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Gold in the pool and on the mountain bikes

Lauren Boyle of New Zealand prepares in the Womens 800m Freestyle Heats on Day 4. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Swimmer Lauren Boyle has won gold in the 400 freestyle at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. New Zealand also took gold and silver in the men's mountain biking overnight.

Maori legally privileged, ACT says

Jamie Whyte.

The ACT Party has intensified its rhetoric against what it calls race-based law. In a recent speech ACT leader Jamie Whyte said Maori were legally privileged in NZ today.

NZ First shuns race-based parties

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says his party won't be part of any deal involving either the Maori Party or Mana following the general election on 20 September. (AUDIO)

Bombing intensifies in Gaza Strip

Palestinians carry the bodies of two men as smoke rises over Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

More than 100 Palestinians, including seven entire families, are said to have been killed after Israel intensified its bombing of Gaza and warned of a long conflict ahead.

$1000 each for delayed passengers

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Air NZ will give $1000 each to passengers stranded in Hawaii after their flight was postponed three times due to what the airline described as evolving engineering issues.

Fish and Game seeks PM's assurance

John Key

Fish and Game wants the Prime Minister John Key's assurance its statutory role is safe backed up in writing, while Conservation Minister Nick Smith has dropped a threat of legal action. (AUDIO)

Netanyahu warns of prolonged battle

Palestinian mourners cry at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed children in a playground in late July.

Israel's leader Benjamin Netanyahu has warned of a "prolonged" military campaign in Gaza, as it saw one of its heaviest nights of shelling since the conflict began three weeks ago.

Boyle wins gold in pool

Lauren Boyle

The New Zealand swimmer Lauren Boyle set a new Commonwealth Games record as she swam to the gold medal in the 400m freestyle, her second medal in Glasgow.

Thames shooting 'not random attack'


Police say a home invasion in Thames that left two people with gunshot wounds and a 73-year-old also injured on Monday night was not a random attack. (AUDIO)

RAMSI review notes flawed impact

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Ms Justine Braithwaite, the Acting Prime Minister, Manasseh Maelanga, the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui at a function to mark the RAMSI 11th anniversary.

A review of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says the scaled back operation now should be talked about in the past tense.

Sykes tied with Flavell in Waiariki?

Annette Sykes.

Internet Mana's Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes says she's level-pegging with the Maori Party candidate Te Ururoa Flavell - as she launches her election campaign.