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Brownlee offers to resign over breach

Gerry Brownlee speaking to media at Parliament on Thursday.

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has offered to resign his portfolio after breaching aviation security rules while running late for a plane. The Prime Minister says he won't accept it.

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.

Police strongly criticised over Rewa

Judge Sir David Carruthers.

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.

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.

Drivers concerned at train's brakes

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The union representing train drivers is concerned at the effectiveness of the brakes on the model of commuter train that collided with a concrete stop block in Wellington, injuring two people.

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.

Hamas ties ceasefire to end of blockade

An Israeli tank fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from its position near Israel's border with the Palestinian enclave.

The Hamas leader has said there can be no ceasefire to ease the conflict in Gaza without an end to Israel's blockade. It follows further Israeli airstrikes and ground operations in Gaza.

Triathletes, cyclists first medal hopes

Andrea Hewitt

The New Zealand team will push for its first medal at the Commonwealth Games, with the triathlete Andrea Hewitt and the men's sprint cycling team providing the best chances.

Skyline building declared safe

The Skyline building in Queenstown.

One of Queenstown's most prominent tourism buildings the Skyline Gondola terminal - worked on by a disgraced Invercargill engineer - has been declared safe.

Flosse unrepentant after Paris ruling

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French Polynesia's president Gaston Flosse has denied any wrongdoing after France's highest court rejected his appeal against last year's corruption conviction.

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.