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Banks plans appeal with 'watertight' evidence

John Banks after his sentencing in the High Court at Auckland.

Former ACT leader John Banks has been sentenced to community work for filing a false electoral return, but says he is innocent and will appeal against his conviction. (VIDEO)

Winds fanning big blaze near Alexandra

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Strong winds are battering parts of Otago, fanning a large fire south of Alexandra and tearing down power lines. The blaze is burning on two fronts, but no houses are in danger, police say.

Council considers $400m asset sale

Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

The Christchurch City Council is considering selling $400m of assets to address a nearly $1b shortfall in financing the city's rebuild. Mayor Lianne Dalziel doesn't want to raise rates.

Israel, Hamas agree to truce in Gaza

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

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in their conflict in the Gaza Strip though it appeared Israeli ground forces would not withdraw. (AUDIO)

NZ's ebola risk negligible - expert

A member of Doctors Without Borders puts on protective gear in an isolation ward.

The risk of an ebola outbreak in New Zealand is negligible, an expert on the virus says. Ebola has killed 729 people in West African countries this year, including that of a doctor. (AUDIO)

Drs urged to change sick leave stance

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Doctors' attitudes need to change so they feel less compelled to work when sick, the Medical Association says. A survey shows most Wellington hospital doctors work when ill.

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.

Black Sticks push for final on day nine

Anita Punt.

The national women's hockey team face England in a Commonwealth Games semi-final, while bowls, boxing and athletics all offer chances for New Zealand to increase its medal tally.

Medical details in papers on street

Council documents at the building.

Personal medical details were among a series of documents blown from a Christchurch City Council carpark into the streets below. (AUDIO)

Sixth party registered for Fiji election

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Fiji's Registrar of Political Parties has approved the application of the Fiji United Freedom Party.

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.