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Gaza truce collapses, Israeli soldier seized

Israeli soldiers on the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip after the proposed three-day truce collapsed.

Israeli forces are searching for a soldier believed captured, as a 72-hour truce with Hamas in Gaza collapsed just hours after it had begun. Palestinians are bracing for an escalation in retaliatory shelling.

Claims crew were drinking in Honolulu

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Passengers on an Air New Zealand flight that was stranded in Honolulu say they're angered by claims some of the crew were partying while they were stuck in limbo for three days.

Waitakere Ranges park expanded

The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park has been expanded.

An expansion of a popular regional park in Auckland has been approved with the purchase of a 78 hectare block which links two parts of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.

Making a tree change in Golden Bay

Debbie Campbell of Bay Subtropicals.

Feature: A jet-setting businesswoman swapped heels for gumboots when she bought Bay Subtropicals in Golden Bay. Country Life reports on a corporate tree change.

Pengxin promises more investment

Shanghai Pengxin says it will invest in boosting productivity and environmental compliance on Lochinver Station.

Chinese company Shanghai Pengxin is defending the purchase of another large North Island farm - Lochinver Station near Taupo. Pengxin already owns 29 farms in New Zealand.

Banks to appeal with new 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)

Ebola outbreak prompts WHO plan

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to Ebola patients in an isolation area.

World Health Organisation head Margaret Chanand and the leaders of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a joint $100 million response plan.

New Zealand boxers fight for gold

David Light after winning his semi-final in Glasgow.

The New Zealand boxers David Nyika and David Light will contest Commonwealth Games gold medal bouts on Sunday after winning their semi-finals on Saturday.

Hagley Oval pavilion roof completed

Hagley Oval is one step closer to hosting the opening match of the Cricket World Cup next year

Christchurch's Hagley Oval is one step closer to hosting the opening match of the Cricket World Cup next year, with the completion of the roof on the stadium's pavilion.

Former SPC head congratulates Dame Meg Taylor on milestone role

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A former director general of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Jimmie Rodgers, says the appointment of Dame Meg Taylor to the role of Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum is a milestone for women.

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.