Latest Bulletin: 10 am Tuesday 21 October

Uni fees a fair amount says Minister

uni of otago clock tower

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce, says students are paying a fair amount for their university fees, but the Union of Students Associations say they are close to the limit. (AUDIO)

Police return to site of remains today

Juwairiyah Kalim - known as Jojo  (left)  and a photo of her and her mother Mubarak Yusef.

Police in Auckland will return today to a North Shore site where the remains of a mother and daughter killed seven years ago were discovered on the weekend. (AUDIO)

Buyers pushed beyond city fringe

central auckland

The head of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand says first home buyers priced out of less-fashionable Auckland suburbs could be pushed even further into the city's outskirts. (AUDIO)

New Zealanders 'in the dark over TPP'

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman speaks to media after the official election results.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says New Zealanders are being kept in the dark about key aspects of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. (AUDIO)

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Restored notebook goes home

Self portrait of surgeon George Murray Levick's cubicle in his hut at Cape Adare.

A photographer's notebook left behind a century ago at Captain Scott's last expedition base has been discovered and conserved by New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust. (AUDIO)

Cricket amnesty domestic players only


New Zealand Cricket says if it follows Australia's lead of a corruption amnesty, this will only apply to domestic players, not international players who are covered by the ICC.

People use tech to avoid adverts

TV aerials

People are using new technology to avoid commercials on television, radio, and online, according to a new survey.

Father of cold case victim hired private eye

Juwairiyah Kalim - known as Jojo  (left)  and a photo of her and her mother Mubarak Yusef.

The father of a child missing for seven years and who murder charges have now been laid over had hired a private investigator to find her but did not contact police, an officer says. (AUDIO)

Electrical campaign sparks up

Power point

An online campaign to make sure New Zealanders do not get their wires crossed when conducting electrical work in the home has been launched today.

Lifejacket rules to be reviewed

Maritime New Zealand is calling for a national law over the wearing of lifejackets.

The Transport Ministry is to provide advice to its minister on rules over the use of lifejackets. Maritime NZ says a national law would clean up inconsistencies between regions.

Regional News

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Better service for West Auckland

speeding bus in auckland

A new-look public transport network for West Auckland has been unveiled, offering simpler routes and more services, but will not be introduced for another two years.

Nitrate level limit 'not strict enough'

drinking water

The Canterbury Medical Officer of Health says a proposed new limit on nitrate leaching from farms in the Selwyn District is not strict enough, and could jeopardise the region's drinking water. (AUDIO)

Canterbury economy picked to slow

Canterbury's economy is strong, but growth is slowing down as the rebuild peaks.

Economic development group, the Canterbury Development Corporation, says Canterbury's economy is strong, but growth is slowing down as the rebuild boom peaks.

Political News

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Governor General to outline Govt plan

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae

Governor-General - Lieutenant-General Sir Jerry Mateparae - will outline the Government's plan for the next three years at the State Opening of Parliament this morning.

Shane Jones appointed ambassador

Shane Jones.

New Zealand's High Commissioner-designate to Nauru, former Labour MP Shane Jones, has today presented his credentials to President Baron Waqa.

Speaker named as Parliament sworn in

Parliament opening

MPs were officially sworn in at Parliament today and a Speaker of the House was also elected at today's ceremony marks the first meeting of the 51st Parliament. (AUDIO)

Sport News

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McCullum wants to build depth

Brendon McCullum - NZ Cricket Captain

The New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum says they need to build some depth this summer ahead of the World Cup and they start their preparations against South Africa.

Carter comeback confirmed

All Black first five Dan Carter

The first five-eighth, Daniel Carter, has been named in the All Blacks squad for their upcoming tour to the United States and Britain at the expense of Saturday's hero Colin Slade.

Navratilova critical of ITF

Serena Williams embraces the trophy.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has criticised the "silence" of the International Tennis Federation after comments from one of its members about the Williams sisters. Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev...

World News

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September world's hottest since 1880

Last month was the world's hottest September since record-keeping began in 1880.

Last month was the world's hottest September since record-keeping began in 1880 the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says.

Royal baby's due date confirmed

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George.

Kensington Palace says the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child in April next year, confirming the due date after the pregnancy was announced in September.

Turkey to aid Iraqi Kurd fighters

Smoke and flames rise following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane, seen from southeastern Turkey.

The Turkish foreign minister has said his country will allow Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to cross into Syria to help Kurds in their fight for Kobane against Islamic State.

Pacific News

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PNG refugee policy thrown out

One of the first group of asylum seekers at the Manus Island centre in August 2013.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says his government is going back to the drawing board on its policy for resettling refugees from Australia's Manus Island detention centre.

Fiji MP warns MIDA credibility at stake

The National Federation Party MP Tupou Draunidalo.

The President of the National Federation Party, Tupou Draunidalo, has warned that the credibility of the country's media authority is at stake.

Appeal in Tonga's Fungavaka case

A former police inspector in Tonga who was jailed for his part in the maslaughter of New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka in 2012 is appealing his conviction and sentence.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Fox to continue pressure over oath

Marama Fox.

Maori Party MP Marama Fox says she will continue to put pressure on the Government to include the Treaty of Waitangi when taking an oath at Parliament.

Te Reo hui not just for academics

te reo sign

A senior lecturer at Waikato University is welcoming anyone working with Te Reo to participate in a national hui about keeping the Maori language alive.

Finalists named for book awards

Te Papa at dusk

The finalists for the Aotearoa Maori book awards have been announced and include a majority of books on Maori development. The awards will be given out at Te Papa next month.

Business News

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AMP expects inflation will arrive eventually

AMP Capital sign

Even though inflation has been unexpectedly much more benign, the chief economist at one of New Zealand's major fund managers expects that price pressures will build. (AUDIO)

Loan links interest rate to milk payout

fonterra  milk powder packaging plant

A new up to $100 million fund plans to lend to dairy farmers at interest rates based on the milk payout. NZ Dairy Farming Trusts hopes to start lending in June next year.

The Warehouse launches Torpedo7

Aaron Greene Torpedo 7 COO (front) with store team members and management.

The Warehouse is taking its online adventure sports retailing business into bricks-and-mortar, opening two new stores and re-branding seven existing stores, as Torpedo7.

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Dairy NZ to begin detailed swede survey

cattle grazing

The national dairy organisation will be starting a detailed survey of Southland farmers soon to try to get to the bottom of swede poisoning in the region.

Be upfront about work conditions: expert

farmer and employee

An employment relations specialist has emphasised the importance of farmers being upfront with potential employees about working conditions on their farms.

Anti-GE group supports call for review

wheat crop

The national farming lobby group's call for a rethink on genetic engineering in New Zealand has been echoed by an unlikely ally - but with the opposite outcome in mind.

On The Inside

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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)

Government prioritising child poverty

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - Prime Minister John Key has made dealing with child poverty a priority for his third term government.