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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.

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)

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.

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.

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)

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.

Sport: Steven Kari speechless after joining PNG greats

Commonwealth Games 2014 Gold Medal

Commonwealth Games weightlifting champion Steven Kari says winning a gold medal in Glasgow is the fulfilment of a dream.

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)

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.