July 24 2014, updated 9:07am

Reserve Bank raises official interest rate to 3.5%
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'We need to live with this every day'

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Live: Games open

Glasgow 7:56am Those stirring bagpipes! Rockin' Rod! Tartan for 500 miles! It's a festival of Scottishness as the Commonwealth Games open.

Rates up to 3.5 per cent

0 min ago Reserve Bank hikes official interest rates again, to 3.5 per cent, but that is it, for now.

Strangers answer MH17 phones

7:58am Grieving relatives of victims of MH17 disaster receive chilling confirmation of looting at the crash site. | First bodies arrive

Sorry, no women allowed

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West Ham slammed in press

7:29am British media pounce over West Ham's shock 2-1 loss to the Wellington Phoenix.

One dead in fatal crash

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Happy trails on Ruapehu at last

Man lost eye after assault

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First MH17 bodies arrive

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US pushes for truce

While you were sleeping

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Tree death shadows lives

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Report queries uranium impact


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A taste of cafe culture at school

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Google hit over data-slurping

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Clinton praises girls who code

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Crack down on rumours, porn

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Gluten free? Choc on!

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Seeds rendered worthless

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Bees knees

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Sharing produces rewards

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Snoop smoked it at White House

Snoop Dog/YouTube Snoop Dogg says he smoked in the White House bathroom.

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From Grey's to The 100

Treasure hunter film at NZIFF

Cliff Curtis in Dark Horse.

Challenges and chess

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Jaws tourism on the rise

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Trump hotel to be the best

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Should you be scared to fly?

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Melbourne's top 10

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Surprised I survived scarfie flat

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Hope after miscarriage

I remember my son's words, "Mum, I know you are sad about Chotu but aren't you happy you have me?".

Celebrating Glasgow 2014

Endless opportunities in OZ

Out of this winter view

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In a league of his own

Whetu Taewa Whetu Taewa blitzed the opposition with pace and power throughout his international league career.

Backing blind

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Electric future fast approaching

New tax hurts diesels

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Pintos go from beast to beauty

An often-mocked classic car remains "cute", "unique" and "sexy" to their devoted owners.

NZ Comm Games bid 'likely'

New Zealand Olympic Committee President Mike Stanley attends the New Zealand flag raising ceremony at the Athletes Village New Zealand will host another Commonwealth Games - probably in Auckland or Christchurch.

Boyd's health the only concern

Knights boss describes embattled star as the most introverted player he has ever coached.

So the Glasgow Games begin

Ferns won't hold back

Alejandro Rodriguez

Garden of Eden for Phoenix

West Ham have had their Premier League bags sent packing, stunned 2-1 by the Phoenix.

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Jaws tourism on the rise

Despite its reputation as a man-eating predator, the great white shark is luring tourists to Cape Cod.

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Challenges and chess

Cliff Curtis and Boy star James Rolleston have reunited for a new film about challenges and chess.

Child abuse

Three very powerful words

Three of the most powerful words we can say to survivors of violence are, "I believe you".


Oops, did I say that?

I said something sexist in front of my kids - and then they repeated the offending phrase.

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