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Violence rife across NZ prisons

Department of Corrections figures show assault rates at state-run prisons are just as bad, and in some cases worse, than the privately-run Mt Eden prison.

World media in a flap over NZ flag designs

The debate on the New Zealand flag is unfurling in the global media, with many taking note of locals' lack of interest in the new designs. (COMMENTS)

Teacher at top school admits fraud

A former Auckland Grammar teacher has admitted using the identity of his colleagues to get credit cards in their names and rack up thousands in debt.

Family could lose ancestral land twice

An East Coast family fears they could lose their ancestral land not once, but twice as they lack the funds to buy it back.

Migrant crisis: Hungary bars rail travel

Hundreds of migrants have protested outside Budapest's main railway station after Hungarian authorities closed it to prevent them travelling on to Germany.

Hubbard investors 'out of pocket'

A Hubbard Management Fund investor says he, and those like him, have been left out of pocket by the statutory management process.

Dairy price lifts in overnight auction

International dairy prices have picked up pace again at the latest overnight auction.

Opotiki College case: Victims urged to come forward

Bay of Plenty police are urging any victims to come forward as they look into allegations of sexual offences involving schoolchildren.

Commuters grill mayor on Pukekohe rail service

About 100 disgruntled Pukekohe rail commuters subjected Auckland Mayor Len Brown to a roasting over public transport at a local meeting last night.

Police, HNZ visited house where body lay

The police and Housing New Zealand they visited a Porirua home where a man's body was discovered on Sunday earlier in the week but officials did not enter the property.

Cost of June floods still rising

The economic impact of the June floods in the Whanganui-Taranaki area has reached $275 million.

Govt out of step on refugees - support partners

All three of the Government's support partners say there is a strong case for New Zealand's annual refugee quota to be increased from the current 750 to at least 1000. (AUDIO)

Australia's Senate report on Nauru defended

The chair of the Australian Senate committee has rejected claims its inquiry that into the detention centre on Nauru was a witch hunt.

Austrians turn out to support migrants

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Austrian capital, Vienna, to demonstrate against the ill-treatment of refugees.

Injury forces Erakovic out of US Open

The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic's US Open is over after an old knee injury flared up on centre court.

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One for the birds

One of the first events announced for the 2016 New Zealand Festival in Wellington is an avian-inspired installation that will illuminate one of the capital's reserve.

Towards sustainable and sustaining seas

How to better understand this most difficult of environments to manage, because we know so little, and can't easily see the effects of our activities.

Firing up the plant barbecue

A BBQ designed for sizzling the perfect steak is being used to chargrill plants. But the aim is not to produce a gourmet dinner – rather, it’s to test the flammability of plants.

Tony Haas on 'Being Palangi'

Anthony Haas discusses his autobiographical exploration of the meeting and cross fertilisation of cultures.

The dyslexia debate

Professor of Education Julian Elliott examines cognitive, brain-based, genetic and educational aspects of dyslexia­, and questions it as a diagnosis.

Podcast classics: Britten - Violin Concerto

“Rather serious I’m afraid,” said the pacifist Benjamin Britten, when asked about this work which he composed between the Spanish Civil War, and WW II.

Magnificent Oashore

Country Life visits Oashore on Banks Peninsula where ecological protection goes hand in hand with farming.

Neanderthals, denisovans and humans

Professor Tom Higham talks about new understandings of human evolution from 60,000 – 30,000 years ago.

Music, mental illness and minigolf

Local guitar hero Aaron Tokona opens up about surviving in the music business, the value of family, and coming to terms with bipolar disorder.

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Flagged flags - what could have been

OPINION: In the wake of the announcement of the final four flag options, Toby Morris raises a glass to 10 great flags that didn't make it. (COMMENTS)

No conviction for sex without condom

A man prosecuted for failing to use a condom while with a prostitute has escaped conviction. The charges related to two sex acts the man paid for in October last year in Wellington.

Labour MPs told to toe the line on charter schools

Two Labour MPs made an error of judgment in attending a fundraiser for a trust which has established a charter school, party leader Andrew Little says. (COMMENTS)

Aust minister accuses Fairfax anti-Govt 'jihad'

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has lashed out at Fairfax Media for leading what he calls a "jihad" against the Government.

NZ men's four miss chance at OIympic qualification

The New Zealand men's four has missed gaining automatic Olympic qualification after failing to make the semi-finals at the World Rowing Championships in France.

Ngati Paoa's "heavy heart" over court action

Ngati Paoa in Auckland says it is with a heavy heart that it considers court action to affirm its mana whenua rights in the city.

Up, up, up they go again...

Sky high residential property values in Auckland rise their fastest in 11 years, while national values also soar. (COMMENTS)

Flood damage bill hits $270 million

The estimated economic impact of the floods in the central North Island in June has risen to $270 million.

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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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