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Green light for 'holiday highway' in north

Car side mirror framing bumper to bumper traffic at Warkworth.

A special Board of Inquiry has approved a plan to build to a major new stretch of highway connecting Auckland to Northland. The Puhoi to Warkworth extension will cost over $750 million. (AUDIO)

PM stands by Brownlee over breach

Gerry Brownlee.

The Prime Minister is continuing to stand by Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee, even though he is being investigated over a breach of security after taking a short-cut at Christchurch airport. (AUDIO)

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)

THE BIG 'G' with Gael Woods

Performers take part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

The pressure was on Glasgow to deliver an opening Games ceremony to surprise and delight. Organisers well and truly delivered, with a wall-to-wall tartan spectacular.

Asylum-seekers to go to mainland

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A large group of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers who have been detained on an Australian customs ship for almost a month are to be transferred to the Australian mainland.

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)

Gold for NZ sprint team

Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell and Eddie Dawkins celebrate after winning gold in the Men's Team Sprint.

New Zealand has won its first gold medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games with the men's sprint cycling team of Ethan Mitchell, Eddie Dawkins and Sam Webster taking the top spot. (AUDIO)

Govt may help flood-affected residents

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The Government may give residents in flood-affected areas of Christchurch financial help, after earlier saying it was an issue for the Christchurch City Council to resolve.

PNG Police to attempt to heal divisions

Thomas Eluh

Leading Police officers in Papua New Guinea have agreed to meet to try and heal divisions following recent political turmoil.

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.