July 26 2014, updated 6:23am

Sam Webster

Gold, two bronze on track

Cyclist Sam Webster makes it two Commonwealth Games gold medals in as many days.

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'No need' to screen

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No-shows cost millions

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Sons forgive dad who beat them

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'Team effort' nets sex predator

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Earthquake off Alaska

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'Evita' limo to be sold

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Invitation only super saloon

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NZRU lock in six ABs

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Wait for judo gold continues

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Ellis: You've got to have a go

Malawi scare a positive

Sam Webster

Gold, two bronze on track

Cyclist Sam Webster makes it two Commonwealth Games gold medals in as many days.


Escape from Bali

A stay on a tiny coral cay with horse-drawn taxis tops off a Bali family holiday.


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I decided I'd try to change. I set out to do things differently over the course of a week.

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An alien in my homeland

I grew up in the US but it wasn't until I came to New Zealand that I finally felt at home.

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