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NZ KIWI centre and Canterbury Bulldogs league midfielder has been arrested on an array of sexual offences relating to a teenage Taranaki girl.

Pakistani cricket legend and recently sacked national coach as retracted his earlier claim the summer's one-day-series versus New Zealand was blighted by match-fixing.

Tiger Woods has earned his place among sporting immortals by winning the US Masters to become the first man to ever win all four majors in a row.

Woods will surely intensify the bid to have him brandish his clubs at Paraparaumu in the future.

Wellington scientists are saddened by the violent death suffered by a young strap-tooth whale who was found washed up after being hit by a propellor. However the cetacean is extremely rare and as it has never been seen or recorded in the wild it's arrival offers unique research possibilities.

Government is continuing to stress it plans to improve services for veterans.

The Spy plane stand-off reach Wellington today when general Zhang Wan Yeh spoke to PM Helen Clark telling her the friendship between China and the US will best be restored through diplomatic channels. However he warned long-term relations were at risk.

Vice President Dick Chency fears internal politics in Beijing may be causing the standoff to continue.

Sophie Rhys-Jones has resigned over her embarassing interview with a fake Sheikh.

Water-front problems continue with stevedores in dispute with their employers.

The NZSE 40 was up 3 points after a day's steady trade.

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