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Latest Bulletin: 7 pm Monday 26 January

Aircraft fight Arthur's Pass blaze

A fire burning near Arthur's Pass is intensifying and is not expected to be under control until morning, the Department of Conservation says. (AUDIO)

Quad bikes not for kids - safety advocates

Young children should not be using quad bikes and motorcycles, safety advocates say. The comments follows the death of a six-year-old girl in Wairarapa yesterday. (AUDIO)

Elderly man plunges 60m off cliff

An 85-year old man is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after falling 60 metres down a cliff on Auckland's North Shore this afternoon. (AUDIO)

Police name drowned brothers

Police have named a man who drowned at Gisborne's Makarori Beach on Saturday as Paul Wakelin and say his brother, John, is missing presumed drowned. (AUDIO)

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National News

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Lazy, hazy days of summer

The last week of school holidays is shaping up to be hot and humid nationwide.

Seatbelt could have saved tourist - coroner

An Israeli tourist would probably have survived a car crash if she had been wearing a seatbelt, the Christchurch coroner has found.

Avalanche claims NZ climber Carol Nash

A New Zealander has been named as one of six skiers killed in an avalanche in the French Alps.

NZ internet users 'losing out'

Online access is getting more expensive and Internet New Zealand says the increases are not justifiable.

SPCA rejects ethnic group link to dog attacks

The SPCA's national headquarters is distancing itself from comments by the head of its Auckland branch linking ethnicity with a high number of dog attacks. (AUDIO)

Helen Milner's son admits drug, firearm charge

The son of the woman dubbed the "Black Widow" has pleaded guilty to possessing and selling cannabis and the unlawful possession of a firearm.

Regional News

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Authority settles with Otago lines company

The Electricity Authority has settled out-of-court with an Otago power lines company which refused to reconnect a rural customer following a storm. (AUDIO)

Flounder fishers likely to face charges

Two fishers are likely to be prosecuted after being caught with 261 flounder in Timaru; the daily limit is 30 per person.

Father drowned helping son, coroner finds

A man drowned last year after attempting to rescue his son from a swimming hole near Gisborne, a coroner has found. (AUDIO)

Political News

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Two nominated for Labour Party president

Two people have been nominated for the position of Labour Party president, the Labour Party says.

Key and Little to give State of the Nation

Prime Minister John Key and Labour Party leader Andrew Little are both giving their annual State of the Nation speeches as the political year gets underway.

National jumps six percent in polls

The National Party has surged to its highest rating since the election, sitting at 52 percent in the latest Roy Morgan poll.

Sports News

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Serena Williams battles through to quarterfinals

The top seed Serena Williams has avenged last year's French Open loss to Garbine Muguruza to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne.

Wynyard heading to Kentucky

The young New Zealand basketballer Tai Wynyard has committed his future to the University of Kentucky.

Vettori says run-outs have to stop

The veteran New Zealand spin bowler Daniel Vettori says batsmen should never be run out in a game of cricket.

World News

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Australia knights Prince Philip

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has knighted Prince Philip, saying the honour recognises his contribution to Australia. (AUDIO)

US braces for 'historic' storm

Large parts of the United States east coast are bracing for a "possibly historic" blizzard which is expected to dump as much as 1m snow and disrupt transport for millions of people.

Anti-austerity Syriza wins Greek election

Left-wing anti-austerity party Syriza has won Greece's general election, putting the country on a possible collision course with the EU. (AUDIO)

Pacific News

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Little progress in Papua shooting probe, says Amnesty

The Indonesia researcher for Amnesty International says there is little sign of progress being made in the investigation into five students who were killed by the military in West Papua.

MSG to set up commercial arm

The Foreign Ministers of the Melanesian Spearhead Group have agreed to the establishment of a commercial arm for the sub-regional body.

More security at Australia's PNG detention centre

An Australia-based refugee advocate says security has been increased at Australia's asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, as hunger strikes enter their 14th day.

Te Manu Korihi

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PM's no show saddens Maori King

A senior member of the Rātana Church says the Maori King would have been very disappointed that John Key did not attend the church's annual celebrations.

Teachers want more Te Reo support

The primary teachers' union is calling on the Government to make a stronger commitment to upskill teachers in Te Reo Rangatira, to help it reach all tamariki.

Abuse figures may mislead - expert

A Maori child poverty advocate says a drop in the number of referrals to Child Youth and Family might indicate more awareness, not a drop in actual abuse.

Business News

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Keeping tabs on the power bill

The Electricity Authority says a fundamental shift is taking place in the way consumers manage their power bills, with a steady take-up of smart energy meters.

Business Briefs

A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters: Today, a fall in sales for McDonald's, which has just signed a deal with VMob.

Glass processor's future bright - Craigs

Broking firm Craigs Investment Partners has kicked off its coverage of Metro Performance Glass with a 'buy' recommendation.

Rural News

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Who can afford the lifestyle?

The overheated housing market in Auckland has boiled over into lifestyle properties in the wider Auckland region and further afield.

Golden run for NZ shearing legend

NZ shearing legend David Fagan is on a winning streak in what might be his final season on the competition circuit.

Analyst predicts end to log price lift

There has been a further improvement in export log prices after they took a tumble last year - but it could be short-lived.

RMA changes tilt the balance

Powerplay with Brent Edwards - Two years after the Government abandoned plans to overhaul the Resource Management Act it is now set to make sweeping changes.

Knowledge gap in Auckland rail saga

In trying to understand the shifting sands of Auckland's proposed $2.5 billion City Rail Link, remember London Underground's mantra - "Mind the Gap".

Election lessons on winning Pasifika vote

The Labour and National parties say the message from the 2014 election is they need to better understand the changing Pasifika population to win their votes in future. (AUDIO)