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Latest Bulletin: 10 am Wednesday 26 November

Phil Rudd turns up late to Tauranga court

Phil Rudd at the High Court in Tauranga on 26 November.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd arrived late at the High Court in Tauranga this morning prompting the judge to briefly issue an arrest warrant. He is facing charges of drug possession and threatening to kill.

Family's lawyers slam jury decision

Michael Brown's mother Leslie McSpadden (L) and other protesters react after hearing the grand jury decision.

Lawyers for the family of US teen Michael Brown have criticised the decision not to indict the police officer who killed him. The decision sparked more rioting in Ferguson. (AUDIO)

Smith may fight deportation - lawyer

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

Convicted murderer and child sex offender Phillip Smith has indicated he intends to fight deportation from Brazil to New Zealand. (VIDEO)

PM under fire over 'grubby' dealings

Prime Minister John Key

Prime Minister John Key says he will not be apologising or quitting in the wake of a critical report on the activities of his senior staff. (AUDIO)

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SIS boss adamant more powers needed

Rebecca Kitteridge

The director of the Security Intelligence Service says the organisation has prevented terror attacks in New Zealand, but needs greater powers to continue to keep the country safe. (VIDEO)

CAA to tighten use of drones

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The Civil Aviation Authority is tightening safety rules for the use of drones - but has no powers to protect people's privacy. International rules come into force in 2018. (VIDEO)

Smith reforms 'moral panic gone crazy'

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Prison reform advocates say recommendations from a review into the escape of Phillip John Smith are a massive overreaction, with one saying they amount to moral panic. (AUDIO)

Big increase for low-decile school rolls

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The Government says the number of students in low-decile schools will rise by 8000 next year - the first significant increase in more than a decade and the biggest in nearly 20 years.

Pippa outed as WW2 spy heroine

Britain's Red Arrows perform during D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth, southern England.

A 93-year-old Auckland resthome resident was today recognised for her work as a French spy during World War 2. Phyllis "Pippa" Doyle's missions included the D-Day landings.

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Drivers are risking close shaves as they make-up lost time in the car, an AA Insurance survey shows. Texting and reading are the top driver distractions, followed by personal grooming.

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Community upset at another liquor shop

Wine shop site, at right, in Clendon

South Auckland residents worried at the impact of another liquor store on their community say they are being ignored and a law change meant to help them is failing.

Drug tester speaks at prisoner inquest

James Neill, a former Otago prison drug tester, has appeared at the inquest for Jai Davis

A former Otago prison drug tester has told an inquest into the death of a prisoner that he had a dispute with nurses about procedures.

Police ute may have had role - witness

The scene of the Yaldhurst Road crash.

An eye-witness to a Christchurch police chase says a police ute may have played a part in pushing the alleged offender's vehicle into the path of a Honda carrying three elderly people.

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Report slams SIS over info release

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn.

The SIS released inaccurate and misleading information on former Labour Party leader Phil Goff but there is no evidence it was playing politics, an inquiry by the Inspector-General has found. (VIDEO)

John Key refuses to accept Slater link

John Key at the APEC summit in Beijing.

Prime Minister John Key is refusing to accept there was a link between his office and right-wing blogger Cameron Slater, despite the SIS watchdog finding his official passed on information. (VIDEO)

PM's call on Cabinet return - Collins

Judith Collins

It is up to Prime Minister John Key whether former Justice Minister Judith Collins returns to Cabinet after being cleared of wrong-doing, the Papakura MP says. (AUDIO)

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Hughes in intensive care after surgery

Phil Hughes

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes is in critical condition after undergoing emergency surgery for a severe head injury suffered when he was hit in the back of the head by a ball.

Vettori to become Black Caps most capped

Daniel Vettori attempts to take a catch. New Zealand Black Caps and South Africa, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. 2014.

The veteran spinner Daniel Vettori will tonight become New Zealand's most capped test cricketer after being selected to play in the third and final test against Pakistan in Sharjah.

Football Ferns held to draw

Amber Hearn

The New Zealand women's football team has drawn 1-all with world number nine Norway in an international friendly match in Stavanger.

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Search for cruise passenger called off

The Sun Princess

The search for an elderly man who fell from a cruise ship sailing from New Zealand to Sydney has been called off. The man's fall was caught on the ship's CCTV. (AUDIO)

Protests erupt after St Louis decision

Firefighters try to extinguish a burning restaurant, set alight by protestors angered by the decision not to charge the police officer who shot Michael Brown.

There has been a violent response to a decision by a grand jury in the US state of Missouri not to bring charges against a white policeman who shot dead a black teenager. (AUDIO)

Swiss museum accepts Nazi art trove

Christoph Schaeublin of the Bern Art Museum.

Switzerland's Bern Art Museum has agreed to accept artworks from a billion-dollar collection which includes masterpieces looted from their Jewish owners by the Nazis.

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Not enough support for children with disabilities in Samoa

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Samoa's first disabled Lawyer to be admitted to the bar says local NGO's are doing more to support children with disabilities than the government.

Solomons commended for peaceful elections

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The Regional Assistance Mission is congratulating the Solomon Islands people, the Electoral Commission and the Police for conducting what it says were fair, free and peaceful elections.

Cannery to overcome wage hikes in American Samoa

American Samoa Vatia Village

The owner of the StarKist Samoa cannery in Pago Pago is confident the company will overcome any challenge related to federally mandated wage hikes in American Samoa.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Tribal fish plan 'somewhere in between'

Sanford's Timaru processing facility

An iwi group leasing its catch quota to a fishing company is agreeing with a call for Maori to step up and seize opportunities in the industry.

Call for Maori history to be compulsory

 Atholl Anderson

A leading scholar in Maori history believes the subject should be a compulsory part of the school curriculum. Atholl Anderson says a Maori perspective is needed.

First District Court hearing at marae

120514. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Coat of arms. Court

The first District Court hearing at a Northland marae held last week is being described as progressive and significant.

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Methven first half profit rises 3.4%

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Methven's first-half net profit rose 3.4 percent over the year earlier, which it says is satisfactory after earlier overstocking by key customers. (AUDIO)

Inflation expectations fall

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Expectations of where inflation will be in the next couple of years have fallen, with businesses predicting it will be 2.06 percent, according to the Reserve Bank's latest quarterly poll.

Eroad posts first-half loss, but profit up

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Eroad has posted a $1.9 million first-half loss and said it is on track to meet its prospectus forecast for an annual loss of $1 million, it said annualised recurring revenue reached $16 million, up 72 percent.

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50,000 more needed in primary sector

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

The Government is challenging the primary sector to devise ways of averting a skills shortage, saying 50,000 more workers are needed to meet its export target by 2025.

Govt to discuss dam funding with council

Water users on the Waimea Plains say a dam is essential to secure the region's future.

The debate on who will pay for a dam through the Lee Valley in the Tasman district is stepping up a gear today as the Government enters into discussions with the local council.

Oceania dairy plant opens

Oceania plant in South Canterbury

New Zealand's newest dairy processing plant, already marked for rapid expansion in the next few years, has been officially opened in South Canterbury.

On The Inside

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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.

CORRESPONDENT - Barry Guy

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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)