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Police strongly criticised over Rewa investigation

Judge Sir David Carruthers.

The police have been strongly criticised for failing to properly investigate serial rapist Malcolm Rewa, including failing to check his alibi after a victim identified him.

Driver had cannabis in system - report

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The driver of the train which crashed into a concrete barrier at a Lower Hutt station in May was found to have the active ingredient for cannabis in his system, a report shows.

Tuhoe settlement passes final reading

Veteran Tuhoe activist Tame Iti arrives for the final reading of legislation settling the iwi's claim.

Parliament has passed a significant Treaty milestone with the final reading of legislation to settle Tuhoe's claim with the Crown. The settlement creates a new legal body for Te Urewera.

Reserve Bank raises rates again

Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler.

The Reserve Bank has increased its benchmark interest rate to 3.5 percent, in the fourth hike this year. Governor Graham Wheeler signalled further increases are on hold for now.

Galapagos murder mystery revealed

Freidrich Ritter and Dore Strauch

Film-makers who visited to the Galapagos Islands tell Nine to Noon how they stumbled on a murder mystery involving a group of Germans who tried to make their own utopia.

NZ police to help identify plane victims

Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect a victim's body.

New Zealand police are to help with identifying some of the victims from the Malaysian airliner tragedy. Three officers are on their way to the Netherlands, where some of the bodies are.

MH17 victims returned to Netherlands

The coffins were brought from the plane by members of the military.

Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in a solemn ceremony as the first bodies of victims from the Malaysian airliner tragedy arrived at an air force base in the Netherlands.

Stewart, Boyle, the Queen open Games

The Queen opens the Commonwealth Games.

Scottish songbirds Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle, the Loch Ness Monster and tartan - lots of tartan - all made an appearance at the opening of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

One dead, two injured in head-on crash

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A 16-year-old unlicensed driver is dead and two other people are injured after a head-on collision near Pahiatua, in Wairarapa, on Wednesday night.

Conviction of French Polynesian president upheld

Gaston Flosse

France's highest court has upheld a major corruption sentence given to the French Polynesian president Gaston Flosse last year.

Warning minority dialects could be lost

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A national campaign to promote Maori language week is underway, but some Te Reo advocates fear tribal dialects could be lost due to a push to learn a standardised version of Maori.

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