Comm Games recap: Three gold medals for NZ on a huge final day of action for our Kiwi athletes

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage from day 11 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Keep up with all the action on our live stream here.

NZ medal tally: Gold 15 Silver 16 Bronze 15

Full table here: 2018 Commonwealth Games medal table.

6:10pm: Kiwis in action

Not a bad end for the Kiwis with gold medals in the final two events of the Comm Games!

That sees us finish a very commendable fifth on the final medal table with a total of 46 medals.

Australia top the table with a whopping 198 medals, next comes England then India and Canada.

5:58pm: Rugby sevens

A brilliant performance from the men's sevens as they win 14 - 0 against the Fijians.

No mean feat keeping the flying Fijians scoreless in a Comm Games final.

5:55pm: Rugby sevens

Gold for NZ! They've added to the gold claimed by the NZ women's team by beating Fiji in the Comm Games final.

5:52pm: Rugby sevens

Another Fiji knock on. Only three minutes to go, time is in NZ's favour. 

5:48pm: Rugby sevens

What a tackle from Curry! It saves a certain try for Fiji. 

5:45pm: Rugby sevens

That's halftime with NZ leading 14-0. It's been all NZ but they might rue that Whare knock on if Fiji come back in the second half. 

5:44pm: Rugby sevens

Whare might have dropped it putting over the line! Knock on, a huge moment. It remains NZ 14-0. 

5:42pm: Rugby sevens

Fiji look they'll be down to six men for two minutes. A late and high tackle. 

5:40pm: Rugby sevens

Whare has scored a brilliant try! He cut back from the left flank and left mutiple defenders in his wake. NZ 14-0. What a start!

5:37pm: Rugby sevens

NZ are in! Nanai-Seturo slices through a gap to open the scoring. NZ 7-0. 

5:35pm: Rugby sevens

Fiji to kick off!

5:33pm: Rugby sevens

The men are out on the field now and in the middle of the national anthems. 

5:26pm: Rugby sevens

NZ have done it! A stunning long-range try to Kelly Brazier in extra time gives them the 17-12 win and the gold medal! That was incredible, a fitting ending to a superb final. 

5:24pm: Rugby sevens

Williams with the match-saving try. And she won the penalty. Sensational effort. Time is off - can NZ do it?

5:22pm: Rugby sevens

Knock on against Australia. NZ ball - this is a huge chance.

5:18pm: Rugby sevens

Australia have kicked the ball out to send the game into extra time. Bizarre move but we're not complaining. We want more action. 

5:15pm: Rugby sevens

Australia have scored again! The conversion missed. Locked up at 12-all. We're in for some finish. 

5:14pm: Rugby sevens

A lineout mistake from NZ allows Australia to score. Two minutes left. NZ 12-7. 

5:13pm: Rugby sevens

What defence from Blyde! She made back-to-back tackles, the second after an awesome chase. 

5:10pm: Rugby sevens

Knock on against NZ. A big chance goes begging there after the kick. 

5:07pm: Rugby sevens

NZ score! That's so important on the cusp of halftime and reward for some great defence. NZ 12-0. 

5:02pm: Rugby sevens

Woodman with an incredible try! She got the ball in her own half, outpaced her opposite, put some footwork on the sweeper and then sprinted away to score. AMAZING! NZ 5-0

5:01pm: Rugby sevens

A nervous start from both sides. A knock on apiece.

4:59pm: Rugby sevens

NZ kick off and we're away!

4:55pm: Rugby sevens

The players are coming out onto the field. It's a rematch of the Olympic gold medal match in Rio two years ago. We're hoping for a different result this time. The national anthems will play prior to the final.  

4:51pm: Rugby sevens

England prevailed over South Africa, 21-14 to claim the bronze but we're onto the duel main events now. 

4:49pm: Rugby sevens

All square in the men's bronze match game! 14 - 14 between England and South Africa with 1 minute to go.

NZ women up next.

4:40pm: Rugby sevens

Womens's rugby sevens final between Australia and New Zealand up soon.

The men's bronze medal match is 14 - 0 to South Africa over England at half-time.

4:23pm: Netball final

UPSET! England win in the last second to beat Australia to the gold by 52 - 51.

They have exploded with joy and rightly so, amazing scenes!

4:18pm: Netball final

England coming back!! Australia still up by one 47 - 46 with five minutes left. Great finale to the netball.

4:10pm: Netball final

The Aussies pull away from England 39 - 36 in the final quarter and have all the momentum now.

4:01pm: Click here for a brutally honest assessment from Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant after the latest loss to Jamaica.

3:55pm: Netball final

All tied up at 30 - 30 in a thrilling gold medal match between Australia and England.

3:15pm: Kiwis in action

A big afternoon coming up to round out an amazing Comm Games for NZ.

Women's rugby sevens final Australia vs New Zealand 4:37pm.

Men's rugby sevens final Fiji vs New Zealand 5:01pm.

2:42pm: Squash

They've done it! NZ have won Gold! It was 11-8 in the final set. Well done to Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy!

2:38pm: Squash

India have fought back. It's 6-5 to NZ. 

2:35pm: Squash

The women are a game and 4-2 up. Come on ladies!

2:31pm: Men's sevens

Fiji have won! The Olympic champions scored the winning try in extra time to book a gold medal match against their old rivals NZ. The two great sevens nations will duke it out for gold. 

2:29pm: Netball

The Silver Ferns have gone down 55-60. They haven't been able to salvage anything from what has been a sorry Commonwealth Games campaign. 

2:27pm: Men's sevens

Extra time is needed in the second men's semi. Fiji and South Africa are locked up at 19-all. It's definitely worth a watch on Duke. 

2:24pm: Netball

Jamaica have snapped that run. It's 59-52 to Jamaica, who have won hand on the bronze medal. 

2:21pm: Netball

The Ferns are on a run! It's now 55-51 to Jamaica.

2:15pm: Squash

The women's doubles gold medal match is just about to start on the Games Extra channel if you want to watch. 

2:12pm: Men's sevens

Fiji are up 12-0 over South Africa. 

2:07pm: Netball

Jamaica have opened up a 46-39 lead. NZ in need of a big last quarter. 

2:01pm: Men's sevens

England have scored! There's just over 20 seconds to go with NZ up 17-12. England need to get possession from the kick off. NZ take out it. The All Blacks Sevens team are into the final!

1:57pm: Men's sevens

NZ have scored! A lovely long pass puts Whare away in the corner. NZ 17-7. 

1:55pm: Netball

NZ have hit the lead. Silver Ferns up by a point, 32-31. 

1:52pm: Men's sevens

They're in! NZ take a 12-7 lead into halftime. 

1:50pm: Men's sevens

NZ win a penalty! They'll have the chance to score before halftime. 

1:48pm: Men's sevens

NZ hit back! Whare crosses in the corner. England 7-5. 

1:46pm: Men's sevens

England have scored. They're up 7-0. 

1:44pm: Men's sevens

It's the turn of the men now. They're also up against England. 

1:41pm: Women's sevens

Woodman wIth too much pace! She sprints away from the England defenders to score. NZ 26-5. That's it. NZ are into the gold medal match where they'll face Australia. 

1:37pm: Women's sevens

NZ are in! After an exhausting passage of play the Black Ferns cross in the right corner. NZ 19-5. 

1:34pm: Netball

NZ trailing 24-25 with just under three minutes left in Q2. 

1:33pm: Women's sevens

Blyde goes from try scorer to try saver, making a last ditch tackle after the break. NZ still lead 12-5

1:29pm: Women's sevens

NZ are in! A nice pass from Williams puts Blyde in. That's halftime now. NZ 12-5. 

1:28pm: Women's sevens

Great run by Woodman but some superb defence from England brings her down just short of the line. What entertainment!

1:26pm: Women's sevens

England have scored! Scores locked up at 5-all. 

1:25pm: Netball

NZ have closed the gap. It's 17-15 to Jamaica. 

1:23pm: Women's sevens

The skipper is in! Goss shows some wheels to score on the right wing. NZ 5-0

1:21pm: Women's sevens

Kick off is seconds away in the semi between the Black Ferns and England...

1:10pm: Netball

The Silver Ferns are struggling against the height of Jamaica GS Fowler. NZ trailing 6-8. 

1:08pm: Netball

NZ trailing 4-7. 

1:04pm: Netball

We're off. Jamaica are up 1-0 and then NZ turn the ball over from the centre pass, but they win it back! Mes finishes it 1-1. 

12:55pm: Netball

While we wait for the Silver Ferns to start. This Comm Games wrap is great viewing. 

12:54pm: Netball

It comes thick and fast after that with the Black Ferns Sevens' semi at 1:20pm, the All Blacks Sevens are in action in theor own semi just after 1:40pm. Then the women's squash doubles gold medal match featuring Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy is at 2pm.

12:49pm: Netball

Next up on an action packed last day of the Commonwealth Games is the netball bronze medal match between the Silver Ferns and Jamaica. That's about 10 minutes away. 

12:43pm: Basketball

The Tall Blacks have done it! They're bronze medallists after beating Scotland, 79-69. Well done guys! We'll have more soon on that win. 

12:40pm: Basketball

Callum Hawkins of Scotland was overtaken by Australia's Michael Shelley close to the end of the race. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

Just over a minute left in the bronze medal match. NZ leading 77-67. 

12:32pm: Men's marathon

Shelley has crossed the line to record a historic victory. He successfully defends the title he won in Glasgow. 

12:31pm: Basketball

Meanwhile, the Tall Blacks are leading Scotland, 73-57. 

12:30pm: Men's marathon

Shelley is closing in on the finish line. 

12:25pm: Men's marathon

Some dramatic and horrible scenes from the marathon. The Scottish leader Callum Hawkins has collapsed after 40km. His race is over after he received medical treatment. Australia's Michael Shelley ran past him to take the lead. We'll have the video shortly. 

12:21pm: Basketball

Abercrombie drains one from deep to give NZ a 66-50 lead. Just under 7 minutes to go in the final quarter. 

12:16pm: Basketball

NZ have a 15-point lead heading into the last quarter. They're up 59-42. 

12:07pm: Basketball

The Tall Blacks are up 51-42 with just under two minutes left in the third. 

12:02pm: Basketball

Scotland not going away, NZ lead 47-40 through the third quarter.

11:53am: Basketball

Both teams back on court for the start of the second half. The Tall Blacks looking to close this out and take the bronze.

11:40am: Basketball

New Zealand's class starting to show at the end of the second quarter, leading 41-35 at the halftime break.

11:30am: Basketball

The Tall Blacks have come roaring back into this game! NZ leading 31-27 halfway through the second quarter.

11:21: Basketball

At the end of the first quarter, NZ trail Scotland 21-19 in the match for bronze.

11:08am: Basketball

A quick start for Scotland! The Tall Blacks trail 8-3 after two minutes.

11:01am: Basketball

The Tall Blacks lay down the challenge with their pre-match haka, tip off not far away now.


Good morning, to start the day off, the Tall Blacks are going up against Scotland for bronze after their loss to Canada last night.


After a stunning day that saw New Zealand bring home two golds, two silvers and two bronzes, our Kiwi contingent have one final day to add to the 42 medal haul on the Gold Coast.

Both men's and women's sevens sides will each face England in their respective semi-finals, hoping to bring home two more gold medals.

Our women's doubles squash duo of Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy will play off for gold this afternoon.

The Tall Blacks will play for bronze in the third place match in the men's basketball, after their heart breaking loss to Canada last night.

The Silver Ferns will also have a chance to save face after what's been a campaign nothing short of disastrous, facing Jamaica for the bronze medal.

1:26pm: Women's sevens
5:24pm: Rugby sevens
5:24pm: Rugby sevens
New Zealand defeated Fiji 14-0 on the Gold Coast. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

Sevuloni Mocenecagi was sinbinned for a late and brutal hit as New Zealand won the gold medal match 14-0. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

Reality show doctor and woman allegedly used 'good looks' to lure victims into California drug rapes

A California physician who appeared in a reality TV dating show and an alleged female accomplice have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities said today there could be many more victims.

Orthopedic surgeon Grant W. Robicheaux, 38, of Newport Beach and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, of Brea were arrested September 12 after being charged with rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anaesthesia or controlled substance, and other crimes, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told a news conference in Santa Ana.

Investigators were meticulously going through "thousands and thousands of videos and images on Robicheaux's phone, many also including Riley," Rackauckas said.

Some videos show women who "appear to be highly intoxicated beyond the ability to consent or resist, and they're barely responsive to the defendant's sexual advances. Based on this evidence, we believe that there might be many unidentified victims out there," he said.

The district attorney showed reporters video of Robicheaux from a now-cancelled Bravo TV show called "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male" in an episode titled "Three's A Crowd."

"We believe the defendants used their good looks and charm to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey," Rackauckas said, releasing an array of information about many locations and events associated with Robicheaux and Riley.

The defendants, who were released on $US100,000 bail, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Grant W. Robicheaux and Cerissa Laura Riley. Source: Associated Press


North Korea agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced a sweeping set of agreements after their second day of talks in Pyongyang today.

They included a promise by Kim to permanently dismantle the North's main nuclear complex if the United States takes corresponding measures, the acceptance of international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.

Declaring they had made a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, the two leaders were side by side as they announced the joint statement to a group of North and South Korean reporters after a closed-door meeting today.

"We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat," Kim said as he stood by Moon's side at the guesthouse where Moon is staying.

"The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we can't anticipate. But we aren't afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation."

Kim and Moon earlier smiled and chatted as they walked down a hallway and into a meeting room to finalize the joint statement, which also said that the leaders would push for a Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons and to "eliminate all the danger of war." They agreed that Kim would visit the South in the near future.

The statement caps off the third summit between Kim and Moon, who is under increasing pressure from Washington to find a path forward in its efforts to get Kim to completely — and unilaterally — abandon his nuclear arsenal.

But while containing several tantalising offers, it appears to fall short of the major steps many in Washington had been looking for — such as a commitment by Pyongyang to provide a list of the North's nuclear facilities, a solid step-by-step timeline or an agreement to allow international inspectors in to assess progress or discover violations.

The question is whether it will be enough for President Donald Trump to pick up where Moon has left off.

Trump has maintained that he and Kim have a solid relationship, and both leaders have expressed interest in a follow-up summit to their meeting in June in Singapore. North Korea has been demanding a declaration formally ending the Korean War, which was stopped in 1953 by a cease-fire, but neither leader mentioned it as they read the joint statement.

In the meantime, however, Moon and Kim made concrete moves of their own to reduce tensions on their border.

According a joint statement signed by the countries' defense chiefs, the two Koreas agreed to establish buffer zones along their land and sea borders to reduce military tensions and prevent accidental clashes. They also agreed to withdraw 11 guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone by December and to establish a no-fly zone above the military demarcation line that bisects the two Koreas that will apply to planes, helicopters and drones.

Though not directly linked to security, the leaders' announcement that they would seek a joint Summer Olympics was a significant move in terms of easing tensions and building trust. It also flows from the North's decision to participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Games in February, which was regarded as a success for both sides.

Other agreements aimed at removing some longstanding irritants from their relations — such as allowing more contact between families divided by the Korean War. Moon also appeared to be making good on his proposals to help build up the North's infrastructure and open cross-border rail links.

Unlike Mr Trump's initial tweets praising the summit, the news brought a quick and negative response from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who tweeted he was concerned the visit would undermine efforts by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to impose "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang.

"While North Korea has stopped testing missiles and nuclear devices, they have NOT moved toward denuclearization," he tweeted.
With the main business of the day over, North Korea was expected to hold a huge mass games spectacle in the evening, with Moon as the special guest.

The North had put the iconic games, which feature tens of thousands of performers dancing and flipping placards in unison to create giant mosaics and slogans, on a back burner for the past several years, but revived them for this month's celebrations of its 70th founding anniversary. In a performance for the anniversary, a giant photo of Moon and Kim shaking hands at their first summit in April was projected onto one side of the stands in Pyongyang's 150,000-seat May Day Stadium.

In this image made from video provided by Korea Broadcasting System (KBS),  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands at the end of their joint press conference in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (Korea Broadcasting System via AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands at the end of their joint press conference in Pyongyang, North Korea. Source: Associated Press



Strawberry sabotage prompts harsh new penalties in Australia

Pranksters who post food contamination hoaxes on social media could soon face 10 years behind bars in Australia, as the federal government announces harsh new criminal penalties in response to the strawberry needle crisis.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the "idiot" who first sabotaged Queensland strawberries, setting off a distressing series of events, had risked the livelihoods of farmers and put fear in the hearts of parents across the country.

"This is a shocking and cowardly thing for this individual and others who have jumped onto the bandwagon here to have engaged in," Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra today.

Anyone found guilty of contaminating food could soon face a maximum of 15 years in prison, up from 10 years.

The threshold for the harsh penalties will also be lowered from an intention to cause anxiety or harm, to simply engaging in a reckless act.

The new criminal penalties are on par with child pornography and terror financing offences.

Additionally, anyone who piggy-backs off such a crisis by engaging in a reckless hoax would also face 10 years behind bars.

The offence would extend to people who provide false reports or make jokes in poor taste on Facebook.

"It's not a joke, it's not funny, you are putting the livelihoods of hard-working Australians at risk and you are scaring children, you're a coward and you're a grub." Mr Morrison said.

"If you do that sort of thing in this country, we will come after you and we will throw the book at you."

Mr Morrison wants the laws to pass Parliament by the time it rises on Thursday evening.

"I don't care if you've got a gripe with a company, I don't care whether you've got a gripe with your fellow worker, this is a very serious thing," he said.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said the sanctions would not be applied retrospectively to those responsible for the existing strawberry saga.

"But the reason we are doing this so quickly is ... this sends a massive deterrence message to anyone out there who would further cripple this industry."

Canberra is cracking down in response to the needle contamination crisis. Source: 1 NEWS

Greenpeace links forest destruction for palm oil to global brands

Greenpeace says global consumer brands continue to buy palm oil from companies that are cutting down Indonesia's rainforests despite repeated pledges to clean up their supply chains.

The environmental group says in a report released Wednesday that 25 palm oil producing groups it has investigated destroyed more than 130,000 hectares of natural forest in Indonesia since 2015.

It says all but one of those producers had supplied palm oil to consumer companies that are household names around the world in the past year.

Palm oil, mainly produced in Indonesia and Malaysia, is used in a slew of consumer products from snacks to cosmetics.

Rapid forest loss and greenhouse gas emissions have made Indonesia the fourth biggest contributor to global warming after China, the U.S. and India.

Forest in Indonesia (file picture).
Forest in Indonesia (file picture). Source: 1 NEWS