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Latest Bulletin: 4 pm Sunday 26 October

Plea for TPP deal not to increase medicine prices

bottle with pills

Australian doctors want assurances the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement will not push up the price of medicines. NZ's Trade Minister Tim Groser is attending TPP talks in Sydney.

Unis told to target international income

Steven Joyce  during a press conference regarding Novopay next steps.

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says New Zealand's universities must keep targeting international students to increase their income.

Insight: Labour's search for X factor

Labour leader David Cunliffe speaking to party supporters at its 2014 election campaign launch in Auckland.

After a poor showing at this year's election and the leadership up for grabs, Labour is desperate to turn its fortunes around. Insight talks to voters about what's gone wrong. (AUDIO)

Investigation into Auckland mosque fire

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Police and the Fire Service continue to investigate the cause of a fire at the Avondale Islamic Centre in West Auckland after a call-out at about 2.45am.

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New toxic algae test for shellfish

Sample of algae found in Otago in 2013

Shellfish growers could soon be able to use cheap technology, similar to a home pregnancy test, to determine whether algal toxins are reaching dangerous levels.

Holiday road toll 'two deaths too many'

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Police say they are disappointed the Labour Weekend road toll is already at two deaths and are calling on motorists to reduce speed and drive to the conditions.

Ebola's impact on economy 'negligible'

Fonterra chairman John Wilson, left, and chief executive Theo Spierings.

Export New Zealand says this country's economy is unlikely to suffer because of Ebola, despite Fonterra's estimate that it could lose $150 million in sales in West Africa.

NZ Kurds protest against Islamic State

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Around 200 members of New Zealand's Kurdish community have rallied in downtown Auckland, demanding more support for those fighting against Islamic State.

Crash pushes holiday road toll to two

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The holiday weekend road toll stands at two after a crash involving a car and a truck in Waikato. The accident happened on State Highway One south of Lichfield.

Ladi6 up for challenge of 'dream' career

Ladi6

Karoline Tamati, otherwise known as Ladi6, might be able to pack out venues here, but she admits winning crowds over on her recent US tour was a challenge. (VIDEO)

Regional News

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Tauranga Port to seek dredging tenders

The Port of Tauranga

Port of Tauranga is about to call for tenders for one of its most expensive projects, the dredging of the harbour to allow for more traffic. Resource consents were granted last year for the work.

Auckland runaway found 'safe and well'

Emillierose Ah Kuoi

Police say an 11-year-old girl who ran away from her home in Beach Haven on Auckland's North Shore last night has been found "safe and well".

Council reviews CEO after court loss

Whangarei District Council chief executive Mark Simpson (in white shirt) at a council meeting.

The Whangarei District Council is reviewing the performance of its chief executive, Mark Simpson, after a loss in the employment court.

Political News

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Trial period doesn't create jobs - Labour

Andrew Little

The Labour Party says New Zealand's 90-day-trial period is not creating jobs but has become a device to get rid of staff when the time is up.

High public interest in diplomat - MP

Muhammad Rizalman.

Green Party MP Jan Logie says it is natural public interest is high in the case of the former Malaysian defence attache accused of attacking a Wellington woman.

Call for 'transparency' at Maori TV

Peeni Henare.

The Labour MP for Tamaki Makaurau, Peeni Henare, says suggestions Maori TV could move to Rotorua are bizarre, and has called for more transparency from the organisation.

Sport News

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Kiwis crush Kangaroos in Brisbane

Martin Taupau celebrates New Zealand's victory over Australia.

The New Zealand rugby league team have opened their Four Nations campaign with an emphatic 30-12 win over defending champions Australia in Brisbane.

Taranaki claim first national title

Taranaki celebrate winning the ITM Cup Premiership Final.

Taranaki have claimed their maiden national provincial rugby title after beating Tasman 36-32 in a thrilling Premiership final at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth.

Samoa lament narrow defeat

Samoa's Frank Pritchard is tackled by Sam Tomkins

No fourth nation in the history of the Four Nations has come within cooee of victory, but a highly competitive Samoa could only lament a massive opportunity lost.

World News

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Egypt 'fighting a war of existence'

Coffins are carried in the funeral for 30 solders killed in the latest outbreak of violence in the Sinai Peninsula.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has described Egypt as locked in a battle with jihadists for its existence after the deaths of 31 soldiers yesterday in Sinai.

Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies

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The bassist from the 1960s band Cream, Jack Bruce has died aged 71. Cream is now considered one of the most important bands in rock history and sold 35 million albums in just over two years.

Chile's education reform sparks protest

Thousands of Chilean students and parents protest the country's new education system in Santiago.

Tens of thousands of parents in Chile have marched in Santiago against a planned education bill which would phase out taxpayer-subsidised schools.

Pacific News

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Torture in Australian asylum camps - lawyer

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A human rights lawyer says the Australian Government's detention of children in asylum seeker camps is tantamount to torture.

More Tongan women to contest poll

Parliament buildings in Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Sixteen women are to contest next month's elections in Tonga, up from 11 last time, but women leaders had hoped there might be more following a recent mock parliament.

Pacific maritime operation nabs 12 vessels

Operation Kurukuru 2014.

FFA maritime surveillance sweep of Pacific fishing waters has netted a record 12 vessels in potential breach of their fishing licences.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Funder supports TVNZ outsourcing

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Te Mangai Paho says it believes Television New Zealand's decision to outsource its Maori programmes will give the agency more control over what content is produced.

Urban Maori attracted to work on whenua

maori man with fence post

A Massey University senior lecturer says most rangatahi Maori wanting to take up agricultural courses are from the cities.

Book chronicles Bay of Island's history

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A Bay of Islands hapu says a new book documenting the early years of settlement in the region is a welcome addition to a lack of written history about the rohe.

Business News

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IS threat forces Burger Fuel pullout

BurgerFuel has 26 stores throughout the Middle East - including several in Saudi Arabia (pictured).

The threat posed by Islamic State militants has forced Auckland-based franchise Burger Fuel to pull out of its only store in Iraq and plans to open others have been put on hold. (AUDIO)

Qantas out of the red and 'making money'

Qantas plane tail.

Qantas investors have welcomed news that the airline is once again profitable. It comes less than two months after the Australian airline made a record loss of $A2.8 billion.

Dairy prices drive $1b deficit

fonterra  milk powder packaging plant

The slump in global dairy prices is having a big impact on New Zealand's overseas trade position, and was the major driver of the $1 billion deficit recorded in September.

Rural News

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Groups accused of vicious campaign

kiwifruit vines

A spokesperson for the group of kiwifruit growers looking to sue the Government says they have been subjected to a vicious campaign by Zespri and groups aligned with the marketer.

Fonterra may expand Canterbury site

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Fonterra is considering expanding its milk processing site at Studholme in South Canterbury to keep up with the increasing milk flow from the region's dairy farms.

Wool processing plant rescued

bale of wool

A wool processing plant has been rescued out of receivership. Christchurch Yarns has been been bought by a new company set up for the purpose.

On The Inside

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Terrorism a threat - but lest we forget

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - The Prime Minister is adamant New Zealand won't be sending troops to Iraq to help fight against Islamic State insurgents. Well, he was in June.

Call to tackle culturally justified crimes

Malalai Sadat, a young Afghani woman and Youth Advocate at Shakti Womens Refuge, Auckland

There are demands coming from those working with ethnic communities in NZ for more specific legislation to help counter culturally justified crimes. Insight looks at what is needed. (AUDIO)

Decision due on Pike River re-entry

Flames emerge from a ventilation shaft at Pike River Coal Mine after the explosions in November 2010.

Ahead of Solid Energy's decision this month on re-entry to the Pike River Coal Mine main tunnel, Gay Cavill considers what is proposed and the hurdles that remain. (VIDEO)