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Government called to account for spy claims

The Waihopai spy base in Blenheim.

The Prime Minister's office is denying the fibre optic cable that links New Zealand with the world is being intercepted, following revelations an NSA engineer visited the country last year. (AUDIO)

Banks sentenced, but plans appeal

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)

Chinese sign deal to acquire big farm

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Chinese group Shanghai Pengxin has signed a sale and purchase agreement for a 14,000-hectare farming station in the North Island. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.

Black Sticks push for final at Games

Anita Punt.

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

South Taranaki iwi signs Treaty deal

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Ngaruahinerangi has signed its Treaty of Waitangi settlement at a pa in South Taranaki, where the Crown apologised for past actions. The tribe is to receive $67m in financial redress.

NZ donates more funds to Gaza

Smoke rises from a building after an Israeli strike on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday.

The New Zealand Government has donated $250,000 in aid money to help with relief work in Gaza. It has condemned the ongoing violence and said it's likely to contribute more.

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)

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.

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. (AUDIO)

Numbers, not name, reason for One Fiji party rejection

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The proposed One Fiji party says its application was rejected by the Registrar of Political Parties because it didn't provide enough signatures to support its application.

MP wants separate body to deal with Treaty bills

Tau Henare.

The retiring chairman of the Maori Affairs Select Committee, Tau Henare, suggests there should be a separate body to deal with Treaty of Waitangi bills.