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Latest Bulletin: 5 pm Sunday 23 November

Foreign fighter draft legislation released

John Key

The Prime Minister has released the final draft of legislation which addresses the rising threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters. The final draft contains proposals previously announced by John Key.

Call for Rennie to quit over Sutton case

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie.

Labour leader Andrew Little says State Services Commissioner Ian Rennie should step down over his mishandling of the resignation of the CERA head Roger Sutton.

Collins inquiry results due this week

Judith Collins.

The findings of an inquiry into allegations former Justice Minister Judith Collins was involved in a smear campaign are expected this week. Ms Collins resigned in September.

US to expand Afghan combat role

The US force in Afghanistan is be cut to 9,800 by the end of 2014.

United States troops in Afghanistan will be allowed to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan from 2015, US officials say, expanding their role after the end of major combat operations.

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Call for strategy on population change

Population

A group of researchers is calling on the Government to develop a strategy around the country's population change and growth to avoid problems such as regional decline.

NZ workers offer to help fight Ebola

Middlemore Hospital's clinical head of infectious diseases, Stephen McBride, dressed in personal protection gear.

The Health Minister says 34 health professionals from New Zealand want to join the International efforts to combat Ebola as part of an Australian-led mission in Sierra Leone.

Big demand for 'Do Not Knock' stickers

Door knocking

Consumer New Zealand says there has been huge demand for its 'Do Not Knock' stickers with almost 100,000 already handed out.

Smith has extra money says lawyer

File image of Phillip John Smith in custody in NZ

The lawyer for the convicted murderer, Phillip John Smith, says he understands his client has more money available to him than the $10,200 he declared when he fled New Zealand. (VIDEO)

Charge over New Zealander's murder

Campbell Paterson

A 32-year-old man charged with murdering a New Zealander and dismembering his body in North Queensland is due back in court on 17 December.

Aussie job prospects fading for expats

Construction

The chief executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce says he had seen hundreds of expat New Zealanders who are eager to return as job prospects in Australia fade.

Regional News

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Plane crash seriously injures one

ambulance

One person is seriously injured after a light plane crash in Southland this afternoon. Police say everyone on board was able to get out of the plane, thought to be a Cessna 182.

Auckland mayoral campaign fund complaint

Len Brown.

A complaint has been laid about a trust used to fund two of Auckland mayor Len Brown's election campaigns. The complainant says she laid the complaint with the council a year ago.

Two dead after Christchurch crash

Police car

Two people are dead after a car crashed into a tree in Christchurch early this morning, police said it is believed the driver lost control while speeding past another car.

Political News

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Norman's warning over Chinese trade

Russel Norman

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman warns New Zealand should not compromise its principles on human rights for trade with its biggest export market China.

Delegates 'not told to vote for Little'

New Labour Party leader Andrew Little has said the caucus will back him.

The head of the largest union affiliated to the Labour Party says delegats were not instructed to support Andrew Little in his successful bid for the party's leadership.

Harre quits as Internet Party leader

Laila Harre.

Laila Harre has announced she is quitting as the Internet Party leader and will step down next month. She has revealed she tried to stop Kim Dotcom from forming the Internet Party.

Sport News

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Retallick named player of the year

All Blacks

The All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick has been named the World Rugby Player of the Year by an independent panel, the fourth player from New Zealand to win the prestigious...

All Blacks end tour unbeaten

All Blacks' Richie McCaw with the trophy for winning the match. All Blacks vs Wales. 2014.

Five second half tries have helped the All Blacks to a 34-16 win over Wales at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the victory marking Richie McCaw's 100th test as captain.

Push for 2nd New Zealand NRL team

The Jersey the Warriors will be wearing in Wellington.

A bid for a second New Zealand NRL rugby league team based in Wellington has been launched with the aim of entering the competition in the 2018 season.

World News

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Kenyan bus gunman 'want religious war'

Family members and relatives outside the Nairobi morgue where the bodies of the victims were taken.

A senior adviser to the Kenyan president says the slaughter of 28 people on a bus by the Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabab is intended to create a religious war in the country.

Nearly 40 injured in Japan quake

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At least 39 people have been injured in a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that has struck central Japan. TV footage showed a dozen houses have collapsed in village in Nagano prefecture.

Militants claim Kenyan bus attack

Al-Shabab recruits in Somalia where the militants are based, although they have extended their reach to Kenya in the last few years.

Gunmen from the Somali militant group al-Shabab say they have attacked a bus in northern Kenya, separating out non-Muslims and killing 28 of them.

Pacific News

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Women fare poorly in Solomons poll

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The Commonwealth Observer Group monitoring the Solomon Islands election says significant impediments remain to women successfully standing for election in the country.

Cook Islands Court allows appeal

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The Cook Islands Court of Appeal has this afternoon allowed an appeal on an election petition in the constituency of Mitiaro.

Inos seems home as CNMI Governor

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The incumbent governor in the Northern Marianas, Eloy Inos, is almost certain to win his run off election against Heinz Hofschneider.

Te Manu Korihi News

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WITT students could be reimbursed

Western Institute of Technology

A Taranaki polytechnic wants to talk to every student who enrolled in its failed Maori performing arts course so it can work out how to help them.

Maori processor signs China deal

State welcome for Chinese President Xi Jinping at Government House Wellington. Chinese President Xi Jinping

The president of China has attended an agriculture show in South Auckland at which a major deal with Maori-owned dairy processor Miraka was signed.

Few philanthropists think of Maori: study

money and kete

Few in the philanthropic sector consider Maori, a study suggests. It is estimated donations to tangata whenua in 2012 was just over 12 percent of total funding.

Business News

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Chinese dairy giant to invest in NZ

dairy farming

A major Chinese dairy company has announced plans to invest a further $400 million in New Zealand dairy projects as-well-as research work with Lincoln University.

Multimillion-dollar deals with China

Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan as they arrived at Auckland International Airport.

Millions of dollars of deals in dairying, telecommunications and food research have been announced during the Chinese President Xi Jingping's visit to New Zealand.

Ryman posts another record result

Franklin Local Board chairman Andy Baker, Ryman Healthcare managing director Simon Challies and Ryman regional construction manager David Gibson at the Valley Rd site.

Ryman Healthcare has posted another record first-half result and is forecasting its second-half will be even stronger.

Rural News

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Record prices paid for dairy farms

farm gate - sale sign

The slump in farm gate milk prices has not taken the wind out of the market for dairy farms, if the latest farm sales figures are anything to go by.

Many thefts unreported, survey reveals

Police

Federated Farmers is urging farmers to be more on the ball in reporting rural crimes to police. Almost two-thirds of stock thefts are not being reported, a survey reveals.

Growers say industry coped well with Psa

kiwifruit on vines

Kiwifruit growers say a report on the outbreak of vine-killing disease Psa-V in 2010 shows they they did a good job as an industry coping with it.

On The Inside

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No surplus a problem for National

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - Slowly but surely, the Government appears to be softening the public up to break its promise of getting its finances back into surplus this financial year.

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)

Insight: Will new labour laws pay off?

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A significant number of workers have an increasingly precarious work life and find it hard to make ends meet. Patrick O'Meara reports for Insight. (AUDIO)