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As it happened: November 19

Published: 6:53AM Monday November 19, 2012 Source: ONE News

  • Firefighters at the scene of a fire in Whangarei. (Source: Supplied)
    Firefighters at the scene of a fire in Whangarei. - Source: Supplied

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- Key defends his travel schedule

- Sir Ian McKellen to miss Hobbit premiere

- Shearer calls emergency caucus meeting

8.44pm: Firefighters have extinguished a blaze at an office block on Rewa Rewa Rd in Whangarei. There were no reports of injury.

8.10pm: A woman has been shot dead after an altercation in a Melbourne street. Police have a man in his 50s in custody in relation to the shooting.

7.35pm: A fire scrub the has broken south of Invercargill in the Awanua plains. It has spread to around 50-60 acres and wind is causing it to spread.

7.01pm: The Black Caps have lost four wickets against Sri Lanka in today's morning session in Galle.

6.20pm: TV ONE's political editor Corin Dann says David Cunliffe is likely to be demoted from front bench and lose his economic development portfolio following a caucus vote tomorrow.

5.45pm: Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash on State Highway One near Ashburton, mid Canterbury involving a truck and a car.

5.04pm: Schools affected by Novopay will be contacted by the Ministry Education as it works to fix problems with the pay system.

4.28pm: Barack Obama has arrived in Burma this afternoon, which is opening up after almost half a century of military rule.

4.18pm: One person has died after a car collided with a motorbike in Ranui, west Auckland.

4.15pm: Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are among early winners at the American Music Awards today, picking up accolades in pop and country categories.

3.25pm: The Department of Conservation is taking a wait and see approach towards the heightened volcanic activity at Mt Ruapehu. The 2 kilometre excursion zone around the summit of the mountain is still in place.

3.10pm: Pippa Wetzell brings you the latest new from NZ and around the world.



2.55pm: An area of unsafe shellfish has been expanded following a warning last month. The public have been advised not to consume shellfish collected from Mohakatino north to Maunganui Bluff because of high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison.

1.50pm: Sir Ian McKellen will not be attending the premiere for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next week in Wellington.

1.35pm: The New Zealand Breakers are likely to be without back-up centre Will Hudson for the grand final rematch against the Perth Wildcats in Perth on Thursday night.

1.30pm: Labour leader David Shearer has summoned an urgent caucus meeting for tomorrow to seek endorsement from members of the party.

12.30pm: Twilight vampire saga's final chapter debuted with a massive $US341 million ($419 million) in global movie ticket sales

11.55am: European Central Bank policymaker Joerg Asmussen says the euro zone should agree next week on two years of funding for Greece and leave further help to be decided later .

11.37am: Police are at the scene of a fatal accident in Dunedin. Witnesses say a cyclist was hit by a truck and trailer unit on Cumberland Street (One Way system) between Hanover and Frederick Streets, right outside Dunedin Hospital. The male cyclist was killed in the crash.

11.17am: Prime Minister John Key is defending his overseas travel schedule - saying his more than 40 days out of the country give him time to think.

11.02am: Police are warning against succumbing to scams after recent reports of people parting with hard earned money in Upfront Payment scams. Victims receive a message that they are entitled to funds being held overseas and they need to part with a small amount of money to free up the funds.

10.22am: Council of Trade Unions President Helen Kelly is calling for the recommendations of the Pike River review to be implemented immediately. She says the review has shown the awful accident in the mine two years ago today was preventable and should never have happened.

9.47am: McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won the US Grand Prix today while Red Bull's championship leader Sebastian Vettel failed to clinch his third consecutive drivers' title on his 100th career start.


9.45am: Tourism New Zealand's online campaign which rides on the potential success of the new Hobbit film goes live today.

9.01am: The New Zealand dollar rose back above 81 US cents after US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner indicated a resolution to the so-called fiscal cliff could be achieved within weeks.

8.56am: David Shearer is insisting he still has the numbers to lead the Labour Party and has indicated the leadership question will be dealt with "in the coming days". Rival David Cunliffe says Shearer has his support, at least for now.

7.25am: Labour leader David Shearer says he will sort out the party's leadership "sooner rather than later." Asked on TV ONE's Breakfast if he is going to hold a leadership vote before February, Shearer said: "What I'm going to do is sort this out once and for all. It'll be sooner rather than later. I'm not going to go into the details about that because that's for me to decide."

7.00am: At least 11 Palestinian civilians, including four children, were killed on Sunday in what Hamas said was an Israeli air strike on a Gaza apartment building , the highest death toll in a single incident in five days of fighting.

Families of the 29 men killed in the Pike River mine disaster are today marking the second anniversary of the tragedy .

Police say they are treating the case of a nine-year-old boy, found with head injuries 15km outside Timaru, as an abduction.