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Webster lands sprint gold for New Zealand

Sam Webster celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's sprint final in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

New Zealand has claimed its second gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with track cyclist Sam Webster winning the men's sprint race in Glasgow. He beat England's Jason Kenney in a thrilling final.

Israel rejects Kerry's Gaza ceasefire bid

Smoke billows from a building hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.

Israel's security cabinet has rejected a Gaza ceasefire proposal by US Secretary of State John Kerry. It would have halted 18 days of fighting between Israel and Islamist group Hamas.

India takes aim at Glasgow's facilities

India's chef de mission has criticised the food, space, bathrooms and TV sets in Glasgow.

India's chef de mission at the Commonwealth Games has reportedly criticised the food, space, bathrooms and TV sets in the athletes village in Glasgow as being far inferior to Delhi.

CORRESPONDENT Alex Coogan-Reeves

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While it is not going to be the biggest or the best sporting event held this year, the Commonwealth Games still deserves a place in the sporting landscape of the future.

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Silver Ferns sputter to first win

Casey Kopua of the Silver Ferns during a Netball Preliminary Group A match against Malawi. Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre, Glasgow, Scotland. Friday 25 July 2014.

The New Zealand Netball team were pushed all the way before edging to a 50-47 win over Malawi in their opening match of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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)

NZ judoka wins bronze in 57kg class

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

The Perth-based judoka Darcina Manuel has won a bronze medal for New Zealand in the 57-kilo category at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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Green light for 'holiday highway'

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 at a cost of over $750 million. (AUDIO)

New Plymouth runway clear again

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Airport staff in New Plymouth have cleared the runway after a plane broke down as it was preparing to take off on Friday afternoon, forcing some flights to be cancelled.

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.

Man jailed for selling guns to gang

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An Auckland man who spent $50,000 on rifles and shotguns he modified and passed onto the Head Hunters gang has been sent to prison for nearly six years.

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.

Low pass rates in some rural towns

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Principals in rural towns say poverty and students who leave early are behind the worst NCEA pass rates. Official figures show results are poorest in Kawerau, Stratford and South Waikato. (AUDIO)

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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)

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.

Boil water notice remains in place

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The Grey District Council has found and fixed the cause of a chlorine gas leak at its main water pumping station but residents are still being told to boil drinking water.

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Attack on Gaza school sparks protests

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

At least two Palestinians have been killed and scores wounded in the West Bank during a protest against Israel's military campaign in Gaza that has seen the death toll climb above 800. (AUDIO)

Asylum-seekers to go to mainland

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A large group of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers who have been detained on an Australian customs ship for almost a month are to be transferred to the Australian mainland.

PM quits, complicating MH17 probe

Arseniy Yatsenyuk speaking to MPs on Thursday.

Ukraine's Prime Minister has resigned after the collapse of his governing coalition, again plunging the former Soviet state into political limbo and complicating an investigation into shooting down of a Malaysia plane.

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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.

West Coast faces exodus of young

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Mass lay-offs in the mining sector could result in the West Coast losing a generation. As Insight discovered, its young people are being forced to look further afield for work.

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Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Kim Dotcom continues to loom large over New Zealand politics. He's getting plenty of attention, but probably not in the way he would like.

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PM stands by Brownlee over breach

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The Prime Minister is continuing to stand by Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee, even though he is being investigated over a breach of airport security. (AUDIO)

Turia still keen for Maori Party role

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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)

TVNZ assures Labour over debate

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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.

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Ngati Ruanui opposes mining appeal

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Ngati Ruanui is opposing an appeal by a company which wants to mine iron sand on the South Taranaki coast and has filed an application in the High Court to fight it.

Sculptures to tell Auckland history

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A Maori carver is aiming to 'bless' Auckland with more Maori sculptures telling its history as part of a project called the Sacred Chisels of Tamaki Makaurau, commissioned by the Council.

Henare will miss the 'buzz'

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Retiring National list MP, Tau Henare, says he's going to miss the buzz he gets from politics but he didn't want to give a valedictory speech as he leaves parliament.

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Confidence eases, firms still optimistic

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Firms remain buoyant about the economy's prospects, despite higher interest rates and a sluggish global recovery according to the latest ANZ Bank confidence survey. (AUDIO)

Sharemarket ends week on a high

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The sharemarket finished the week on a high note. On Friday the benchmark Top 50 Index rose 20 points to 5194. Floats have been pre-occupying fund managers.

Dollar trades in narrow range

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The New Zealand dollar traded in narrow range on Friday. Analysts say it's unlikely to break out of the current range, ahead of key economic news in the United States, next week.

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Reduced LIC dividend for co-op owners

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Farmer owners of the dairy livestock genetics co-operative LIC are getting a reduced dividend this year as the co-op upgrades its technology and information systems.

Double win for shearing legend

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New Zealand shearing legend David Fagan has scored a stunning double, winning a 12th Royal Welsh Open title and helping New Zealand to another win over Wales.

Don't write off dairying, MyFarm says

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People should not be in any hurry to write off dairy farming just because global dairy trade auction prices have taken a dive, MyFarm executive director Andrew Watters says.