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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 his conviction.

CCC considers $400m asset sale

Cranes in Christchurch rebuild.

The Christchurch City Council is considering selling $400m of assets to address a nearly $1 billion shortfall in financing the city's rebuild. It does not want to raise rates.

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 agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in their conflict in the Gaza Strip though it appeared Israeli ground forces would not withdraw. (AUDIO)

NZ's ebola risk 'negligible' - expert

A member of Doctors Without Borders puts on protective gear in an isolation ward.

The risk of an ebola outbreak in New Zealand is negligible, an expert on the virus says. Ebola has killed 729 people in West African countries this year, including that of a doctor. (AUDIO)

Drs urged to change sick leave stance

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Doctors' attitudes need to change so they feel less compelled to work when sick, the Medical Association says. A survey shows most Wellington hospital doctors work when ill.

Stormy weather for much of country

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Strong winds and heavy rain are being forecast for this weekend with warnings this could lead to power cuts. Temperatures are expected to drop after a relatively mild week.

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.

Gold just what Villumsen needed

Linda Villumsen, centre, with silver medalist Emma Pooley, left, and Katrin Garfoot who took bronze.

The New Zealand cyclist Linda Villumsen says after missing out on past glory, gold is everything to her, following her women's individual road time trial win at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Medical details in papers on street

Council documents at the building.

Personal medical details were among a series of documents blown from a Christchurch City Council carpark into the streets below. (AUDIO)

Sixth party registered for Fiji election

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Fiji's Registrar of Political Parties has approved the application of the Fiji United Freedom Party.

Big cash boost for Tainui marae

A Tainui marae at Awakino

Waikato-Tainui marae are set to receive their share of a $15 million grant, as part of the first distribution of its $70 million cash top-up from the Crown. Sixty-six marae will benefit.