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NZer goes on trial in Myanmar

A New Zealander and two Myanmar men have gone on trial in Myanmar on charges of insulting Buddhism. The trio run a bar in Yangon.

Medic jailed 14 years for sex offences

A former Hawke's Bay ambulance officer's sexual offending has been described by a judge as some of the worst cases of its type to come before courts. (AUDIO)

Queenstown cop behind racist rant quits

A Queenstown police officer who racially abused a taxi driver has resigned. Jenny McNee told the man to "go to India and eat your curry".

Dunedin council car fraud totals $1.5m

An investigation into Dunedin City Council's missing fleet vehicles has found team leader Brent Bachop apparently responsible for more than $1.5 million of fraud. (AUDIO)

Info gap helped Smith escape

A new report into the escape of killer and paedophile Phillip John Smith has found he was able to exploit information gaps between several government agencies. (AUDIO)

Air collision near-perfect storm - coroner

A coroner wants changes to the rules for smaller aerodromes, following the deaths of three men when a light plane and helicopter collided over Paraparaumu. (AUDIO)

Rena oversight lacking - TAIC

An official report into the Rena has found routine violations of procedures and insufficient oversight of safety on the ship before it grounded. (AUDIO)

Documents released to Nicky Hager's lawyers

A High Court judge has today ruled on which documents police have to disclose to author Nicky Hager's lawyers relating to a raid on his Wellington home in October.

Trial for New Zealander over jihadist plan

A New Zealand man in Australia will stand trial over his alleged plan to travel to Syria - on his New Zealand passport - to join jihadist forces.

Greens say Australia robbing neighbours

Australia's Greens say more aid cuts announced this week mean Australia is effectively robbing its neighbours.

Carter signs with Racing Metro

The All Blacks first five Dan Carter has confirmed he's signed with French club Racing Metro on a three year deal.

Ngati Porou maps coastline for claims

Tairāwhiti tribe Ngāti Porou is applying for customary marine title for a "reasonable" stretch of the coastline in its territory, as it seeks to protect its beaches, it says.

GDP rises, driven by primary sector

The pace of economic activity has risen, according to official figures released this morning.

Farmer contracts not taxing water-take

Contracts signed so far to take water from Hawke's Bay's Ruataniwha dam and irrigation project added up to only about 13 percent of the commitment needed to make the scheme commercially feasible.

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Skyscraper Stan hits the high notes

Local guitarist and song writer Stan Woodhouse was seduced by Melbourne’s busy music scene, but it’s a hard life working in bars to pay the rent, even in the seediest part of Fitzroy.

The Pencilsword: Revenge of the beach bod

Toby Morris has a confession to make.

Audio Culture - Upper Hutt

Dipping into New Zealand's rock and roll archives Simon Grigg looks at music from Upper Hutt, home of The Fourmyula, The Bitter End, Frankie and Jon Stevens and, of course, Upper Hutt Posse.

This changes everything

Bestselling author Naomi Klein is calling for politics to be transformed to deal with the impact of the changing climate.

Signing on for the beat

As a kid, Luke Ronaki never imagined he'd join the police force. Now he's on the beat and armed with a valuable tool.

The value of free play

Research shows that free play is vital for children’s development, and parents should let their kids roam free as much as they can over the holidays.

Bird Brains: Bush Robins

A biologist is rewarding tricks with meal worms in an avian version of Mastermind, devised to test the IQ of the small North Island robins at Zealandia.

The Sydney Siege

The Martin Place siege by Man Haron Monis lasted 16 hours and resulted in three deaths. But for Australian authorities, the saga is only just beginning.

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