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Banks plans appeal with 'watertight' evidence

John Banks after his sentencing in the High Court at Auckland.

Former ACT leader John Banks has been sentenced to community work for filing a false electoral return, but says he is innocent and will appeal against his conviction. (VIDEO)

Govt called to account for spy claims

The Waihopai spy base in Blenheim.

The Prime Minister's office is denying the fibre-optic cable that links New Zealand with the world is being intercepted, following revelations an NSA engineer visited last year. (AUDIO)

Chinese sign deal to acquire big farm

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Chinese group Shanghai Pengxin has signed a sale and purchase agreement for a 14,000-hectare farming station in the North Island. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.

POWER PLAY with Jane Patterson

Jane Patterson, Parliamentary Chief Reporter.

You know the election is not far away when political parties start ramping up the rhetoric on race relations. The race debate has flared on two different fronts this week.

Council considers $400m asset sale

Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

The Christchurch City Council is considering selling $400m of assets to address a nearly $1b shortfall in financing the city's rebuild. Mayor Lianne Dalziel doesn't want to raise rates. (AUDIO)

NZ donates more funds to Gaza

Smoke rises from a building after an Israeli strike on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday.

The New Zealand Government has donated $250,000 in aid money to help with relief work in Gaza. It has condemned the ongoing violence and said it's likely to contribute more.

Israel, Hamas agree to truce in Gaza

A Palestinian girl receiving treatment at a hospital near the shelled UN-run school.

Israel and Hamas have put into effect an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip on Friday. However, just hours later, Palestinian officials said four people had been killed by Israeli fire. (AUDIO)

Black Sticks push for final on day nine

Anita Punt.

The national women's hockey team face England in a Commonwealth Games semi-final, while bowls, boxing and athletics all offer chances for New Zealand to increase its medal tally.

Crews keep watch on South Island fires

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Firefighters are keeping watch on two fires in Southland and Central Otago overnight as it's too dangerous to fight them in the dark on Friday. No homes are under threat.

Numbers, not name, reason for One Fiji party rejection

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The proposed One Fiji party says its application was rejected by the Registrar of Political Parties because it didn't provide enough signatures to support its application.

South Taranaki iwi signs Treaty deal

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Ngaruahinerangi has signed its Treaty of Waitangi settlement at a pa in South Taranaki, where the Crown apologised for past actions. The tribe is to receive $67m in financial redress.