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The Police in Hastings can not confirm the man they shot in the school playground had a gun but insist they acted swiftly to keep children safe; and the Workplace Minister is urging tourists to ask adventure companies whether they are registered before using their services.

1. Relatives of a man still missing from the Whakaari / White Island eruption blame Police bureaucracy for missing a chance to find his body. Hayden Marshall-Inman died on the island and his brother Mark Inman says the Police took too long on Monday to approve a plan to try netting the body in the near by sea.

2. The Workplace Minister is urging tourists to ask adventure companies whether they are registered before using their services. Questions are being asked on whether rules covering adventure tourism are adequate, more than a week on from the Whakaari / White Island eruption.

3. A Whakantane intensive care nurse who looked after patients following the deadly eruption has been killed in a car crash. Sheila Cheng died in the Bay of Plenty on Saturday.

4.The Police in Hastings can not confirm the man they shot in the school playground had a gun but insist they acted swiftly to keep children safe.

5.Accident investigators want a law change to force all the nations biggest fishing boats to comply with modern safety standards. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission reports the changes is needed to protect crew members.

6. Environmental activities say its ridiculous an Austrian oil company has been granted consent to discharge drilling waste from exploration wells off the Otago coast.

7.A handful of South Island roads remain closed today. The Transport Agency says heavy rain, flooding and slips have closed three state highways this week.

8.South-eastern parts of Australia are set to swelter through an intensifying heatwave from today, with the conditions bringing potentially record-breaking temperatures.Adelaide is forecast to reach 40 degrees Celsius for the next four days, while inland parts of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales will be even hotter, reaching the mid to high 40s during the week.

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