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NORTHERN FLOODS: North Islanders mopping up after a two-day deluge of rain should brace for more as the Big Wet continues. "There's more to come," MetService senior forecaster Bob Lake said. "This weather pattern is stuck. Things are going to get waterlogged."

GE SHEEP: DNA from a Danish woman has been inserted into a flock of genetically engineered Waikato sheep, sparking a row in Britain and raising ethical questions. PPL Therapeutics said the DNA from the unnamed woman probably came from a blood sample she gave in the 1980s when aged 22, but she had never been told what her DNA had been used for.

TEACHER KNOWLEDGE: Many primary teachers lack sufficient knowledge of maths and science to teach them well, says the Education Review Office. A report suggests that the school system is holding back our knowledge economy, and says there is an urgent need to "thoroughly evaluate" the Government's $124 million annual investment in teacher education.

NEW FACE OF NZ: Call it the new face of New Zealand - an Indian welfare agency, a Chinese film festival and a Sikh temple. When Prime Minister Helen Clark and Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel visited Auckland yesterday, they met not just the groups that have mattered in New Zealand society for years, such as life members of the Pt Chevalier Returned Services Association, but the representatives of our new peoples.

TODD ALLEGATIONS: Eventing New Zealand says it has no power to question Mark Todd about allegations that he snorted cocaine. Todd was last week named as a member of the New Zealand eventing team for the Sydney Olympics.

WATERFRONT TOWER: When property developer Andrew Krukziener joined the chorus of disapproval directed at AMP's waterfront tower, he was welcomed by those fighting for a people-friendly waterfront as an ally. When he initiated legal proceedings against what he called an "ugly mother of a cheap thing," he was an overnight hero.

CRICKET RECORD: It will go down as one of the most remarkable days in test cricket's 122-year history. Saturday marked what is believed to be the first time all four innings of a test match have occurred - at some stage of their duration - on the one day.

SAS BATTLE: A woman who has battled the SAS for nearly 20 years over her husband's death has lost medals and personal items belonging to him in a mysterious burglary. The stolen property includes religious pendants recovered from the body of Sergeant Dennis Terry, who died in 1981 while on a secret commando mission.

BABY RHINO: A "precious child" born at Auckland Zoo is the latest addition to a worldwide conservation success story. Waiting impatiently for the rain to stop yesterday so she could take her first steps outdoors, Keto - "precious child" in Swahili - is the first white rhino born at the zoo.

TAME ITI BACK FROM FIJI: A group of about 10 Maori activists, including Tame Iti, is back in New Zealand after being turned back at Fiji's international airport. A member of the group, former Maori Labour MP Bruce Gregory, said the activists went to support the cause of indigenous people, not to try to solve Fiji's coup crisis.

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