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BREAKING NEWS - John Banks convicted, lawyers making sentence submissions

Banks convicted of filing false electoral return

John Banks

Former ACT leader John Banks has abandoned his fight to keep his record clean and has been convicted in the High Court at Auckland of filing a false electoral return.

US condemns Israel's school attack

A Palestinian girl receiving treatment at a hospital near the shelled UN-run school.

In its strongest criticism yet of Israel's military operations in Gaza, the United States has said the shelling of a UN-run school used as a civilian shelter is "totally indefensible". (AUDIO)

Power demand down but prices up

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Electricity demand has fallen for the third year in a row - yet prices have continued to rise. Residential demand fell 3.7 percent from 2011-13, while prices jumped 6 percent.

POWER PLAY with Jane Patterson

Jane Patterson, Parliamentary Chief Reporter.

You know the election is not far away when political parties start ramping up the rhetoric on race relations. The race debate has flared on two different fronts this 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.

Crewman welcomes fishing boat law

Skipper sorting catch aboard North Sea trawler off the coast of northern England.

A crew member who had to work round-the-clock shifts on a foreign charter fishing vessel is delighted the boats are now under New Zealand employment legislation.

Palau calls for global climate action

Tommy Remengesau said island nations needed pratical help.

Pacific leaders have issued a challenge to developed countries to talk less and do more about climate change, and to help small island nations protect their fisheries. (AUDIO)

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.

$500m cost cut in Auckland rail plans

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Nearly half a billion dollars has been cut from the upfront cost of Auckland's downtown rail project because of a decision to drop an underground station and delay buying trains.

FijiFirst cries foul over intimidation

FijiFirst Headquarters

The FijiFirst party is calling on the Electoral Commission to address intimidation of its supporters.

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.

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