Latest Bulletin: 11 pm Tuesday 16 September

Key refuses to talk about spy programme

John Key campaigning in Dunedin today.

Election 2014 - John Key is refusing to talk about a spy programme that NSA analyst turned whistleblower Edward Snowden says is subjecting NZers to mass surveillance. (VIDEO)

National being sued over campaign song

Eminem performing earlier this year in Chicago, Illinois.

Election 2014 - National is facing another hurdle in its campaign, with the music publishers behind US rapper Eminem to take legal action over the party's use of a song in its campaign advert. (AUDIO)

$3m to develop rheumatic fever vaccine

girl with thermometer

The New Zealand and Australian governments are to spend more than $3 million in an attempt to develop a vaccine against rheumatic fever. (AUDIO)

Deal to give Scots more power

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The leaders of the three main British political parties have cut a deal to devolve more powers to Scotland if voters reject independence in Thursday's referendum.

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

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'Moment of Truth' on world stage

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With names like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden involved, Monday night's 'Moment of Truth' saw the issue of surveillance in NZ making headlines around the world.

Harre backs Dotcom over email

Laila Harre in Radio New Zealand's Auckland studio.

Internet Party leader Laila Harre has no doubt that Kim Dotcom believes an email which suggests his residency was granted in order to be extradited to the US is legitimate. (AUDIO)

Greens unimpressed at NZ First claim

Metiria Turei.

The Green Party has dismissed talk from New Zealand First that it could form a Government with the Labour Party alone following the general election.

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Man convicted for undeclared cash

New Zealand Customs intercepted bags of cash - 700,000 Chinese yuan in total.

A man caught by a sniffer dog trying to take cash equivalent to $136,452 out of the country without declaring it has been convicted and fined in Auckland.

Woman sentenced to life in prison

The New Zealand coat of arms, seen here at the Rotorua High and District Court.

A woman who murdered an elderly man by knocking him out with a sports trophy and setting him alight, has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 15 years.

Colossal squid to give up its secrets

The colossal squid is defrosted.

Scientists from Te Papa Tongarewa and the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) had a rare opportunity today to examine an intact colossal squid. (VIDEO)

Bail decision reserved in Kumar case

Arun Kumar.

A judge has reserved her decision on granting bail for a teenage boy charged with the murder of West Auckland dairy owner Arun Kumar in June.

Students struggling financially - survey

tertiary students

A survey of 5000 students has found that nearly half of all full time tertiary students are facing financial distress with 44 percent saying they did not have enough to meet their basic needs.

Chch fire teen died in his bed - police

Parklands fire

A teenager hailed as a hero for reportedly saving a pregnant woman from a Christchurch fire actually died in his bed and was unlikely to have woken during the blaze, police say.

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IANZ assessors to return to Chch City Council

Christchurch City Council

Assessors from International Accreditation NZ are returning to the Christchurch City Council's consents department, as it struggles to regain its accreditation authority.

Body recovered from lake identified

Police divers searching Lake Lyndon today.

Police in Canterbury have confirmed that a body recovered from Lake Lyndon today is that of a man who went missing while trying to retrieve a boat that had floated away.

Freedom camping bylaw upsets surfers

camper van

A Taranaki resident says a proposed freedom-camping bylaw is unworkable and will put some of New Zealand's top-rated surf breaks at risk.

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Crotty to miss Argentina Test

Crusaders and All Blacks back Ryan Crotty.

The Crusaders midfield back Ryan Crotty won't be available for the All Blacks next match in the Rugby Championship against Argentina in La Plata as he recovers from a cheek injury.

Adams faces surgery after non-start

Valerie Adams celebrates winning gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand's champion shot-putter Valerie Adams faces surgery in the off-season after ending her European campaign with an unfortunate non-start in Morocco yesterday.

Sims, Watmough cop NRL bans

Manly second rower Anthony Watmough in action.

Key National Rugby League finals stars Anthony Watmough and Tariq Sims have both taken early guilty pleas at the NRL judiciary, meaning they'll miss this weekend's semi-final clashes.

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Ballot boxes ready ahead of Fiji election

A man looks at the list of candidates for the up coming election in Suva.

Ballot boxes have been delivered to the more than 1400 polling stations set up in Fiji in preparation for tomorrow's vote. Police say more than 3000 officers will assist with security.

US carries out airstrikes in Iraq

F/A-18/C Hornet fighter plane

The United States has carried out airstrikes in Iraq in support of troops who were being attacked by Islamic State fighters. The US has conducted 162 airstrikes across Iraq since August.

Warning over Philippine volcano

Mount Mayon, one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines.

The authorities in the Philippines have ordered the evacuation of 12,000 residents close to the Mayon volcano after signs of increased activity.

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Fiji police prepared for potential election unrest

Members of Fiji police and military forces.

Fiji police commissioner says his officers have prepared for the polls and won't hesitate to call in the military if law and order breaks down.

UN pulls troops, including Fijians, from Syrian Golan Heights

European members of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force.

The UN has reportedly evacuated hundreds of peackeepers -including Fijians - from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Delegates confirm attendance at West Papua conference

Rex Rumakiek (left) has been appointed Acting Chairman of the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation, succeeding the late Dr John Otto Ondawame (right).

Over 80 delegates are expected to converge on Port Vila at the start of next month to attend the West Papua Conference.

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Maori TV to axe three jobs

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Maori Television has announced details of a restructure that could result in the loss of three jobs and the introduction of six senior management roles.

Mounting opposition to mining

Iwi, residents and Coromandel electoral candidates took part in the demonstration.

Opposition to gold mining in Northland's Karangahake Gorge is growing, with 300 people protesting at the site on Sunday and a public meeting planned for tonight.

US museum returns Toi moko

The Toi moko would be housed in a 'sacred place' at Te Papa.

A Toi moko - a preserved Maori head - was today transferred to the care of the national museum, Te Papa, during a ceremony at a museum in the US.

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Infratil sale a success, say analysts

dollars and powerboard

Infratil's sales of its Australian energy businesses for $A605 million, plus adjustments, is an outstanding success, analysts say. The company expects to book a profit of about $NZ350 million.

Dollar up, but market 'cautious'

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The New Zealand dollar gained about half a cent against the US dollar in afternoon trading today, but is expected to come under pressure in the global dairy trade auction overnight.

Maori Trustee to invest in listed shares

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Te Tumu Paeroa, the Maori Trustee, has decided to invest in listed shares for the first time in its 92 years. The trustee manages 2000 land trusts with 100,000 hectares.

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Call to get tough on poachers

tresspass sign on farm gate

Tougher penalties are needed for hunters caught poaching on private rural land, the Game Animal Council says. Four people have recently been prosecuted.

Concern residues in swedes killing cows


The Green Party says hundreds of cows which have died or fallen ill in Southland after eating herbicide tolerant swedes should be tested to see if herbicide residues killed them.

Call for inquiry into cow-killing swedes

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GE Free New Zealand is calling on government officials to investigate herbicide tolerant swedes linked to the deaths or illness of hundreds of cows in Southland.

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Chasing the Tuna Dollar

A school of yellow fin tuna encircled by a net

Three thousand hooks to catch ten tuna. That's the result of massive overfishing in the Pacific. Insight reports from Fiji on calls for drastic action to rebuild some of the regions stocks. (AUDIO)

Getting the young out to vote

Young people

Nearly 200,000 people under 30 are still not enrolled, two weeks out from the September 20 election. Insight explores why so many young voters have yet to enrol. (AUDIO)

Is New Zealand an unequal society?

Poverty, inequality and incomes are big issue topics for voters in the forthcoming election. Insight reports on tackling the health, education and income gap.

Poverty, inequality and incomes are big issue topics for voters in the forthcoming election. Insight reports on tackling the health, education and income gap. (AUDIO)