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Reserve Bank raises interest rates again

Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler.

The Reserve Bank has raised its benchmark interest rate to 3.5 percent, its highest level since early 2009. Governor Graham Wheeler signalled further increases are on hold for now.

MH17 victims returned to Netherlands

The coffins were brought from the plane by members of the military.

Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in a solemn ceremony as the first bodies of victims from the Malaysian airliner tragedy arrived at an air force base in the Netherlands.

Taiwan passenger plane crashes

The plane crashed during a thunderstorm.

A TransAsia Airways plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire.

CORRESPONDENT Alex Coogan-Reeves

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While it is not going to be the biggest or the best sporting event held this year, the Commonwealth Games still deserves a place in the sporting landscape of the future.

Adams leads NZers into Games party

The opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow.

Olympic and world champion shotputter Valerie Adams has led the New Zealand contingent into the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow.

Schools braced for decile recalculation

child writing at school

Millions of dollars in government funding are at stake as the Ministry of Education gets ready to recalculate schools' decile numbers using the latest census data.

UN: Israel may be guilty of war crimes

Navi Pillay condemned what she called indiscriminate fighting.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says Israel may have committed war crimes by killing civilians, and shelling houses and hospitals during its ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Phoenix shock Hammers

Alex Gorrin and his Phoenix team-mates celebrate their second goal against West Ham

The Wellington Phoenix footballers have upstaged their English Premier League guests West Ham United with a shock 2-1 win at Eden Park in Auckland on Wednesday night.

Iwi, council to co-manage iconic sites

Auckland's One Tree Hill

Crown land on some of Auckland's iconic landmarks will be handed back to iwi under a new law to be passed on Thursday as part of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

Conviction of French Polynesian president upheld

Gaston Flosse

France's highest court has upheld a major corruption sentence given to the French Polynesian president Gaston Flosse last year.

Warning minority dialects could be lost

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A national campaign to promote Maori language week is underway, but some Te Reo advocates fear tribal dialects could be lost due to a push to learn a standardised version of Maori.