Latest Bulletin: 1 am Monday 21 April

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Families protest over ferry rescue operation

Relatives of missing passengers struggle with police officers while trying to protest the government's rescue operation.

Families of passengers on a sunken South Korean ferry have protested angrily over the rescue operation.

Disabled care pay policy 'unworkable'

Yellow wheelchair symbol in parking space.

A caregivers umbrella group says a policy to pay carers of disabled family members is unworkable and its implementation is an unmitigated disaster.

Easter work pressure expected by union

Retail employee.

The FIRST Union says shop assistants will be pressured by employers to work at Easter if the Easter holidays are done away with.

Fruit fly restrictions lifted

The Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni).

Restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables in Whangarei have been lifted as no more Queensland fruit flies have been found. A single fly was found in a trap in Parihaka on 1 April.

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Land slip at gold mine

Macraes gold mine in 2010.

A land slip on Saturday shut down production at Macraes gold mine in Otago. No one was hurt. There was a similar incident a year ago.

Nigella Lawson allowed to enter NZ

Nigella Lawson arriving at Isleworth Crown Court to give evidence in December last year.

British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has been given a work visa to come to New Zealand, even though she has been refused entry to the United States because of drug-taking.

Prisoners cooking for canteen backed

The Criminal Bar Association says the idea of women prisoners cooking for staff at the Auckland District Court should be encouraged.

Marine protection education needed

diver in a kelp forest

The Environmental Defence Society wants more education on marine protection to be included in the school curriculum. Fisheries reporter Alison Hossain looks at the issue for Insight.

Expedition devastated by Everest deaths

The rescue of a Sherpa after the Everest avalanche on Friday.

The New Zealand leader of an expedition on Mt Everest which lost three of its Sherpas in an avalanche on Friday, says the deaths are devastating. Up to 16 Nepalese guides perished.

Homeless Court doing much better than expected

The Government says Te Kooti o Timatanga Hou (The New Beginnings Court), which caters for homeless people, is doing better than was ever expected.

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Soggy end to royals' New Zealand tour

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Thousands of people braved a wet Wellington day to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the final appearances of their New Zealand tour.

Prince pays tribute to Canterbury spirit

William and Catherine at Wall of Remembrance.

ROYAL TOUR 2014: The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to the resilience of the people of Christchurch and their desire to rebuild the earthquake-hit city.

Royal visit takes in cricket match

The royal couple inspected the 2015 Cricket World Cup trophy.

ROYAL TOUR 2014: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by enthusiastic well-wishers and played cricket during their tour of Christchurch on Monday morning.

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Man arrested after shooting

A 39-year-old man shot in the head in Gisborne early on Sunday morning remains in a critical condition in hospital. A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Two attacks appear connected - police

Part of the City to Sea walkway where the assaults happened.

Police in Wellington are looking for a man whom they believe has committed two separate attacks on women.

No hot water yet in parts of Auckland

There are still a few pockets of Auckland with no hot water, three days after a storm that lashed most of the country.

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TV presenter shot in car in Karachi

Hamid Mir's car after the attack.

Gunmen shot and wounded one of Pakistan's best known television presenters in the city of Karachi on Saturday. Hamid Mir was hit by three bullets when his car came under fire.

Ukraine calls Easter truce

Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia.

Ukraine foreign minister Andriy Deshchytsia says operations against pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country are suspended over Easter.

7.5 quake off Bougainville

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck off Bougainville in Papua New Guinea on Saturday and a tsunami warning was briefly issued for the island and neighbouring Solomon Islands.

Political News

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Labour criticises power price hikes


Labour is accusing the electricity industry of putting up power prices just as winter hits.

Joyce pours scorn on bubble prediction

Steven Joyce.

Associate Finance Minister Steven Joyce is scornful of suggestions by an American commentator in Forbes magazine that New Zealand is experiencing an economic bubble that might burst.

Poverty committee not fully supported - Turia

Associate health minister Tariana Turia.

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is critical of Government ministers for failing to fully support a parliamentary group set up to tackle poverty.

Te Manu Korihi News

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Rule to shield haka from misuse

The All Blacks perform the haka at an international test match against Ireland in Dublin last year.

Ngati Toa descendants have packed out Parliament's public gallery to witness the introduction of a law to protect their famous tribal haka, Ka Mate.

Historical claims settled in South Island

All historical Treaty of Waitangi claims in the South Island have been settled.

Case for kura 'dubious from start'

The secondary teachers union says it's not surprising a Northland charter school is having trouble getting staff.

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Bathurst Resources shares at new low

Bathurst Resources plans to mine this area of the Denniston Plateau.

Shares for the company that wants to mine the Denniston Plateau have hit a new low. Bathurst Resources share price closed on Friday at 7 cents.

Genesis shares open higher

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Shares in Genesis Energy have debuted on the stock exchange at a 17 percent premium above the price the Government sold them for. Bill English rejected a claim they were too cheap.

Sharemarket edges up

The sharemarket edged up on Thursday, with the Top 50 Index gaining 13 points to 5103.

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Grape crops may be lost to storm

grapes being harvested

Grape growers in Marlborough may lose a large part of their crops due to the storm.

Generators taken from farm to farm for milking

Sharemilkers in Westland banded together to take generators from farm to farm to get cows milked during the storm.

Milk still being collected on W.Coast

Westland Milk Products says its tankers are still managing to collect milk despite slips and trees blocking many of the region's roads.