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More fallout from Smith escape

There's been more fallout within the Department of Corrections over the escape of the convicted murderer and sex offender Phillip John Smith.

Man charged with murder at 21st party

A steelworker has been charged with the murder of a South Auckland man at a 21st birthday party.

Mother charged with murder of 8 children

A 37-year-old mother is charged with the murder of seven of her children and her niece after their bodies were found at a home in Cairns, in far north Queensland.

Man's body recovered from Port Hills

Christchurch police say a man's body has been found in the Port Hills earlier this evening.

Police tight-lipped about assault allegation

Police are staying tight-lipped about an allegation of assault against the MP for Northland Mike Sabin.

Two prisoners escape in separate incidents

The police are hunting for two prisoners who are on the run after escaping from separate hospitals.

Body recovered from inlet near Nelson

The police dive squad have recovered a body from the water at the mouth of the Waimea River Inlet near Nelson earlier today.

Backlash over SkyCity funding gap

Opposition parties say it is unacceptable SkyCity could receive taxpayer money to meet the cost of building its international convention centre in Auckland. (AUDIO)

Two New York policemen 'assassinated'

A gunman has shot dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in New York before killing himself. The police chief said the men had been 'targeted for their uniform'.

In PNG, concern refugees will never be resettled

The Manus MP Ronnie Knight says he doubts whether any of the the asylum seekers held on Manus and found to be refugees will be permanently resettled in Papua New Guinea.

Wayne Smith back in black?

The Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith is set to return to the All Blacks for an 11th year, to again take up the reigns as defence coach for next year's World Cup campaign.

Flavell wants Ture Whenua Act review

A new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that improvements to Maori freehold land and forestry could add billions of dollars to the New Zealand economy.

Record migration for November year

Net migration stayed near record levels in November and the gain for the year ended November was a fresh record.

$3.5b potential in Maori freehold land: report

A new report estimates improvements in the performance of Māori freehold land would add billions to the economy. Agriculture Minister Nathan Guy says this confirms the importance of partnering with iwi, Māori asset owners, communities and industry.


Crafting a new copyright strategy

Cory Doctorow argues that the use of copyright take down notices and 'three strikes' legislation can be used by businesses and governments to silence criticism or suppress other material they might find embarrassing.

People and Power

In the third of the 2014 Rutherford Lectures Dame Anne Salmond explores the intertwined themes of the life of people and the exercise of power.

Nash Dom - Our Home

If you go down to the Rawene Centre in Auckland on any Saturday, you’re sure of a big surprise! Dozens of bright-eyed youngsters are busy practising their drama, singing, dance, reading and writing… all in Russian.

Operatic success

The General Director of the San Francisco Opera remembers when stars like Luciano Pavarotti stopped traffic on Fifth Avenue, and the company continues to go from strength to strength.

New Zealand A to Z - Onetangi

The jewel in the crown of Waiheke Island.

Don't stop the music

"Quite a few people break their guitars. They always come in distraught that they've done it. We just glue 'em back together." Enter the secret world of instrument repairs.

Composer portrait - Sir Michael Tippett

Few British composers have responded as deeply to world events as Michael Tippett, whose oratorio A Child of our Time was an impassioned protest against the persecution and tyranny he saw happening throughout the world in 1939.

Let's talk about sex

Teaching children about the birds and the bees is often challenging. But it can be tougher still for parents whose young people have learning difficulties.

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