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TVNZ Slammed - WINZ Lashed Again - Soccer Madness - Lisa Blakie - Teina Poura - Mugger Bailed - Sydney Snatchers - Derailment - Gas Explosion - Mystery Phone Fault - Panda Chase

TVNZ SLAMMED: There was another major tremor in the force today. A self-generated star culture and a culture of exorbitance at TVNZ says a Select Committee report. Minister agrees with the comment on exorbitance. The committee has also scolded TVNZ for inadequate governance procedures. On Hawkesby the committee reccommended good accountability, "it is up to the board and the executive team how to show this." TVNZ CEO Rick Ellis says he won't comment.

WINZ LASHED AGAIN: Work and Income is under attack from the Social Services Select Committee. A report says many questions about the airline charter scandal remain. Christine Rankin refused to disclose a secret settlement with a dismissed executive. The committee says culpability for the scandal has not been established. Belinda Vernon and Muriel Newman have harsh words. WINZ is also attacked for 11 other confidential staff pay outs. Newman's Bill banning secret settlements in the public sector was drawn from the barrel today. The total cost for the weekend in the sun in Taupo may end up topping half a million.

SOCCER MADNESS: Bloody night on the streets of Istanbul as British and Turkish fans clash. Two fans die from stab wounds.

LISA BLAKIE: Bail denied to man thought to be a suspect in the Lisa Blakie murder.

TEINA POURA: Teina Poura found guilty of rape and murder at second trial for the murder of Susan Burdette. Marie Dhyrberg says that as with any trial it is in the jury's hands. Four trials into the murder have not found how many present at the murder yet. Police are not concerned about the grey areas. Poura will have his sentence discounted for the seven

MUGGER BAILED: A man is given bail for the attack on a man in downtown Auckland. Two men have been charged with the attempted murder of Stephen Byrne.

SYDNEY SNATCHERS: TV cameras catch Sydney bag snatchers and muggers in action in Sydney.

DERAILMENT: Road blocked by rail derailment at Pukekohe.

GAS EXPLOSION: Nearly 2000 have been evacuated after a gas explosion in Europe.

MYSTERY PHONE FAULT: Telecom is tonight putting emergency phone lines into Lawrence after a mystery fault took out all phone lines.

PANDA CHASE: A panda that escaped from Auckland Zoo has led school students and Zoo staff on a chase all day. The red panda was found in a tree and then shot out of the tree with tranquiliser darts. The Panda is expected to move back into her home soon but not till it is worked out how she got out.

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