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Puhoi-Warkworth road gets the green light

Car side mirror framing bumper to bumper traffic at Warkworth.

A special Board of Inquiry has approved a plan to build to a major new stretch of highway connecting Auckland to Northland. The Puhoi to Warkworth extension will cost over $750 million. (AUDIO)

New Plymouth flights halted

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An Air New Zealand plane has broken down at New Plymouth airport and no aircraft can take off or land. The plane had a steering issue while taxiing out to the runway. (AUDIO)

Kaipara ratepayers 'liable' for debt

Mangawhai ratepayers say they expect to appeal against a High Court decision on the legality of their rates.

The High Court has ruled that Kaipara ratepayers must pay for debts the council ran up for the $60 million Mangawhai sewerage scheme, which they didn't told about. (AUDIO)

THE BIG 'G' with Gael Woods

Performers take part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

The pressure was on Glasgow to deliver an opening Games ceremony to surprise and delight. Organisers well and truly delivered, with a wall-to-wall tartan spectacular.

TVNZ assures Labour over debate

Mike Hosking.

The Labour Party says Television New Zealand has given its assurance that its political debate hosted by Mike Hosking will be conducted with absolute political neutrality.

Cellphone evidence leads to conviction

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Evidence gathered solely from a cellphone has been used for the first time to convict a man for possessing child sex abuse pictures. He has been sentenced to 17 months in prison.

UN aid bypasses Damascus checks

Residents of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, with food distributed by the UN earlier in July.

The United Nations says an aid convoy has entered Syria from Turkey without Syrian government consent. Until now, almost all aid has gone to parts of the country controlled by Damascus.

Gold for NZ sprint team

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

New Zealand has won its first gold medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games with the men's sprint cycling team of Ethan Mitchell, Eddie Dawkins and Sam Webster taking the top spot. (AUDIO)

Govt may help flood-affected residents

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The Government may give residents in flood-affected areas of Christchurch financial help, after earlier saying it was an issue for the Christchurch City Council to resolve.

Temaru reminds French HC of court ruling

Oscar Temaru

French Polynesia's opposition leader, Oscar Temaru, says he will remind the French High Commissioner to terminate the tenure of President Gaston Flosse.

Non-Maori interest in events growing

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Interest from non-Maori in Matariki and Te Reo Maori is growing according to Auckland Libraries. 250 kaupapa Maori events have been held in the region's libraries in the past month.

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