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Latest Bulletin: 12 am Sunday 2 November

Key reveals terrorist response speech date

John Key in Albany

Prime Minister, John Key, will give his much awaited speech on New Zealand's response to the threat of foreign terrorist fighters on Wednesday.

Teen charged over Luke Tipene's death

Luke Tipene

A teenager has been arrested and charged with the murder of young star rugby league player - Luke Tipene - in the Auckland suburb Grey Lynn last night, police say.

All Black stars make USA comeback

Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams, 2010.

The return of code-hopping centre Sonny Bill Williams and injured flyhalf Dan Carter will be centre-stage when New Zealand play the United States in Chicago on Sunday.

Healthcare prepare to treat Ebola

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

Hundreds of frontline primary and community healthcare workers in the Auckland region have been preparing to identify and treat suspected cases of Ebola.

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.

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Lorde thrills crowd at Wellington show

Lorde performing on the TSB Arena, Wellington

Review - The excitement was palpable at Lorde's sold out crowd at the TSB Arena in Wellington last night, where she showed her talent has been refined on the world stage.

NZ troops march to honour WW1 bond

Army in Albany

New Zealand troops are taking part in a march through the Western Australian port town of Albany this afternoon as part of First World War commemorations.

Consent discussion needed - specialists

Acting Deputy Commissioner Grant Nicholls,Detective Inspector Karyn Malthus and Detective Superintendent Andy Lovelock at a media conference yesterday.

Mental health specialists say a nation-wide discussion on sexual consent is needed, in the wake of a police investigation not resulting in charges for teenagers involved in a sex-ring.

Disappointment at failed Ross Sea bid

New Zealand is to try for a fourth time to get Antarctica's Ross Sea turned into the world's largest marine reserve.

Groups fighting for the Ross Sea and East Antarctic coastal region to be a marine protected area say it is tremendously disappointing that their bid has failed for a fourth time.

Weather warning for next two days

The weather changes from a northerly to a southerly in Wellington.

MetService has issued a severe weather warning ahead of a front that was expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to the South Island's west coast, and the lower North Island.

Forestry review will help - Worksafe NZ

The study has identified the potential to turn forestry waste into biofuels.

New Zealand's workplace health and safety regulator, Worksafe, says proposed changes to how the forestry industry operates will make a difference.

Regional News

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Canterbury quake payouts hit $13b

Christchurch earthquake

Insurance payouts for the Canterbury earthquakes have hit the $13 billion mark, with over half of all private claims settled, the Insurance Council says.

Polish refugees commemorate arrival

The Polish Community in Wellington is marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of New Zealand’s first Polish refugees.

Commemorations are being held to mark 70 years since 733 Polish refugee children arrived in New Zealand from war-torn Poland. The children arrived on 1 November 1944. (AUDIO)

Two men injured in microlight crash

ambulance

Two men aged 61 and 63 are in a serious but stable condition in Middlemore Hospital after their plane crashed near Pukekohe this afternoon. Both were thought to be experienced pilots.

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Housing NZ 'will stay dominant provider'

Paula Bennett

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says Housing New Zealand will remain as the dominant provider of social housing for those who need it, despite the sale of state houses.

Fox confirmed as Maori Party co-leader

Marama Fox (L) and Tariana Turia ahead of the Maori Party co-leader election

Maori Party list MP Marama Fox has been confirmed as the party's new female co-leader following the retirement of Tariana Turia, at their AGM today.

Maori Party's difficult balancing act

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Power Play with Chris Bramwell - If the National Party had got its way three elections ago, then this year the Maori seats would have been abolished.

Sport News

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Kiwis edge impressive Samoa

Shaun Johnson of New Zealand makes a break against Josh McGuire of Samoa.

The New Zealand rugby league team have come from behind to narrowly beat Samoa 14-12 in their Four Nations clash at Whangarei.

Silver Ferns snap losing streak

New Zealand's Katrina Grant celebrates their win over England.

The Silver Ferns ended their season with a 52-38 win in the second test against England in Palmerston North, snapping their six game losing streak in the process.

Paris semi-finalists found

Novak Djokovic

Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic upset world No.2 Roger Federer to make the Paris Masters semi-finals and stay alive in the race to reach the World Tour Finals.

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Investigation after Virgin Galactic crash

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has crashed during a test flight over California.

Investigators say there is a massive search site after a Virgin Galactic spaceship making a test flight in California crashed, killing one pilot and badly injuring the other.

Division over who rules Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

A split has emerged within Burkina Faso's armed forces over who is leading the country following the resignation of President Blaise Campaore after 27 years in power.

Mystery drones fly over nuclear plants

This photo taken on August 31, 2006, shows a nuclear power plant in Cattenom, eastern France.

French police say a further two unidentified drones have been spotted flying over the country's nuclear plants, bringing the total to nine this month.

Pacific News

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Tahiti's Fritch calls for stop to rumours

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The French Polynesian president says he is rejecting rumours that his government is to face a no-confidence motion from within the ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party.

Nauru government condemns attacks on young refugees

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The Nauru government has condemned a recent attack on young refugees, saying it will not tolerate any such violence.

Australia aids Fiji business development

Hydrographic survey training underway in Fiji

Australia says it will give Fiji just under eight million US dollars to support job creation and local business in Fiji.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Forestry contractors welcome review

Forest Industry Contractors Association president and managing director of Kajavala Forestry, Jacob Kajavala.

The Forest Industry Contractors Association is welcoming the recommendations of a major review into safety and workplace practices in the industry.

Bid to keep Goldie paintings in NZ

Goldie's painting 'Thoughts of a Tohunga, Wharekauri Tahuna' which sold this week at auction for $416,000.

An auction house that sells many paintings by reknowned artist Charles F Goldie says they could be banned from leaving the country in the next few years.

1970s Maori film to screen in Napier

A still from the 1970s film To Love a Maori.

A rarely screened 1970s film by New Zealand's first Māori filmmaker will be revived on the big screen in Hawke's Bay this Sunday.

Business News

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ANZ optimistic after $1.7bn profit

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New Zealand's largest bank, ANZ, is expecting the economic environment to be favourable for it over the next year.

ANZ Bank profit soars to $1.7bn

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New Zealand's largest bank, ANZ, has lifted its annual net profit 25 percent, crediting an increased market share, productivity and credit quality.

NZ shares rose on Friday

The NZX building on Wellington's waterfront.

New Zealand shares rose again today, with the benchmark Top 50 Index hitting a fresh record of 5388 for the sixth trading day in a row.

Rural News

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Weather causes potato harvest headache

Potato fields in Pukekohe.

The early season potato crop is now being harvested around the country as planting of the the main crop, to be harvested next year, begins in earnest.

New animal welfare code for rodeos

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The Government has beefed up rules covering the treatment of animals at rodeos, including banning the use of sheep and fireworks.

Growers worried about Watties closure

Asparagus

Asparagus growers are worried about the impact that closing a major canning facility will have on their industry.

On The Inside

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Maori Party's difficult balancing act

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Power Play with Chris Bramwell - If the National Party had got its way three elections ago, then this year the Maori seats would have been abolished.

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)

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)