Radio New Zealand

Top Stories

John Key rejects surveillance claims

John Key and Steven Joyce.

Election 2014 - The Prime Minister has responded to claims made by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, saying there is no mass surveillance nor to his knowledge NSA bases in New Zealand. (VIDEO)

Blenheim priest admits sex charge

Father Alistair Aidan Kay

A Blenheim Catholic priest has indicated he will plead guilty to one charge of indecent assault. Father Alistair Aidan Kay appeared in the Blenheim District Court this morning.

Colossal squid to give up its secrets

The colossal squid is defrosted.

Scientists from Te Papa Tongarewa and the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) were given a unique chance today to examine a rare a whole colossal squid. (VIDEO)

Harre backs Dotcom over email

Laila Harre in Radio New Zealand's Auckland studio.

Election 2014 - Internet Party leader Laila Harre has no doubt that Kim Dotcom believes an email which suggests his residency was granted in order to be extradited to the US is legitimate. (AUDIO)

Chch fire teen died in his bed - police

Parklands fire

A teenager hailed as a hero for reportedly saving a pregnant woman from a Christchurch fire actually died in his bed and was unlikely to have woken during the blaze, police say.

'MFAT 'right to withhold' Rizalman info

Muhammad Rizalman.

The Chief Ombudsman has released a provisional decision saying MFAT was right to withhold information about the Malaysian diplomat case from the media.

Last ditch appeal to Scottish voters

David Cameron urging Scottish voters to say 'no' to independence

The British Prime Minister has made his final speech to Scottish voters before Thursday's referendum on independence. He said a 'Yes' vote would lead to a painful divorce.

Greens unimpressed at NZ First claim

Metiria Turei.

The Green Party has dismissed talk from New Zealand First that it could form a Government with the Labour Party alone following the general election.

Whale washes up near Wellington

A cuviers beaked whale washed up on the beach south of Titahi Bay near Wellington this morning.

Onlookers have flocked to a beach at Titahi Bay, north of Wellington, to see a dead 6m-long whale which washed up overnight. The whale is believed to be a cuvier's beaked whale.

Vanuatu police chief suspended

050514. Photo supplied. Pacific flags. Vanuatu

Vanuatu's police commissioner, Arthur Caulton, has confirmed his suspension from the role by the Police Service Commission.

Crotty to miss Argentina Test

Crusaders and All Blacks back Ryan Crotty.

The Crusaders midfield back Ryan Crotty won't be available for the All Blacks next match in the Rugby Championship against Argentina in La Plata as he recovers from a cheek injury.

Labour criticises Tribunal appointments

The Waitangi Tribunal

The Labour Party's Maryan Street is criticising the Government's appointment today of new members to the Waitangi Tribunal, saying it is out of order so close to the election.

Infratil sale a success, say anaylsts

Infratil's sales of its Australian energy businesses for $A605 million, plus adjustments, is an outstanding success, analysts say. The company expects to book a profit of about $NZ350 million.

Call for inquiry into cow-killing swedes

no caption

GE Free New Zealand is calling on government officials to investigate herbicide tolerant swedes linked to the deaths or illness of hundreds of cows in Southland.