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Read will play his first Test of the year against Australia on Saturday.

'We've got to work hard' - Kieran Read wary of hungry Wallabies ahead of Sydney clash

Both teams are battling for victory in the Bledisloe opener.

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Thousands of children are feared to have been abused by Priests, prompting the unusually strong comments by the Vatican.

The Vatican expresses 'shame and sorrow' over child sex abuse in Pennsylvania

Clergy raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state.

First transgender nominee wants to restore democracy 'in spite of a despot' in US

Christine Hallquist wants to empower marginalised communities targeted by President Trump.

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Locals say they had warned of problems with the four-lane highway for years.

Shock turns to anger after Genoa bridge collapse

Many technicians had advised replacing the Genoa bridge after previous collapses.

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A new report reveals prescription rates for anti-psychotics have almost doubled in a decade.

Number of New Zealanders using anti-psychotic drugs for other conditions has surged

A new report reveals prescription rates for anti-psychotics have almost doubled in a decade.

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The dropped All Blacks forward said he didn’t think Hansen was telling him the truth when he missed selection for the Rugby Championship.

Vaea Fifita's Wellington teammates backing him following All Blacks snub

"He's put his head down and is working hard," Thomas Waldrom said.

Volunteers wait outside a venue as final preparations are made at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. The Games which officially opens on Saturday Aug. 18, will feature approximately 11,500 athletes, which is about 1,000 more than a typical Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Dozens killed in Indonesia in clean up campaign leading to Asian Games

Amnesty International says this is 'unnecessary and excessive' force as local police fatally shoot 31 people.

Crash involving bus and car in Auckland's CBD leaves one person seriously injured

A busy intersection on Queen Street is blocked after the incident.

Aussie underwear thief nabbed after repeat offences

A man has been charged with pinching women's underwear from clotheslines in Victoria.

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The seven-time Grammy winner is one of the world’s best-selling artists.

Madonna plans to open football academy in Malawi as she celebrates 60th birthday

The seven-time Grammy winner is one of the world’s best-selling artists.

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The influence of the soul singer as she shared her spirit and talent is impossible to overstate.

'In her voice, we could feel our history' - singer Aretha Franklin remembered by luminaries from world of music, politics

The influence of the soul singer as she shared her spirit and talent is impossible to overstate.

Australian Paralympic champion left stranded on plane without wheelchair

"Australian airlines need to sort their s**t out," Dylan Alcott wrote on Twitter.

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Pressure is mounting on Hockey NZ in the wake of increasing claims of toxic team culture in the Black Sticks Women.

Hockey NZ boss appears in the dark over player dissatisfaction - 'I’m not sure what you’re talking about'

Pressure is mounting in the wake of increasing claims of toxic team culture in the Black Sticks women.

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Carolyn Robinson flew to Brisbane to interview the star, who says there is a special reason Auckland will get the best of her world tour.

'It's just not fair' - fans annoyed as Katy Perry ticket prices are slashed for Auckland gig

Tickets fell to as low as $69 this week, half the original lowest price.

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Like teachers, the psychologists and speech therapists say they are overloaded and underpaid.

Over 500 education specialists set to strike next week - 'Prioritise the needs of children'

Learning support staff say they face the same issues as primary school teachers.

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Kiwi sporting royalty gathered at Windross Farm for the long drive competition.

Israel Dagg, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Olivia Merry hit the driving range at Steven Adams invitational

Kiwi sporting royalty gathered at Windross Farm for the long drive competition.

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The accident comes as hundreds of firefighters battle dozens of blazes, and strong winds are predicted.

Helicopter crashes fighting fire in New South Wales, pilot dies

Only the pilot was believed to be aboard when the helicopter crashed.

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The processed product could be a boost for flagging wool exports, and a rich source of protein.

Scientists discover new use for sheep wool – cat food

The processed product could be a boost for flagging wool exports, and a rich source of protein.

R Kelly being sued for 'extensive damage' to properties he rented

One home was missing items including a stove, furniture, ceiling fans and 22 light fixtures.

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OKC Thunder star Adams didn't realise Miami Heat player James Johnson was part Samoan until he saw his tatts.

Most read: 'Sup uce' - Steven Adams on hilarious encounter with NBA rival and fellow Pacific Islander from Miami Heat

OKC Thunder star Adams didn't realise Miami Heat player James Johnson was part Samoan until he saw his tatts.

Labour MP Willow-Jean Prime defends right to speak Te Reo Māori in Parliament after emailer tells her to 'say it in English'

Ms Prime pointed out to the message sender that captions can always be turned on for speeches in the House.

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Frustrated by the lack of job opportunities, The Independence Collective hope to gain financial independence by selling craft beer.

Kāpiti friends with intellectual disabilities look to create their own employment opportunities with craft beer label

The Independence Collective is made up of six friends determined to prove they're just as able as everyone else when it comes to business.

Singer in metal band Huntress Jill Janus dies at 43

She was one of the few female singers in thrash metal.

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The National Party leader called it a desperate move by Mr Peters to distract the public from his "bad week" in politics.

'Outright nonsense from Winston Peters' – Simon Bridges denies asking NZ First's Ron Mark to join National

The National Party leader called it a desperate move by Mr Peters to distract the public from his "bad week" in politics.

Police seek help finding missing 75-year-old Auckland man

Yongan Jin left his Blockhouse Bay home at around 10am yesterday and has not been heard from since.

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