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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.

Flagged flags - what could have been

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

Opotiki College at centre of sex investigation

Bay of Plenty police are investigating allegations of a "sexual nature" involving students at Opotiki College, Detective Inspector Mark Loper says.

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)

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.

The flags, in the designers' words

Once there were 40. Now there are four. The designers of the final four flags being considered tell us about their designs. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Cost of June floods still rising

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

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.

Allan Hubbard fund investors paid out

The statutory managers of an Allan Hubbard investment fund say all the money investors put in has been returned. (AUDIO)

Ferry passengers injured during wild weather

An Auckland ferry company is blaming a rogue wave for injuring two of its passengers on a ferry headed for Waiheke. (COMMENTS)

Chch Basilica moves to save the nave

The Christchurch Catholic Diocese has been granted permission to take down parts of its earthquake-damaged Basilica, in order to restore parts of the building.

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)

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.

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.

All Blacks coy on traditional remedies

The All Blacks remain coy over the details of Waisake Naholo's "alternative" healing in Fiji and whether or not the Highlanders wing was cleared to seek the traditional medical treatment.

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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.

How soon is too soon?

Professor Kendall Philips on how we use memorials to commemorate traumatic events like terrorist attacks, war and natural disasters.

More Features

Four flags take pole position

The final four national flag designs have been announced - and now it's up to the public to decide which will run against the current flag in a referendum. (COMMENTS)

Toilet victim a convicted paedophile

A man killed in a public toilet in Hamilton last month was a convicted paedophile. Jacques Donker was hit on the head with a full bottle of whiskey as he lay on the ground. (AUDIO)

PM cold on upping refugee quota

The Prime Minister is flatly rejecting an emergency intake of refugees despite the escalating migration crisis in Europe. (AUDIO, COMMENTS)

Netflix culls thousands of titles

Thousands of movies will be removed from Netflix in the US after the streaming service decided not to renew a deal with distributor Epix.

Slade injury concerns allayed

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster has allayed fears that the World Cup first-five curse has already reared its head after first-five Colin Slade limped out of today's training with a leg injury.

Iwi back claim over Maori in prison

Two Hawke's Bay iwi entities are backing a retired probation officer's urgent claim in the Waitangi Tribunal alleging the Crown has failed to cut the high number of Māori in prison and their reoffending.

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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