Latest Bulletin: 4 pm Monday 24 November

BREAKING NEWS - SIS report expected to heavily criticise spy agency and PM's office

Report set to criticise agency, PM's office

Waihopai spy base

A report by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security on the Security Intelligence Service is expected to heavily criticise both the spy agency and the Prime Minister's office.

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.

Smith inquiry 'must find answers'

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

The Government has announced the terms of reference for its inquiry into the escape of the paedophile and murderer Phillip Smith, who absconded overseas. (VIDEO)

Teen arrested over fatal head-on crash

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A 17-year-old Tararua man has been arrested and charged with causing a head-on crash after an inquiry wrongly found that the16-year-old who died was driving.

Morning ReportMidday Report and Checkpoint set the news agenda, and there is news every hour.

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

National News

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Accused intended to kill, says Crown

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The Crown says a man accused of killing a homeless man in a central Auckland park could not have done so much damage to his victim without knowing death could be a result.

Big changes to how drugs funded

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Government drug-buying agency Pharmac is to make major changes to the way it arrives at often hotly-debated funding decisions, after extensive consultation with the public since 2013.

Influenza big contributor to deaths

Researchers say the elderly and sick should take advantage of free vaccinations.

Influenza contributes to the death of 400 New Zealanders each year, according to researchers at the University of Otago, with elderly people the most vulnerable.

Toy shop sorry over adult costume

An adult costume on display in Toy World.

A toy shop whose adult play bunny costumes sparked a complaint from a Wellington father has blamed the mix up on its supplier delivering the wrong item.

Kim Dotcom bail hearing adjourned

Kim Dotcom leaving court.

Kim Dotcom has avoided being sent back to jail for the time being after a hearing to revoke his bail this morning was adjourned, but will still have to obey travel restrictions.

Prison guard suspected concealed drugs

Jai Davis died in prison in February 2011.

A Corrections officer has told an inquest he suspected remand prisoner Jai Davis was bringing concealed drugs into prison from phone calls he intercepted.

Regional News

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Body of missing diver recovered

Pourerere Beach

Searchers have recovered the body of a 56-year-old man who went missing yesterday while snorkelling at Pourerere Beach in Central Hawke's Bay yesterday

Police confirm body is missing man

Stephen Tracey

The Police have confirmed the identity of a body of a man found in thick bush on Mount Maunganui in Tauranga, as Stephen Tracey who went missing in September.

Whangarei murder suppression lifts

Police woman

Name suppression has ended for a second teenager who is charged with the killing of Whangarei man Michael Griffin at his home in early October.

Political News

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Annette King new Labour deputy

Labour Party leader Andrew Little (left) and new deputy Annette King.

Long-serving Labour MP Annette King is the new Labour Party deputy leader, but only for the coming year. The announcement this morning was delayed by a fire alarm.

Labour to give IS bill initial support

Labour Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer.

The Labour Party will give initial support for new anti-terror legislation, even though it considers it rushed and has reservations about some of the specifics. (AUDIO)

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.

Sport News

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Ko must take break - coach

Lydia Ko finishes runner-up at the LPGA Arkansas Championship.

Having won the biggest payday in the history of women's golf, it's crucial New Zealand's world number three Lydia Ko now takes a break from the game says her coach David Leadbetter.

Hamilton wins F1 title

British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

A tearful Lewis Hamilton joined the elite ranks of double Formula One world champions after a nerve-racking drive to victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Cronulla coach shutsdown on drugs

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen has returned to training after serving his suspension.

The Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has abruptly ended a media conference after being questioned about the National Rugby League club's 2011 drugs scandal.

World News

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Woman charged over baby in drain

The baby was found at the bottom of a 2.5 metre drain in Sydney.

A woman has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn baby boy, found in a drain in Sydney yesterday morning.The baby is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Dozens killed in Afghanistan

Afghan policemen in the capital, Kabul.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 40 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan. Officials say the bomber walked into a crowd of spectators.

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.

Pacific News

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Tonga Power strike called off

The National Shield of Tonga

Staff at Tonga Power Limited have called off a planned strike, following cabinet's decision to suspend an investigation into the company.

One woman elected in Solomons

Voters take to the streets in Solomon Islands.

The third woman ever to be elected to Parliament in Solomon Islands has won a seat in Temotu province, holding out the country's Foreign Minister, Clay Forau, by 22 votes.

PNG backs NZ and Australia role in Forum

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Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato has indicated his country is not keen to exclude Australia and New Zealand from a revised Pacific Islands Forum.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Mayor wants half council to be Māori

Andrew Judd

New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd is calling on the Government to change the law so that half of all councillors are Māori, saying the Treaty of Waitangi should be reflected.

Maori not grabbing opportunities: Sanford

Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch.

A fishing firm says its Maori partners have failed to grasp opportunities to break into the sector. Sanford's Volker Kuntzsch says tribes need to move into management development.

Ngata's grandson praises new notes

$50 banknote with Sir Apirana Ngata

The grandson of a Maori politician featured on the $50 note says the Reserve Bank is really making an effort to reflect New Zealand's bicultural heritage.

Business News

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Economy lures work-seekers to NZ

auckland airport arrivals

The number of people moving to New Zealand or staying long-term has hit an all time high for the third month in a row, as a fast-growing economy attracts people looking for work.

Kathmandu 'best-placed for online'

Promotional material for clothing and outdoor supplies company Kathmandu

Forsyth Barr analyst Chelsea Leadbetter believes Kathmandu is the best-placed of the listed retailers to benefit from the shift in retail sales online.

Business briefs

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A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters featuring Precinct Properties selling SAP Tower, Acurity Health lists profit and Ligno using distillers grains as feedstock.

Rural News

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China investment to create 50 new jobs

butcher meat hooks -

Fifty new jobs for Southland and a guaranteed supply chain into China for sheep and beef farmers have been secured in the latest in a series of Chinese investments in the NZ primary sector.

Customers flocking back to firm

bale of wool

A Christchurch carpet yarn factory is out of receivership and winning back business under new owners. The processing plant went into receivership in April with the loss of 55 jobs.

Dairy deal latest in Chinese investment

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Chinese dairy giant Yili's plan to spend a further $400 million on developments at its South Canterbury processing site has capped a flurry of investment announcements.

On The Inside

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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)

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.