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As it happened: November 21

Published: 6:47AM Wednesday November 21, 2012 Source: ONE News

  • Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. (Source: Breakfast)
    Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. - Source: Breakfast
  • The Mount Tongariro eruption lasted five minutes (Source: John Funnell)
    The Mount Tongariro eruption lasted five minutes - Source: John Funnell

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- The estate of author JRR Tolkien is suing the producers of The Hobbit- Gaza truce looks likely

- Truce between Gaza militants and Israel has been delayed

- 'Increasing trend' in delayed hospital treatment - new report

6.55pm: A Sydney man has been charged for allegedly having a sexually explicit online conversation with a West Australian police officer posing as a 12-year-old girl.

5.45pm: A large blast, most likely a suicide bomb attack, has ripped through the heavily barricaded diplomatic area of the Afghan capital Kabul.

4.18pm: India has hanged Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the only militant to have survived the 2008 attacks on the financial capital Mumbai.

3.52pm: A student has shot and killed a 13-year-old girl in front of her younger sister and seven other children on a school bus in Florida, police say.

3.46pm: Former Pike River Coal directors are back in the firing line after releasing a statement challenging the findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry.

3.25pm: Dunedin Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal crash that killed cyclist Li Hong He on Cumberland St on Monday morning.

3.03pm: Crown prosecutors have told the High Court in Auckland it looks likely Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing, currently pencilled in for March 2012, will be pushed back to July.

2.01pm: Early reports from the Department of Conservation say the eruption was small, and appears it was a gas ash eruption.

1.50pm: GeoNet has reported that Mt Tongariro erupted at 1.30pm.

1.35pm: The Ministry of Education is assuring sector leaders progress is being made in fixing issues with new teacher pay system Novopay, including meeting with providers Talent2.

1.29pm: David Parker has been handed Labour's economic development portfolio following the demotion of MP David Cunliffe yesterday after a leadership spat within the party.

1.23pm: Mercer's latest salary survey has found New Zealand workers received a 3.2% pay rise over the past 12 months, with guaranteed annual hikes becoming a distant memory for employees.

12.50pm: After losing more than 9 kilos to make the official weigh in for his IBO Cruiserweight world title fight against Danny Green tonight, Shane Cameron enjoyed a meal of steak, eggs and chips , as he set about adding fuel and some size to his frame.

12.40pm: A 26-year-old man will undergo psychiatric assessment to see if he his fit to stand trial after a nine-year-old Timaru boy was found battered and distressed last week. The Timaru man was arrested last night and charged with injuring the boy with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.

12.15pm: Police investigating the death of a man in a fire in Hamilton this morning do not believe the fire or his death was suspicious. Emergency services were called to the scene of the fire at a Maeroa property shortly after 10am. The man has yet to be formally identified and his death has been reported to the coroner.

11.40am: A Coastguard rescue vessel is shadowing a yacht taking on water into the shelter of Doubtless Bay in the Far North after rough conditions prevented transfer of Coastguard volunteers to it. The yacht with three people on board was enroute to Opua, returning from Fiji.

11.04am: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has described racism in football as "a devil" a year after sparking outrage with controversial remarks that appeared to play down the problem.

10.45am: Galatasaray earned a 1-0 victory in a hard-fought battle with a young Manchester United side today, snatching the win through a Burak Yilmaz header in their Group H Champions League game.

10.25am: New Zealand needs to follow the lead of Hong Kong and place restrictions on overseas buyers' ability to purchase real estate here, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman says.

10.10am: A child who died of sepsis after having an abdominal feeding tube reinserted was one of 91 people who died in New Zealand hospitals as the result of serious medical events, some preventable, in the past year, a new health report says.

10.09am: The estate of author JRR Tolkien is suing the producers of The Hobbit alleging that Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit merchandising infringes copyright.

9.30am: Ronan Keating will return to New Zealand in February 2013 to play a concert with fellow Irish pop star Brian MacFadden. Keating and Brian MacFadden will play Trusts Stadium Arena in Auckland on February 27.

9.20am: The vast majority of young Kiwis admit lying, cheating and stealing, and almost 90% of them find it acceptable, according to a newly released Colmar Brunton Youth survey.

8.35am: British Prime Minister David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper business, have been charged with conspiring to make illegal payments to officials for information for stories .


8.00am: A 26-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the alleged abduction of a nine-year-old Timaru boy . The man has been charged with injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to the boy, who was found battered and shaken in Timaru last Thursday.

7.55am: ONE News political editor Corin Dann has told Breakfast we might see Clayton Cosgrove move up Labour's list and he could be one potential option for economic development spokesman following David Cunliffe's demotion. Dann also says Maryan Street is vulnerable as health spokesperson because Labour hasn't "made any inroads in health at all."

7.15am: Dr Cathy Stephenson from Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care has told Breakfast that Government funding cuts for Auckland sexual abuse helpline "Help" will mean it will no longer be able to offer a 24-hour crisis telephone line for victims.

7.03am: Captain Sam Warburton and five-eighth Rhys Priestland were among five changes made by Wales to face the All Blacks on Sunday (NZT).

6.50am: Talks between Israelis and Palestinians over a Gaza truce are continuing but the Egyptian mediators are still hopeful a deal can be reached later today, an Egyptian official says.

6.39am: Fears are increasing for the safety of a Rotorua woman who has now been missing for two weeks. Police say Michelle Hoffman-Tamm was last seen on her bicycle leaving her home, believed to be on her way to visit friends. She never arrived.

6.28am: TVNZ will be the first television network in the country to adopt new standards and tone down the sound of loud advertisements from Sunday in response to complaints from viewers.