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Webster lands sprint gold for New Zealand

Sam Webster celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's sprint final in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

New Zealand has claimed its second gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with track cyclist Sam Webster winning the men's sprint race in Glasgow. He beat England's Jason Kenney in a thrilling final.

Israel, Hamas to pause Gaza hostilities

Smoke billows from a building hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.

Israel has told US Secretary of State John Kerry it will begin a 12-hour pause in Gaza hostilities starting at 4pm Saturday New Zealand time, US officials say.

Brits buy record amount of NZ wine

 The British are buying Premium New Zealand wine this year at a rate beaten only by product from France.

The British are buying Premium New Zealand wine this year at a rate beaten only by product from France. One in five bottles over £7 bought in Britain is from New Zealand.

THE BIG "G" with Gael Woods

A mascot joins the track cycling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

As has been the case at many previous Commonwealth Games, it is volunteers who are greasing the wheels to ensure the smooth running of Glasgow 2014.

Northland highway a 'waste of money'

Opposition parties have condemned a decision to build a new highway between Auckland and Northland.

The Labour and Green parties have condemned the granting of consents for a major new highway between Auckland and Northland, saying it's a waste of money.

New Plymouth runway clear again

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Airport staff in New Plymouth have cleared the runway after a plane broke down as it was preparing to take off on Friday afternoon, forcing some flights to be cancelled.

Attack on Gaza school sparks protests

Distraught relatives outside a hospital morgue following the attack on the UN-run school

At least two Palestinians have been killed and scores wounded in the West Bank during a protest against Israel's military campaign in Gaza that has seen the death toll climb above 800. (AUDIO)

Double silver in judo

New Zealand's Adrian Leat who won the silver medal during his 73kg Judo Final against against England's Danny Williams. Commonwealth Games. Glasgow, July 2014.

The New Zealand medal tally has risen to eight at the Commonwealth Games after athletes picked up another five medals on day two in Glasgow.

Kaipara ratepayers 'liable' for debt

Mangawhai ratepayers say they expect to appeal against a High Court decision on the legality of their rates.

The High Court has ruled that Kaipara ratepayers must pay for debts the council ran up for the $60 million Mangawhai sewerage scheme, which they didn't told about. (AUDIO)

Chikungunya virus confirmed in American Samoa

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The Health Department in American Samoa says it has confirmed the acute rash outbreak as cases of Chikungunya, a virus similar to dengue fever.

Ngati Ruanui opposes mining appeal

Black iron-sand of Taranaki's Ahu Ahu Beach

Ngati Ruanui is opposing an appeal by a company which wants to mine iron sand on the South Taranaki coast and has filed an application in the High Court to fight it.