Latest Bulletin: 4 pm Saturday 26 July

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Israel, Hamas agree to pause Gaza hostilities

People gather around the wreckage of a car after it was hit by an Israeli strike in Gaza city.

Israel and Palestinian fighters have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza starting at 4pm Saturday New Zealand time. The temporary ceasefire was mediated by the United Nations.

Highway 'lacks economic analysis'

Opposition parties have condemned a decision to build a new highway between Auckland and Northland.

A transport lobby group said it is considering legal action over consent given to a highway connecting Auckland to Northland. The Puhoi to Warkworth highway will cost $760 million.

Brits buy record amount of NZ wine

 The British are buying Premium New Zealand wine this year at a rate beaten only by product from France.

The British are buying premium New Zealand wine this year at a rate beaten only by product from France. One in five bottles over £7 bought in Britain is from New Zealand.

THE BIG "G" with Gael Woods

A mascot joins the track cycling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

As has been the case at many previous Commonwealth Games, it is volunteers who are greasing the wheels to ensure the smooth running of Glasgow 2014.

Morning ReportMidday Report and Checkpoint set the news agenda, and there is news every hour.

Insight and Focus on Politics provide in-depth coverage of current issues.

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Second sprint gold for NZ

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.

Sevens team in action in Glasgow

The New Zealand sevens Coach Gordon Tietjens holds the IRB 7s World Series Trophy and captain DJ Forbes holds the London 7s Trophy in London in May.

The New Zealand rugby sevens side starts the defense of it's Commonwealth Games title tonight in Glasgow, with plenty of medals up for grabs for New Zealand athletes .

Double silver in judo

New Zealand's Adrian Leat who won the silver medal during his 73kg Judo Final against against England's Danny Williams. Commonwealth Games. Glasgow, July 2014.

The New Zealand medal tally has risen to eight at the Commonwealth Games after athletes picked up another five medals on day two in Glasgow.

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People rally against factory farming

Pigs in field.

People turned out in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin on Saturday to protest against the practice of factory farming.

Brownlee pilot won't be stood down

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Air New Zealand says the pilot who allowed Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee to fly without a security clearance was wrong, but he will not be stood down.

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.

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)

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.

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Auckland's electric trains run again

Passengers disembark at Britomart after the first journey on the city's new electric trains.

Auckland's electric train service will be running again Saturday afternoon but further tests are needed to find the fault that disabled the trains this week.

Boil water notice for Grey district

Grey District residents will have to continue to boil their water until at least Monday after a chlorine leak at the main water pumping station.

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 know about. (AUDIO)

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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.

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.

On The Inside

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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.

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.

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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Brownlee pilot won't be stood down

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Air New Zealand says the pilot who allowed Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee to fly without a security clearance was wrong, but he will not be stood down.

Commission fears low voter turnout

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The Electoral Commission fears a low voter turnout could continue at this year's general election. In 2011, just 69 percent of eligible voters cast their vote - a 30 year low.

PM stands by Brownlee over breach

Gerry Brownlee.

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)

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Ngati Ruanui opposes mining appeal

Black iron-sand of Taranaki's Ahu Ahu Beach

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'

Tau Henare.

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.