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New Zealand wins gold on first day of Games

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

New Zealand has picked up its first medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with the men's sprint cycling team taking gold, and bronzes going to the pursuit team and, in judo, to Darcina Manuel.

Plane carrying 116 people missing

 Air Algerie plane

An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people is missing after being caught in a sandstorm over the Sahara Desert. It took off from Burkina Faso, and wreckage has been spotted.

Turia still keen for Maori Party role

Tariana Turia.

Tariana Turia would stay on after the election as Maori Party co-leader if no women from the party are elected to Parliament, she says. She and Pita Sharples are retiring as MPs. (AUDIO)

POWER PLAY with Brent Edwards

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

It appears the opinion polls and many news media organisations have already decided the outcome of the general election. Labour and the Greens are trailing National in the polls.

Elderly migrant abuse hidden problem

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Social workers in Auckland say there's a hidden but growing problem of abuse, particularly financial abuse, against elderly migrants, who are living in constant dread and loneliness.

Standards reflect poverty - principals

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National standards data showing falling achievement levels in Northland are unreliable - but could reflect deepening poverty in the region, Northland principals say.

UN school attacked in Gaza

Distraught relatives outside a hospital morgue following the attack on the UN-run school

The United Nations Secretary-General has expressed his horror at an attack on a UN-run school in the northern Gaza strip that has killed women, children and staff.

Gisborne judoka wins bronze in Glasgow

Darcina Manuel of New Zealand competes in the Womens -57kg Judo Quarter-finals. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Perth-based Gisborne judoka Darcina Manuel has won a bronze medal in the 57 kg category at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

CCC to consider booze ban exemption

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The Christchurch City Council has recommended Canterbury University be exempt from a proposed alcohol ban. The exemption means students can enjoy a beer with their barbie.

Plane crash search effort continues in American Samoa

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The search effort following a plane crash near American Samoa began again at daylight this morning.

Minister gives assurance on Tuhoe deal

Chris Finlayson.

The Treaty Negotiations Minister says the passing of the Tuhoe settlement law won't stop iwi and hapu groups who also have an interest in Te Urewera, from having their claims settled.

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