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As it happened: Tuesday, November 27 headlines

Published: 7:05AM Tuesday November 27, 2012 Source: ONE News

  • All Blacks Hooker, Andrew Hore. (Source: ONE Sport)
    All Blacks Hooker, Andrew Hore. - Source: ONE Sport

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- A report on controversial mining technique, fracking, is due to be released

- Hobbit fever grows in Wellington as movie stars touch down at the airport

- NZ First MP Brendan Horan has been stood down from Parliament

- Israel and Hamas delegates are in Cairo for more truce talks


8.49pm: The world's first theme park dedicated to the humble toilet has opened in the city of Suwon, near Seoul in South Korea.

8.36pm: Critics are demanding All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore be sent home for his attack on Welsh lock Bradley Davies during the 33-10 win at Millennium Stadium on Sunday.

8.24pm: A man killed in a forestry accident in the Tararua District this morning has been named by police as Reece Joseph Reid, 23, from Whanganui.

8.04pm: Papers obtained by ONE News show postponing the sale of Mighty River Power would delay the Government's plan to reduce the country's debt. It comes as the legal battle over Maori water rights continued in the High Court today.

7.47pm: Crown prosecutors have accused alleged fraudster Loizos Michaels of operating a "brazen scam", duping his victims into handing over millions of dollars.

7.38pm: The body of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has been exhumed by a team of international experts trying to discover if he was poisoned, as many Palestinians believe.

7.10pm: Prime Minister John Key is ruling out offering any additional subsidies to Hollywood producers to make their films in New Zealand, despite Hobbit director Sir Peter Jackson warning that the country has to be competitive in order to attract high-profile productions

6.33pm: A dead Taliban warlord blamed for the deaths of four New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan was planning to kill more Kiwi troops, the Defence Force said today.

6.19pm: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has again hit out at accusations about her involvement with a union slush fund in the 1990s, saying they are nothing more than "smear". She today held a press conference addressing the issue before hitting out at her critics in Parliament.

5.48pm: Ructions at Christchurch Girls' High School have prompted the resignation of the chairman of the school's board.

5.26pm: The New Zealand dollar fell versus the euro, trading at 82.25 US cents at 5pm in Wellington.

5.17pm: The body of missing Auckland woman, Bin Chen, known as Cissy, may be found in a secluded area such as a green belt or rural bush reserve, police say.

4.47pm: ONE News Exclusive - A former prison guard has admitted accepting bribes from inmates at Spring Hill Prison in north Waikato.

4.26pm: UBS has been fined £30 million pounds ($58 million) by Britain's financial watchdog , and put under extra scrutiny by its Swiss counterpart, over failings that allowed a rogue trader to lose $2.8 billion.

4.03pm: Web-only video: Melissa Stokes brings you the news from NZ and around the world. 

3.50pm: Australia could face a recession within two years, an economist has warned.

3.27pm: Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, has released a report on the controversial mining process known as 'fracking'. She said while "fracking is safe if it is properly regulated and managed", she has "significant concerns" about the process.

3.17pm: NZ First leader Winston Peters says it is a "number one priority" to get to the bottom of the allegations surrounding Brendan Horan, who has been stood down from Parliament today.

2.46pm: A man has been killed in a forestry accident in the Tararua District this morning.

2.33pm: BREAKING - New Zealand First MP Brendan Horan has been given leave to sort out a family dispute surrounding money missing from his late mother's bank account.

2.26pm: A Chinese tourist has been charged in connection with a crash in Lindis Path yesterday in which two people died, including a South Canterbury Road Knight gang member.

2.09pm: The dead Taliban warlord blamed for the deaths of four New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan was killed while laying a roadside ambush, it has emerged.

2.03pm: Around 1000 Australian 'schoolies' revellers have had a lucky escape after a major fire broke out at a Gold Coast apartment building and spread to a nightclub.

1.47pm: Police were called to Simon Cowell's Los Angeles home after receiving a prank call claiming the music mogul had been bound with duct tape and was being held hostage.

1.36pm: The Tongariro Northern Circuit and part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing can re-open on Thursday, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says.

1.00pm: The Lotteries Commission today confirmed the $20.5 million Lotto winner has been in touch.

12.02pm: The Government has launched an online search tool to allow businesses to establish the availability of a company name, domain name and trade mark in one step.

11.47am: Gerald Shirtcliffe, the fake engineer who supervised the construction of the CTV building, has been stripped of his final qualification.

11.09am: Dan Carter and wife Honor have announced that they are expecting their first child.


10.45am: An elderly couple and their son were tied up during an armed home invasion at their rural Levin home this morning.

10.15am: Fourteen people have died after a fire broke out in a workshop for disabled people in southwestern Germany, a spokesman for the fire brigade said.

9.50am: Pop superstar Beyonce is stepping behind the camera to direct a behind-the-scenes documentary about her personal and professional life, US cable channel HBO says.

9.30am: Prime Minister John Key has ruled out direct negotiation with iwi over water rights as a High Court challenge over the Government's asset sales enters its second day.


9.02am: The New Zealand dollar fell to 82.14 US cents at 8.30am in Wellington from 82.40 cents yesterday.

9.01am: Dairy farmers sprayed thousands of litres of fresh milk at the European Parliament in Brussels in protest at what they say are excessive milk quotas and prices below the cost of production.

8.58am: The qualifier who shocked the tennis world by reaching last month's Paris Masters final has confirmed he is coming to Auckland.

8.24am: The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment will today release her verdict on the controversial mining process fracking.

8.10am: British singer Robbie Williams says it is time to get serious as a solo artist and prove his place at the top of the pop pile.

7.40am: Egyptian mediators have started separate talks with Palestinian movement Hamas and with Israel to flesh out details of a ceasefire agreed last week that ended eight days of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

7.20am: Environmental Scientist from Massey University Mike Joy tells Breakfast that he does not "have any problem with the 100% Pure campaign".

"I don't expect 100% pure... all I ask is that we stop declining, we've got shocking levels of pollution already," he said.

7.00am: Fire services reports that there have been two cases of suspected arson overnight.

6.57am: Tourism Industry Association's Martin Sneddon tells TV ONE's Breakfast that the 100% Pure NZ is a "marketing brand".

"I think it a really good debate, I think Russel Norman hit the nail on the head last night when he said that no one really expects us to be 100% pure," he said.

"It's a marketing brand, it's aspirational. The focus I don't think should be on Tourism New Zealand, I actually think it should be on us as a nation, we've got to live up to this."

6.32am: A Queenstown postie accused of stealing thousands of letters and parcels destined for the residents of the wider area could face more charges.

6.20am: Syrian warplanes bombed a rebel headquarters near the Turkish border today, missing their target but sending hundreds of Syrians fleeing across the frontier.

6.00am: Thousands of angry textile workers have demonstrated in Dhaka, Bangladesh, after a fire swept through a garment workshop at the weekend, killing more than 100 people in the country's worst-ever factory blaze.

5.56am: Invercargill's Lotto Powerball multimillionaire has yet to come forward to claim the winnings.

5.44am: Excitement is reaching fever-pitch just one day out from the world premiere of director Peter Jackson's long-awaited epic The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey .

5.19am: A school's staff discovered Novopay allowed them to access and alter their own timesheet details, exposing another glitch in the pay system's security.