Latest Bulletin: 4 pm Tuesday 27 January

NZers mark Auschwitz liberation

Hundreds of people are attending ceremonies throughout New Zealand today to mark 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp.

Police seek cyclists seen near blaze

Police are appealing for a tractor driver and two cyclists seen in the vicinity of the Arthur's Pass blaze just after it started yesterday to contact them.

Man remanded over fatal Whangarei assault

A 60-year-old man has been remanded in custody and granted interim name suppression after appearing in court over after a fatal assault in Whangarei.

Crash victim would have drowned - coroner

A Christchurch man who died in a car crash on his way to swim at the beach was so drunk he would have been at serious risk of drowning, the coroner has found.

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National News

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Scheme aims to boost science education

The Government hopes to improve science teaching with a new $2 million-a-year scheme that will partner teachers of children in years 1 to 10 with science organisations.

Taylor: PM broke rules on election day

The High Court has begun a three-day hearing of career criminal Arthur Taylor's claim that John Key's election result in Helensville should be overturned.

Soaring temperatures set to continue

Soaring temperatures are continuing throughout the country as the final week of school holidays rolls on.

Farmers reject quad bike proposal

Farmers are rejecting calls for a quad bike licensing system - saying that more people are killed on the roads in motorbike accidents. (AUDIO)

State housing review moves 32 families

A controversial audit aimed at weeding out state housing tenants who can afford to find private homes has so far moved just over 30 families into the private sector.

Migrants sceptical about Greece's future

Greeks who left to try to find a better life in New Zealand aren't sure their country's new left-wing government will fulfil voters' hopes. (AUDIO)

Regional News

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New water supply for fire crews

Water reserves have come online that should help helicopters battling a major fire on a high-country station near Arthur's Pass. (AUDIO)

Legal action threat over land clash

The Canterbury A&P Association is threatening legal action against the Christchurch City Council if it build a sports hub on land used for carparking.

Communities fight liquor outlet numbers

Communities in south Auckland are mobilising to fight against the number of places allowed to sell alcohol.

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 under way.

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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Christchurch 'ghost' scares Pakistani cricketer

Pakistan cricketer Haris Sohail believes there was a ghost in his Christchurch hotel room and developed a fever, according to Pakistan media reports.

Armstrong says he would probably do it again

The shamed American cyclist Lance Armstrong believes the time is coming when he should be forgiven for doping and lying - and says he would probably do it again.

Football Ferns to play USA

New Zealand Football has confirmed a match between the Football Ferns and the United States as a part of their preparations for the World Cup in Canada in June.

World News

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'Historic' blizzard hits US

A winter storm pounded the northeastern United States on Monday, hitting tens of millions of people and forcing the rare cancellation of Broadway shows in an "historic" New York blizzard.

Europe warns Greece to stick to austerity

The EU warms Greece its place in the eurozone is at risk if new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras fails to meet the country's austerity and debt commitments.

French court bans 'Nutella' as baby name

A French court has blocked a couple from naming their baby girl after the hazelnut spread Nutella, saying it could make her the target of mockery.

Pacific News

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New Solomons PM announces his government's policies

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has announced plans to boost the country's economic growth and tackle corruption in a major speech to announce his newly-elected government's policies.

Two people held over New Caledonia police shooting

Police in New Caledonia have arrested two people, including a minor, over last week's shooting in Canala where two policemen were injured by gunfire.

Vanuatu reaffirms Melanesian decolonisation stance

Vanuatu has reconfirmed its support for New Caledonia's and West Papua's decolonisation.

Te Manu Korihi

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Auckland Council asks iwi for input

Auckland's Mayor Len Brown says the council has asked iwi around the region to provide a list of what is critical to sustain the survival of their marae.

Crown turns down 10 foreshore applicants

Ten applicants have fallen at the first hurdle in their attempts to gain customary marine title to stretches of coastline.

Rangatahi key to future - Ratana

The Rātana Church is banking on the next generation of Te Reo speakers to bring people back to the movement and encourage new members to join.

Business News

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Investment analyst: 'Hang on to your hats'

The New Zealand dollar is at a three-year low against the US dollar, trading as low as 73.94 and the forecast is for more volatility. (AUDIO)

One of Spark's top executives calls it quits

Spark's head of its Home, Mobile and Business service Chris Quin has announced that he will leave the company in June.

Pacific Brands loses another senior exec

The troubled Pacific Brands Group has lost another senior executive -head of its underwear division Anthony Heraghty.

Rural News

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Lack of awareness 'more of a fire risk'

A rural fire officer says despite the high number in the Hurunui district the size of a property has nothing to do with the fire risk.

Call for more alpine-fed water storage

As the drought-like conditions tighten their grip in Canterbury and Otago, the national irrigation body has renewed its call for more alpine-fed water storage.

Horse industry signs biosecurity agreement

The equine sector is the latest to sign a biosecurity agreement with the Government, joining the kiwifruit, pipfruit and pork industries.

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)