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Opposition says DoC unable to do its job

DoC is failing to meet its pest control targets.

Opposition parties say the Department of Conservation is unable to do its job because of savage funding cuts and failed restructuring.

800 jobs for Wellington screen industry

Man with camera

The production of the Disney film, Pete's Dragon, is set to inject up to 800 jobs into Wellington's screen industry over the next six months. Filming will take place from January to April next year.

What's been happening this week?


The Wireless brings you stories you might have missed this week, told in the form it is impossible to ignore.

Obama offer to 5m illegal immigrants

Barack Obama announces executive actions on US immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House.

Nearly five million illegal migrants in the United States will have the threat of deportation deferred after President Barack Obama announced sweeping immigration changes.

Key elected chair of conservative union

John Key

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has been unanimously elected chair of the International Democrat Union, a global group of conservative and centre-right political parties.

Xi wants to build on China NZ relationship

Supporters waving Chinese flags were metres away from a small group of Falun Gong protestors.

The Chinese President has told business leaders that he wants to continue to build on the China New Zealand relationship in a way that will be economically beneficial for both nations.

One killed in crash near Whangarei


A person has died in a crash involving a car and a truck on State Highway 1 at Otaika, just south of Whangarei, this afternoon. The road is likely to be closed for some hours.

No surplus a problem for National

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - Slowly but surely, the Government appears to be softening the public up to break its promise of getting its finances back into surplus this financial year.

Fierce US storm returns to north-east

New York storm

A fierce storm is bringing more snow to parts of the US north-east, with officials warning residents to be prepared for 1 metre of new snow, after eight people died in New York state. (AUDIO)

Solomons PM loses his seat

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo

There are dramatic results emerging from elections in Solomon Islands as counting continues following voting on Wednesday.

McCaw's All Blacks captaincy comes full circle

Richie McCaw has "no regard for his body" says fellow All Black Kieran Read.

The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will bring up yet another milestone at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this weekend when he captains the side for the 100th time in a Test match. (AUDIO)

Maori at risk in low-end housing: expert

Professor Michael Baker

Public health specialist Michael Baker says Māori are over-represented in the number of people who die in low rental accommodation.

Ryman posts another record result

Franklin Local Board chairman Andy Baker, Ryman Healthcare managing director Simon Challies and Ryman regional construction manager David Gibson at the Valley Rd site.

Ryman Healthcare has posted another record first-half result and is forecasting its second-half will be even stronger.

Record prices paid for dairy farms

farm gate - sale sign

The slump in farm gate milk prices has not taken the wind out of the market for dairy farms, if the latest farm sales figures are anything to go by.