wayne Smith back in black?

The Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith is set to return to the All Blacks for an 11th year, to again take up the reigns as defence coach for next year's World Cup campaign.

Auckland City cap remarkable run with bronze

Auckland City beaten Mexican side Cruz Azul on penalties to win the third place playoff and make history at the football Club World Cup in Morocco, also boosting their winnings by $640,000.

McCullum to drop down batting order for tests

The New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum will revert to his customary middle-order batting role for the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch.

World News

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Statue to be protected from quakes

The Italian government is to spend $US250,000 on a new platform for Michelangelo's famous Statue of David, to protect it from earthquakes.

Two New York policemen 'assassinated'

A gunman has shot dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in New York before killing himself. The police chief said the men had been 'targeted for their uniform'.

Tip-off before Sydney attack - report

News Corp Australia has reported Australian security officials carried out a check on Man Haron Monis days before he took hostages at a cafe in Sydney.

Pacific News

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In PNG, concern refugees will never be resettled

The Manus MP Ronnie Knight says he doubts whether any of the the asylum seekers held on Manus and found to be refugees will be permanently resettled in Papua New Guinea.

PNG military operation successful, says governor

The Governor of Hela province in Papua New Guinea, Anderson Agiru, says a military operation to quell tribal fighting in the province is bearing good results.

Solomons govt warned on security

The new Solomon Islands government has been warned to tread carefully in the transition or withdrawal of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.

Te Manu Korihi

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Flavell wants Ture Whenua Act review

A new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that improvements to Maori freehold land and forestry could add billions of dollars to the New Zealand economy.

Other iwi benefiting from sweet success

The Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation is sharing its business knowledge with neighbouring tribes to help generate money for their descendants by using land that's unsuitable for beef and sheep farming.

Mighty River welcomes land ruling

Mighty River Power has welcomed a decision by the High Court to strike out an injunction application by a hapu trying to stop the sale of land owned by the company.

Business News

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Record migration for November year

Net migration stayed near record levels in November and the gain for the year ended November was a fresh record.

Copper price decision delayed again

The Commerce Commission has once again delayed its final decision on how much Chorus can charge for access to its copper lines.

Business Briefs

A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters - Finzsoft confirmed takeover offer, more air passengers packing bags and Tourism Holdings appoints new board director.

Rural News

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$3.5b potential in Maori freehold land: report

A new report estimates improvements in the performance of Māori freehold land would add billions to the economy. Agriculture Minister Nathan Guy says this confirms the importance of partnering with iwi, Māori asset owners, communities and industry.

New label standard for formula exports

The Ministry for Primary Industries has issued a new standard tightening up labelling rules for infant formula exports.

Hairy bull gene triggers new breeding plan

A hairy bull tale may have a sleek ending for a livestock improvement cooperative.

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.