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ELECTION IMPROVEMENT: A report out tonight makes a bundle of recommendations on how to run the election better. No results on election night till midnight. Key problem 46% of staff had no previous experience. Procedural arrangements for counting added up said the PM. Different coloured paper, court staff back. Wyatt Creech says the PM has indulged in cheap politics over the issue.

AVALANCHE: Japanese authorities are denying that they held off a search for missing snowboarders while they tried to find out they were insured. Mother tells story about her son being a pro and knowing what he was doing. Sister says she is confident her brother is still alive. NZ Embassy spokesman says that sending rescuers in was too dangerous on the night. Search now underway.

AMERICAS CUP: Word from the Cup Village is don't count Prada out yet. Wise voices say that Prada can come back against the Kiwis. Prada made tactical mistakes says John Bertrand who has had lots of interest in his website. Prada hoping for a stronger wind tomorrow and will be trying a new mainsail.

KOSOVO: Peace Keeping troops in Mitrovica have been forced to retreat by stone throwing Serbians. At the center of the conflict US reinforcement troops. Bitter accusations that troops were focussing unnecessarily on them. Two US soldiers injured by flying rocks.

IRANIAN REVOLUTION: Another revolution in Iran at the ballot box. New majority plans to fix Iranian TV and dress codes.

MAID SACKED: Kitchen maid who talked about poisoning the queen fired immediately. While working at Sandringham she had asked where to buy cyanide.

SPACE MAPS: NASA releases new space maps presently being made by the space shuttle.

MISS NEW ZEALAND: Miss New Zealand competition only attracts eight contestants. Lack of interest attributed to lack of a connection between competition and modeling. Former winner says she doesn't regret it.

NANDOR TANZSOS: Popular speech at Canterbury University. Nandor lays out possible options. Decriminalisation. Limited legalisation. Cannabis on sale - as in Holland. Phil Goff says he thinks it is highly unlikely that the government will move to legalising change.

WAIKATO MURDER: Body of man aged in 20s found in Waikato river - circumstances indicate foul play say police.

PYLON ATTACKER: Man accused of attacking pylons dismisses his lawyer when he appears in court in Christchurch.

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