Latest Bulletin: 9 am Thursday 27 November

Brazil police dispute muddies Smith case

CCTV footage of  Phillip Smith as he passed through Auckland Airport.

Convicted murderer and child molester Phillip Smith could be released from a Brazilian jail early next week if he is not deported by Monday, according to a journalist in Rio de Janiero. (AUDIO)

Minister defends anti-terror bill speed

Chris Finlayson.

The Attorney-General and Minister in charge of the SIS, Chris Finlayson, is defending the speed under which new laws against terrorist fighters are being put through Parliament. (AUDIO)

Hughes continues fight for life

Phil Hughes

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes has spent a second night in an induced coma after undergoing emergency surgery for a head injury suffered when he was hit by a ball during a match.

PM's contact with blogger questioned

John Key

Prime Minister John Key's contact with blogger Cameron Slater about a report on the SIS the night before it was released beggars belief, the leader of the Labour Party says. (AUDIO)

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Decades of work pays off for physicist

Professor Peter Schwerdfeger

A physicist who discovered why mercury is liquid at room temperature using Einstein's theory of relativity has won New Zealand's most prestigious science award, the Rutherford Medal.

Concern schools not reporting staff

exit sign in english and maori

Principals say some school boards are breaking the law by offering not to report staff to the Teachers Council they are in dispute with if they choose to resign and go quietly.

'Pariah' Dotcom claims he's broke

Kim Dotcom speaking to supporters of his Internet Party in Auckland, in April 2014.

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom claims authorities are trying to lock him up again after he spent $10 million on his defence, ran out of money and got dumped by his legal team. (AUDIO)

AC/DC drummer Rudd back in court

Phil Rudd gestures to media as he leaves court.

Phil Rudd arrived late at the High Court in Tauranga this morning prompting the judge to briefly issue an arrest warrant. Outside court the AC/DC drummer played up to media. (AUDIO)

NZ scientist discovers Rett drug

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An Auckland University scientist has discovered a drug to treat the crippling brain disease Rett Syndrome, which affects thousands of women worldwide.

Over $500m in missing taxes - IRD


The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has identified more than $500 million missing through tax avoidance by businesses this year - a four-fold increase on five years ago. (AUDIO)

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Dispute over success of housing accord

Labour MP Phil Twyford (L) and Housing Minister Nick Smith (R)

The Government and Auckland Council are labelling the Auckland Housing Accord a success based on a first-year report but Labour says it has been a hopeless failure.

Man missing after boat sinks

Lake Rotorua.

A search is resuming this morning for a man missing since a boat carrying five people sank on Lake Rotorua. Four men were rescued by a local resident who went out in his own boat to help.

Girl could barely stand, mum testifies


The mother of an alleged victim of sexual attack at a Taranaki party has told the High Court her daughter could barely stand and smelt of vomit when she got home. (AUDIO)

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Government IT project cost balloons

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A major government information technology project is close to $30 million over its original budget, and a year away from being fully operational.

Anti-terror bill 'rammed through'

beehive and parliament building

Public submissions are open on legislation the Government claims will protect NZ from the threat of foreign fighters but submitters will have to be quick as the deadline is tomorrow. (AUDIO)

Coatsworth quits as Labour president

Labour Party president Moira Coatesworth.

Moira Coatsworth has resigned as president of the Labour Party, little more than a week after Andrew Little was elected its new leader. She has had three-and-a-half years in the post. (AUDIO)

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Pakistan dominate day one

Mohammad Hafeez celebrates his century in Sharjah

Pakistan took advantage of winning a vital toss to dominate day one of the third and deciding cricket Test against New Zealand in Sharjah.

Scott and McIlroy renew rivalry in Sydney

Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott competing on the PGA Tour in 2010

Australia's top golfer Adam Scott and the world number one Rory McIlroy renew their rivalry over the next four days at the Australian Open being hosted by the Australian Golf Club in Sydney.

Wood's game time drying up - like the goals

All Whites striker Chris Wood celebrates his equaliser against Everton

All Whites striker Chris Wood could fall further down the pecking order at his Premier League club Leicester City, with manager Nigel Pearson reportedly considering signing former Fox Emile Heskey again.

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Second night of protests across US

Protestors demonstrate on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, one day after the grand jury decision.

Protests have spread to a dozen US cities over the decision not to charge a white policeman who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

Two Britons jailed for militant training

Civilians carry belongings recovered from an area near Damascus, after soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad regained control from rebel fighters in October 2014.

Two brothers, aged 30 and 24, have become the first Britons to be sent to prison for conspiring to attend a training camp for militant fighters in Syria.

Shooting protesters gather across US

A man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit with tear gas during demonstrations on the grand jury's decision not to charge officer who shot Michael Brown.

Angry crowds have been protesting for a second night in the US town of Ferguson against the decision not to prosecute the white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teen. (AUDIO)

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Tonga chooses parliament today

The National Shield of Tonga

It is election day in Tonga with voters going to the polls in the second election under political reforms that were widely hailed.

Final Solomons coalitions expected tomorrow

Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands

Lobbying continues today in Solomon Islands where political parties are wooing independent MPs to join their ranks because they currently outnumber Party MPs by two to one.

Officers' Ebola threat to Fiji low - WHO

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The World Health Organistation says the risk of Ebola arriving in Fiji via peacekeepers returning from Liberia is very low.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Maori 'dictated to' through home loan

house and money

A trustee building houses for whanau says a home loan aimed at Maori is prescriptive, conservative and dictatorial. The Kainga Whenua loans is a government initiative.

Problem charter school review delayed

The charter school about a week before opening in February.

The Ministry of Education says an ERO review of troubled Northland charter school Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru has been delayed - but will ultimately be released.

Maori using new diabetes service

Diabetics must monitor their blood sugar levels frequently.

The Waitemata District Health Board says a new diabetes service at an Auckland-based Maori health centre is drawing in more tangata whenua than the DHB.

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Tourism Holdings lifts profit forecast

A campervan crosses SH8 in Mount Cook (Aoraki) National Park.

Tourism Holdings is confident it has turned the corner on poor performance as its strategy for growth begins to pay off, lifting its full year net profit forecast by $1 million. (AUDIO)

Orion Health begins trading on NZX

Orion Health chief executive and majority stakeholder, Ian McCrae, rings the bell as the software company launches on the NZX this morning, with Orion chair Andrew Ferrier (right), and surrounded by the executive team.

Shares in Orion Health began trading at $6.50 on the NZX today after its $125 million float.

Dollar gains and NZ shares rise

dollar note plane

The New Zealand dollar gained nearly half a cent against the Australian dollar today, but was little changed against other major trading partners. The sharemarket rose 15 points to 5457.

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Controversial One Plan finally approved

Regional council chairman Bruce Gordon signs the plan.

The Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council has finally signed off its much debated One Plan after 10 years of consultation and legal battles with farmers and growers.

Council spending approved over rail line

rail tracks

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council has approved spending $250,000 on a business case to see if repairing and leasing the railway line between Napier and Gisborne is feasible.

Better communication urged over drones

A small drone is controlled by remote.

A precision agriculture expert is warning better communication methods are needed between farmers using drones and aircraft pilots before a collision occurs.

On The Inside

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Another rugby season is over and the All Blacks continue to dominate the game. They've lost just one game all year and will next year bid to win back-to-back Rugby World Cups.

Insight: Cyberwarfare and NZ

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Security experts say it is getting more difficult to counter cyber attacks. Insight talks to security experts, spy agencies and politicians about threats New Zealanders face. (AUDIO)

Little's first test as Labour leader

Labour Leader Andrew Little announcing Labours new caucus.(LR) Grant Robertson and Andrew Little.

Power Play with Brent Edwards - Andrew Little faced his first major test since becoming Labour Party leader in deciding who would get the plum jobs in his new line-up.