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Police say sorry to serial rapist's victims

Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess.

Police have apologised to victims of a serial rapist following a critical report by watchdog the IPCA. Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess admits police failed to do their job properly. (AUDIO)

Labour concerned at Hosking role

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TVNZ has requested more information from Labour about its concerns over a presenter moderating the channel's televised leaders' debates before the general election on 20 September.

Sharples gives valedictory speech

Pita Sharples.

Retiring Minister of Maori Affairs Pita Sharples admits that before he became an MP, he had no desire to become a politician and preferred instead to be a community advocate.

High expectations in Scotland

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Valerie Adams, the Silver Ferns and the Rugby Sevens promise success for New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where 232 of our athletes will compete.

Green light for Wanaka subdivision

Wanaka town.

Queenstown Lakes District councillors have given the green light to the biggest subdivision in Wanaka's history. The 1400 lot Northlake Subdivision will increase the town's size by 50 percent.

NZ experts to help identify plane victims

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

New Zealand police specialists are on their way to the Netherlands to help identify the victims of the Malaysian airliner tragedy in which 298 died after the plane was shot down over the Ukraine.

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.

KiwiRail accepts crash report findings

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KiwiRail has accepted four urgent recommendations for Wellington's commuter train network to stop further collisions after one of its trains hit a stop block, injuring two people.

French Polynesia's Flosse seeks pardon

Gaston Flosse

The lawyer for French Polynesia's president has asked Francois Hollande for a pardon after France's highest court upheld his corruption conviction.

Contentious Te Reo bill has first reading

Annette Sykes.

A contentious bill to put the job of revitalising Te Reo in the hands of iwi has had its first reading in Parliament. It's been criticised by Mana candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes.

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