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.

10:55am

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

PREVIEW

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



Aussie Woolworths taking sewing needles off shelves to combat strawberry-tampering

Supermarket giant Woolworths has taken the extraordinary step of withdrawing sewing needles from its shelves nationally following the fruit tampering crisis.

"We've taken the precautionary step of temporarily removing sewing needles from sale in our stores. The safety of our customers is our top priority," a Woolworths spokeswoman told AAP.

More than 100 reports of tampered fruit are being investigated by police across the country, many of which are thought to be fake or copycat cases.

The drastic decision comes as Agriculture Minister David Littleproud says the "parasites" responsible for spiking strawberries with needles should do hard time in jail.

The Government is rushing legislation through Parliament to ratchet up the maximum penalties for so-called "food terrorists" from 10 to 15 years behind bars.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants the tough sanctions approved before federal politicians depart Canberra today.

The halt comes after needles were found in different brands in Australia. Source: 1 NEWS

"I'm just focused on making sure no idiot goes into a supermarket this weekend and does something ridiculous," Mr Morrison told reporters in Royalla in NSW.

"We've booked the hall in Parliament for the day, we've paid the rent on it, and that means no one goes home until those bills are passed."

Labor will support the bill, but frontbencher Tony Burke wants the laws reviewed after 12 months.

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus agrees, saying there has been very "little time to fully consider what the consequences of this legislation might be."

He told parliament that unintended consequences may occur by including "providing the public with food" in the revised definition of "public infrastructure".

Rebuilding confidence in the strawberry industry is the highest priority, says Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, as he encouraged Australians to continue buying the fruit.

"Grab a punnet for yourself and a punnet for the nation," he said.

More than 100 reports of tampered fruit are being investigated by police across the country, many of which are thought to be fake or copycat cases.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton condemned people being stupid or malicious.

"The police are being driven crazy by all of these hoaxes because all it does is divert their resources away from the main investigation," he told 2GB radio.

Anyone who tampers with food could soon face up to 15 years' jail, in line with child pornography and terror financing offences.

There will also be a new offence of being reckless in causing harm, which will carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The most serious cases with national security implications will be covered by sabotage offences, with penalties ranging from seven to 25 years' jail.

"The reality is that ... they've got to do some time," Mr Littleproud told ABC radio.

"The one thing that people can do better than government is go and buy strawberries. Stick it up these parasites by going into the supermarkets and buying strawberries."

The Queensland and NSW governments are offering a reward to catch the culprits.

The government is also providing $1 million to make more food safety officials available to increase detection, fast-track recalls and assist the industry to rebuild confidence.

NSW authorities are investigating more than 20 incidents of needles found in strawberries. Source: Breakfast

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Police volunteer saves dog that was being dragged along road by truck

A volunteer for an Arizona sheriff's office has probably saved the life of a dog that was tied to a semitrailer truck as it pulled out of a parking lot.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says on its Facebook page that a sheriff's office volunteer Patrol-VIP "Volunteer in Protection" was at a gas station in Ash Fork this month when he saw the truck starting to leave with a dog leashed to the trailer bumper.

The dog was trying to keep pace with the truck as it headed toward an interstate highway. The patrol put on his flashers and siren and managed to stop the truck in time.

The close call was caught on the deputy's dashcam video.

The driver says he was distracted and forgot to unleash his dog. Charges aren't being considered. The dog was unharmed.


A volunteer for Arizona police has probably saved the life of a dog that was tied to a semitrailer truck as it pulled out of a petrol station. Source: Associated Press


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Samoa's damning domestic violence inquiry seeks to lift 'veil of silence' - what's next?

A damning inquiry into domestic violence in Samoa has attempted to pull back the "veil of silence" that shrouds the issue.

Worrying new homicide figures highlight the prominence of domestic violence in NZ.
Source: 1 NEWS

Last week, the Commission of Inquiry released its 300-page report into what it called a crisis in the country.

But the problems identified are well known to many in Samoa.

Now, people are asking, what next?

The inquiry's findings were damning: one in five women will be raped in their lifetime, while nine out of every 10 Samoans will have had some experience with violence in the home.

Listen to more on Dateline PacificSamoa's ombudsman, Maiava Iulai Toma, who also heads the National Human Rights Institute (NHRI), said a national conversation was sorely needed.

Between 2012 and 2015 the number of reported cases more than trebled.

They've continued to worsen said Maiava.

"In spite of all the efforts we are making. We're making a lot of efforts," he said.

"The courts have been very innovative and all sorts of agencies are trying to address the problem of domestic violence, but it just gets worse."

In December 2016 the Inquiry was launched by Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi with Maiava as the chairperson.

Its initial focus was violence against women and girls, said Maiava.

"But in the process we found that violence in the disciplining and upbringing of children is a factor that in a crucial way plays into violence that women and girls face later in life and into violence in general in society."

The Commission spent 2017 listening to the accounts of Samoa's people attempting to understand the problem.

Mostly victims but some perpetrators as well.

Going from village to village throughout the country, they asked people for their stories and what they thought the solutions might be.

Launching the report last week the Prime Minister said the inquiry was, "a Samoan effort to look at the problem in Samoa with a view to formulating Samoan solutions".

Violence in the aiga - the family - violates core principles

Violence in the aiga - the family - violated the core principles of both Fa'asamoa and faith, said Tuila'epa.

"Family Violence in Samoa as the report highlights, sits behind a veil of silence which allows it to continue to menace the lives of our people especially the most vulnerable among us."

But the inquiry didn't hold back in its criticism of the government.

It called it out for tasking the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD) with addressing domestic violence, but not giving it the power nor the budget to act.

In a submission to the inquiry the MWCSD said domestic violence was a "national crisis", however, "our legal mandate does not provide us with the necessary legal provisions or resources to be able to respond to domestic violence fully".

A lack of government funding for any victim support services has made the situation worse still.

It's crucial, said the inquiry chair Maiava, that the government invest wisely in victim support.

"It's important that the government provides support to NGO's doing work in this space," he said.

"Because government is not and they are reaching out to the community where help is needed."

There are currently no telephone helplines and the only service, Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG), is run on donations and volunteers' goodwill.

SVSG was set-up in 2005 with a focus on children but its offering grew to meet the needs of the community and today they provide the country's only shelter for family member seeking refuge from violence.

The nature of violence in Samoa is more serious today

The nature of violence in Samoa is more serious today according to SVSG's president, Siliniu Lina Chang.

"Perpetrators are becoming more innovative in the way they carry out violent acts," she said in a submission to the inquiry.

"In the old days it was just a case of scaring their wife but now it is about killing them".

In his address at the report's launch, Tuila'epa said the seeds of the crisis had been sown by many generations, and hinted that - finally - the government might take action.

"We are all complicit. Blame does not fall on the perpetrators alone. We all are party to a degree unknowingly," said the prime minister.

"Now, for the sake of the future, it is up to us and especially those in positions of power to stand up and be counted."

The report outlined 39 key recommendations, the first being the creation of a special agency to deal with domestic violence.

The government must take the lead, said the Inquiry Chair Maiava Iulai Toma, with the support of traditional institutions like the village fono.

"So effort will be concentrated and focused at the governmental level by and through the DVO," he said referring to the proposed new Domestic Violence Office.

"Effort will be concentrated and focused at the village level in the DV committees."

The church was not immune from criticism by the Inquiry and Maiava said it must also work to address the problems.

"I hope this report and its recommendations will lead to a concerted Samoan effort to address this problem."

What is clear to everyone, though, is that the need for action is urgent.

The inquiry is the first of a kind for the Pacific, and in a region where violence in the home is rampant, other countries will be looking to learn from Samoa's example.

- Reporting by Dominic Godfrey, RNZ Pacific Journalist

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'Should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake' - Engineer casts doubt over plane typo

Cathay Pacific are not shying away from a huge mistake – a typo to be exact.

The airline had a Boeing 777-367 on the ground at Hong Kong airport emblazoned with “Cathay Paciic” after leaving the f out of its name.

The airline referenced the error on its Twitter account but an engineer for sister company, Haeco, cast doubt over the typo.

“The spacing is too on-point for a mishap. We have stencils. Should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake I think,” the engineer told the South China Morning Post.

The Boeing 777 was snapped in Hong Kong this week with the major error for all to see. Source: Breakfast