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Police strongly criticised over Rewa inquiry

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)

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.

Parliament passes Treaty settlements

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

Parliament has passed two Treaty of Waitangi settlments - one involving Te Urewera National Park with Tuhoe; the other Auckland's volcanic cones with Tamaki-Makarau iwi and hapu.

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.

NZ police 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.

Crown appeals Paki court ruling

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The Crown is seeking to overturn a decision to grant the son of the Maori King a discharge without conviction. Korotangi Paki had pleaded guilty to burglary and drink driving.

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.

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.