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As it happened: Monday October 8 headlines

Published: 6:53AM Monday October 08, 2012 Source: ONE News

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Check out the news which made the headlines on Monday October 8 with 

  • John Key slams claims NZ manufacturing is in crisis
  • Wellington will be renamed 'The Middle of Middle-earth' in honour of the Hobbit premiere
  • Usain Bolt in a whirlwind visit to Auckland
  • FBI investigating the remnants of a roadside bomb which killed Kiwi soldiers
  • New probes into fatal helicopter crash on Anzac Day 2010

10.06pm Check out the crowd-pleasing acts from episode four of  New Zealand's Got Talent .








9.38pm Ma'a Nonu is weighing up his options as foreign clubs come knocking .

9.23pm A dietitian says sports drinks such as Gatorade are not good to drink everyday , despite claims by Bolt today that they are "good for everyone".

9.05pm Hitmaker Rod Stewart has revealed he was "extremely broken" when Kiwi supermodel Rachel Hunter left him.

8.54pm US presidential candidate Mitt Romney is to detail a more aggressive policy towards the Middle East in a speech tomorrow. 

8.40pm A roadside bomb that killed three New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan could have used the latest in insurgent tactics which makes explosives almost impossible to detect, an expert says

8.30pm More than 20 Maori and Moriori remains have been repatriated to New Zealand after years of negotiations with Australian museums. 

8.10pm New Zealand shares have risen to a four-and-a-half year high today , as investors were drawn to stocks with relatively appealing dividend yields.

7.55pm Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully will travel to Malaysia and Indonesia this week to attend the  10th anniversary commemorations of the Bali bombing.

7.30pm Two investigations are set to be launched into the organisations responsible for handling the response to the Iroquois helicopter crash on Anzac Day 2010, which killed three servicemen.







6pm New Zealand house sales rose in September , lifting prices to record-highs in the Auckland and Nelson/Marlborough regions, the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand says.

5.43pm The New Zealand dollar has risen to 81.77 US cents at 5pm in Wellington from 81.60 cents at 8am.

5.25pm John Key told media in Wellington that he is "sympathetic" to the calls of interpreters working with the NZ army in Afghanistan to be allowed to move to New Zealand when troops pull out next year. A paper is being drawn up by Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman to explore the issues.

5.05pm Prime Minister John Key has told workers at the Real Steel plant in Upper Hutt that "in spite of what you may hear" manufacturing is "doing extremely well".

4.46pm Bolt's NZ press conference is now over. Check out all the highlights of his visit on tonight's ONE News at 6.

4.45pm Bolt says he enjoys "being challenged all the time", saying he "strives on being challenged". But he says he doesn't want the public to fear him. "I don't want people to be scared of me," he said. "The guys beside me on the track should fear me, but not anybody else."

4.39pm Bolt rules out a switch to rugby, saying the game is "too rough". "I'm not really a contact sports guy, and it's rough. I've watched it, so it's not for me I'm sure."

4.38pm The Olympic champ's iconic pose was inspired by a Jamaican dance. "I put a swing on it and made it my own," Bolt said.

4.36pm Bolt says he knows "what I'm capable of when I'm in the best shape of my life". "It's a wonderful feeling to know that nobody beside you can beat you," he said.

4.35pm Usain Bolt tells NZ media he always tries "to go faster every year". The Olympic gold-medal winner also says cricket is his "first love". He plays the sport with his brother.

4.25pm Snail-paced internet, bad haircuts, mushy apples and unreliable television remotes have been named as New Zealand's top 'first world problems".    

4.10pm Olympic champion Bolt has said he was "scared a little bit" by a traditional Maori greeting he received in south Auckland today. Check out our live stream of a press conference with the fastest man in the world at 4.15pm today.

4pm Bolt me with the New Zealand Breakers today, receiving his own jersey.



















3.42pm  The Tongan Government has won a vote of no confidence which has been debated for months.

3.30pm Two Australian soldiers have been flown to hospital in a serious condition, and 16 others also injured, after an open-roofed truck rolled in a Sydney army base this morning.

3.15pm Prime Minister John Key has written off a job summit planned for this Friday as "pointless". The summit is being hosted by unions, businesses and opposition parties, who say the country is facing a jobs and manufacturing crisis, something Key denies.

3pm Police are investigating a sudden death in Kaikoura. Reports suggest it may be connected to a burnt out car.

2.30pm Rhythm and Vines organisers have announced its full line up - which includes Kimbra, Netsky Live, The Black Seeds, and Mark Ronson among the headline acts - for this year's festival at Gisborne's Waiohika Estate.

2.15pm Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has reportedly hired Sydney lawyers to pursue a defamation case against Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard .

2pm A prisoner convicted for a domestic violence assault is still being hunted by police after escaping from court last week. Mana Tangitutu , 27, has a distinctive full facial tattoo.








1.47pm A shellfish toxin alert has now moved from the Coromandel Peninsula, along the Bay of Plenty coastline to Whakatane Heads. Authorities are warning people to avoid eating bi-valve shellfish, catseyes and kina.

1.15pm Usain Bolt has arrived in Wiri, South Auckland, Close Up reporter Mark Crysell has tweeted.

12.50pm: Team New Zealand had a disappointing finish to the latest America's Cup world series regatta in San Francisco, finishing seventh in the final fleet race.

12.46pm Labour is calling for the Government to allow Afghan interpreters working for Kiwi troops to be offered new homes in New Zealand.

11.45am Peter Williams brings you the latest news from New Zealand and around the world.

11.37am  Nearly four out of every 10 Kiwis will live in Auckland  by 2031, according to new figures.

11.13am Wellington will be renamed 'The Middle of Middle-earth' during the week of the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

10.52am An urgent summit aimed at tackling the country's job and manufacturing crisis is being held this week by unions, politicians and business leaders.

10.09am The ongoing dispute over bus drivers' wages will continue in Auckland today, after a revised pay offer of $20 an hour was rejected.

9.42am MetService is warning South Islanders to brace for a blast of heavy rain and snow .

9.18am The New Zealand dollar has fallen to a one month low against the greenback.

9.06am Guess which MP is moonlighting as an opera singer in an upcoming New Zealand Pops Orchestra production...

8.30am Watch a spectacular goal below by Tom Cleverley in Manchester United's 3-0 defeat of Newcastle United.



8.15am Today's top sport news - West Indies were crowned the World Twenty20 champions after beating hosts Sri Lanka by 36 runs in Colombo, Manchester United have thumped Newcastle United 3-0 in the Premier League, and Sebastien Loeb secured a record ninth consecutive world title today when he won the Rally of France.

8.04am A major announcement about the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected later this morning.

The Hobbit








7.53am Kiwi runner Kim Smith has won the women's half marathon in Boston, collecting $100,000 for having the best overall combined times in a three-race series.

7:25am Prime Minister John Key has labelled the Green Party's idea to print more money "wacky" . "If printing money made you rich, Zimbabwe would be the richest country on the planet, and it's not," Key told TV ONE's Breakfast.

7:16am The Green Party has renewed calls on TV ONE's Breakfast to print more money in order to bring down the value of the New Zealand dollar.

7:09am The search resumes this morning for a whitebaiter swept out to sea in Canterbury last night.

7:00am The fastest man in the world is due to touch down in Auckland later this morning. Usain Bolt will join the Breakers in a training session and coach a few lucky Kiwi athletes on his promotional whirlwind tour.

Usain Bolt