Latest Bulletin: 12 pm Wednesday 1 April

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Housing market hotter than ever

House prices are rising ever higher, shooting up an average of 7.7 percent in the year to March.

Sex assaults rise as crime rate falls

The number of sexual assaults jumped last year though the overall crime rate fell.

Police appeal over Eastbourne rescue

The police in Hutt Valley are calling for urgent help in identifying a critically ill man pulled from the sea at Eastbourne on Monday night.

Police 'identify' dogs behind sheep killing

Police say they have identified the dogs that killed more than 200 sheep in North Otago last year but do not have enough evidence to take action. (AUDIO)

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

National News

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Third day of deliberations for Lundy jury

The jury deciding whether or not Mark Lundy murdered his wife and child has entered its third day of deliberations.

Celebrate the Anzac spirit with your story

We want you to help us mark the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings. Learn how you can share your story.

Immigration NZ seeks out imposters

Immigration New Zealand says it is working hard to keep up with the new and inventive ways some immigrants are coming up with to beat the system. (AUDIO)

Pet industry rejects puppy mill claims

The pet industry is rejecting claims it promotes puppy mills, following concern about online puppy sales encouraging intensive breeding for commercial gain. (AUDIO)

Environmental authority under fire

The Environmental Protection Authority has been subjected to some blistering criticism at an energy conference in Auckland.

Group looks at goals to combat rape culture

Prominent campaigners against rape and sexual violence have formed a national set of goals to combat what they call rape culture.

Regional News

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Auckland traffic worse than New York's - report

A vehicle navigation firm says Aucklanders spend the equivalent of nearly 12 working days a year sitting in traffic.

Ports of Auckland asked to take a breather

Auckland Council has formally asked the Ports of Auckland to put its planned extensions on Bledisloe Wharf on hold while a scoping study is done.

Shock at Air NZ route cancellation

Christchurch's deputy mayor Vicki Buck says she is in shock at Air New Zealand's decision to cut its Tokyo to Christchurch service. (AUDIO)

Political News

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Solid Energy resignation over govt disagreement

An email obtained by Radio New Zealand reveals the former chair of Solid Energy resigned because of a difference of opinion with the Government.

MPs unanimously support animal testing ban

MPs have unanimously supported a ban on animal testing in New Zealand for finished cosmetic products and their ingredients.

Homebuyer scheme defended

The Minister for Building and Housing is dismissing claims that the HomeStart scheme which comes into effect today will not get more people buying their first home. (AUDIO)

Sports News

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Holdzkom to start baseball season in minors

The New Zealand baseball player John Holdzkom will start the new North American season playing in the minor leagues.

Haddin blames timing of interview

Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin says he never intended to offend anyone when he told a radio station that the Black Caps deserved verbal abuse.

All Whites beaten by Korea

The All Whites have been beaten 1-nil in their friendly international against South Korea in Seoul.

World News

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Lufthansa knew of co-pilot's depression

The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing his plane into the Alps had disclosed an earlier bout of depression, Lufthansa has said.

NZ drug accused 'soaked' in sweat, court told

A New Zealand man accused of smuggling drugs into Bali was sweating so much at customs that his jacket was soaking wet, the officer who X-rayed his bag has told his trial.

Dutch royals to return Nazi looted art

The Dutch royal family has said it will return a painting from its collection thought to have been looted by the Nazis during World War II.

Pacific News

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Houses blown away after Maysak hits FSM atolls

Whole houses have been blown away on the small atoll of Fais in the northwest Pacific's Federated States of Micronesia after the super typhoon Maysak hit overnight.

Simple solutions promoted for rebuild in Vanuatu

The Red Cross says it is now working to help people in cyclone-devastated Vanuatu rebuild and repair their homes.

New Caledonia smelter in trouble

New Caledonia's Koniambo nickel company says it has serious problems with its furnaces and will therefore produce far less metal this year than scheduled.

Cricket World Cup 2015 News

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'Champions don't need trophies'

The New Zealand cricket team has been welcomed home by cheering fans at Auckland International Airport and The Cloud on Queen's Wharf. (VIDEO)

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 and their rise up the one-day rankings and coach Mike Hesson hopes that is not about to end.

Te Manu Korihi

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Iwi moves forward after settlement

The Chairperson of a Ngāi Tahu hapū is offering to give a Taranaki tribe guidance as it moves into post Treaty settlement mode.

Workers at risk from forestry strains

The owner of a Māori forestry company says the industry's growing mechanisation has put forestry contracting businesses under financial stress, in turn putting workers more at risk.

Fruitless search for commission's CEO

The Māori Language Commission says a $200,000 cap on the chief executive salary is hampering its ability to find someone with the right skills for the role.

Business News

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Building consents fall again

An economist said another fall in the number of new building consents was evidence not enough land had being opened up for new housing in Auckland. (AUDIO)

Motor Trade Finance appeal dismissed

Motor Trade Finance and Sportzone Motorcycles' appeal has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

Business briefs

A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters - including Xero doubles Australia customers, and Acting CEO for Kirkcaldie and Stains appointed.

Rural News

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Log transport business into administration

A long-standing log transport business at the top of the South Island has gone into voluntary adminstration because of tough trading conditions and cash flow problems.

NZ wine regions to receive protection

It's been a long wait, but the wine industry is finally going to get the legal backing it's been seeking to protect the geographical descriptions of New Zealand wines.

Ruling on water quality a 'landmark decision'

The Fish and Game organisation is hailing an Environment Court ruling on water quality management in Hawke's Bay as a landmark decision.

Is the GCSB focusing on what matters?

Powerplay with Brent Edwards - Is our security being compromised by the spy agency's failure to focus solely on potential and real threats?

China aims to boost links in the Pacific

China is moving to boost its links with individuals in the Pacific. As Insight has been discovering it's just the latest stage in Beijing's ever growing interest in the region. (AUDIO)

Overseas students - boom or bubble?

Foreign student numbers are on the rise, but an Insight investigation has found it's putting strains on the education system. (AUDIO)