Latest Bulletin: 2 pm Monday 22 December

Footie loss shame for Mexicans

A Mexican football journalist says her country is embarrassed that one of its top clubs lost to Auckland City at the Club World Cup in Morocco.

Big rescue job for small injury

Police are slamming the actions of a pair of unprepared Auckland men who sparked an expensive rescue operation over a minor injury.

Fisher & Paykel fined over warranties

Fisher & Paykel has been fined $400,000 by the Federal Court of Australia for misleading customers over extended warranties.

All Black MacDonald confronts thieves

Former All Black Leon MacDonald confronted burglars who stole 15 international rugby jerseys from his Blenheim home.

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.

National News

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Male teachers still scarce

The gender gap in the teaching profession has widened over the past 10 years, with men now accounting for only 26 percent of the school workforce.

Brewers cry foul over beersies

Brewers say their product is being unfairly targeted in a new alcohol harm campaign which suggests people steer clear of beer. (AUDIO)

Super ministry fails to impress

The State Services Commission has delivered a scathing report on the government's 'super ministry' two years after it was created.

Beach results a wake-up call

Findings that one in seven beaches are high-risk for swimming is a problem for local government to worry about, the Environment Minister says. (AUDIO)

More fallout from Smith escape

There's been more fallout within the Department of Corrections over the escape of the convicted murderer and sex offender Phillip John Smith.

Two prisoners escape in separate incidents

The police are hunting for two prisoners who are on the run after escaping from separate hospitals.

Regional News

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Building code knockback for CCC

The Christchurch City Council has got the final knockback in its plan to double the minimum earthquake-strengthening standard for old buildings.

Pair in court over Otara party killing

A man charged with murdering another man at a 21st birthday party in Otara has appeared in court in Auckland.

Drugs raids lead to arrests in Nelson

Police have made a series of arrests on drugs charges in the Nelson region, after tip-off led to a raid at a business address in Richmond.

Political News

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Some SkyCity public funding looks likely - academic

A tourism professor says it is hard to see the SkyCity convention centre going ahead without some public funding now. The cost of building the centre in Auckland has soared by $130 million. (AUDIO)

Super-ministry problems 'inevitable'

The Government's 'super ministry' was bound to suffer problems now revealed in a scathing review, a business group and the Labour Party say. (AUDIO)

Police tight-lipped about assault allegation

Police are staying tight-lipped about an allegation of assault against the MP for Northland Mike Sabin.

Sports News

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Smith back with All Blacks

Wayne Smith is to rejoin the All Blacks coaching staff for the 2015 World Cup season as a specialist defence coach and will step down from the Chiefs.

Liverpool and Arsenal draw

A stoppage-time goal from Martin Skrtel spared Liverpool another deflating defeat as they drew 2-2 at home to Arsenal in the English Premier League.

McCullum to be awarded Keys to the City

The Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum is to be awarded the 'Keys to the City' of Wellington after his historic triple centrury at the Basin Reserve earlier this year.

World News

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Driver runs down pedestrians in France

A driver shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he ploughed into a crowd in the eastern French city of Dijon, injuring 11 people, two seriously, French media say.

Hobbit takes box office honours in US

The last movie of Sir Peter Jackson's three Hobbit films has topped the American and Canadian weekend box office charts.

Obama condemns killing of police officers

The United States President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the killings of two New York City police officers shot by a man who then killed himself on Saturday. (AUDIO)

Pacific News

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Final Solomons portfolios expected today

The final two ministerial portfolios in Solomon Islands new Democratic Coalition for Change government are expected to be filled today after more than a week of uncertainty.

Nauru court ruling 'worrying' for democracy

The opposition MPs who remain suspended from Nauru's parliament say the Supreme Court's decision upholding their suspension sets a worrying precedent for democracy.

Concerns grow over Tonga drought

The Tonga Red Cross says it has growing concerns for food security and a lack of drinking water as a major drought is expected to continue for the next two months.

Te Manu Korihi

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Mountain's return delights iwi leader

A far north iwi leader says he feels he has fulfilled the aspirations of kaumatua, following the purchase of their ancestral maunga.

Council hailed as leader for 'H' decision

The local Maori MP for Whanganui says the district council's decision to include the "H" in its name shows it has matured and is demonstrating leadership.

Māori veterans in plea for wider honours

A lawyer representing Māori military veterans says the Government should acknowledge all Māori who fought in battles, not just those fighting on behalf of the Crown.

Business News

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Consumer confidence eases

The latest survey has found consumer confidence has eased again. The Westpac-McDermott Miller quarterly Consumer Confidence Index fell 2 points to 114.8 in the December quarter.

Kathmandu's Australian performance dips

Kathmandu has warned that sales and profit margins in Australia are below last year's result, although it was doing better in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Business Briefs

A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters - DNZ Property to develop Westgate Mall, NZO&G buys Cue Energy and Kiwi Property Group buys Apex Mega Centre.

Rural News

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Agriculture targeted in safety campaign

A six year safety programme aimed at bringing down the number of deaths and serious injuries in the agriculture industry will be rolled out early next year.

Soggy West Coast farms hope to dry out

Farmers on the South Island's West Coast would like a little more warmth and a little less rain, after another dose of wet weather.

Scientists breed cattle to thrive in tropics

A livestock improvement co-operative sees South America, Asia and possibly Africa as potential markets for a new breed of heat tolerant dairy cattle.

Govt promising to measure up over surplus

Power play with Jane Patterson - While the promised government surplus is still elusive, Bill English is stubbornly clinging to the hope the books will be back in the black this year.

Insight: Breaking out of poverty

Like many New Zealanders, Sina Frost says her family is in poverty every second week. Insight asks what would make a difference for her and others. (AUDIO)

Feature: Tackling rape culture in NZ

What is rape culture? It's a question that's come into stark focus in recent court cases, as Radio New Zealand producer Zoe Ferguson and others report. (VIDEO)