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Latest Bulletin: 3 am Thursday 2 October

Search for missing child to resume at dawn

Search headquarters at Mount Maunganui.

The search for a boy swept into the sea at Mount Maunganui will resume at dawn. The five-year-old was playing with his cousins when a rogue wave took him. (AUDIO)

Whakatane wananga to repay $5.9m

Cash in a kete

A wananga has been forced to repay $5.9 million and the Serious Fraud Office called in after a Tertiary Education Commission and Qualifications Authority investigation. (AUDIO)

AC/DC guitarist suffering dementia

AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young

Legendary Australian rock band AC/DC's founding guitarist Malcolm Young will not be returning to the line-up for its new record, Rock or Bust, because he's suffering from dementia.

Cunliffe didn't know of wife's actions

Karen Price and David Cunliffe.

Labour leadership candidate David Cunliffe had no knowledge of a Twitter account set up by wife Karen Price in which she criticised members of his caucus, he says. (AUDIO)

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Violent, sex crimes up in two regions

Waikato District Commander Superintendent Bruce Bird.

Waikato and Waitemata have experienced a jump in violent and sexual crime in the past year. Nationwide, crime has dropped 3.2 percent this year but fewer crimes are resolved. (AUDIO)

Oil giant defends fracking

A pump jack and frack tanks in a field being developed for drilling in California.

An energy industry conference has heard a robust defence of fracking from oil company Halliburton. Delegates have been told it can actually improve the environment. (AUDIO)

Truck driver fined over cyclist's death

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A Christchurch truck driver has been ordered to pay more than $10,000 to the family of a cyclist he killed in April. The court was told he did not see her as she was in his blind spot. (AUDIO)

Call to extend breast screening

A woman having a mammogram.

The Breast Cancer Foundation wants free breast-screening extended to women in their early seventies. Woman aged 45 to 69 are currently screened with mammograms.

PPTA threatens revolt over changes

teacher and students

The Post Primary Teachers' Association is planning a revolt against the body that registers and disciplines teachers. Possible measures include industrial action. (AUDIO)

NZ rallies support democracy protests

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More than 200 people staged a sit-in in central Auckland in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Rallies were also being held in other cities. (AUDIO)

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Delays in teen death inquiry - coroner

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A coroner says there were significant delays in a police investigation into the death of a teenage boy from Lower Hutt. Michael Lafou died of alcohol poisoning in August 2012. (AUDIO)

Union angry at port CEO's pay rise

Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter Davie.

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is angry Lyttelton Port's chief executive is to get a pay rise of nearly $200,000 despite three deaths occurring on site since December.

Man found dead in Huntly backyard

police

A homicide investigation is under way in Waikato after a man was found dead in Huntly. Police found the man in the backyard of his home tonight.

Political News

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Labour leadership contest hots up

David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson.

Any chance of a clean fight for the Labour leadership is looking slim after David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson yesterday took pot-shots at each other. (VIDEO)

McCully accuses UN of impotence

Murray McCully.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has accused the United Nations Security Council of paralysis and impotence, saying it is time for actions in the world's war zones. (AUDIO)

Labour aims to keep leadership race 'seemly'

Labour Party acting leader David Parker and acting deputy Annette King.

Labour wants to keep its leadership contest seemly and avoid bricks being thrown, acting deputy leader Annette King says. David Cunliffe officially resigned as leader today. (VIDEO)

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Bracewell back for Black Caps

NZ pace bowler Doug Bracewell

The pace bowler Doug Bracewell has done his penance and is back in favour with New Zealand cricket selectors for the upcoming Pakistan series in the UAE.

Highlanders bolster forward stocks

Mark Reddish in his Hurricanes days

The Highlanders have announced the signing of seven new forwards for the next Super Rugby season, with three Hurricanes and a Chief heading south in 2015.

Chelsea win in Lisbon

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Chelsea scored a 1-0 win at Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League and inflicted a home defeat on the Portuguese side for the first time in four years of European competition.

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US introduces gun law as mayor shot

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California has become the first American state to introduce a law allowing family members to get a court order to impound firearms if they believe a close relative might commit a gun crime.

Volcano death toll nears 50

Mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture has continued to smoke this week.

A dozen more bodies have been found by rescuers on the peak of Japanese volcano Mount Ontake that erupted at the weekend, raising the death toll to 48.

Australian planes to begin Iraq sorties

Australia has sent eight Super-Hornet jet fighters to the region.

Australian refuelling and surveillance planes will today start flying over Iraq in support of the international coalition battling Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

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Release of unaccompanied minors on Nauru said to be result of protests

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Australia's Refugee Action Coalition says the recent release of unaccompanied minors from the Nauru detention centre indicates that protests there are having some effect.

Arrest of 5 officers doesn't mean issues with PNG police, says commander

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade

A senior police commander in Papua New Guinea says the arrest of five policemen after the shooting of a man last month is not a sign of discipline problems within the force.

Coping with climate change has Pacific nations at tipping point, UN hears

A seawall protecting a home from coastal erosion in Kiribati, climate change.

Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato says many of the small islands in the Pacific have reached a tipping point as they struggle to cope with the impacts of climate change.

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Maori TV confirms job changes

Paora Maxwell.

Maori Television has confirmed two jobs will be axed in a restructuring proposal. Chief executive Paora Maxwell says the company is adjusting to the digital environment.

Maori want inclusion on teacher council

school blackboard

The national Maori body of the secondary teachers' union the PPTA is calling for specific Maori representation on the Teachers' Council which registers and disciplines staff.

More anti-drilling protests planned

Protesters walked to SkyCity yesterday where the Petroleum Summit is being held this week.

Protesters who staged a sit-in outside an oil conference in central Auckland are planning several more protests in coming months.

Business News

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Businesses paying bills faster

The ANZ says chequebook use by its customers has dropped by 10 per cent over the past year.

New Zealand businesses are paying their bills faster, reflecting the strength of the economy, an economics adviser says. All up, 66 percent of invoices were paid within 30 days.

Dollar weaker, but market gains

The NZ dollar was slightly weaker against its US counterpart this evening, dragged down by the Australian currency which fell to a near four-year low of 87.47 US cents. (AUDIO)

Abano submits Wellington proposal

Wellington Hospital.

Abano Healthcare subsidiary Aotea Pathology has submitted a proposal to the three Wellington region DHBs to run both the community services and the hospital-based laboratory services.

Rural News

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Sharemilking clause no longer in effect

sharemilking

Today marks the end of what was dubbed a draconian clause in the dairy industry's standard sharemilking contract - the 'set-off' clause - allowing farmers to withhold payment.

Westland confirms lower milk payout

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The size of the milk payout which New Zealand's second biggest dairy co-operative has declared for the past season of $7.57 per kilo of milk solids has left more than 400 suppliers smarting.

Synlait Milk gets China registration


Synlait can now sell its finished infant formula in China.

Dairy processor Synlait Milk has cleared the final hurdle in getting access to China for its infant formula products. From May, the country required all manufacturers to be registered.

On The Inside

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Labour Party at a crossroads

David Cunliffe

The revision of history has already begun. Read the blogs and tweets of some hardcore Labour Party supporters and you would believe the election result had nothing to do with Labour.

Fiji moving on after military rule

Frank Bainimarama

In just over a week, Fiji's parliament will sit for the first time since the military takeover in 2006. Insight looks at the legacy of the coup and what challenges lie ahead. (AUDIO)

Election Night LIVE - As it happened

John Key declares victory for the National Party.

The National Party has won the 2014 election by a broad margin. It is set to have 61 seats in a 121 seat Parliament, with enough support to govern alone. Political Reporter Liz Banas watched events unfold. (VIDEO)