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National out of step on refugees

It is a rare day in Parliament when National is completely isolated on an issue, but on the refugee crisis it is, writes Jane Patterson in this week's Power Play. (COMMENTS)

Custody officer acquitted of rape

An Auckland police custody officer has been acquitted by a jury of raping a woman he met on the dating website, Zoosk.

Hello Sailor's Graham Brazier dies

One of the country's best-known rock musicians, who sang 70s classic Blue Lady, has died, aged 63. (COMMENTS)

Tourists fall 8m as bridge cable fails

Four tourists escaped major injury after they fell 8 metres when a cable on a bridge on the Lake Waikaremoana Track gave way yesterday.

'Shouldn't we be leaders in this field?'

New Zealanders are speaking out about the migrant crisis, with 100 protesters gathering at Parliament at lunchtime to support calls to raise the refugee quote.

Screen time harms teens' grades, study finds

British scientists have found teenagers who spend an extra hour a day in front of a screen risk performing two grades worse in exams.

Death penalty call for Charleston shootings

Prosecutors in the US say they will seek the death penalty for a white man accused of shooting dead nine black people at a church.

AA clamps down on punitive practice

The Automobile Association says a new wheel clamping code of conduct is a step in the right direction, but it would prefer the government to ban the practice. (COMMENTS)

Hunt on for latest offender to remove monitoring anklet

An Auckland man is the latest violent offender to abscond after removing his electronically monitored anklet.

Bottle stabbing jury decision 'a fair way off'

The jurors deciding the case of a teenager accused of stabbing another in the neck with a broken beer bottle have told a judge they are not yet close to returning a unanimous or even majority verdict.

Lady Emily Latimer laid to rest in the Far North.

Former Appeal Court judge Sir David Baragwanath has paid tribute to Emily, Lady Latimer, whose funeral was held today in the Far North.

PM softens stance on refugees

He previously insisted NZ was already doing its bit for refugees, but now John Key says the Government could consider lifting the country's refugee quota. (AUDIO, COMMENTS)

Pacific NGOs want West Papua mission

Pacific civil society groups are adding their weight to a call for a Pacific Islands Forum mission to West Papua.

Hungarian police force migrants off train

A stand-off is continuing in Hungary after riot police ordered a large number of migrants off a train that had left the capital Budapest.

Murray enjoys another trademark escape

World No.3 Andy Murray made another trademark escape to overcome Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and reach the third round of the US Open.


Homeless radio

Designed to give Auckland’s homeless people a slightly bigger voice, the future of Radio NFA - short for No Fixed Abode - is in doubt.

Celia Lashlie's legacy

The children of author, parenting expert, social justice advocate and much-loved Nine to Noon commentator talk about completing their mum's projects.

Weekly Reading

The Wireless pick the best longreads from the past week, including stories on Jonathan Franzen and how technology is transforming the refugee crisis.

In Darkness Still Waiting

The civil war in Bougainville ended nearly 20 years ago, but the whereabouts of hundreds of people who went missing during the conflict remain unknown.

What's up this weekend?

The Wireless selects the best this weekend has to offer, including The Others Way festival and shows from Kamandi, No Tag and Delaney Davidson.

Many exercising women not eating enough

Many exercising women are not eating enough, with potential serious impacts on their fertility as well as bone and heart health.

Performance: Orchestra of Spheres

Wellington-based sonic explorers Orchestra of Spheres join us for a live session ahead of their tour through China. (AUDIO, VIDEO)

Feminism, economics, and Adam Smith's dinner

Katrine Marcal argues economics isn't about money, it is about how we view people, and sometimes how we ignore them.

My way-fare, my welfare, my village

The little things that make Karangahape Road unique are why it feels like home, says John MacDonald.

More Features

Refugee debate heats up on social media

As the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe continues, New Zealanders are using social media to call for action and offer help. (COMMENTS)

Injured twins' parents jailed for neglect

The parents of 10-week-old twins found with broken arms and legs have been imprisoned for neglect but not for causing the injuries.

'NZ women deserve much better'

Maurice Williamson's 'shockingly crude' jokes at a dinner last week highlight a problem with how National treats offensive behaviour, Labour says. (COMMENTS)

US clerk jailed over same-sex marriage licences

A US judge has sent a Kentucky official to jail for contempt of court after she has refused to issue marriage licences to gay couples.

Season end finally here for woeful Warriors

This year was supposed to be a celebration for the Warriors, after 20 years in the NRL, but it has felt more like a wake at the Auckland club recently.

Lady Emily Latimer laid to rest in the Far North.

Former Appeal Court judge Sir David Baragwanath has paid tribute to Emily, Lady Latimer, whose funeral was held today in the Far North.

Oil industry in $71m tax standoff

The New Zealand oil industry is engaged in a $71 million standoff with the Customs Department over excise duties dating back to 1986.

Farmers fear return to 'desert' conditions

A farmer in the heart of the North Canterbury drought says a prolonged dry spell brought on by El Niño will put already struggling farmers in dire straits.

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The Birds

From our mountain parrot, the kea, to the bush-dwelling pipipi, to the urban house sparrow, a collection of bird stories and songs.

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