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Latest Bulletin: 3 pm Thursday 5 March

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Govt speeds up road safety work

The Government is fast-tracking work to make South Island roads safer following recent crashes involving overseas visitors.

Dog heard 'nutting off' before deaths

A dog was heard "nutting off" near the Lundy family home the night Christine and Amber Lundy were bludgeoned to death, the High Court has been told.

Blessie Gotingco murder trial delayed

The trial of the man accused of murdering Auckland woman Blessie Gotingco has been delayed until late April.

Uni: Protest disrupts PM's stand-up

Prime Minister John Key has been taken away in a service elevator before a scheduled news conference because of protesters, Auckland University says.

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Call for inquiry after port injuries

The Maritime Union is renewing calls for a national inquiry into port safety after two workers at the Port of Timaru were injured yesterday.

Offer of support for Teina Pora

The Corrections Department will still offer Teina Pora support for his reintegration into the community, even though he is no longer on parole.

MP's mother convicted of benefit fraud

The mother of Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni has been convicted of illegally receiving benefits totalling about $34,000.

Tougher air quality testing urged

An independent report has recommended the Government toughen up air quality testing so the health effects of pollution can be accurately known.

Maori and Pasifika UE pass rate hard hit

New figures show Maori and Pasifika school-leavers have been hardest hit by the drop in the University Entrance pass rate.

Thousands of Kiwis born overseas go for citizenship

The Department of Internal Affairs says it is dealing with record numbers of New Zealanders born overseas registering their citizenship by descent.

Regional News

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Tourist sentenced after wrong-side crash

A French tourist has been sentenced on dangerous driving charges after driving on the wrong side of the road and crashing, seriously injuring two women.

High speed driver stopped

Marlborough police have stopped a man driving at 171 kilometres an hour.

Northland fire crews continue to battle blaze

Northland fire crews and helicopters are still fighting a fire that's destroyed more than 200 hectares of pine forest south of Dargaville since it started on Monday night.

Political News

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NZ spying on Pacific 'growing'

Questions are being raised about the legality of what journalist Nicky Hager says is mass surveillance by New Zealand in the Pacific region. (AUDIO)

New contender for Green Party top job

Gareth Hughes has joined Kevin Hague in the contest to replace Russel Norman as co-leader of the Green Party.

Winston Peters launches Northland campaign

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says there is no place for backroom dealing in the by-election for the Northland electorate. (AUDIO)

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Phoenix land Merrick for three more years

The Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick has signed a new three-year contract with the A-League football club, while his assistant Chris Greenacre has also signed on again.

Clarke says someone could score 300

In the wake of Australia's Cricket World Cup record total, captain Michael Clarke believes a batsman could soon score 300 in a one-day international.

Scotland makem their highest World Cup score

Scotland have put a score of 318 for eight on Bangladesh in their Cricket World Cup match in Nelson - the Scots' highest Cup score.

World News

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Prisoner swap offer for Bali Nine duo

It is understood a bid to save two Australians on death row in Indonesia through a prisoner swap has failed.

US Ambassador attacked in South Korea

US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert has been injured in an attack in Seoul, officials and media say.

Fossil find gives evolution clue

Scientists have unearthed the jawbone of what they claim is one of the very first humans.

Pacific News

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Samoa PM says surveillance 'waste of time' in Pacific

The Prime Minister of Samoa says he doesn't know why a country would waste its resources intercepting every phone call and email from a small Pacific island.

NZ's Pacific spying creates unfair advantage in regional talks

A New Zealand journalist, Nicky Hager, says New Zealand's spying on small Pacific Island countries creates a gross disadvantage for small countries when it comes to regional negotiations.

Nauru police confirm 183 refugees arrested

The Nauru government now says 183 refugees have been arrested and are being held at the country's correctional centre after protests on Wednesday.

Cricket World Cup 2015 News

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Scotland makem their highest World Cup score

Scotland have put a score of 318 for eight on Bangladesh in their Cricket World Cup match in Nelson - the Scots' highest Cup score.

Kohli unleashes expletive-laden outburst

An expletive-laden outburst by star India batsman Virat Kohli has soured the lead-up to the World Cup holders' next match against the West Indies in Perth.

England deny being paralysed by fear

The England fast bowler Stuart Broad is dismissing suggestions by former captain Michael Vaughan that the team have played with fear in their dismal Cricket World Cup campaign.

Te Manu Korihi

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Ruapehu iwi builds links with river hapu

Ruapehu iwi Ngāti Uenuku says following its inclusion in the Whanganui River Deed of Settlement, it now has a better relationship with its kinfolk.

Iwi-owned fishery reports profit

A business owned by the King Country iwi Ngati Maniapoto has made yet another profit, making almost three-quarters of a million dollars last year.

Kapa haka host team feeling pressure

A Canterbury team performing at national Māori cultural festival Te Matatini says they are under extra pressure to perform, but remain confident.

Business News

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NZ dollar breaks records

The New Zealand dollar is having a record-breaking day, reaching new highs against the euro and Australian dollar.

Briscoe Group lifts profit

Briscoe Group has lifted its annual net profit by more than 17 percent to a record, beating its own forecast, as sales rose and profit margins expanded.

Business Briefs

A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters - Airline passenger demand up, Eurozone retail sales jump, Australia's economy rises in December quarter

Rural News

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Rural contractors want immigration changes

Rural contractors are having another go at getting the government to change immigration rules to give overseas workers easier access to jobs in the industry.

Delay in Ruataniwha dam deadline

The company behind Hawkes Bay's Ruataniwha dam and irrigation project is having to delay the deadline for deciding whether it's financially viable.

Golden Shears begins today

All eyes will be on shearing legend David Fagan at the Golden Shears, as he attempts to win the open competition for the final time.

Partnership or separatism?

Is the formation of race-based wards an example of how to work together with Maori, or does it drive a wedge? Insight investigates. (AUDIO)

Questions remain over Iraq deployment

Powerplay with Jane Patterson - Why is New Zealand responding to atrocities in Iraq, when several other countries are practising human rights abuses?

New UN rep quizzed by MPs

Just two months after joining the UN Security Council, diplomats say New Zealand is fully engaged in the council's debate on the world's most intractable issues.