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IPCA finds police failings in Rewa investigation

Judge Sir David Carruthers.

Police investigating serial rapist Malcolm Rewa failed to interview one complainant and did not check his alibi after a victim identified him, an independent report has found.

Driver had cannabis in system - report

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

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.

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.

More pupils meet National Standards

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More children are meeting national standards in reading, writing and maths, new figures show. The standards apply to children in years one to eight, aged between five and about 13.

Taiwan passenger plane crashes

The plane crashed during a thunderstorm.

A TransAsia Airways plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire.

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.