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Published: 7:01AM Monday December 03, 2012 Source: ONE News

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- NZ Government advised to build refugee detention centres

- Former Catholic brother facing sex charges remanded

- Police investigate the discovery of a body in a burnt-out car in North Canterbury

9.03pm Voters believe the Government should intervene to lower skyrocketing house prices according to the latest ONE News Colmar Brunton poll .

8.32pm The Pope has launched a personal Twitter account .

7.59pm The Government is being advised by officials to build specialist detention centres in the event of the mass arrival of hundreds of asylum seekers.

6.42pm Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting has been dismissed for eight in his final innings, bringing down the curtain on his decorated Test career.

6.38pm The Kiwi dollar has remained little changed against its Australian counterpart as sluggish consumer spending across the Tasman stoked speculation the Reserve Bank of Australia may cut interest rates deeper than initially anticipated.

5.00pm An overturned truck which closed part of Auckland's Southern Motorway this afternoon has been righted, and the backed up traffic is beginning to move again.

4.10pm The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, which got underway in Auckland earlier today, have been accused of secrecy by a group of international experts .

3.30pm A photo of Abdullah Kalta has been released . He was the Taliban leader killed last week in an airstrike in Afghanistan. Kalta is belived to have been responsible for the deaths of three New Zealand soldiers.

2.51pm Waikato police are investigating after a toddler died after being run over in a paddock. The 10-month-old boy died in the incident near Ngaruawahia on Saturday night.

Waikato Road Policing Manager, Inspector Marcus Lynam, says crash investigators are working to determine the circumstances of the death. The coroner is also investigating.

2.19pm A man whose wife died in the Canterbury Television (CTV) building  has told the coroner's inquest there was no co-ordinated rescue effort to get her and other survivors out of the earthquake-devastated building.

2.13pm At least nine people are thought to have died after a motorway tunnel collapsed in Japan , trapping drivers inside and starting a fire. Emergency workers collected five charred bodies - three men and two women - from a vehicle.

1.30pm New Zealand No.1 Danny Lee and Manawatu professional Tim Wilkinson have continued their comeback at the Final Stage of Qualifying for the PGA Tour in La Quinta, California to be firmly in contention with one round remaining.

1.25pm Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has brushed off world condemnation of Israel's plans to expand Jewish settlements after the Palestinians won de facto UN recognition of statehood.

12.15pm David Bain's fight for compensation has hit another hurdle - with Justice Minister Judith Collins ordering a review of recommendations.

12.09pm: Former Catholic brother and convicted sex offender Bernard Kevin McGrath has been granted bail while he considers an extradition bid to Australia.

11.05am The crocodile believed to be responsible for snatching a nine-year-old boy from a remote Northern Territory swimming spot was "well known" to the local community, according to police.

10.51am: Igloo, a prepaid service offering Kiwis low-cost television subscriptions, has launched today .

10.25am:Peter Williams brings you the latest news from NZ and around the world.

10.20am New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited has completed its plan to reduce the size of its organisation by 100 roles by the end of November.

9.45am Outspoken former MP John Tamihere says he is not ruling out - or in - seeking a return to Parliament after being readmitted to Labour.

9.39am Police say feedback from motorists - even those caught - during a week-long blitz on drivers using cellphones behind the wheel has been generally positive.

9.35am: Public hearings begin today on a controversial 27-storey hotel planned for Dunedin's waterfront.

9.30am: Negotiators from 11 countries will sit down for the latest round of talks on the controversial Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP) in Auckland this morning.

9.00am:  The New Zealand dollar traded at 78.59 Australian cents from 78.65 cents in New York on Friday. The kiwi traded at 82.04 US cents from 81.98 cents on Friday.

8.20am: Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler is expected to leave the OCR unchanged at 2.5% on Thursday , according to 12 economists in a Reuters survey.

7.58am: The newly crowned winner of New Zealand's Got Talent Clara van Wel tells TV ONE's Breakfast that winning the competition was a "crazy" moment.

"The adrenalines pumping, and I heard my name, and it was crazy.

"To get into the semis, it blew my mind....but the fact that Ive won, I dont think Ill ever come to terms with," she said.

7.40am: Thousands of trucks and cars have been stuck, some for more than two days, in a traffic jam dozens of kilometres long caused by heavy snow northwest of Moscow , Russian media is reporting.


7.25am: Prime Minister John Key is unfazed by recent poll figures showing his support is dropping.

"Two years, look its a long time in politics, a week is a long time in politics& and the public tend to work it out," he told TV ONE's Breakfast.

7.00am: The Queen has reinstated a Christmas party for her staff after it was axed in 2010.

6.35am: A partial Government backdown over testing party pills on dogs has not appeased animal welfare groups.

"It is totally unnecessary to do it. When you have experimentation on animals there has to be a reason for it, there has to be an outcome, and the people that want the experiment have to look at the outcome, there is no outcome here," SPCA's Bob Kerridge told TV ONE's Breakfast.

"They want to know if party pills are dangerous or whether they are difficult for people. We already know that, we don't have to experiment onanything," he said.

6.29am: Invercargill police are investigating two serious assaults and an attempted abduction of a 17-year-old woman over the weekend.

6.03am: Nintendo's latest game console hits the shelves in time for Christmas.

5.42am: A major rescue operation is continuing in Japan after a road tunnel collapsed on a major highway west of Tokyo killing at least three people and starting a blaze.

5.30am: Syrian army forces pounded rebel-held suburbs around Damascus with fighter jets and rockets today, activists said, killing at least ten and wounding dozens.

5.10am: The Fire Service has been accused of sweeping complaints under the carpet as another brigade faces allegations of misappropriating funds .