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Crewe inquiry fails to solve key questions

Harvey and Jeannette Crewe on their wedding day.

The long-awaited police review into the Crewe murders 44 years ago has failed to answer the questions who killed the couple and why a police officer was not prosecuted for corruption. (VIDEO)

Novopay under Government control

Steven Joyce  during a press conference regarding Novopay next steps.

The Government will take over the running of the Novopay payroll system and has reached a cash settlement with Australian company Talent2. Principals welcome the change. (AUDIO)

Parts of Gaza now in ruins

Heavy smoke billows from buildings following an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on Tuesday.

The Israeli bombardment has left large parts of Gaza in ruins. The United Nations says its resources are at breaking point, with 200,000 people sheltering in its buildings.

Adams going for gold in Glasgow

Val Adams competing in Poland earlier this year.

The closest thing New Zealand has to a sure bet, Valerie Adams, competes on day 7 of the Commonwealth Games for a gold in the shot put and looks unlikely to be troubled.

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Adams going for gold in Glasgow

Val Adams competing in Poland earlier this year.

The closest thing New Zealand has to a sure bet, Valerie Adams, competes on day 7 of the Commonwealth Games for a gold in the shot put and looks unlikely to be troubled.

CORRESPONDENT Stephen Hewson

Usain Bolt

It was sympathy more than anything else I felt for world sprint superstar Usain Bolt upon his arrival in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

Gold and silver in mountainbiking

Anton Cooper wins 2014 Commonwealth Games mountain bike gold.

A day to remember for New Zealand at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games mountain bike park, with Anton Cooper winning gold and Sam Gaze silver in the men's competition.

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Dotcom ordered to disclose assets

Kim Dotcom with seized cars.

The US has applied to permanently take control of Kim Dotcom's assets as a court considers a freeze on them. He must also reveal what he has to film studios trying to sue him. (AUDIO)

CAA didn't look at pilot's drug use

Pilot Lance Hopping.

A CAA official says an investigation by the organisation following a balloon crash in Wairarapa did not consider evidence of cannabis found in pilot Lance Hopping's body. (AUDIO)

Suppression case important legal test

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A case in which two women have asked the court to remove name suppression for themselves and a man convicted of sexual abuse, has been described as important for the legal system.

Extra $4.6m for fisheries monitoring

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New Zealand is to give an extra $4.6 million to monitor illegal and unreported fishing in the Pacific and help nations to reap a larger share of the tuna harvest.

Farmers face losses after forecast cut

Dairy farmer inspects herd.

Federated Farmers predicts a drop in forecast milk payouts will leave a fifth of dairy farmers unable to make a profit. Fonterra cut its forecast to $6 per kilo of milk solids. (AUDIO)

Website aims to do away with red tape

computers with govt.nz website

A new government website aims to cut through red tape, doing away with the need to spend what feels like hours online to try and find that one piece of information.

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Govt 'under pressure' over quake land

The NZ Coat of Arms on the Supreme Court building in Wellington.

The Crown was under pressure to give Christchurch residents timely decisions about quake-damaged land in 2011, the Supreme Court has been told.

Teacher struck off for abusing students

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A teacher who physically and psychologically abused year nine students has been censured and deregistered. The man hit, kicked and swore at misbehaving students in 2011 and 2012.

Man who killed wife denied parole

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A Timaru man who has served 20 years in prison after murdering his wife, and dumping her body in Lake Tekapo, has been denied parole. The Parole Board says he lacks remorse.

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US, EU extend sanctions on Russia

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The United States and the European Union have agreed the toughest sanctions yet against Russia over its support for rebels in Ukraine. Moscow denies it is supplying weapons.

Last crew member of Enola Gay dies

Enola Gay.

The last crew member of the Enola Gay, the American B29 that dropped the first atomic bomb, has died. Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk was 93.

Rush to flush after drug dog warning

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Jetstar has confirmed a crew member warned passengers returning from a music festival about drugs dogs waiting at Sydney airport. The warning prompted a rush to the toilets.

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CORRESPONDENT Stephen Hewson

Usain Bolt

It was sympathy more than anything else I felt for world sprint superstar Usain Bolt upon his arrival in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

Study calls for pre-birth intervention

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Feature: Identifying vulnerable children before they're born could improve the lives of Maori and Pacific children. Insight looks at a study that tracked the lives of 7000 families.

Should NZ reporters fear spying?

Edward Snowden said he put systems to work for the US at all levels.

Feature: Pen, notebook - and encryption key. It's time to add digital security to the reporter's toolkit, experts say. Mediawatch looks at journalism in the digital age. (AUDIO)

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Delay in opening email on diplomat

Murray McCully talking to reporters on Wednesday.

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has been questioned in Parliament over when his office was first told of the Malaysian diplomat botch-up.

ACT leader rejects comments racist

Jamie Whyte.

ACT Party leader Jamie Whyte has rejected any suggestion he is racist for calling for the abolition of the Maori seats despite being criticised by the Race Relations Commissioner.

Labour to set up wages inquiry

David Cunliffe.

The Labour Party has announced it would set up a Commission of Inquiry into wages and collective bargaining if it is elected to Government, as part of its work and wages policy.

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Tuhoronuku election results out

Hapu took to the streets of Whangarei in protest over the mandate.

The election results are out for Tuhoronuku - the board that will steer the massive Ngapuhi Treaty settlement. The election process has caused animosity among hapu in the north.

ACT comments from "Dark Ages"

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A Far North iwi leader has criticised the ACT Party leader Jamie Whyte's comments about wanting to axe Maori seats from parliament, saying they are from the Dark Ages.

Legal look at Tuwharetoa settlement

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The body set up to spend the Tuwharetoa Treaty settlement package has asked lawyers to investigate investment losses and overspending. A hui has been called next month.

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New building consents rebound

Consents for building new homes rose in March.

The number of consents for new houses and apartments has rebounded, rising 3.5 percent in June compared with the previous month, according to official figures.

Positive debut for Metro Glass

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New Zealand shares finished slightly weaker on Wednesday. The highlight of the day was the trading debut of Metro Glass.

NZD awaits key US economic data

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The New Zealand dollar was little changed on Wednesday against the currencies of all the major trading partners as it awaits key economic data out of the United States.

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Fonterra slashes payout forecast

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Fonterra has slashed its forecast payout to farmers for this season from $7 per kilo of milk solids to $6, following sharp falls in global dairy prices which are down 16 percent since June. (AUDIO)

Zespri strengthens requirements

Growers who want to sell Zespri kiwifruit have to make their customs documents available to Zespri on an audit basis.

Former Fonterra executive Jonathan Mason is leading Zespri's efforts to strengthen regulatory compliance, as the kiwifruit marketer works to avoid any repeat of past mistakes.

ACT vows to target Fish and Game

David Haynes said this Fish and Game billboard campaign in Canterbury angered Conservation Minister Nick Smith.

The ACT Party's vowing to target Fish and Game saying it's questioning the environmental impacts of intensive agriculture and irrigation and has grown too big for its boots.