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Cyclists win New Zealand's first gold

New Zealand sprint cyclist Sam Webster.

The New Zealand sprint cycling team have won the country's first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, beating England by half a second at the velodrome.

NZ experts to help identify MH17 dead

Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect a victim's body.

Forensics experts in the Netherlands, including three New Zealanders, are to begin the formal process of identifying bodies from the Malaysian plane shot down in Ukraine. (AUDIO)

Major Treaty claims enshrined in law

The final reading of the legislation was held at Parliament on Thursday.

Parliament has passed two important Treaty settlements - one involving Te Urewera National Park with Tuhoe; the other Auckland's volcanic cones with Tamaki Makaurau iwi. (AUDIO)

Algeria passenger jet missing

 Air Algerie plane

A passenger plane with 116 people on board has gone missing about an hour into its flight to Algiers from Ouagadougou in the West African country of Burkina Faso on Thursday.

Police say sorry to rapist's victims

Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess.

Police have apologised to victims of a serial rapist after a critical report by the IPCA. Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess admits police failed to do their job. (AUDIO)

KiwiRail accepts crash report findings

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KiwiRail has accepted four urgent recommendations for Wellington's commuter train network to stop further collisions after one of its trains hit a stop block, injuring two people. (AUDIO)

Hamas ties ceasefire to end of blockade

An Israeli tank fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from its position near Israel's border with the Palestinian enclave.

The Hamas leader has said there can be no ceasefire to ease the conflict in Gaza without an end to Israel's blockade. It follows further Israeli airstrikes and ground operations in Gaza.

Hewitt 4th in Games triathlon

New Zealand triathlete Andrea Hewitt 4th at Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

No medals for New Zealand in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games triathlon with Andrea Hewitt just missing out on a podium finish in the women's race.

Green light for Wanaka subdivision

Wanaka town.

Queenstown Lakes District councillors have given the green light to the biggest subdivision in Wanaka's history that will increase the South Island town's size by 50 percent.

French Polynesia's Flosse seeks pardon

Gaston Flosse

The lawyer for French Polynesia's president has asked Francois Hollande for a pardon after France's highest court upheld his corruption conviction.

Sharples gives valedictory speech

Pita Sharples.

Retiring Minister of Maori Affairs Pita Sharples admits that before he became an MP, he had no desire to become a politician and preferred instead to be a community advocate. (AUDIO)